Top Weekend Entertainment Picks

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Our guide to live shows happening this weekend on the Big Island.

Friday 
Tavana at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center (February 7, 2020, at 7 p.m.). One-man-rock band Tavana will be performing three Big Island shows starting with a Friday show in Hilo. Tavana is a multi-instrumentalist from Honolulu, HI who uses electronic drum triggers to lay down a variety of grooves with his feet while simultaneously playing guitar, banjo, lap steel, or ukulele and singing soulful, island-inspired Rock and Blues. He is also playing at the KMC Theater in Volcanoes National Park on Saturday, Feb. 8. General admission and Gold Circle tickets can be purchased at www.bluesbearhawaii.com or call: 808-896-4845.

Thrive Fest Hawaii at Kalani Retreat Center (Feb. 7-9, 2020). The inaugural Thrive Fest Hawaii 3-day musical lineup will be highlighted by special featured performances from Desert Dwellers, Mike Love, Chris Berry & Bana Kuma Orchestra, Tubby Love & Amber Lily, Paul Izak, Kalapana Awa Band, Indubious, Drew Daniels, Hawane Rios, Auntie Pua Case, Liquid Bloom, Treavor Moontribe, Ok2change, Lopaka Rootz, New Reb, Totem, and more. For all information including Thrive Fest Hawaii’s full line-up of musical performances, yoga, workshops and more, and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.thrivefesthawaii.com/. Children 12 and under FREE as families of all ages are encouraged.

Saturday
Ekolu at Grand Naniloa Resort (Feb. 8, 2020, at 8 p.m.). Ekolu has been a part of the Island Reggae music scene for almost 20 years. Ekolu released their debut album back in 1999, titled Down In The Valley, and since then, they have created their own style of music that started a branding of Ekolu Music. Ekolu has been one of Hawai’i’s top favorite Island Reggae Music artists on the scene today. The Grand Naniloa Resort is located at 93 Banyan Drive in Hilo. Ticket info: (808) 969-3333.

Sunday
Rachel Cheung at the Kahilu Theatre (Feb. 9, 2020, at 2 p.m.).  Classical pianist and 2017 Cliburn Audience Award Winner Rachel Cheung is hailed as “a poet, but also a dramatist” displaying “the most sophisticated and compelling music-making” (The Dallas Morning News). She won over audiences and critics alike as a finalist at the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with “stunningly imaginative” (Musical America) interpretations marked by “flights of both beauty and virtuosity” (Theater Jones) and was awarded the Audience Prize by an online vote. As part of the Kahilu Overture program, students aged 8-18 have free admission to this performance when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Purchase tickets at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).

Jimi Jeff Hendrix & The Gypsy Band at Dolphin Spit Saloon (Feb. 9, 2020, at 6 p.m.). Jimi Hendrix fans might hear him doing his favorite cover, “Machine Gun” or his most-requested original, a blues number called “Anie Mae.” Jimi Jeff’s Gypsy Band includes Robinson on guitar and vocals, Tim Klassen on bass and Robert “Wes” Conley on drums. Free admission. The Dolphin Spit Saloon is located at 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy Ste F. in Kailua-Kona. Info: (808) 326-7748.


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