Top Weekend Entertainment Picks


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

Dirty Cello at Kahilu Theatre (Feb. 21, 2020, at 7 p.m). “Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” (Oakland Magazine). From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down-home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping! Tickets ($45/$25) can be purchased at, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela (Waimea).

Grand Slam at Lava Shack (Feb. 21, at 7 p.m.) Big Island’s classic rock ‘n’ blues band has reunited after 11 years. The group features Dr. Jeff Giamario (lead guitar), Dave Fricke (lead guitar/harmonica/vocals), Barney Lindberg (bass), and Larry Duoos (drums/vocals). No cover. The Lava Shack is located at 15-2929 Pahoa Village Road in Pahoa. Info: (808) 965-6644.

The Durgas at Honokaa People’s Theatre (Feb. 21, 2020, at 6 p.m.). By layering authentic reggae, African, and eastern European folk elements over strains of heartfelt American roots music, The Durgas’ songs cut through rock ‘n’ roll’s insularity and pre-conceived standards. Brothers Benjii Simmersbach (vocals, guitar) and Christopher Simmersbach (lead guitar) draw much of their musical influence from their childhood. The Durgass will be joined by local rockers Mister Peanut Butter and The Long Hill Gang. The Honokaa People’s Theatre is located at 45-3574 Mamane Street in Honokaa. Cost: $25 at the door. Info: (808) 775-0000.

Isla Tumbao at Kukuau Studio (Feb.21, 2020, at 6 p.m.). Isla Tumbao is a high-energy, spicy band made up of Hawaii’s most talented and versatile musicians. The musical ingredients mix Latin cultures of salsa from Cuban, Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, Brazilian, jazz and Bossa rhythms epitomizes the lush dance beats of Isla Tumbao. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and music runs till 9:00 p.m. Cost: $10. Kukuau Studio is located at 43 Kukuau Street in Hilo. Info: (808) 464-3388.

ShakaStock: The Best of Three Days of Peace & Music at Privateer’s Cove (Feb. 22, 2020, two shows: 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.). In tribute to the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair festival, Big Island Latin Gypsy Funk band Leche de Tigre alongside additional incredible performers from across the Big Island present ShakaStock: The Best of Three Days of Peace and Music. Performers will be emulating not only the music and artists themselves but will construct a space where the imagination can step back in time. Performances will include songs by Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker and more. Privateer’s Cove is located at 75-170 Hualalai Road in Kailua, Kona. Tickets can be purchased at World Cuisine style dinner will be available at the event for an additional cost. Info: (808) 430-5550.

Musicians, comedians, and venue proprietors lead complicated lives: it’s advisable to check in advance to confirm engagements.

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