5 Big Island Shows to Check Out This Weekend

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

Long Tall Deb & Collin John at Big Island Brewhause (Friday, July 12, 6-9pm). Texas-bred vocalist and songwriter Long Tall Deb and Big Island slack key and blues artist Colin John’s music has been described as “genre-bending” and “refreshingly original.” The richly textured layers of their music incorporate world influence with a soul-blues base picked up on their travels throughout India, Nepal, Hawaii and the American South. The Big Island Brewhause is located at 64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy, in Waimea.

The Hawaii Performing Arts Festival presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Hawaii Preparatory Academy (Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13. Showtime both performances is 7pm – 10pm). Benjamin Britten’s magical setting of Shakespeare’s masterpiece performed in the middle of the beautiful island summer. The Hawaii Preparatory Academy is located at 65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road in Waimea.  Tickets: $25.00 | General Admission.  Purchase tickets online: https://www.hawaiiperformingartsfestival.org/event/a-midsummer-nights-dream/.


Robert Savery & Friends at the Tea Room (Friday, July 12, 7-9pm). Talented singer/songwriter Robert Savery and special guests will be offering an evening live original music featuring folk, jazz, and rock. Teas and locally made snacks will be made available. The Perfect Harmony Tea Room is located at 276 Keawe Street in Hilo.

Craiceáilte with special guests at Honokaa Public House (Friday, July 12, 7-10pm). Craiceáilte is “Hawaii’s Craziest Celtic Pub Band”; pronounced crack-kay-all-cha in the West Ulster dialect of Irish Gaelic. The name translates to crazy. Founded recently in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day 2015, Craiceáilte consists of 5 musicians of various musical backgrounds who all have a love of Celtic folk. They call Kailua-Kona home Hawaii but of the band members originate from somewhere else. The Honokaa Public House is located 45-3490 Mamane Street in Honokaa.

Summer Saturdays featuring Alx Kawakami at Don’s Mai Tai Bar (Saturday, July 13, 6-9pm). Alx is a singer/songwriter from Honolulu, Hawaii who loves to mix contemporary styles and an island lifestyle to create something very unique! Don’s Mai Tai Bar is located at 75-5852 Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona.


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

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