5 Big Island Shows to Check Out This Weekend

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

The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra

Frank Zappa Tribute at the Hilo Palace Theatre (Friday, August 2, 2019, 7-9 p.m.). On August 2nd, The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra brings its Frank Zappa Tribute Concert to the Historic Palace Theater in downtown Hilo. While they have often performed to sold-out audiences at UH Hilo, this will be the first time the band has performed at the Palace. Music director Trever Veilleux says “we are so excited to be able to play at the Palace. It is a beautiful building with amazing history, and it’s perfect for concerts! It has great acoustics and I can’t wait to see our audience take advantage of the dance floor and get down to songs like Muffin Man and Willie The Pimp!” Proceeds from the concert will go towards funding the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra’s travel expenses for their European performance. In addition to the show, the Orchestra has organized an ongoing fundraising effort. You can find more information and contribute by visiting their website, where they are offering shirts, hats, mugs, and a chance to donate directly to their crowdfunding campaign. The new website is available at www.hilojazz.com. Tickets are available at the Palace Box Office, by phone at 808-934-7010, or online at HiloPalace.com The Palace Theater is located at 38 Haili Street in downtown Hilo.

Konastock at Hale Halawai Beach Park in Kona (Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12-8 p.m.). The Sanctuary of Mana Ke`a Gardens is offering a free community festival celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. There will be Live music, Dancing, Streaming videos, Laser light shows, Local Arts & Crafts, Community Building, Zero Waste, Delicious Vegan Cuisine, Fun for the entire Family. We intend to offer a nurturing atmosphere of Music & Peace in the Spirit of Aloha.

KUmZ + Halau I Ka Wekiu – A Lifetime of Love at the Kahilu Theatre (Saturday, August 03, 2019, 7:00 p.m.). From a sold out show this past February at the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, Hālau I Ka Wēkiu, Nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker and Michael Lanakila Casupang, bring their show A Lifetime of Love to Kahilu Theatre. Enjoy an evening of song and dance that celebrates all aspects and emotions of love that we experience throughout our lives. Tickets available at the Kahilu Theatre box office and online at kahilutheatre.org. The Kahilu Theatre is located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road in Kamuela. For more info call, (808) 885-6868.

The Sara Bethany Trio at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (Saturday, August 3, 2019, 7-9 p.m.). The Sarah Bethany trio features Matt Spencer (bass/guitar) and Michael Surprenant (drums). This group of Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners love to play an eclectic range of musical styles. You can expect to be surprised by their passionate performance which will certainly include Brazilian, Future Soul, Jazz, Blues, and Afro-Cuban music. Cover: $5.00. Gertrude’s Jazz Bar is located at 75-5699 Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. Call (808) 327-5299 for more info.

Future Tides at Kona Brewing (Sunday, August 4, 5-8 p.m.). Future Tides is back to rock you at the Kona Brewery this Sunday. “We’re stoked to be bringing our new quartet lineup for everyone to enjoy. We’ll be rocking in some old, breaking out some new and bringing all around good vibes.” The Kona Brewing Company is located at 75-5629 Kuakini Hwy in Kailua-Kona. For more info, call: (808) 334-2739.


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

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