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 Volcano Art Center’s Jazz in the Forest series (Saturday, August 10, 2019, 5:30 p.m.) with Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones with Sarah Bethany performing the Samba tunes of Brazil. Songwriter/Pianist/Vocalist/Producer/Arranger Minneapolis and St. Louis native, Sarah Bethany, began playing the piano at age seven.  She continued her classical studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where she discovered an attraction to experimental electronic music composition as well as a love of jazz, hip hop, and reggae music. Jean Pierre Thoma is a world traveled professional musician on flute, saxophone, clarinet and piano, with experience throughout America, France, Japan, India, and Israel. Holds two master’s degrees in music and has been a public and private school teacher as well as member of numerous jazz and classical ensembles, such as the Maui and Marin Symphonies. The Volcano Art Center is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road, Volcano, Hawaii. Tickets are $20 for VAC members ($25 non-members)! Ticket holders will be able to purchase beer, wine, as well as pupus. Tickets are available for sale online at www.volcanoartcenter.org, at VAC’s Administration Office in Volcano Village and VAC Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The last day to purchase tickets online is Friday, August 9. After that, tickets will be sold at VAC Gallery & at the door if they are not sold out. Tickets will be held at Will Call on the day of the show. OR, you may pick them up any day before the show at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus Administrative Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5p.m.

Ledward Kaapana at the Hilo Palace Theatre (Saturday August 10, 2019, 7 p.m.) Legendary Hawaiian Musician Ledward Kaapana returns to the Palace Theater for a night of truly authentic and heartwarming Hawaiian slack key and falsetto music on Saturday August 10th. Doors will open at 6 pm with a no host bar in the lobby, and the show will begin at 7 pm. Opening the show will be the Kalapana Awa Band famous for their weekly appearances at Uncle’s Robert’s Wednesday night Ho’olaulea in Kaimu. The Hilo Palace Theatre is located at 38 Haili St, in downtown Hilo. General Admission and Reserved Seating Tickets are on sale now at the Palace Box Office, Monday through Friday 10 am to 3 pm, or by calling (808) 934-7010, or on line at HiloPalace.com

Summer Saturdays Featuring Mike Love at Don’s Mai Tai Bar (Saturday, August 10, 2019, 6-9 p.m.). Born on O’ahu, to a family of musicians, Mike Love has used music as conversation for as long as he can remember. He comes from a unique convergence of influences, yet all are bound by their common ambition to inspire positive change in the world. He releases his music independently on his own Love Not War Records label, and his sound is not bound to one genre but spans his variety of influences.Mike’s songs possess wisdom and seek to instill change, whether it be regarding issues of the environment, animal cruelty, or personal growth. They are about being conscious and mindful as human beings living among so many other life forms on this beautiful planet. For Mike, music is a form of healing, learning, and growing. Don’s Mait Tai Bar is located at 75-5852 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona. Info: (808) 329-3111. Admission is free!

Grammy awarded pianist Peter Kater at Pyramid House (Saturday, August 10, 2019, 6-9 p.m.). Grammy winning/Multi-platinum selling Pianist/Composer Peter Kater has been leading innovator of contemporary instrumental music for over three decades. He’s performed all over the world from the United Nations to the Olympics and Carnegie Hall. He’s performed for presidents and celebrities and is a proud recipient of the Environment Leadership Award from the United Nations. Peter has released over 60 critically acclaimed CD’s and has scored the music for over 100 television and film productions including Sirius; Civil War: The Untold Story; 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama; and How The West Was Lost plus 11 On & Off-Broadway dramatic plays. He’s collaborated with many of the worlds most talented musicians, actors and directors and has received many awards including 13 Grammy nominations and one win! Doors open at 6:00 pm for pupus, refreshments and harp music by Kristin Aria Shaw. Peter starts playing promptly at 7 pm. The Pyramid House is located at 76-6322 Kaheiau Street in Kailua-Kona. Tickets ($30) available at Bright Star.

Sunset Soundbath by Markus Mars at Waimea Yoga (Sunday, August 11, 2019, 5:30 -6:30 p.m.). Live looping artist and Sound Yogi Markus Mars is taking you on an inter dimensional journey through time and space with his 5-string electric violin, telescopic didgeridoo, subwoofer cajón and some alien vocal effects. Enjoy an unforgettable soundbath right above the powerful ocean waves and overlook the endless horizon while indulging in deep relaxation. Move mindfully, meditate, or bring a yoga mat and enjoy a silent flow. This is a donation-based public event. Suggested minimum donation: $15-$25 (sliding scale). Tickets also on Eventbrite. Waimea Yoga is located at 65-1237 Kawaihae Road in Waimea.


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