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HTA launches statewide concert series

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May 23rd, 2014



Give credit to the Hawai’i Tourism Authority for jumping on the Mele Mei bandwagon and deciding to launch a new concert series the same weekend as the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013MAUI'S WILLIE K WILL MAKE A RARE OAHU CONCERT APPEARANCE AT THE HAWAI'I CONVENTION CENTER ON SUNDAY.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2013

MAUI'S WILLIE K WILL MAKE A RARE OAHU CONCERT APPEARANCE AT THE HAWAI'I CONVENTION CENTER ON SUNDAY.

For the uninitiated, Mele Mei is a month-long series of concerts, workshops and other events that culminate with the Hokus on Saturday. It’s a great way for Hawaii’s music industry to connect with fans — both local and around the world — by creating a full complement of activities to raise the profile of the Hokus and transform it into the type of destination event that visitors can plan entire trips around.

Of course, the HTA saw what was going on and wisely decided to jump into the fray. Sunset Mele on the Roof — Mahalo from HTA is first-ever Hawaiian music rooftop concert at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, just hours after the Hokus wrap up in nearby ballrooms on Saturday night.

Maui’s Willie K will headline the inaugural concert in the new Hawaiian Music Concert Series Program, a statewide initiative to share Hawaiian music and dancing with the general public. The HTA partnered with local marketing consultants the Kālaimoku Group to produce and promote the performances.

“Hawaiian music and dance is part of our unique culture and heritage that sets us apart from other destinations,” HTA president and CEO Mike McCartney said in a news release. “The HTA is committed to perpetuating and promoting our people, place and culture, and this Hawaiian Music Concert Series offers an opportunity to support local artists and provide enjoyable experiences for our residents and visitors.”

Willie K will be joined on Sunday by 2014 Merrie Monarch Miss Aloha Hula Ke‘alohilani Serrao and Kumu Hula Tracie and Keawe Lopes’ Hālau Ka Lā ‘Ōnohi Mai o Ha‘eha‘e.

Admission to the concert is free. Call (808) 286-3816 for more information.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Streetlight Cadence falls short

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May 14th, 2014



JASON GENEGABUS / jason@staradvertiser.comSTREETLIGHT CADENCE PERFORMS DURING THE LOCAL FINALS AT THE HARD ROCK HONOLULU IN MARCH.

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STREETLIGHT CADENCE PERFORMS DURING THE LOCAL FINALS AT THE HARD ROCK HONOLULU IN MARCH.

It was so close, yet so far for Streetlight Cadence, who made it further this year than any other local band ever has in the Hard Rock Cafe’s worldwide music competition, Hard Rock Rising — but still fell short of the final cut.

Of more than 10,000 bands that entered, 750 were selected to participate in live battles at more than 70 Hard Rock Cafe locations around the globe. Following a round of online voting, Streetlight Cadence was selected as one of the final 25 global finalists to remain in the running for an all-expenses paid trip to Rome as a performing act at the inaugural Hard Rock Live Rome music festival this summer.

That was last week. Over the weekend, a panel of celebrity judges and music industry professionals that included E Street Band founding member Steven Van Zandt, singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee, indie artist Scott Hutchison, artist manager Laura Taylor, Taiwanese rock guitarist Stone and Hard Rock Records artist relations executive James Buell got together to select the grand prize winner and three runner-up winners, who would all receive $10,000 worth of music gear.

On Monday, the Hard Rock announced via its Facebook page that Seattle’s Joyfield had been selected as the winning band, with Mumbai’s The Koniac Net, Guatemala City’s En Boca De Todas and Orlando’s Fiery Sushi awarded the runner-up prizes.

Not being selected hasn’t dampened the competitive spirits of the band that got its start busking on the streets of Waikiki, however. They’ll head to Surfer, the Bar at the Turtle Bay Resort to take part in another battle Thursday before helping open for New Zealand-based duo Broods during the sold-out Star Free 4 All concert on Saturday.

Haven’t had the chance to get familiar with Streetlight Cadence? Check out the music videos below that were originally featured in Soul Sessions, which appears Tuesdays on the Pulse.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Johnson adds second August show

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May 11th, 2014



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Cody Portrer, foreground, and Derek Tanizaki were at front of the line to buy tickets for Jack Johnson's Aug. 1 concert at the Waikiki Shell. They said they got to the Blaisdell Center box office about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Despite sales restrictions imposed by promoters BAMP Project and the Blaisdell Center box office, more than 8,000 tickets for North Shore pop superstar Jack Johnson's Aug. 1 concert at the Waikiki Shell sold out within minutes on Saturday.

Those who lined up at the box office and logged online to buy via Ticketmaster's website were equally frustrated just a few minutes after tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. The brisk sales were apparently unaffected by a requirement for all purchasers to only pay with credit cards that had Hawaii-based ZIP codes in their billing addresses.

Johnson fans flocked to the artist's Facebook page to vent their frustration. Some were unaware Johnson's Kokua Hawaii Foundation had also made a block of lawn seats available a day in advance to members who had paid their annual dues by May 5:

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Luckily for fans unable to buy tickets on Saturday, Johnson's camp quickly announced a second show would be added on Aug. 2:

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According to a press release sent on Sunday, tickets for the second show will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Blaisdell Box Office, followed by all Ticketmaster outlets and online at ticketmaster.com at 10 a.m. As was the case last weekend, purchases will be limited to credit cards with a Hawaii ZIP code in the billing address; tickets will be limited to four per transaction.

If any tickets remain unsold, they will be made available for purchase without geographic restrictions at 10 a.m. Sunday. All proceeds from the concerts will go to Johnson's Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

The press release also named the opening act for both nights — English singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka will bring his acoustic blues-folk sound to the Waikiki Shell for the first time this summer.

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Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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