Five can't-miss summer concerts
In honor of the official start of summer last weekend, here's a list of five big shows coming up in Honolulu during July and August. If you only have enough graduation cash or summer job savings to check out one concert, make sure it's one of these.
MAYJAH RAYJAH 2014
Now that the annual KCCN FM-100 Birthday Bash is gone, the title of Biggest Summer Concert of the Year is a toss-up between the Raymond “Ray Jr.” Ho Jr.-produced MayJah RayJah and BAMP Project's Republik Summer Music Festival.
Ray Jr. consistently strives to outdo himself, so this year's two-day event at the Waikiki Shell shouldn't disappoint. J Boog will headline the first night, with support from more than two dozen opening acts that include Nesian N.I.N.E., Hot Rain, Backward Shaka, Ikena Dupont and DJ Osna. The following evening, Shaggy returns to Honolulu with help from Anuhea, Kapena, Bo Napoleon, Sammy J and others.
The party doesn't stop on Oahu, however. The MayJah RayJah will stage concurrent shows on Maui the same two nights, with the Saturday night Oahu lineup playing Maui on Friday night and vice versa.
4 p.m. July 25 and July 26 at the Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. Tickets: $29-$120, plus taxes and fees. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
JACK JOHNSON WITH SPECIAL GUEST MICHAEL KIWANUKA
There's no ignoring the fact that Jack Johnson's pair of August concerts at the Waikiki Shell are among the most highly-anticipated of not just the summer, but all of 2014.
Sadly, unless you're one of the 17,000 or so lucky fans with tickets to those shows, the only way you'll see the North Shore resident with opening act Michael Kiwanuka is to camp out in Kapiolani Park.
6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and Aug. 2 at the Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. Both shows sold out; proceeds to benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.
E-40 WITH SPECIAL GUEST NUMP TRUMP
Without the NFL Pro Bowl to help attract more of his fans to Honolulu, I'm worried the crowd will be a bit lacking at The Crown when Bay Area rap legend E-40 returns to Honolulu on July 3.
Still, it's the night before a holiday, and 40 has always enjoyed a warm welcome during previous visits. This time he's in town to support his 2013 album, "The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4," with help from Filipino American hip-hop artist Nump Trump.
11 p.m. July 3 at The Crown, 1837 Kapiolani Blvd. Tickets: $45, $75 and $150, plus fees. Call (808) 943-1700 or visit eventbrite.com.
BACK IN THE DAY WITH KAPONO AND FRIENDS
The Waikiki Shell will wrap up a busy stretch of summer shows when Henry Kapono headlines an all-star lineup of local musicians during Back in the Day Hawai'i on Aug. 23.
The concert, presented by Oceanic Time Warner Cable, the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts and Alaska Airlines, is also sponsored by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and will serve as a benefit for Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
Along with Kapono, the following artists are scheduled to perform:
» Jerry Santos
» Brother Noland
» Keola Beamer
» Robert Cazimero
» Willie K
» John Cruz
» Amy Hanaiali’i
» Robi Kahakalau
» Sean Na’auao
» Ledward Kaapana
» Mike Kaawa
» Raiatea Helm
6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Waikiki Shell, 2805 Monsarrat Ave. Tickets: $29-$150, VIP packages available. Visit backinthedayhawaii.com.
Tickets go on sale Friday for the return of Courtney Love to Honolulu on Aug. 26 at The Republik.
Starting with Hole in 1989, Love has been an indelible part of the American rock landscape for 25 years. She's worked as a solo artist for more than a decade, although Hole did resurface with a new lineup and album in 2010.
Love, who is also an accomplished actress and author, released a new single, "You Know My Name," last month.
8 p.m. Aug. 26 at The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd. Tickets: $40. Call (808) 941-7469 or visit bampproject.com.
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 email@example.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.