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Joey Alexander Trio

Wednesday, May 25  7:00 PM

Born in Bali, Indonesia, Joey Alexander has been performing professionally since the age of 11 when he was invited by Wynton Marsalis to perform at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Gala.

Alexander subsequently moved to New York City and released his debut album, My Favorite Things, in 2015 on Motéma Music, followed by four more albums. Alexander's albums have netted three Grammy Award nominations — one for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and two for Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Two albums, My Favorite Things and Countdown, reached the number 1 spot on the Billboard Jazz charts.


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John Cruz

Saturday, May 28th  3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

On Saturday, May 28, John Cruz takes the stage at Kahilu Theatre to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of his iconic album, ‘Acoustic Soul.’ John will play every song on the album - bringing the record and era to life with stories and special, musical guests.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revel in the soulful energy of one of the best selling Hawaii albums of all-time and the artist who created it. ‘Island Style,’ ‘Shine On,’ ‘Sitting In Limbo’ and many more favorites - Hawaii anthems and the soundtrack to so many of our lives, the songs and memories await.

“A new experience after all these years! Playing every song from ‘Acoustic Soul’ at one concert for the first time ever,” shares John. “This album changed my life and the late ‘90s were chock full of amazing, joy-filled times. Looking forward to marking 25 years since the album’s release - singing these songs and reconnecting with friends and fans. So happy and lucky to be able to do this tour now.”

SET LIST

John will play each song from ‘Acoustic Soul’ interspersed with additional, heartfelt compositions spanning his entire career.

ACOUSTIC SOUL
Island Style
Shine On
Sitting in Limbo
Mama’s Lil’ Baby
The Way We Used To Do
Impossible Anna
Sittin’ Around
Kawailehua‘a‘alakahonua
The River Runs

Kahala Moon


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The Adventures of Kai Ballet presented by West Hawaii Dance Theatre

Sunday, May 29  4:00 PM

West Hawaii Dance Theatre presents a double bill for their spring performance:

Act I includes the beautiful 1845 classical ballet "Pas De Quatre" plus original contemporary pieces choreographed by WHDT’s artistic director & instructors. Piano accompaniment by Megumi Kopp.

Act II is The Adventures of Kai, a whimsical story ballet based on the odyssey of a boy separated from his parents when their sailboat is caught in a storm and Kai washes ashore on a beach on Hawaii Island. Kai quickly makes many new, native friends, who help him navigate an unfamiliar, and sometimes challenging, environment. In the end, lives are forever changed. Choreography by Timor Bourtasenkov. Libretto and story by author Jillian Brady.


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Joachim Cooder

Saturday, June 25  7:00 PM

Joachim Cooder is a musician who leads a double life: he's a celebrated percussionist who has worked with a number of respected roots and world music artists, while he also records as a headliner, where his primary instrument is the electric mbira, a variation on the traditional African thumb piano.

As a sideman, his adaptable style has found him working with his father, Ry Cooder, on the legendary Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club sessions, and inventive Indian instrumentalist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Joachim has also worked on his own with artists like Ali Farka Touré, who inspired Cooder to take up the mbira.

As a bandleader, his music is an atmospheric blend of folk, blues, and African music that encompasses familiar themes with an otherworldly instrumental texture. 


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