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May 23, 2013

Think About It: Musical Notes

We need a big-time music festival in Hawaii. Maybe something could be worked up for the spring or fall during a lull in the tourist season, and at a time when other annual festivals are not going on. We need a fenced-off park on Oahu or a Neighbor Island with craft booths, food, festivities, and great live music including local and top domestic and international talent. I mean, if people are willing to go to Manchester, Tennessee, for Bonnaroo and Indio, California, for Coachella, why can't we put on a world class event in Hawaii? Make it a three-day affair to encourage people to spend a week in Hawaii.

We also need to revisit holding concert events at the Stan Sheriff Center. It's a great venue, centrally-located, and sits relatively idle for four months each year between May and August. Yeh, I know the Stevie Wonder thing didn't work out, but having concerts at UH which somehow benefit UH and include discounts for UH students would provide an opportunity to gain value from a wonderful, but under-utilized, facility.

And what ever happened to Andrews Amphitheatre? It used to be a great summertime concert venue for mainland and local acts- Blue Oyster Cult, The Animals, Peter Moon's Kanikapila, Shaggy, Bob Dylan, Bruddah IZ, The Green- many great artists over many years, under the stars, but it's used far too infrequently of late. In summary, I am pushing for more music of all sorts locally, for music is the universal language that really does bring people together. Enjoy the Hoku Awards on KFVE on Saturday night, celebrating the best Hawaii has to offer these days in the world of music. Tap your toes, hum along, and think about it…

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