Big Island’s acclaimed Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off June 4 with a wide array of talented artists from all over the world after three years of absence. This marks the 9th year of the event, that will be held at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel from 5-9pm with Grammy award winning artists and Blues masterminds. Guests can expect a kickoff dinner show at the Redwater Cafe on June 2nd and a teaser show at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s Copper Bar on June 3rd.
Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier, organizer of the event, says that he had to cancel three times due to COVID. “It’s been a challenge. I’ve produced 65 music festivals for over 20 years here and this has been the toughest one. But we are moving foward with true aloha to bring some of the finest musicians in the world to Hawaiʻi.”
Burgmaier said that he’s excited to share never before seen artists as well as great food at a beautiful venue. He encourages all residents in Hawai’i to come to Big Island and attend. “Music is a universal language and brings us all together especially in trying times like now. Bringing this type of aloha to everyone in the community is important for everyone to experience.”
Some noteworthy artists include Zydecko Cajun Legend Wayne Toups, Donald Harrison, The Iguanas, JazzFEST BAND!, Dale Spalding, Skip Martin of Dazz Band and Kool & The Gang, and Eric Marienthal. Local artists, John Keawe, Beny Uyetake and Sarah Bethany to be featured as well.
This year is sold out. For more information visit http://bigislandjazzandbluesfestival.com.