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ku_PR PhotoOne of the industry’s most electrifying live performers, four-time Grammy Award winner and American Idol judge Keith Urban, will perform live in Honolulu at the Blaisdell Arena on October 7th. Tickets go on sale at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 6th at Blaisdell Box Office,, all Ticketmaster outlets including all Walmart locations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Urban is one of contemporary music’s most accomplished live performers. Combine an unpredictable concert experience with jaw-dropping showmanship and 17 #1 songs and it’s easy to understand why a Keith Urban show is “a concert experience not to be missed.”

In September 2013, Urban released his seventh studio album FUSE. His fourth #1 album marked the first time that a male Country artist has debuted atop the all-genre charts in the United States, Canada and Australia. The album’s first single, “Little Bit of Everything” took the top spot on the Country Singles Chart, as did “We Were Us”, featuring Miranda Lambert, which gave Urban a streak of five consecutive #1 songs (dating back to 2011’s “Without You”).

For all official Keith Urban tour news including show dates and where to purchase tickets, go to

DOORS: 7:00 PM • SHOW: 8:00 PM
TICKETS: $69.50 • $99.50 • $120.00


Straight No Chaser The New Old Fashioned Tour




TICKETS ARE $59.50, $49.50, $39.50 & $29.50 IN ADVANCE


Honolulu, HI – If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-­‐laced nor straight-­‐faced, but neither are they vaudeville-­‐style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. THE NEW OLD FASHIONED TOUR comes to town on the heels of the release of their new album “The New Old Fashioned” (available October 2015), their fifth album release through Atlantic Records. The album features an eclectic array of songs that explore multiple influential musical eras highlighted by signature and singularly unique medleys. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

Don’t miss Straight No Chaser at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall on Saturday, January 2, 2016! Tickets go on sale May 15, at 10AM and will be available at, by phone at 800-745-3000, or in person at Ticketmaster outlets and the Blaisdell Center Box Office.

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Graduation “No List” for Arena, Concert Hall, and Exhibition Hall

Note: Individual schools may have additional rules and regulations. Please check with the school about specific rules or items not listed below.

• No sticks or rods – posters must be able to be rolled up and put under chair
• No Balloons
• No Tripods
• No Laser Pointers
• No Outside food or Beverages – Including Alcohol!!
• No Tailgating in the parking structure, grass areas or on walkways
• No Noisemakers or Air Horns
• No Silly String, Confetti or Confetti Cannons
• No Strollers – strollers must be checked with the usher staff

All packages, gifts, lei, posters, etc. must fit on lap or under the seat. No aisles can be obstructed. All packages are subject to search. Large bags may be denied entry if they won’t fit or contain unsuitable items.

Graduation Dates for Blaisdell Center and Waikiki Shell

Chaminade University: Monday, May 11 @ 7PM

Hawaii Pacific University Commencement: Thursday, May 14 @ 4PM

Honolulu Community College Commencement: Friday, May 15 @ 5:30PM

Myron B. Thompson Academy Graduation: Friday, May 22 @ 5:30PM

St. Louis School Commencement: Saturday, May 23 @ 1:30PM

Sacred Hearts Academy Commencement: Saturday, May 23 @ 3PM

Damien Memorial High School Commencement: Sunday, May 24 @ 11AM

Kamehameha Schools Commencement: Sunday, May 24 @ 6PM

St. Francis School Commencement: Monday, May 25 @ 3PM

Waipahu High School Commencement: Friday, May 29 @ 6PM

Kaimuki HIgh School Commencement: Saturday, May 30 @ 5PM

Hawaii Mission Academy Commencement: Sunday, May 31 @ 10AM

Kalani High School Commencement: Monday, June 1 @ 6:30PM

Moanalua Middle School 8th Grade Promotion & Banquet: Tuesday, June 2 @ 9:45AM

Kalaheo High School Commencement: Tuesday, June 2 @ 6:30PM

Maryknoll School Commencement: Friday, June 5 @ 5:30PM

Punahou School Commencement: Saturday, June 6 @ 8PM

University of Phoenix Commencement: Sunday, June 7 @ 2PM

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Russell Peters is back!

Comedy superstar Russell Peters is back to deliver a laugh-out-loud show in Honolulu on Friday, October 30th

Straight off NBC’s hit show, Last Comic Standing and the critically acclaimed movie, Chef, and of course, Netflix, ​Canada’s number one stand-up export, RUSSELL PETERS returns to Honolulu with ALL NEW MATERIAL for his ALMOST FAMOUS WORLD TOUR on Friday, October 30th at Blaisdell Concert Hall. Featuring Russell’s latest take on some of his favorite communities, jobs he can understand, cell phones, dating and his uncle who’s never been punched in the mouth, plus Russell’s signature lightning fast improv with the audience.

The show will also feature Russell’s Official Tour DJ, New York City’s DJ Spinbad, as well as video cameras and screens for an up-close and intimate show.

“The audience left the venue with smiles on their faces and tears in their eyes, as Peters managed to nail them with his witty observatory comedic style and jokes about ethnic and cultural stereotypes.” – The Nation

Record-breaking Canadian comedian Russell Peters sells out arenas across the globe – he’s one of the top ten highest grossing stand-ups in the world. And his latest ALMOST FAMOUS WORLD TOUR has received great reviews from the media.

“Peters is constantly thinking up new material. He says his newest bits for the Almost Famous tour are less about lampooning cultural differences and more about “the culture of being Russell.” – LA Times

“…an exceptional comedian. He’s obviously a natural performer… The Guardian


Laugh out loud with Russell Peters Almost Famous World Tour on Friday, October 30th at Blaisdell Concert Hall.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 27th at 12pm at the Blaisdell Box Office, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 and online at

Starting in 2008, Peters was one of the first stand-up comedians to self-finance, self-produce and distribute his own comedy specials and DVD’s, with Red, White and Brown and 2011’s, The Green Card Tour LIVE from the O2 Arena. The DVD’s went on to sell over 350,000 units across North America. His last special, Notorious was the first original comedy special for Netflix. Notorious was also supported by a four-part documentary series, Russell Peters Vs The World. Peters currently has over seven hours of content on Netflix.

Peters has given away more than a million dollars over the past several years to various charities, from the Brampton Civic Hospital, to Heart House Hospice, Gilda’s Club, the MS Society and a scholarship at his old high-school, The Russell Peters North Peel Scholarship to send a deserving student to college.

Listed on the Forbes List as one of the top ten Highest Earning Comics in the U.S. since 2009, Russell Peters has spent the past 25 years building a career to become one of the biggest comics in the world. Thanks to YouTube and a global following, Peters has sold-out arenas from Madison Square Garden to the Sydney Opera House. Peters has also performed for the troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and on the USS Eisenhower and HMCS Winnipeg, and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Lopez Tonight, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and on HBO, CNN, MTV, BBC and Al Jazeera. Peters’ 2010 memoir, Call Me Russell was a Globe and Mail number one bestseller in Canada.

Neil Sedaka with special guest Melveen Leed perform at Blaisdell Concert Hall on March 28th!

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with very special guest
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Saturday, March 28, 2015 – Blaisdell Concert Hall – 8:00pm
Tickets on sale this Saturday, February 28th

Prolific hitmaker and performer Neil Sedaka will return to Honolulu on March 28th at 8:00pm for a concert at Blaisdell Concert Hall, with his very special guest, Hawaii’s own Melveen Leed.

Throughout his fifty-plus years of writing, performing, and producing music, Neil has gifted the world with more than 500 songs, inspired countless musicians to pursue their dreams in the music industry, and amassed a who’s who list of international stars like Carole King, Elton John and David Foster who are proud to call themselves fans. In addition to his own list of Top Twenty chart-toppers, Neil has penned hits for Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Connie Francis, Tom Jones, The Monkees, LaVern Baker, The Carpenters, Clay Aiken and The Captain and Tennille.

Among his many honors, Neil has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, has had a street named after him in his hometown of Brooklyn, and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Reserved tickets, priced at $55, $45, $35 and $25, go on sale this Saturday, February 28th at Blaisdell Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

George Benson returns to Hawaii

10-Time Grammy Award Winner
Returns to Hawaii!

Wednesday, March 4th @ 7:30 pm – Blaisdell Concert Hall

Honolulu, HI – 10-time Grammy Award Winner George Benson returns to Hawaii for two rare concerts in March!

Benson, recognized by peers and fans alike as an innovative music master, fused his love of guitar-centric jazz and soul with R&B, which resulted in a sound that dominated pop radio to the surprise and delight of a generation.

“Breezin’”, Benson’s 1976 release, may be considered the first jazz album to hit platinum status (it has since gone triple-platinum), but its success is also measured by the sheer amount of airplay it received on mainstream radio stations: the album topped the jazz, soul and pop charts simultaneously, due in large part to the success of Benson’s soulful, scat-laden cover of Leon Russell’s “This Masquerade.”

Subsequent releases also received critical and commercial success, fueled by hits like “Give Me the Night,” “Turn Your Love Around,” “The Greatest Love of All,” “Being with You,” “God Bless the Child” (with Al Jareau and Jill Scott) and “On Broadway”. 

Reserved tickets, priced at $35, $55, $75 and $95, are on sale beginning this Saturday, February 7th from 9am at Blaisdell Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart.  Tickets can also be ordered by phone at 1-(800)-745-3000 or online at

Jack White brings his prolific sound to Blaisdell Arena


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HONOLULU, HI – JANUARY 26, 2015 – Jack White, one of the most prolific and renowned artists of the past two decades,  announced today that he will be performing at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Arena on April 15th, 2015.  Ticket sales begin this Saturday, January 31st at 10am at the Blaisdell Box Office &

When the White Stripes started in 1997 no one, least of all Jack, ever expected that a red, white and black two-piece band would take hold in the mainstream world. The band’s self-titled debut and sophomore effort De Stijl amassed critical acclaim and built a passionate underground following, but it was the release of 2001’s White Blood Cells that thrust the White Stripes onto magazine covers as they captivated larger audiences through worldwide touring. “Fell in Love With a Girl” served as the band’s breakthrough hit and its accompanying Michel Gondry Lego clip was chosen by Pitchfork Media as the #1 music video of the 2000s.

The release of Elephant in 2003 not only cemented the band’s reputation, but also offered the hit “Seven Nation Army” which has since been appropriated as arguably the most popular chant in sports stadiums around the world.

In 2004, White teamed up with Loretta Lynn to produce and perform on her Van Lear Rose album, an effort that won GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for the single “Portland, Oregon.” To date White has won nine GRAMMYs in seven different categories.

White formed a “new band of old friends,” the Raconteurs, in 2006. Their debut album Broken Boy Soldiers featured the #1 hit single “Steady, As She Goes” and showed a markedly different side of White, one where songwriting, vocal and guitar duties were shared. In 2009, White returned to his original instrument, the drums, and started the Dead Weather with members of the Kills, Queens of the Stone Age and the Greenhornes. Releasing two albums in two years and unleashing a dark, captivating live show upon curious audiences, the Dead Weather further cemented Jack White’s musical versatility and range.

Also in 2009, White opened the doors to his very own Nashville-based record label, Third Man Records, where he has since produced and released more than 250 records in just over five years. With a catalogue of releases from artists as varied as Jerry Lee Lewis, the Smoke Fairies, Wanda Jackson, Black Milk and Stephen Colbert, and unimagined vinyl configurations, the label has rightfully earned its reputation as a leader in the vinyl record industry.

On April 24, 2012, White released his debut album Blunderbuss on Third Man Records/Columbia.  Blunderbuss debuted at #1 on the U.S. albums chart–a career first for White–and was both the top selling vinyl album and the highest charting solo debut of 2012 in the U.S. Blunderbuss also hit #1 in the UK, Canada and Switzerland, and received five GRAMMY nominations, including Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song for “Freedom at 21,” and, the following year, Best Rock Performance and Best Music Video for “I’m Shakin’.”

White released Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia), the follow-up to the gold-certified Blunderbuss, on June 10th, 2014. Once again debuting at #1 on the U.S. albums chart and at #1 in Canada and Denmark, Lazaretto also broke the record for first-week vinyl album sales–selling over 40,000 copies in the U.S.–making it not only the biggest selling vinyl album of 2014, but of any year since 1991.

APRIL 15TH, 2015

DOORS: 7:00 PM • SHOW: 8:00 PM
TICKETS: $29.50 • $39.50 • $55.00


House Rules of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center and Waikiki Shell

The following items are PROHIBITED from entering the Blaisdell Center and Waikiki Shell:

Weapons, Pepper Spray/Mace and Lasers
Outside Food, Beverages, Bottles or Cans
Noise Makers: Air Horns, Drums, Whistles, etc.
Illegal Drugs
Firecrackers, Fireworks and Flares
Skateboards and Rollerblades
Cameras: No Flash/Professional Photography, Tripods or Monopods
Recording Devices: Audio or Video
Bags (Backpacks, Large Bags, Suitcases, Luggages)
Pets (Except for Service Animals)

All patrons, tenants and performers shall observe and comply with all applicable laws and rules or regulations of the United States, the State of Hawaii, and the City and County of Honolulu or any Department thereof, including the following House Rules of the Neal S. Blaisdell Center (Center) and Waikiki Shell.

Admission into the Facility
Admission into any area of the Center or Waikiki Shell facility by the tenant or any individuals or groups authorized by the tenant, shall be solely determined by the Director of the Department of Enterprise Services (Director).

Standards of Conduct
The following standards of conduct shall apply to the tenant of the Center and Waikiki Shell, all performers at the event, and all individuals authorized by the tenant to be at the Center and the Waikiki Shell including all persons attending the event, except as may be authorized in writing by the Director.

  1. The Department of Enterprise Services (Department) shall designate certain areas for seating of the physically challenged at all events held at the Center and Waikiki Shell.  Patrons may obtain information and ticketing for such areas from the main box office.
  2. No individual shall park in mobility disabled marked stalls without a State Department of Transportation placard.
    a. Those needing mobility disabled parking, but not able to immediately acquire the State placard, may display written permission from the Director on the dash board.  All others will be towed at owners’ expense.
    b. Parking for these areas shall be charged at the same rate as for all other patron parking areas.
  3. Smoking is prohibited in the Center facilities. This includes e-cigarettes.
  4. Footwear is required for all individuals attending any event at the Center except as authorized by the Director.
  5. Individuals attending a reserved seating event are restricted to the seat number corresponding to the ticket.
  6. No food, beverages, bottles, or cans may be brought from the outside into any Center facility by any individual who is a patron attending an event.  Picnicking at Waikiki Shell events is at the discretion of the Director.  The City shall not assume any responsibility and/or liability for any picnicking at the Waikiki Shell.  No outside alcoholic beverages are allowed to be brought in to any facility by any patron.
  7. Waikiki Shell patrons are permitted to bring only back rests into the facility.  Seats with any elevation above ground level are not permitted.
  8. The Department reserves the right to limit the size of coolers or containers used to carry, store or refrigerate food and beverages and the number of packages or containers which may be allowed into the Waikiki Shell or restrict the right to bring any food or beverage into the facility.
  9. No unauthorized cats, dogs, other animals may be brought into any Center or Waikiki Shell facility except under the regulations of ADA.
  10. The hanging of banners or posters in any facility on the grounds of the Center or Waikiki Shell is prohibited without the prior approval of the Director.
  11. Hand billing, leaflet distribution or other dispensing of literature and printed material on the concourses exterior and interior of events, or on vehicles at any Center or Waikiki Shell facility without the permission of the Director is prohibited.
  12. Any person who is determined to be in violation of provisions (1) through (11) above will be given one warning and an opportunity to correct the violation.  An additional violation will result in the violator being required to leave the Center or Waikiki Shell facility, without refund of any ticket admission fee paid.

Any person who is determined to be in violation of the four provisions a) through d) below will be required to leave the Center or Waikiki Shell facility immediately without refund of any ticket admission fee paid.

a)  No unauthorized firecrackers or fireworks displays of any kind shall be brought into any Center or Waikiki Shell facility or upon its grounds.
b)  No objects or missiles of any kind shall be thrown or projected inside the Center or Waikiki Shell facility or upon its grounds except as permitted by the Director.
c)  No one shall commit any disorderly, obscene, indecent or unlawful act, or cause a nuisance on any Center or Waikiki Shell facility or upon its grounds.
d)  No one shall destroy, damage, deface or disturb in any way any Center or Waikiki Shell facility or equipment upon its grounds.

General Rules

  1. Activities not connected with ongoing events at the Center or Waikiki Shell shall be at the approval of the Director.
  2. Skateboarding, rollerblading and other activities which are not a scheduled part of an event are prohibited in or upon any of the grounds, sidewalks, roadways, foyers, concourse and parking facilities of the Center and Waikiki Shell.
  3. Permission for the sale of merchandise of any kind in the Center or Waikiki Shell may be granted by the Director only upon the request of the tenant.
  4. Parking on the lawn or grounds of the Center, other than in the designated parking areas, is prohibited and violators will be towed at their own expense.
  5. Alcoholic beverage consumption is restricted to authorized areas.
  6. Overnight camping, picnicking, partying or tailgating in the facilities or property of the Center or Waikiki Shell is prohibited except as authorized by the Director.
  7. General public access to Center facilities and grounds is restricted between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., unless there is an event in progress, and is prohibited at all times in any areas not designated for use by the general public.