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

Sedaka 2015NEIL SEDAKA
with very special guest
Melveen Leed

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.


Lee Brice & Chris Young

Tickets on sale Thursday, December 18th at 9am

HONOLULU, HI – (Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014) – BAMP Project presents Lee Brice and Chris Young live in Honolulu at The Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall Sunday, March 8th, 2015. Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 18th, at 9:00am at the locations listed below. This is an all ages event.

Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process. His new album, I Don’t Dance, is a showcase for his painstaking approach to writing and recording, with his distinctive fingerprints clearly emblazoned on every element of the album. Brice is known for his chart topping Nashville inspired hit songs, and most recently, his show-stopping performance on the 2014 Academy of Country Music telecast, where he also won “Song of the Year.”

His recent success is nothing new. He released his debut album, Love Like Crazy, in 2009 and the title track jumped to #3 on the Billboard Country chart and set a record as the longest charting song in that chart’s history. His followup album, Hard 2 Love, released in 2012, featured three #1 Country singles and was certified Gold. The album also earned Brice both CMA and ACM Awards. Brice continues to pursue perfection in the writing and recording of his music, and his live performances, and enjoys positive reception from critics and fans alike.

Chris Young has accomplished more by 29 than some artists do in a lifetime. Already a Grammy-nominated recording artist, he’s also a dynamic live performer consistently in demand, an international ambassador for his genre, and a talented songwriter with six Number Ones to his name. Now, with the release of his fourth album, A.M., Chris has enjoyed even more popularity without escaping his roots. More than anything, A.M. is definitely country. “Everybody’s got a definition of what country music is,” Young says. “Never before has it been so broad as to what can be on a country radio station, and what country music can be. It really just has to be what you feel as an artist.”

Details on the Show:
Where: The Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI 96814
When: Sunday, March 8th , 2015
Doors: 6:30 pm (All Ages)
Show: 7:30 pm (All Ages)
Prices: $69.50, $59.50 & $49.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees.

Tickets on Sale At: /, all Ticketmaster Outlets including the Blaisdell Box Office / Walmart stores on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island / or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 /

If you aren’t familiar with Lee Brice, visit his site at
If you aren’t familiar with Chris Young, visit his site at

Thanksgiving Weekend 2014


Please be advised that due to the expected large number of people attending multiple events at the Blaisdell Center from November 28th – November 30, 2014, there will be increased daytime and evening traffic on streets surrounding the complex. Overflow parking will be available at McKinley High School, accessible via Pensacola Street. Please plan ahead as parking will be limited and lot closures may be frequent.

All gates at King and Kapiolani will be open for parking access. Valet parking for Daniel Tosh will be accessible from Ward Avenue, mauka of the Box Office at the Galleria Driveway. Valet parking for Gabriel Iglesias will be accessible from Ward Avenue, makai of the Box Office at the Box Office parking lot. No left turns are allowed into any Blaisdell parking entrance from Ward or Kapiolani.

Blaisdell Center Management

Jack Johnson Tickets Available


July 22, 2014 – Great news everyone, a limited number of tickets will be released from the production holds for Jack Johnson’s Kokua Hawaii Foundation benefit concerts at the Waikiki Shell on August 1st and 2nd. The tickets will be released tomorrow, July 23rd at noon Hawaii time! Move quick, these tickets will go fast! Tickets will be sold at all Ticketmaster outlets to Hawaii residents only for the first 48 hours. Buy your tickets here.

Please Note: There will be Paperless Tickets on Pool GA standing & Terrace reserve seats for the Saturday, 8/2/14 event for tickets bought online and through charge by phone. A physical ticket for entry will not be sent to you. Instead, you will be required to bring the credit card used to purchase your tickets and a government-issued ID to the venue at the time of the show, where your credit card will be swiped to gain you and your party access to the event. This is an attempt to keep tickets out of scalpers hands and in the hands of fans.


Revive The Live Music Festival 2014

Revive The Live Cover


HONOLULU, HAWAII, July 3, 2014 – In 2012, Island Reggae Music in Hawaii was on a decline due to a number of various factors. Hawaii’s Finest Clothing, Heineken Hawaii and Island 98.5 took on the responsibility to contribute their best efforts to revive Island Reggae Music here in the islands. In late 2012 they launched the Revive The Live Campaign to bring Island Reggae Music back to the forefront of Hawaii Entertainment. Two years later Island Music is strong and alive and ready to take Hawaii’s biggest stage…the Waikiki Shell!

The Revive The Live Music Festival’s focus is to celebrate and perpetuate the revival of Live Island Reggae Music in Hawaii. The one night festival will feature the top artist out of Hawaii and New Zealand. There has never been a more talented group or artists performing on one stage during one magical night, which is why the Revive The Live Music Festival will be the concert of 2014!

On the night of September 6th 2014 the Revive The Live Music Festival will feature five of Hawaii’s most talented and sought after bands. These bands include Fiji, Kolohe Kai, Maoli, Ekolu & Ooklah The Moc. To close the night we have the top band out of New Zealand, Katchafire! We’ve put together our absolute dream line up that covers all aspects of Island Reggae Music from the past and present, both near and far.

The Legendary Fiji will take us down memory lane with over 20 years of timeless hits uch as “Sweet Darling”, “Naughty Girl” and “Smokin’ Session”. Hawaii’s hottest up and coming bands Kolohe Kai and Maoli, both fresh off tour will electrify the crowd with its such as “Ehu Girl”, “He’e Roa”, “Write Me A Letter” and “Get Right”. Ekolu will sooth your lovers rock needs with their smooth melodies, rhythms and hits such as “Down In The Valley”, “I Love You Girl” and “True Love”. Hawaii’s most prominent Reggae band Ooklah The Moc will get the crowd skanking with hits such as “Hell Fire” and “Spliff Mood”. To close the night we have the award winning, platinum selling, international reggae superstars Katchafire performing hits such as “Who You With”, “Feels Like”, “Love Letter”, and “On The Road Again”.

The Revive The Live Music Festival is the concert that you don’t want to miss. Come enjoy six of the top Island Reggae Headliners performing nothing but hits from the minute the gates open to the very last Hana Hou. Don’t miss the Concert of 2014!

Hawaii’s Finest Clothing, Heineken Hawaii, Island 98.5, Vaping Section, Waikiki Gateway Hotel, and the Paina Bus proudly bring the Revive The Live Music Festival 2014 to you.

Revive The Live Music Festival 2014
Saturday September 6 2014
Waikiki Shell
All Ages Welcome
Doors 4:00 Music 4:30

Ticket Info:
$20 (Upper/Lower Terrace & Lawn Seats) On ticket Release Date
$25 (upper/lower terrace & lawn seats) +$5 Day Of
$50 Pool Seating (Rows 5-­‐7) +$10 Day Of
$80 VIP Pool Seating (Rows 1-­‐4) +$10 Day Of (VIP entry, VIP area, food and Official Lanyard)

Ticket Outlets:
Blaisdell Box Office – 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
WalMart – Honolulu Electronics Department 700 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
WalMart – Pearl City Electronics Department 1131 Kuala St, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
WalMart – Waipahu Electronics Department 94-595 Kupuohi St, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
WalMart – Mililani Electronics Department 95-550 Lanikuhana Ave, Mililani, Hawaii 96789
WalMart – Kapolei Electronics Department 91-600 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Order by Phone Ticketmaster – Toll Free 1-800­745-3000 or visit

About The Artist:
Kolohe Kai:
Ooklah The Moc:

About The Venue:
Waikiki Shell:

Promoter Info:
Hawaii’s Finest Clothing – Entertainment – Records – Television
IG: HawaiisFinestClothing #HIFinest #ReviveTheLive
FB: Hawaii’s Finest
TW: HIFinest

Henry Kapono – “Back in the Day”

Henry Kapono
Oceanic Time Warner Cable
Hilton Hawaiian Village
MAUNA LOA Macadamia Nuts
& Alaska Airlines

Proudly Present…

Henry Kapono & FRIENDS – “Back in the Day”!

It’s so nice to see familiar faces out in the crowd….


Henry Kapono
Grammy nominated & multiple award winning Henry Kapono has been on the leading edge of Hawaii’s music scene AND a driving force in Hawaii’s music business for over 3 decades from his Columbia Records days as duo Cecilio & Kapono, through his solo career. Now simply know as HENRY, Henry’s passion for music has led to strong music business acumen while creating an impressive resume in the music industry. Henry takes his creativity “Back in the Day” as he invites his Friends to join him in an unprecedented “Concert of the Stars” at the Waikiki Shell on August 23rd, 2014. Henry and Friends will play the music that makes Hawaii living a Lifetime Party, and invites you to join him as he helps Make-A-Wish-Hawaii® Share the Power of a Wish®.

“Back in the Day!”
Who set the still standing record for the most people attending a concert at the Waikiki Shell? Cecilio & Kapono! Who wrote the international hit song Honolulu City Lights? Keola Beamer! Who tugged at the heart strings of Hawaii & the Pacific with their love song NightBird? Kalapana! Who makes us remember when we were younger with his hit song Ku’u Home O Kahulu’u? Jerry Santos of Olomana! Who sang local anthems Big Ships, Coconut Girl and Pua Lane? Brother Noland! And the list goes on!

Henry Kapono & FRIENDS – Back in the Day celebrates the living legacy of Hawaii’s most prolific and iconic entertainers. These are the artists whose songs became firmly rooted as the soundtrack of local living in Hawaii. They created the music that continues to sustain its freshness and essence of a lifestyle that is free, easy and fun. Just the mention of these songs immediately conjures up Goodtimes Together -music that invokes instant memories of where we were and what we were doing when we first heard these songs. Whether it was high school, graduation, college, the beach, surfing, bbq’s, country parties, back yard jams, concerts at the Waikiki Shell or Diamond Head Crater, eating at Rainbow’s Drive-in, Zippy’s & L&L … we are living local and loving it! Great days and good times! And the best is yet to come….

Still selling out concert after concert decades later, HENRY KAPONO & AN AMAZING LIST OF HAWAII’S TOP ENTERTAINERS COME TOGETHER ON ONE STAGE AS NEVER BEFORE FOR THE EVENT OF THE YEAR to put a smile on your face and on those of Hawaii’s Wish Kids and their families, and to bring good feelings to your heart as they take you Back in the Day, reliving those Shell concert memories through atmosphere, stories, celebrities, memorabilia and of course, music!

Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
Make-A-Wish Hawaii grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1982, Make-A-Wish Hawaii has granted more than 900 wishes to Hawaii’s children. Annually, there are more than 100 local keiki who are newly diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition who qualify for a once in a lifetime wish. Make-A-Wish Hawaii is dedicated to their vision of offering a life-affirming wish experience to each and every one of them.

As a Wish Ambassador, Henry Kapono is committed to helping make these wishes come true for Hawai’i’s keiki, and invites you to the Back in the Day concert to help him and his Friends Share the Power of a Wish® !

This concert is also brought to you in part by
Carolyn & Dave Wilson
The Honolulu Star Advertiser

The Waikiki Shell
August 23, 2014 or 1 800 745-3000
Ask for the VIP Package!

Ticket Information:
VIP Packages – $125
Make-A-Wish Hawaii VIP Packages – $150
($25 of each purchase goes to Make-A-Wish Hawaii)

Upper & Lower Terrace reserved seats – $45
Make-A-Wish Hawaii Upper & Lower Terrace reserved seats – $50
($5 of each purchase goes to Make-A-Wish Hawaii)
Lawn Seats – $29
($5 of every lawn ticket purchase goes to Make-A-Wish Hawaii)

Tickets on Sale 6/12/14
Online: or By Phone: 1 800 745-3000
Concert & VIP ticket Info:
Henry Kapono & FRIENDS – “Back in the Day”!

“We would play our guitars & sing our songs and everybody would sing along
Back in the day – we were having so much fun!”

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