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Mariah Carey, International Superstar Announces Her First Concert in Hawaii in Nearly Two Decades





Special Kama’aina pre-sale tickets available for Hawaii residents and military only*
starts Saturday, September 24th at 9:00 A.M. HST

Rick Bartalini Presents is proud and delighted to announce that Mariah Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time, will be returning to the Hawaii stage this fall with her “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour. On the heels of a sold-out Las Vegas residency, the forthcoming launch of docuseries Mariah’s World on E!, and one of the most exciting years of her extraordinary career, the global superstar will be taking her fans on a thrilling journey of wonder as she performs her biggest, career-defining hits. To reward her legions of super-loyal Hawaiian fans, the Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour will play Honolulu’s Neal S. Blaisdell Arena on Friday, November 25, 2016. The one-night-only engagement marks Mariah’s first performance in Hawaii in nearly two decades.

International demand for the one-night-only engagement is expected to be unprecedented. Therefore, concert promoter Rick Bartalini Presents will honor the residents and military of Hawaii with an exclusive Kama’aina pre-sale to purchase the best seats first. Starting Saturday, September 24th at 9:00 A.M., Hawaii residents and military can get early access to tickets before they go on sale anywhere else in the world. No password is required for local residents, only a Hawaii zip code. Hawaii residents and military may purchase up to eight tickets each. Tickets go on sale worldwide October 1st at 9:00 A.M. HST. Fans can get further information by signing up for Event Alerts at

Drawing on a back catalogue of over 18 No. 1 singles, Mariah will be performing her biggest hits, including the timeless “Hero,” “Fantasy,” “Always Be My Baby,” the global smash hit “We Belong Together” and many, many more.

After two seasons of speculation, Mariah will appear on the third season of the hit Fox series Empire. Carey will play a singer named Kitty who collaborates with Jamal (Jussie Smollett) at Empire and helps him craft an “explosive new song.” Mariah will appear on the October 5th episode.

Mariah Carey’s last performance in Hawaii was in February 1998. The sold-out concert at the Aloha Stadium sold an astonishing 33,000 tickets. The performance was filmed for her HBO special Mariah Carey Live Around the World.

Mariah Carey is a music icon, a soul legend, a pop phenomenon, a breathtaking live artist and planet Earth’s best-selling female artist of all time. She has sold over 220 million records and 17 of her 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles have been self-penned, including ‘Fantasy’, ‘Always Be My Baby’, ‘Hero’, ‘Touch My Body’, ‘One Sweet Day’, and ‘We Belong Together’, more than any other solo artist.

With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop artist.  As a singer/songwriter/producer, amongst her countless awards, she has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard’s “Artist of the Decade” Award, the World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium,” and BMI’s “Icon Award” for her outstanding achievements in songwriting.

She has topped the charts globally and has played to packed audiences in stadiums and arenas around the world. Her combination of stellar talents has inspired her dedicated fans in almost every country and set new standards for excellence in the music industry.

Mariah Carey’s ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. Her docuseries “Mariah’s World” will premiere internationally this fall on E! and takes a look behind the scenes in her busy life. She has made substantial marks in film with critically acclaimed roles in Precious (2009), Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013) and last year Mariah made her directorial debut in A Christmas Melody, a special festive feature for Hallmark, in which she also starred. A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children’s charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.

Jussie Smollett is an accomplished singer, songwriter and actor. In 2015, Jussie was catapulted to international fame playing Jamal Lyon opposite Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard on monster hit television series, Empire. Tonight on Fox, Jussie enters his third season starring on the multiple award-winning hit series that continues to shatter records, finishing the second season as the No. 1 show on broadcast television.

Jussie co-wrote the songs “I Wanna Love You” and “You’re So Beautiful” on the Grammy nominated Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire album. In addition to numerous BET and Teen Choice Award nominations, Jussie is a six-time NAACP award winner including “Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration” and “Outstanding Song” for “You’re So Beautiful” as well as “Outstanding New Artist.” Jussie is signed to Columbia Records.

“The word ‘honored’ doesn’t begin to explain how I feel about being on the same stage as the incomparable Mariah Carey. She is one of the greatest artists of all time and now a dear friend. I know I will cherish these moments forever and I know that this lighting is about to be POPPIN.” Said Jussie Smollett about his upcoming concert with Mariah Carey, his first in Hawaii.

Jussie is actively involved in numerous charities and was named by the Black AIDS Institute as one of the 30 artists under 30 truly making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS. He recently was inducted into its hall of fame. He sits on the Board of Artists for a New South Africa, and he supports the Jenesee Foundation, a shelter for battered women.

Tickets for Mariah Carey’s “Sweet Sweet Fantasy” tour with Empire’s Jussie Smollett November 25th at 8:00 P.M. at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena are $255.50, $155.50, $85.50, and $65.50 plus service fees. Tickets will be available at and in-person at the venue box office (Monday – Saturday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. HST) or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000. Neal S. Blaisdell Arena address: 777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI 96814.

*Rick Bartalini Presents welcomes non-Hawaii resident military to purchase tickets in-person at the

Blaisdell Box Office during the Kama’aina pre-sale

Stay up to date with Mariah Carey at and follow Mariah on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each ticket benefit the Rick Bartalini Presents Never Surrender Foundation for at risk LGBT youthwww.NeverSurrenderFoundation.Org

Parking Lot Closure & Box Office Relocation During IUCN Opening Ceremony

Parking at Neal S. Blaisdell Center (Blaisdell Center) will be restricted on Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1, 2016 for the World Conservation Congress Host Committee’s Hawaii 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Opening Ceremony.

Please be advised of the following changes regarding the Blaisdell Center:

(Daily and Monthly Parkers enter via King Street entrance)
• Tuesday, August 30, 2016

(NO MONTHLY AND DAILY PARKING – Please plan accordingly)
• Wednesday, August 31, 2016
• Thursday, September 1, 2016

Box office operations will also be modified as follows:

(The Main Blaisdell Box Office will be temporarily relocated to the Waikiki Shell Box Office)
• Wednesday, August 31, 2016
• Thursday, September 1, 2016
The Waikiki Shell Box Office will be open for business from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
There will be ample space to park. Parking will be free.

(Offices will be closed to walk-in business, including surfboard locker payments)
• Thursday, September 1, 2016

For further assistance, please call 768-5400.

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  • By 5 a.m. Wednesday, all ‘Ewa-bound lanes of Kapi‘olani between Kamake‘e Street and Ward Avenue will be closed and remain closed until Friday;
  • By 2:30 a.m. Thursday, and lasting to 2 p.m., Victoria Street will be closed between Beretania and King streets;
  • Makai-bound traffic on Victoria Street between Kīnau and Beretania Streets must turn right onto Beretania;
  • Mauka-bound lanes on Ward Avenue will be closed between Kapi‘olani Boulevard and King Street;
  • King Street makai curb lane will be closed between Ward Avenue and McKinley High School driveway;
  • Also Thursday, Young Street between Victoria and Pensacola streets will be open for local traffic only; and,
  • There will be no morning peak contraflow on Ward Avenue or Kapi‘olani Boulevard. Afternoon contraflow will not be affected.
  • Barriers will be removed from 7 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday. Parking will be restricted at the Blaisdell Center and the box office will be relocated to the Waīkīki Shell box office, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WWE Live Production Releases Available June 15

WWE LIVE returns to Oahu June 29
Production releases available June 15th!
Due to popular demand, WWE and Blaisdell Arena will release additional limited view seats to the WWE LIVE event on Wed, June 29, 2016. This will be your chance to see your favorite WWE Superstars LIVE!

The event will feature four championship matches. Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho will battle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4 Way Match. The New Day and the Vaudevillains will battle for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Charlotte and Becky Lynch will go one on one for the WWE Women’s Championship. The NXT Women’s Championship will be on the line as Natalya will take on Asuka. Also scheduled to appear: Titus O’Neill, Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler, The Uso’s, Shinsuke Nakamura, and many more!

Tickets to WWE LIVE will be made available on June 15th at 9am HST via, The Blaisdell Box office, area Ticketmaster Outlets, and charge-by-phone 800-745-3000.

*Lineup subject to change.

Parking Advisory For April 29 – May 1


Multiple events at the Blaisdell Center this weekend (April 29 – May 1, 2016) will create a large demand for parking at the Center. Plan ahead for increased traffic in surrounding areas and allow extra time to find parking so that you can arrive at your event on time.

Some of the busy events include: The Kevin Hart What Now Tour which takes place in the Arena on Saturday and Sunday night. The Book of Mormon ends its run in Hawaii with an evening performance on Friday night and matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday. The popular 19th Annual Spring Crafts and Food Expo will take over the Exhibition Hall Friday afternoon through Sunday.

McKinley High School will have parking available on Friday and Saturday which is accessible via Pensacola Street.


The Book of Mormon Lottery Information

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of living inside that improbable paradise called a musical comedy.”


[HONOLULU, HI] THE BOOK OF MORMON is pleased to announce a lottery ticket policy for the National Tour, which begins Wednesday, April 13 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu and plays a limited three-week engagement through Sunday, May 1. In Honolulu, the production will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece.

The wildly popular lottery for the Broadway production has attracted as many as 800 entries at some performances. The producers of THE BOOK OF MORMON are pleased to offer low-priced lottery seats for every city on the National Tour.BOM Lottery Signage

Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

THE BOOK OF MORMON is the winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Book (Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone), Best Direction (Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Scenic Design (Scott Pask), Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt), Best Sound Design (Brian Ronan) and Best Orchestrations (Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus); the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album; four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Musical, and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

THE BOOK OF MORMON features set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus. Music direction and vocal arrangements are by Stephen Oremus.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording for THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, is available on Ghostlight Records.

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Tower of Power Returns To Blaisdell Arena!

Saturday, May 14 8:00pm Blaisdell Arena
Tickets on sale starting this Saturday from 9am

Honolulu, HI –Island favorites TOWER OF POWER bring the party to the people when they return to Blaisdell Arena on Saturday, May 14th at 8:00pm!

TOWER OF POWER, with an acclaimed horn section described as the best in the business, are responsible for infusing funky, radio-friendly melodies with a rich dose of Soul, resulting in such hits as “What is Hip?”, “You’re Still A Young Man”, “So Very Hard To Go,” “This Time It’s Real”, “Time Will Tell”, “Don’t Change Horses (in the Middle of a Stream)”, “Down to the Nightclub” and “You Ought To Be Havin’ Fun”.

Formed in Oakland, California in 1968, TOWER OF POWER continues to tour worldwide, and have sold millions of albums across every continent.  In addition to their own releases, they’ve appeared on the recordings of many music greats including Santana, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Huey Lewis and the News, Frankie Valli, Toto, Heart, Dave Matthews Band, Aerosmith and Josh Groban.

Reserved tickets, party-priced at just $55.00 each, go on sale this Saturday, April 9th at 9am at Blaisdell Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets including Walmart, online at or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

WWE LIVE Returns To Oahu June 29



Tickets Available April 22nd!

For the 1st time in nearly 7 years, WWE LIVE will make a stop at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Arena on Wed, June 29, 2016.  This will be your chance to see your favorite WWE Superstars and Divas LIVE! SEE: Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt, New Day, Kevin Owens, The Usos, AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Asuka, Charlotte plus many more!

WWE offers the best value in entertainment, with tickets starting at $20. Tickets to WWE LIVE go on sale Friday, April 22nd at 9:00 AM and are available at, Blaisdell Box office, area Ticketmaster Outlets, and charge-by-phone 1-800-745-3000.

*Lineup subject to change.


BAMP Project Presents Kool & The Gang June 7th

Tickets on sale April 8th 

HONOLULU, HI – (Friday, April 1, 2016 ) – BAMP Project presents Kool & The Gang performing live in Honolulu at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Tuesday, June 7th, 2016. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8th at 10:00am at the locations listed below. This is an all ages event.

Kool & The Gang has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like Celebration, Cherish, Ladies Night, Jungle Boogie, Summer Madness and Open Sesame, they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. Kool & The Gang has performed continuously for the past 45 years, longer than any R&B group in history. Their bulletproof funk and tough, jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time.

Details on the Show:
WhereNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814
When:  Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Doors:   7:00pm (All ages)
Show:    8:00pm (All ages)

$99.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees
$79.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees
$69.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees
$49.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees

Tickets available Friday, April 8th at 10:00am at: / / Ticketmaster outlets including the Blaisdell Box Office  / Walmart stores on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island / Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

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The Cure Tour 2016 Comes To Blaisdell Arena

Live Nation & BAMP Project present
THE CURE Tour 2016
Saturday, July 16th
Blaisdell Arena

THE CURE TOUR 2016” will present Robert Smith (voice/guitar), Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), Roger O’Donnell (keys) and Reeves Gabrels (guitar) as they explore 37 years of Cure songs, mixing hits, rarities, favorites and as yet unreleased tracks in a brand new stage production that promises to be the ‘must see’ show of the year!

Tickets on sale this Friday at 10am at: / / / Ticketmaster Outlets including the Blaisdell Box Office  / Walmart stores on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island / Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

LINEUP UPDATE: BAMP Project presents Lee Brice now with Jerrod Niemann


Tickets on sale now
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HONOLULU, HI — (Friday, January 29th 2015 ) – BAMP Project and Country 97.5 present Lee Brice performing live in Honolulu at the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall, Saturday, March 5th, 2016 now with Jerrod Niemann replacing originally scheduled Tyler Farr. Tickets are on sale now at the locations listed below. This is an all ages event.

Due to microlaryngeal surgery, Tyler Farr is on immediate vocal rest and will not be appearing with Lee Brice at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on March 5th.  In his place, Jerrod Niemann will now be performing. Click here for the original statement from Columbia Nashville on Tyler Farr’s condition. 

Lee Brice:
After a successful sold out show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in 2014, Lee Brice is back! 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.

Jerrod Niemann:
Recording artist and Nashville hitmaker Jerrod Niemann is adding the finishing touches to his upcoming album, produced by Niemann with Jimmie Lee Sloas which will follow his RIAA Gold-certified multi-week No. 1 smash, “Drink to That All Night,” from his High Noon album. Niemann co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks on High Noon, the follow-up to his acclaimed, musically adventurous 2012 release, Free the Music.  Niemann’s chart-topping major-label debut, 2010’s Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, produced the No. 1 smash and RIAA-certified Platinum digital single, “Lover, Lover,” and the Top 5 and RIAA-certified Gold digital single, “What Do You Want.” His sophomore release, Free The Music, hit shelves last year and featured the Top 15 single “Shinin’ On Me” and the poignant ballad “Only God Could Love You More.” Niemann has quickly become a fan and industry favorite, earning award nominations from the ACM, CMA, CMT and the American Country Awards, while headlining his own shows and touring with such artists as Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban. visit

Details on the Show:
WhereNeal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall 777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814
When:  Saturday, March 5th, 2016
Hall:     6:30pm (All ages)
Show:  7:30pm (All ages)
Prices: $69.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees
$59.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees
$49.50 in advance plus applicable fees, increase day of the show plus applicable fees

Tickets available at: / / Ticketmaster outlets including the Blaisdell Box Office  / Walmart stores on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island / Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

If you aren’t familiar with Lee Brice, visit
If you aren’t familiar with Jerrod Niemann visit
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