Despite a few recent setbacks, BAMP is pushing ahead into the fall with some stellar acts coming to the biggest and best venues on the island: the Republik, Blaisdell and Kakaako Waterfront Park. On top of these great shows, watch out for international Filipino pop stars, one of the world’s greatest guitarists and several local favs.
Theory of a Deadman
Canadian band, Theory of a Deadman makes its Hawaii debut just days after the 10-year anniversary of the band’s freshman album. Honolulu fans might remember their hit, “Not Meant to Be,” after it reaped ruckus radio play from Star 101.9 every few hours in 2008. Get down and dirty with the guys who’ve toured with Mötley Crüe, Godsmack and Drowning Pool.
Why is it that when you ask someone what their favorite type of music is, most people say “anything but country?” With artists such as Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum climbing the (not just country) charts, we think that attitude’s changing, especially since more tickets have been repeatedly released for the Own the Night 2012 World Tour due to popular demand. The Grammy Award-winning trio comes to Honolulu this Saturday–learn to love it.
These guys are an example of what we wish all bands would experience when they perform in Hawaii: They can’t get enough. Back again for the third time–the first since their two-year hiatus from 2008-2010–the violin-wielding pop punks have a new album to tout. Southern Air, released last month, features singles “Always Summer” and “Here I Am Alive.” Indeed they are.
We live in a world where “Sandpaper Handjob” is something to look forward to. They perform as special guests to The Vandals, along with Saggy Teri & The Meatcurtains, 13th Legion, The Quintessentials, Random Weirdos and even more special guests to make this an all-out punk fest.
You know those bands that are just perfect for cranking on your radio at the beach, if only people carried around ghetto blasters like I imagine they did before iPods took over (back when it took more than a teeny grain of sand to be the death of your music)? Combining punk with reggae in a feel-good sound, these guys are reminiscent of such bands as Pepper, 311 and the Dirty Heads. They go perfect with a tan. (Surfer Makua Rothman will open the show.)
The Ghost Inside
Fast, heavy and angry. The melodic hardcore and metalcore group that has toured with Bring Me the Horizon, Stick To Your Guns, Bury Your Dead, Misery Signals and many other bands is going to shake The Showroom so hard that you’ll think ghosts are actually inside the walls.
Blues-rock guitarist, Joe Bonamassa cites British and Irish musicians–rather than American ones–as influences of his style, but that doesn’t mean his tours in the States aren’t a hit. Celebrate his recent release of the DVD Beacon Theatre: Live From New York and his album Driving Towards the Daylight at the Hawaii Theatre.
There is a limited capacity for this event, so if you already know who these sick headbangers are, stop reading now and get your ticket. For those who need convincing, Corrupt Absolute, Debauch (reuniting for this show only), Jesus Wears Armani and Nesta will accompany the best-selling death metal band in the US.
The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue
Three Grammy Award-winning artists–Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs–come together to form The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue, a bluesy trio of rare talents making their debut in the Islands. For one night in Honolulu (and the following night at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center), see the legendary musicians behind Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and Steve Miller Band unite.
The Melvins are out to break a world record by becoming the first band to tour every US state plus DC in 51 days. That’s a concert every single day for 51 days straight, traveling from Alaska to Hawaii without a single day off. Let’s hope by the time they arrive in Honolulu, they’ll be celebrating their feat and not dying of exhaustion so we can all celebrate with them as a part of history. .
Blues singer and songwriter Rick Shea starts from the ground up, with the most basic essentials laying the foundations for his songs. It all starts with a story, which is the heart of the country music in which he has excelled for decades. With two different shows on opposite sides of the island, there’s no excuse for missing him and his band.
Charice Infinity Tour 2012
Filipino pop stars are hot. If you missed Sarah Geronimo/Mark Bautista this month, check out Charice Pempengco on her Infinity Tour in November. Her gigantic voice coming from a tiny frame might shock you the way it did television audiences of Little Big Star, but that’s what got her into the finals of the singing competition. At only 20 years old, Charice works with huge names such as Bruno Mars and Nick Jonas. Cheesa, NBC The Voice finalist and a Filipino-American born and raised in Hawaii, opens the show.
Jake Shimabukuro & Friends
Known worldwide for his revolutionary take on the classic ‘ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro has surpassed boundaries for years, pushing the limits of classical Hawaiian music to something hip and modern that younger generations enjoy. In support of his latest album, Grand Ukulele, Jake will take to the stage with some friends to celebrate the home he loves with the ‘ohana who loves him back. Ever since his Pure Heart days, Jake’s known how to please a crowd, and more than ten years later, he’s still going strong. We’ll keep you updated for when the 10th annual concert happens.
“Christian death metal” is an awesomely named genre, just because of the seemingly contradictory terms that are integral components of the music. Find out how to worship God through gory-sounding music with Impending Doom this December, just in time to celebrate Christmas in a whole new way.
The mega-hit rockers behind “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Open Arms,” “Faithfully”–I could go on–are bringing the biggest shows of the year as an early Christmas present to our Islands. Friday night tickets are sold out, so act fast if you want to go on Wednesday. When your co-workers are talking about how amazing the band is live, you don’t want to be the sad ball of tears staring at the floor thinking about how you spent the night at home alone watching cat videos on the internet. You make the call.