Bilal, The Brian McKnight 4 and Creed Bratton from THE OFFICE Headline September at Blue Note Hawaii

Bilal, The Brian McKnight 4 and Creed Bratton from THE OFFICE Headline September at Blue Note Hawaii

The month kicks off with local songstress Melveen Leed and the return of the Honolulu Jazz Quartet presenting a Tribute to Bird & Dizzy: The Birth of Bebop. Good music runs in the Artis family, so don't miss PraiseJesus Artis in her Blue Note debut. Jazz talent Abe Lagrimas Jr. is up next, followed by the Na Hoku "Female Vocalist of the Year" Kimié Miner. Paula Fuga returns with a tribute to Aretha Franklin and soul-singer DeAndre Brackensick is back with Shawn Pimental. We welcome Willie K back to the stage following a successful mainland tour and present the Blue Note debut of Kamuela Kahoano. The youngest of the family, Rodney Cazimero joins us later in the month followed by local giants Kumuhau,Brother Noland & John Cruz and Kuana Torres Kahele presenting 'Kakuhihewa, his tribute to O'ahu.

Our international show-stoppers include originator of Japanese surf music, Kayama Yuzo, groundbreaking neo-soul vocalist Bilal, and The Brian McKnight 4, back by popular demand. The months wraps up with an Evening of Music & Comedy featuring Creed Bratton from the hit television series "The Office."

A 15% kama'aina discount is available to residents for most shows. This is available online with code MAHALO15, as well as in person at the box office. Parking is validated at the OHANA East Hotel for $6 for four hours, and at the Outrigger Waikiki for $15 for four hours valet.

The full August Blue Note Hawai'i lineup includes:

Melveen Leed

September 1

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Melveen Leed began singing in the mid-1960s and has released a number of records in the genres of Hawaiian, country, and jazz. Leed won the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Female Vocalist in 1978, 1979, 1981, 1984 and 1987. She will be joined by Jeff Peterson, Lopaka Colon, Rodney Villanueva, Tau Rickford Espiritu, and Iwalani Tseu.

Honolulu Jazz Quartet Presents A Tribute to Bird & Dizzy: The Birth of Bebop

September 2

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Honolulu Jazz Quartet presents a tribute to legendary saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Led by bassist John Kolivas, the HJQ will play the classics of each artist as well as focusing on the breakthrough bebop album "Bird and Diz."

PraiseJesus Artis

September 3

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

PraiseJesus Artis is a singer-songwriter known for her original compositions, soothing the audience with her jazz, soul, classical, and R&B, inspiring them to get up and dance. The fifth of 11 artistically-talented children, PraiseJesus is currently touring the world hoping to spread joy, peace, love and harmony through her musical gifts.

Abe Lagrimas Jr.

September 4

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Abe Lagrimas Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, ukulele, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 2012, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and has worked with many different artists such as Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro. Abe continues to be an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles.

Kayama Yuzo

September 6

Tickets: Premium $75, Loge $55, Bar $45

Showtime: 8:00 PM

Doors: 6:00 PM

Kayama Yuzo is said to be the first singer-songwriter in Japan, to this day creating music across various genres such as surf rock, and pop. His most famous composition "Kimi to Itsumademo (Love Forever)," sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc in 1965, as the highest selling single in the history of Japan's recording industry.

Kimié Miner

September 7-8

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Singer-songwriter Kimié Miner creates an inimitable musical style that dresses the listener in a flowing mu'umu'u at sunset on a cool, Hawaiian beach. Growing up on an island, surrounded by the ocean is a formative experience which can be heard throughout her work; giving her songs a loose, down-to-earth feel, and imbuing her lyrics with natural imagery.

Mike Lewis' Tribute to the Great City of New York

September 11

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

New York trumpeter Mike Lewis and friends present a Big Apple-themed night, featuring tunes like "New York State of Mind," "New York, New York," "Autumn in New York," and "On Broadway." Special guests include Shari Lynn, Augie Rey and more.

Bilal

September 12-13

Tickets: Table & Booth $35, Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

If there was one R&B artist for whom the neo-soul categorization seemed limiting, it was Philadelphia native Bilal. Through evangelism from his peers and word of mouth from his early fans, Bilal gained an insatiable following and was supported by sympathetic independent labels, where he was finally able to thrive creatively.

Blue Note Comedy Series: Andy Bumatai With Opener Daryl Bonilla

September 14

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Local comedy icon Andy Bumatai has traveled extensively as a headliner in comedy clubs across America and as an opening act, on tour with some of the biggest names in show business including Tom Jones, Paul Anka, Kenny Loggins The Beach Boys and Lionel Richie.

Blues Masters: Featuring the Keith Batlin Band

September 15

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Keith Batlin returns to the Blue Note Hawaii with a night of blues, featuring the music of BB King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King and more. Batlin's vocals and harmonies cover a truly amazing range of styles and complexities, easily switching textures from honey/silk to smoke. In his voice, you can hear traces of Al Green, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Robert Plant.

Tribute to Aretha Franklin: Paula Fuga

September 16

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Soulful singer Paula Fuga pays tribute to "The Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin. Franklin was the most-charted female vocalist in history, winning a total of 18 GRAMMY® Awards and selling over 75 million records worldwide. Praised for her originality in song composition and ability to stir the deepest emotions with spellbinding and soulful vocals, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai'i's most respected live performers.

Rachel Cruz CD Release Concert

September 17

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

A captivating singer-songwriter, Rachel Cruz is a soulful performer whose haunting music will take you on a journey of empowerment. With a sultry, powerhouse voice, Rachel is often compared to singers like P!nk and Amy Lee of the rock band Evanescence.

Willie K

September 18

Tickets: Table & Booth Seating $45, Bar $35

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera leaving everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment.

Kamuela Kahoano

September 19

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Kamuela Kahoano is a Hawaii-born musician, artist, Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner (and 4-time nominee), and producer/composer. Kamuela's versatility covers a wide range of musical styles, including solo ukulele, Slack-Key guitar, folk, rock, pop-fusion and Hawaiian. He has performed throughout the US, Japan and Australia, and is currently touring with the Ki-Ho'alu (Slack Key) Festival in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest.

This is Kamuela's Blue Note premiere.

The Brian McKnight 4

September 20-22

Tickets: Premium $85, Loge $65, Bar $55

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

As an artist who needs no introduction, multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight has gained international and domestic recognition, earning himself a spot in contemporary music history. He has released 16 albums to date over the past twenty years, selling over 30 million albums worldwide, and receiving 16 GRAMMY© nominations. McKnight will perform all of his hits, appearing with his quartet comprised of piano, bass, guitar and drums.

DeAndré Brackensick & Shawn Pimental

September 23

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

California native DeAndré Brackensick found his start to singing in his local gospel church. Although he is widely known for his run to the Top 8 on American Idol Season 11, DeAndre continues to show his cultural influence and musical versatility by performing traditional Hawaiian music and hula across the island.

Shawn Pimental is a consummate musician and award-winning record producer. He has performed with some of Hawai'i's leading recording artists, offering his talents on guitar, drums, bass and vocals, in styles ranging from traditional Hawaiian to contemporary to reggae.

Unofficially Yours

September 24

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

From soulful ballads that call upon heartfelt memories to beats to get the body moving in tune, Unofficially Yours debuted at the Surfer the Bar at Turtle Bay and has since performed their own unique style of fusion all over Oahu, ready to make a mark in Hawaii's music scene.

Rodney Cazimero

September 25

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Rodney Heloke "Tiny" Cazimero was born in Kapaau, Hawaii, the 9th child of Elizabeth and William Cazimero. Following his 12 years in the Air Force, Rodney returned home to Hawaii and began a career in the travel industry, taking advantage of performance opportunities at corporate gigs. He is currently a featured solo singer with the famous Royal Hawaiian Band.

Kumuhau

September 26

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

The dynamic group of musicians have over 50 years of experience, collectively, in the Hawaii music scene. Keith Omizo and his trademark velvety voice leave audiences mesmerized and reminiscing of the '70s and '80s all over again.

An Evening of Music & Comedy with Creed Bratton

September 27

Tickets: Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Since starring as his eccentric character on the NBC hit show "The Office," Creed Bratton has gained a cult-like following with the young demographic who have grown up watching the sitcom. However, Creed is also known as a founding member of the legendary rock band The Grass Roots, best known for the hits "Let's Live for Today" and "Midnight Confessions." Creed's live show is a perfect blend of his offbeat comedy mixed and quality music.

Brother Noland & John Cruz

September 28-29

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Acclaimed local Hawaiian artists Brother Noland and John Cruz have both equally placed their stamp on the local and mainland scene. Brother Noland's "Coconut Girl" birthed the Jawaiian style and has appeared in many major motion pictures, while John Cruz contributed to the album "Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2," with song "Jo Bo's Night," which won the album the first ever GRAMMY for Hawaiian Music.

Kuana Torres Kahele Presents 'Kakuhihewa: Tribute to O'ahu

September 30

Tickets: VIP $45, Premium $35, Loge & Bar $25

Showtimes: 6:30 & 9:00 PM

Doors: 5:00 & 8:30 PM

Kuana has been involved in the music and hula scene of Hilo since he was 6 years old, training as a kane dancer under legendary Hilo kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho. Kuana continues his Tribute to the Hawaiian Islands with a tribute to Molokai and featuring the music of his kumu hula Johnny Luma Ho. Joining Kuana for this evening will be legendary Hawaiian singer Robert Cazimero.

About Blue Note Entertainment Group

Blue Note Entertainment Group, founded in 1981 by Danny Bensusan, is a multi-faceted entertainment company that owns and operates New York's Blue Note Jazz Club, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Highline Ballroom, Subrosa, and Lucille's Grill; The Howard Theatre (Washington D.C.); and Blue Note Jazz Clubs Worldwide (Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan and Milan, Italy, Beijing, China, Napa, California, and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil). The company also programs the Regattabar Jazz Club (Cambridge, MA). Blue Note Entertainment Group presents shows outside of its club network. The annual Blue Note Jazz Festival was established in 2011 and has since grown to become the largest jazz festival in New York City each June. Subsidiaries of Blue Note Entertainment Group include the GRAMMY®-nominated record label Half Note Records, whose catalogue includes over fifty titles recorded live at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club, as well as Blue Note Travel, Management Group and Media Group.

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