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Big Island Groove Band at Blue Dragon Tavern

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm HST


The Big Island Groove Band is an energetic and versatile performance cover band with a three-lead singer vocal force: American Idol Doll Amanda Avila, Big Island Heartthrob Josh Timmons and Romantic Crooner Jesse Snyder transport you into a universe of dance and music fun! 

Big Island Groove Band’s style is aggressive and always dynamic with powerful horns, richly colored basslines and a strong groove that makes you get up and dance or sway to hypnotic beats. 

The band also provides a full background of voices from keyboardist Dave Miller, guitarist Jonah Villanueva, bassist Yumbel Marassi and drummer Zach Var.

Amanda Avila is a vibrant and versatile vocalist and actress. Her vocal style is an eclectic mix of pop, rock, country and soul. She has appeared in numerous commercials, on stage, in major sporting, national political campaign events and shows in Las Vegas including: Selena Forever; the Sirens of TI at Treasure Island; Dancing Queen; Broadway Celebration; Terry Bradshaw’s “America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde a Life in 4 Quarters”; and Fantasy 

     As a contestant for American Idol Season 4, Amanda advanced to the Top 12 which led to being an entertainment correspondent for E news and Fox’s Realty Remix.

     She currently lives on the big island of Hawaii, is a featured vocalist for the Big Island Groove Band and performs occasionally at local restaurants and clubs. Visit and like Amanda on FB at Amanda Avila Hawaii.

Josh Timmons is a gifted vocalist, trumpet player, educator and vocal director. Born and raised on the big island of Hawaii, he attended Hilo High School and got his BA in Performing Arts with a music concentration at the University of Hawaii Hilo. In 2018, he received a Na Hoku Hanohano Award with Kahulanui as part of the celebrated horn section.  Josh is an adaptable musician that has been a part of many local productions and performances including the UH Production of Rent which he played the lead role and vocal directed the show. He currently plays with multiple Hawaii-based bands including Hoku award-winning reggae band Ho’aikane and is the musical director for the Big Island Groove Band. Visit Josh on Facebook at Joshua Timmons.

Jesse Snyder is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, vocalist, Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominee. He plays tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, drums, has a smooth baritone singing voice and is one of the most requested musicians in Hawai’i for both live performances and recording sessions. He received a Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaiian Grammy) for Jazz Album of the Year while performing with Hawaiian swing band, Kahulanui.

Jesse transcends multi- genres including jazz, R&B, neo-soul, reggae, hip hop, Brazilian, Latin and contemporary jazz lending a fresh energy to every performance. 

He currently performs Wednesday through Saturday at the Manta Mauna Kea Beach Hotel with Gary Washburn. Visit Jesse at or on Spotify and Facebook at Jesse Snyder Hawaii.


June 12
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Blue Dragon Tavern
61-3616 Kawaihae Rd.
Kawaihae, HI 96743 United States
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