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Join us for a very special night of story-telling and Hawaiian music with Brother Noland and special guest Ryan Hooley. Doors at 5:30pm…show 6pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (children 12 and under are free).

Born and raised in Kalihi-Palama on the island of Oʻahu, Brother Noland is an impactful player in Hawaiʻi’s music scene and one of Hawaiʻi’s most respected artists. While he is a man of many passions, music is the consuming passion of his life. He is a storyteller at heart and music is how he shares his stories. Music is a portal – sounds, melody and lyrics can transport you back in time, connect you to a familiar feeling, or inspire you in the moment. Brother Noland is a musical artist. Seeing him live on stage, you will step into an experience and embark on a journey to what he calls the “Crazy Aloha Music”. Always so happy, inspiring and ready to deliver. Brother Noland will keep you engaged, as he sings you sweet music, like poetry to your ears, in hopes that you will listen, not just hear, the underlying harmony he so wishes to share with you and the entire world.

Brother Noland is a legacy Hawaiian artist who has deeply influenced contemporary Hawaiian music. For nearly 40 years Brother Noland has filled the airwaves with original compositions that have become local classics and island treasures. He is most famous for timeless hits such as “Coconut Girl” and “Are You Native”, and is often credited with the birth of “Jawaiian” contemporary style music by infusing traditional Hawaiian music with reggae, jazz and blues sounds. He has won numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards including Best Reggae Album and most recently the Slack Key Kiho’alu Legacy Award in 2018. His music is featured in several movies including “Pineapple Express” and “Snakes in the Plane.” Brother Noland is a regular stage performer that brings his classics to his fans and audiences, along with traditional Hawaiian music, slack key, and Hawaiian swing music. He is also a collaborator that works with many of Hawaii’s top musicians.

A true innovator, he is always out in front, changing and pushing his music to unexpected places. His songs, stories, and style have proven his talent to cross many genres and fearlessly explore the lengths of his wonderment. Brother Noland was honored in 2014 by the State of Hawai’i with a “Lifetime Achievement in Music” award and is a recipient of Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts highest award, the Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2019. As a Lifetime Achievement Awardee, Brother Noland is designated as a Life Member of the Hawai‘i Academy of Recording Arts. Despite the awards and accolades, Brother Noland has never forgotten his roots and his community. Through his philanthropy, he serves as a mentor to Hawaiʻi’s youth, helping them to define their choices and foster a quality connection to their communities. Brother Noland is founder of Hōʻea Initiative, dedicated to teaching Hawaiʻi’s keiki (children) about how to live off the ʻĀina (land) and the ocean. The Hōʻea Initiative programs are a passionate effort to share universal understanding of indigenous knowledge and principles found outside in the natural world. As a steward of the land, Noland has a deep connection to Hawaiʻi and preserving Hawaiian customs, indigenous plants and animal species. In 2013, he authored the “Hawaiian Survival Handbook” where he shares the outdoor skills he has developed over a lifetime spent in Hawai’i’s forests and waters.

While music is Brother Noland’s root and wing to Hawai’i and beyond, he sees it as just one way to connect to his heritage and only one facet of what it means to be Hawaiian. His music and community spirit carries a message of positive reflection, while rooted in the reality we face today. Brother Noland proudly carries with him the values of Aloha through his music and his life. An artist, author, philanthropist, survivalist, mentor and family man, Brother Noland continually inspires and infuses creativity and innovation to pave new paths of music and humanity around the world. Whether composing a song, strumming a guitar, teaching traditional Hawaiian survival skills, or sharing the gift of aloha, Brother Noland has long been a stable of the islands and his legacy reaches far and wide. The World of Brother Noland is that of A Pure Hawaiian Vision.

The Blue Dragon Tavern presents a “double feature” of Bass Bias and Kevin Coloso. for a night of eclectic music to feed your soul!

Bass Bias features the dynamic bass playing duo of Delphina Dorrance on upright bass and Dave Ojeda on electric bass. These two bassists blend together seamlessly elements of soft rock, reggae, jazz, blues, folk, and country to create a sound all their own. No strangers to the Hawaii music scene, Blue Dragon proprietor Delphina performs in the Pau Hana Pickers, Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, Maui Pops Chamber and Pops Orchestra, and the Blue Dragon Jazz Trio….while Dave has performed with Bottle of Blue, Johnny Shot, Green Machine, Tomi Isobe, Larry Dupio, Johnnie Ness, and is a core member of Uncle Charlie. Bass Bias covers a wide variety of artists from Bob Marley to the White Stripes, and also performs original songs penned by Delphina. Joining them will be Jonathan Brooke on guitar, Tim Taylor on drums, and Diesel Tucker on percussion.

Kevin Coloso is an ukulele playing singer songwriter from the island of Maui.  Best known for fronting his West Coast Reggae Band, The Collection of Lone Souljahs, his performances are exciting and engaging no matter what ensemble he brings to the stage.  Having just released a brand new album, Kevin Coloso has toured the West Coast and Hawaii multiple times, as well as opened for notable acts such as The Wailers, Clinton Fearon, Rebel Souljahs, Fiji, Kolohe Kai, Iration, Anuhea, and many more.  You can find both his albums “Fortune” and “This is the Life” on all streaming platforms.

Doors at 5:30pm…show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance…$15 at the door (children 12 and under are free).

Green Machine is the ultimate good time party band based out of Kona…blending classic rock , funk , soul, pop and country…covering artists like Zeppelin, the Stones, War, and more! Featuring the Always Rippin’ David Lawrence on guitar/vocals..

Doors at 5:30pm…Show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance…$13 at the door (children 12 and under are free).

Weather Permitting: A Melodic Family Saga

Born from the shared passion for music and united by blood ties, Weather Permitting isn’t just a band; it’s a harmonious fusion of family bonds and musical talent. At its core is the young piano prodigy, Mateo Belmarez, whose warm vocal stylings reminiscent of crooners such as Harry Connick Jr. and innate gift for the keys dazzles audiences and serves as the melodic heartbeat of the ensemble. Leading the rhythm section is his father, the seasoned bass player, Brad Belmarez, whose expertise sets the groove alongside his brother, the versatile and stylist guitarist, Brandon Belmarez. This familial synergy provides the band with a solid foundation and a unique musical connection that’s palpable in their performances. Adding depth and complexity to their sound, the father-son duo of John Lundgren on saxophone and Russell Lundgren on drums infuse every note with passion and precision, creating rhythmic textures that elevate the band’s compositions. Enter Bill Wingert, the star trombonist whose virtuosity adds layers of richness to Weather Permitting’s melodies, captivating audiences with each soulful slide. Moreover, the enchanting vocals of Sally Woodcock and Jamie Belmarez, who also mesmerizes on the flute, transport listeners to higher realms, while adding depth and emotional resonance to the band’s performances. Together, this ensemble, bonded by kinship and a shared love for music, delivers captivating and eclectic jazz performances leaving audiences spellbound, weather permitting.

Doors at 5:30pm…show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance…$15 at the door (children 12 and under are free).

The Blue Dragon and the Hawaii Songwriting Festival presents the Songwriter Showcase featuring local and visiting songwriters who just attended the 2024 Hawaiʻi Songwriting Festival. The Hawai’i Songwriting Festival is a celebration of the art & craft of songwriting, with an emphasis on collaboration, education, and music for film/TV. Songwriters of all levels from all walks of life come together to connect with each other and music professionals from Hawai’i, the mainland, and beyond. Songwriters will play one song each, covering a wide variety of styles and genres. This is sure to be an unforgettable evening of music!
Doors at 5:30pm…show starts at 6:30pm. No cover! Reservations are highly recommended and can be made via Yelp at this link

Johnnie Ness and his band rocks the Blue Dragon Tavern. Johnnie is a dynamic entertainer and guitarist from the Hilo side….playing a mix of rock and funk with tunes from Santana, SRV, CCR, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more!

Doors at 5:30pm…show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance…$13 at the door (children 12 and under are free).

Tomi Isobe is a dynamic blues guitarist and showman who has performed for over 40 years in Tokyo, Boston, Georgia, and Hawaii. Though the blues is his first love, Tomi plays a wide variety of music, .including rock, R&B, and funk…covering artists like Santana, Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughn, as well as blues artists like BB King, Muddy Waters and T-Bone Walker. Tomi will be joined by the Blues Dogs featuring Ashley Harding on sax, Donovan on bass, and Tim Taylor on drums.
Doors at 5:30pm…show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance…$13 at the door (children 12 and under are free).

Locally out of Honoka’a – Whatever, Heather returns to the Blue Dragon with a straight-up rock show full of music ranging from AC/DC and the Foo Fighters to Evanescence and The Cranberries. Whatever, Heather features blistering lead vocals by Shaye Leeper, ‘face melting’ guitar playing by Mike Pollard and John Baldwin, and groove provided by bassist Randy Hirokawa and drummer Todd Oldham. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Doors at 5:30pm…Show 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are $12 in advance…$15 at the door (children and under are free).

John Keawe is a Grammy and multiple Na Hoku Hanohano award winning slack-key (Kiho`alu) guitarist, composer and recording artist. John’s music is infused with the spirit of Aloha and is reflective of many elements personal to him. He has recorded several albums, bringing Hawaiian slack-key into the homes of people from around the world. John is often joined by his lovely wife Hope dancing hula.
Doors at 5:30pm…show 6:30pm-9pm. Tickets are $10 in advance…$13 at the door (children 12 and under are free).
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