Macklemore & Lewis return to Honolulu

Apr. 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Courtesy photo)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. (Courtesy photo)

HONOLULU PULSE STAFF / honolulupulse@staradvertiser.com

If you missed their New Year’s Eve show at The Republik, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be back in Honolulu on Thursday, June 13, to help celebrate the grand opening of the Microsoft retail store in Ala Moana Center.

The duo will be the opening act for the 6 p.m. performance, free to the public, that will be held near the store. They will be followed by high-energy alternative dance band Neon Trees.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had just started their ascension to international pop stardom in December when they were Hawaii. The Seattle duo’s massive hit song, “Thrift Shop,” has garnered nearly 250 million views on YouTube and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Their latest video, the extravagantly shot “Can’t Hold Us Down,” was posted Wednesday and already has nearly 1.7 million views.

Both songs are from the duo’s noteworthy debut album, “The Heist.” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ immense popularity has made them a touring favorite. They’ll mostly be doing summer festivals, including Bonnaroo and Jay-Z’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia.

Neon Trees (Courtesy photo)

Neon Trees. (Courtesy photo)

Neon Trees, originally from Provo, Utah, broke through starting in 2011 with the hit song “Animal,” followed up by “Everybody Talks.”

For the latest news surrounding the store’s grand opening, visit its Facebook and Twitter accounts. On Facebook, Microsoft has published a few more details; fans who want to see the acts will want to wear comfortable shoes, and maybe bring a pillow.

Line up in the Ala Moana Center garage beginning at 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, to get tickets, which will be distributed when the store opens at 11 a.m. June 13. At 2 p.m., ticket-holders can line up again for the performance area, which opens at 4 p.m., with the show at 6 p.m.

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