Hallowbaloo reveals 2013 lineup
BY ELIZABETH KIESZKOWSKI / firstname.lastname@example.org
Australian surf-roots rocker Xavier Rudd and American musical legend Allen Toussaint, the New Orleans-based songwriter behind some of rock and soul’s most captivating hits, will headline a free street fest presented by Hallowbaloo on Saturday, Oct. 26.
Artists confirmed for the multi-day festival include Hutch Hutchinson, a longtime musical collaborator with Bonnie Raitt and The Neville Brothers, along with prominent Hawaii artists John Cruz, Taimane Gardner, Kings of Spade and Sing the Body.
Rudd, who has released seven albums, including last year’s “Spirit Bird,” is sometimes compared to Jack Johnson for his love of surf and independent approach. Rudd has toured with Johnson, and shares a dedication to environmental causes.
Rudd performs as a one-man band, surrounded by instruments — didgeridoos, a guitar and bass guitar, stompbox, drums, banjos, harmonicas and bells. He’ll be touring in Australia with Donavon Frankenreiter in advance of his Hallowbaloo appearance.
Toussaint has largely worked behind the scenes as a composer, producer and arranger, but his list of hits is huge and influential, including ’60s songs such as “Fortune Teller” (covered by The Rolling Stones, The Who and in 2007, Robert Plant), and ’70s hits “Yes We Can (Can)” (popularized by The Pointer Sisters) and “Lady Marmalade” (a hit for girl group Labelle in 1974 and Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink in 2009).
In recent years, Toussaint’s been lionized for his contributions to the rock and pop canon; in 2006, Toussaint teamed with Elvis Costello for the album “River in Reverse,” the first major album recorded in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. That year, he was also recognized with the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Toussaint will release “Songbook,” a live solo album and DVD on Tuesday, Sept. 24, via Rounder Records.
THE STREET festival, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26, is the centerpiece of Hallowbaloo. It doubles as a block party and celebration of Halloween, with costumes encouraged, billing itself as “The Best Costume Party in the Pacific & Hawaii’s Largest Live Music Showcase!” Multiple musical stages are set up along Nuuanu Street between King Street and Chaplain Lane, with vendors selling food, beverages and other treats and trinkets.
Organizer Mark Tarone estimated as many as 15,000 costumed celebrants will attend the event, which also includes a $1,000 costume contest.
The fest will be followed that night by “Club Hallowbaloo,” a late-night segment including eight clubs with a lineup anchored by critically-acclaimed, international world music producer/Dj Quantic. Wristbands for “Club Hallowbaloo” will be sold in advance at eventbrite.com after Oct. 1.
Hallowbaloo events span three days Oct. 25-27, with music and revelry at Honolulu Museum’s Doris Duke Theatre, in Chinatown and at Kapiolani Park’s Waikiki Bandstand.