Hallowbaloo reveals 2013 lineup

Sep. 18, 2013 | 4 Comments
Allen Toussaint co-headlines Hallowbaloo this year, along with Australia's Xavier Rudd. (Courtesy photo)

Allen Toussaint co-headlines Hallowbaloo this year, along with Australia’s Xavier Rudd. (Courtesy photo)

BY ELIZABETH KIESZKOWSKI / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com

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.

Xavier Rudd. (Courtesy photo)

Xavier Rudd. (Courtesy photo)

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.

Hallowbaloo 2013

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.

For updates as the event approaches, go to facebook.com/hallowbaloo. See photos from past Hallowbaloo events here.

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Elizabeth Kieszkowski is editor of TGIF, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s weekly arts and entertainment section. Reach her via email at ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com or follow her on Twitter.

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  • Rikki Giardina

    where do we buy tickets? Bought them last year and it was cancelled due to the “tsunami”. Better safe than sorry. I did get my refund though… Would like to try to go this year!

    • ElizabethKieszkowski

      Rikki: Follow Hallowbaloo on Facebook or check the site for tickets – they’ll go on sale in October.

  • Desire’e Kealohapauole Smith

    Looks like a good weekend to come out

  • Bond James

    sounds good that venue is always good w/ the crowd pleasen costumes