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Do It: ‘Electric Palms,’ ‘Nesian Fest,’ more
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
The Republik to pulse with electronic dance
Expect a night of heavy electronic bass lines and bombing beats as DJs 12th Planet and Nadastrom hit The Republik.
John Dadzie, also known as 12th Planet, was touring as a drum ‘n’ bass artist in the mid-2000s when he became interested in dubstep, today’s dominant form of electronic dance music known for its overpowering bass and drilling breaks. Renaming himself 12th Planet, he helped popularize the sound in Los Angeles and at festivals such as the Electric Daisy Carnival, SXSW and the Ultra Music Festival. (Dubstep recently gained a measure of widespread recognition when Skrillex won three Grammy Awards in 2012 in electronic music categories.)
Last summer, 12th Planet and his four-member production crew brought a light-and-music show to 29 cities in 30 days on his “End is Near” tour, selling out venues in Florida, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
“Ultimately, Dadzie is a beast best observed in his element: on stage,” wrote Washington Post critic Megan Buerger. “That’s where he unleashes his inner maniacs who rap and hiss and sing and growl. You never know what unearthly creature will jump out and bare its ugly fangs, and that’s half the fun.”
Nadastrom — Dave Nada and DJ partner Matt Nordstrom — are prime architects of moombahton — a sound Nada reportedly invented by slowing Dutch house music down to the tempo of reggaeton. Nada, born in Maryland, is a first-generation Ecuadorian-American who grew up listening to cumbia, Ecuadorian folk, salsa, merengue and reggaeton. Nordstrom, who grew up in Virginia and got into audio engineering in college, has led recording sessions with the likes of Stevie Nicks and P. Diddy.
Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 9 p.m. today
Info: www.groovetickets.com or 855-235-2867
Enjoy a night of sights, music at trio of cultural institutions
Music, art and history combine for an evening of cultural enlightenment in Two Museums and a Royal Palace, a coordinated program between the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art and ‘Iolani Palace.
A headlining local musical act will perform at each institution, with food and other activities.
One ticket gives patrons access to all three venues. Free transportation will be provided between the venues as well.
Iolani Palace will host Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning duo Waipuna on its grounds, which will be lit with festive lanterns. Rarely open in the evening, the palace will open the first floor to visitors, who can see the throne room, dining room and parlor. The barracks courtyard will be transformed into a beer garden for the evening. “Those are all the grand official state rooms,” said Heather Diamond, curator of the palace.
Island soul singer Paula Fuga, pictured, will provide entertainment at Bishop Museum, which also will feature a 20-minute introduction to the renovated Watumull Planetarium’s new hybrid system, the museum’s iconic Hawaiian Hall, and an exhibit on Hawaii fashion pioneer Alfred Shaheen.
“Music is something that binds us all together,” said Stephan Jost, director of the Honolulu Museum of Art, in a statement. “This event unites the two great museums of Honolulu and ‘Iolani Palace for an evening of Hawaiian music. … All three venues are magical places to hear some of our best musicians perform under the stars.”
The museum will host the trio Maunalua on its central courtyard stage. Current exhibitions “Tattoo Honolulu,” “Courage and Strength: Portraits of Those Who Have Served” and “The Arts of the Bedchamber: Japanese Shunga” will be open to visitors, who can also check out the re-imagined and refurbished European and American art galleries.
Where: Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St.; Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.; Iolani Palace, 364 S. King St.
When: 5-9 p.m. today
Cost: $20, $10 kamaaina; children and members free
Info: www.bishopmuseum.org, www.honolulumuseum.org, www.iolanipalace.org or 532-8701
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 18-20
Shanghai Circus offers jaw-dropping spectacles
The Shanghai Circus brings its traditional gravity-defying, mind-bending brand of entertainment to the Hawaii Theatre for a limited engagement this weekend.
Acrobats, jugglers, hula-hoop artists and practitioners of other spectacular acts make up the 30-member troupe, with performers recruited and trained by the Shanghai Magic Academy of Acrobatics. The circus, which has a permanent performance venue in Branson, Mo., and also sends touring troupes around the world, has been widely acclaimed.
“Fans of circus of any sort are bound to appreciate the young women spinning six plates at a time atop sticks, while one of their number goes through amazing contortions without ever dropping a dish. And what about the woman who stacks chair atop chair on a fragile foundation of four vases atop a table, and makes her way acrobatically to the pinnacle of this rickety structure?” wrote an appreciative reviewer for The New York Times.
Stephanie Geng, tour manager for the circus, said her favorite act is “the human string.”
“It’s three guys, and they do lots of stances, contortions and balancing poses,” she said. “You have to see it to believe it.”
Surfers, on the other hand, might appreciate the Rola Bola, in which a man balances on a small board on a rolling barrel and juggles bowls and silverware at the same time.
Where: Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.
When: 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Info: www.hawaiitheatre.com or 528-0506
– Steven Mark
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
Aloha Tower hosts Polynesian hit-makers
Top local reggae band Nesian N.I.N.E. headlines a talented lineup for the International Nesian Fest at Aloha Tower on Saturday, with a lineup of stars from both sides of the Pacific and beyond.
New Zealand is sending singer-songwriter Awa and popular duo Adeaze, while California will be represented by Drew Deezy and Zhen.
Utah is contributing to the show, too, with island contemporary stylists Finn “the Groovah” and Ray Leger.
Local talent includes singer Princess Ilona and hip-hop reggae duo B.E.T. Da Famili, which has an island funk sound and brings hit jams “Can’t Function,” “Island Feeling” and “Looking over Love.”
That’s in addition to Nesian N.I.N.E., which, since forming in 2008 and releasing its first album, “Press Play,” a year later, has gone on to perform with Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu and KC. The band’s unique sound blends several styles, from reggae to R&B, soul ballads to old school.
The festival, a benefit for Hawaii State Jr. Prep Football League and Hawaii Sports Academy, also includes dancers and artists from around the Pacific, autographs by athletes, a fashion show, food and retail booths.
An after-party at the former Don Ho’s site starts at 10 p.m. for those 21 and up.
Where: Aloha Tower
When: 3-10 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $40, $25 in advance
Info: Call 206-4963 for tickets, or buy them in person at Papa Ole’s Kitchen, Pacific Soul Tattoo, Polynesian Tattoo Factory, Momentum Ink, Missing Polynesian, Mainland Styles, Limited Addiction-LTD or Tita’s Grill.
Hula takes the spotlight at the 23rd annual Moanikeala Hula Festival at the Polynesian Cultural Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; $6-$10, Polynesia.com or 293-3333.