Free concerts slated in Lahaina on the Fourth of July
LAHAINA – Free, local grown entertainment will be held at multiple venues in Lahaina on the Fourth of July preceding the big fireworks show at 8 p.m.
Nevah Too Late is a Maui band formed by three local boys – Derek Bal, Randy Leval and Mickey Felipe – that brings together the sounds of finger-style guitar, ukulele and bass to cover songs spanning multiple eras and genres with a unique sound. They will be performing from 5 to 7 p.m. on center stage at The Wharf Cinema Center. The shopping center, decorated in red, white and blue, will also be hosting specials in its shops and restaurants in celebration of the Fourth of July.
The makai lawn at Lahaina Public Library will feature live music from 5 to 8 p.m. The Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra will perform from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by Na Ali’i Big Band from 6 to 7 p.m. Both bands are part of the East Meets West Festival (see page 10) and will be playing new music that was presented at the 2018 festival.
The popular Maui Community Band takes the stage from 7 p.m. until the start of the fireworks at 8 p.m. As its name implies, the band is composed of over 40 Maui residents ranging in age from 13 to 78, representing all walks of life. The more experienced players serve as mentors for young, budding musicians.
The Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra is a 26-piece jazz band made up of local musicians, college and high school students, waitresses and music educators, under the direction of Casey Nagata. Founded in the summer of 2009, the ensemble performs all over Maui.
Maui’s premier ensemble for traditional and contemporary Big Band-style jazz and swing is Na Ali’i Big Band. Ranging from Basie to Maynard, this band of students from King Kekaulike High School focuses on the stylistic elements of jazz music as well as improvisational soloing.
This free music concert is sponsored by AECG and the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.
The public is encouraged to bring low beach chairs, mats or blankets to enjoy both the concert at the park and the fireworks show. Hot dogs and cold drinks will be available at the Rotary Club booth located on the porch of the Pioneer Inn adjacent to the park. All proceeds from the hot dog booth will be used for community projects coordinated by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.
LahainaTown Action Committee coordinates the annual fireworks show with the financial support of the community.