Kauai Sings ‘The British Invasion’

Kauai Sings returns with a bang this weekend with three nights of mid-1960s rock and pop from the United Kingdom.

Produced by Jason Blake of Lucky Dog Productions, “The British Invasion” begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. All shows are at Hukilau Lanai in Kauai Coast Resort in Waipouli.

Proceeds will benefit Malama Pono Health Services and Kauai United Way.

Kauai’s greatest solo performers will take to the stage to celebrate the phenomenon that includes The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Lulu, Tom Jones and many others.

“Sixteen or so of Kauai’s best singers singing songs like ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Hey Jude,’” said Michael Sorensen, the new executive director of Malama Pono.

Blake said Kauai Sings does three shows each year, including the larger Christmas performance at Kilohana Plantation.

“This is a pop-centered show, like last year,” he said, adding that the British Invasion changed the fabric of pop music in America.

“When you look at it, it was really an interesting time in history,” he said.

Each performance will last about two hours and include more than 20 different songs from the era, according to Blake.

As for the singers, expect nothing short of top-notch.

“There are some veterans who are beloved by the audience, and we always hold the door open for new people,” Blake said.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Students get in for $15 and 10-person tables are also available in advance for $200.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Malama Pono at 246-9577 or online at malama-pono.org.

The event will include a cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase.

The 7th annual Kauai Sings Christmas performance is scheduled for Dec. 21.

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