Xavier Rudd drops in on Kauai

Tonight, just one week before kicking off his annual Homegrown Music Festival, Kauai concert promoter Dove Liddle welcomes a new face to the Kauai music scene.

Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd performs at 8 p.m. at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center in Lihue.

Liddle describes Rudd’s music as powerful, progressive, conscious and positive.

“This is the first artist I have ever brought from Australia,” Liddle wrote in an email. “(It’s a) rare chance to see one of the world’s greatest artists in an intimate venue on Kauai.”

And Rudd is looking forward to the three-date Hawaiian tour, his first shows in the islands.

“I’m excited and blessed to have the opportunity to come to the energetic powerhouse of Hawaii to share grooves and spirit,” he said in a statement.

Like Jack Johnson, Rudd combines a love of surfing with a love of roots music, according to release from Dove Presents. Like Ben Harper, he plays Weissenborn lap steel guitars. And unlike both, he has a unique setup.

“Rudd is a one-man band who plays surrounded by instruments in a complicated array — typically, he has three didgeridoos placed in front of him on a stand, a guitar on his lap, a stompbox by his habitually bare feet, and an assortment of drums, banjos, harmonicas, bells and bass guitar at hand, or near at foot as the case may be,” the release states.  “He takes his setup with him on frequent tours (as well as his surfboards), relying on word-of-mouth rather than record labels to speak for him.”

Doors for the all-ages event open at 7 p.m. General admission ticket are $33 and can be purchased at www.dovepresents.com, or from Papaya’s Natural Foods (Kapaa), Healthy Hut (Kilauea) or Harvest Market (Hanalei).

Information: 635-5556

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