Annual Homegrown Music festival in Princeville

Dove Liddle’s favorite weekend — the Homegrown Music Festival — is upon us.

“It’s my little baby,” said the Kauai concert promoter.

And if previous years are any indication, island music lovers are in for a fantastic time. 

Just like the 13 that have come before it, the 2014 event is all about supporting and promoting local talent.

“It’s a celebration of local music from Hawaii, with usually a couple bigger artists on each day,” Liddle said.

The 14th annual Homegrown Music Festival, presented by Dove Presents, is Saturday and Sunday at the Church of the Pacific’s outdoor, oceanview amphitheater in Princeville.

This year’s headliners include husband and wife David Satori and Zoe Jakes of experimental world fusion and electronic music group Beats Antique, the Mike Love Band from Oahu, RootHub and Grammy Award winner Chris Berry.

Satori will perform a DJ set chock full of Beats Antique tunes while Jakes will provide the visuals. 

“His wife Zoe is an amazing, world famous dancer, so she’s performing and dancing while he plays,” Liddle said. 

Satori and Jakes headline Saturday night, while Mike Love Band, RootHub and Berry take the reins on Sunday. 

Liddle said the Mike Love Band is also not to be missed.

“He has shared the stage with Groundation, Steel Pulse, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson and many more,” Liddle said. He “works directly with Paula Fuga, Jah Gumby of Father Psalms Studios, Bambu Station, Ooklah the Moc, John Cruz, Tavana and many others.”

By bringing in a couple big names, Liddle hopes to draw a crowd — and exposure — for the local and up-and-coming artists.

Among the local performers is Kauai favorite Jeff Caldwell and is a member of The Trio. 

Caldwell has attended Homegrown every year since 2009 and said the outdoor atmosphere simply can’t be beat.

“I love the diversity of it and the freedom of it,” he said.

On Sunday, Caldwell plays a special solo acoustic set.

Other performances slated for Saturday are JMeans, Racquel & Grace, Unko Funki, Bluefinger, Goats with Headlamps, Santiago and The Steps, Applesauce, Preeta, Milo Mathews, Soul Fire and Kyahnasun. 

On Sunday, The Bootleggers, Malama Pono All Stars, Soulgood Family, Island Grass, Tangled Roots, Burning Bush, Jeff Caldwell, Sara Tone, Tubby Love, Chris Berry, RootHub and the Mike Love Band take the stage.

Concert performances will run from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

This event is open to all ages, with children 15 and under getting in free. Adult one-day tickets are $30 in advance. Two-day weekend passes are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate.

Above all, Liddle said he wants a great community gathering, with families enjoying positive music.

Information or tickets, visit or call 635-5556.


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