Common Kings heading to Kauai

Watch out, Kauai.

Common Kings is heading to the island on April 17 to celebrate the pre-release of their new CD, “Hits and Mrs.”

The CD release party will be at the Kauai Veterans Center with doors opening at 5 p.m. It will feature special guests Eli Mac, Revival and more.

Common Kings are excited to be visiting Kauai.

“We love the Garden Isle,” said lead guitar player Taumata Grey during a recent interview with The Garden Island. “Come and be prepared to have a good time. It’s a new show, it’s gonna be fun and have high energy.”

“Hits and Mrs.” will be released soon.

“This album has been in the works for the last two years,” Grey said. “It’s gonna show a good picture of who we are, where we been and where we are going.”

Grey said his favorite song in the new album is “Awkward Romance.”

“I love the way it came about. It’s something different, that’s what I love about it,” he said.

Other members include Lui Kirimaua (Ivan) on bass, Sasualei Maliga (Junyer) lead singer, and Jerome Taito (Rome) drummer. The band has been together for about four years and describes itself as being “like close brothers.”

“We have a special connection to the island: physically, spiritually, mentally. We love it there, we take good care of the island and they take good care of us,” Grey said.

There will be food and vendor booths at the event, and a beer garden for those 21 and over.

Evan and Jena Gibson of Kamaile Events, a Kauai sound and lighting business, worked with Oahu promoter Aaron Shimabukuro to bring together the event.

“Aaron works close with Common Kings and they are doing a few shows in the state. We were talking and decided to try to put together something more for the all ages aspect of the island, instead of having a club concert for 21 and over,” Jena Gibson said. “We wanted to find a nice outdoor venue where we could bring people of all ages — kids, adults, seniors — to come out and spend time together.”

Proceeds will help benefit Kumano I Ke Ala Learning Center. Kaina Makua of the learning center brings high school and middle school students to his taro patch in Makaweli to teach them how to grow taro and make poi.

“We thought since the learning center is a newly formed nonprofit, some funding would help,” Jena Gibson said.

Proceeds will also benefit Ori Uvira, a Tahitian dance school.

In addition to working with Kamaile Events, Evan Gibson is also a drummer for Revival. It’s been about three years since Revival’s last big event, and he is excited the band will be together.

“It’s gonna be the original Revival,” he said.

Tickets are $30 presale and are available at Jojo’s Anuenue, Progressive Expressions, Pictures Plus, Pono Market and Hanalei Strings. Children 10 and under are free. VIP tickets are $60.

Info: kamaile.events@gmail.com.

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