A time for Magic! at PMRF

Filling Kauai radio waves for the past two years, the hit song “Rude” by the Canadian reggae fusion band Magic! has been a fixture with local listeners.

The people of Kauai, however, will be in for a a treat on Jan. 17.

Magic! will be performing for the first time on the island at the Pacific Missile Range Facility from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The event is being put on by Armed Forces Entertainment, the entertainment branch of the Departement of Defense, with the Air Force being the executive agent for the program.

Frank Tagatac, Armed Forces Entertainment pacific regional manager, said the purpose of the event will be to “boost morale for service members and their families as well as community building.”

The performance will be free of charge for members of the public, and gates will open at 4 p.m. The event will be held on the beach near Shenanigan’s restaurant.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, the members of Magic! is composed of songwriter and record producer Nasri Tony Atweh (lead vocals, guitar), Mark Pellizzer (guitar, vocals), Alex Tanas (drums, backing vocals) and Ben Spivak (bass, backing vocals).

The Canadian band is most noted for its debut single, “Rude,” which peaked at number one in seven countries, including No. 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, the single went platinum three times in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America database.

Guests should enter the base through the south gate entrance just before mile marker 29 off Kaumualii Highway. Direction signs will be posted and security will direct traffic. Free parking will be available on base and visitors are reminded that all vehicles will be subject to search. Visitors are advised to bring no outside food or beverages, flying objects (drones), coolers, tents, pets, weapons (including knives of all types) or drugs. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

Due to increased security requirements, attending adult visitors are asked to have a valid identification card with a photo of them. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have identification. An example of accepted identification would be a driver’s license or State of Hawaii ID card.

Motorcycles welcome; riders must wear helmet, boots, bright colored long sleeved shirt/jacket or reflective vest.

For more information on this event, please call (808) 335-4446.


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