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Kauai Voices members get into the spirit of its upcoming rock ‘n’ roll concerts, led by director Randy Leonard, left.
Randy Leonard directs the Kauai Voices during a rehearsal at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue.
Asher Griffith plays the trumpet during Kauai Voices rehearsal.
They will, they will, rock you.
That’s what Kauai Voices plans to do next week for their three concerts at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Lihue.
It promises to be rocking good fun and some emotional trips down memory lane as the 40-plus voice choral ensemble delivers some classics hits like “Stairway To Heaven,” “Love Shack,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.”
“It’s going to be an exciting show,” said Randy Leonard, Kauai Voices director. “It’s a different one than we’ve ever done before.”
Different, yes, but still spectacular.
The group is ready to rock out and welcomes the audience to join in, by singing or dancing or both.
Lee Miller, Kauai Voices member, believes the energy and creativity of the group, and variety of songs will create an awesome show. He expects an animated concert.
“I like some of these songs because it takes us back, of course, to when we were younger,” Miller said. “These songs, they bring back a lot of memories for lots of people.”
He’s confident the crowd will relate to the music and have lots of fun.
“I think the audience will love it,” he said. “It’s get-up-and-go kind of music.”
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17.
“We will deliver the heart of rock ‘n’ roll to our audiences,” said Leonard, explaining that this popular music originated in the United States in the 1950s, with roots in gospel, blues, jazz, Afro-American, boogie, and country music. “This music influenced language, attitudes, lifestyles and politics, including the civil rights movement.”
Each Kauai Voices performance has a theme. Past shows have featured classics, love songs and Cole Porter.
“We just like to keep changing it up,” Leonard said. “We don’t want it to ever be boring or ever have a point where it’s expected or predictable. What were doing is just trying to find different themes all the time.”
That, they did with Kauai Voices ROCKS!
Performing music from 1957 to 1989, Kauai Voices will feature the songs of such beloved musicians as The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Queen, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The B-52’s, The Beach Boys, and Elvis Presley.
Other songs they will perform include “Piano Man,” “House of the Rising Sun,” and “Johnny B. Goode.”
There will be solos and duets, along with the group. Monica Chung will be accompanist.
“We will rock you,” promises Leonard, who has more than 35 years of experience directing vocal and choir groups. “The energy is high and we have a fantastic lineup of amazing music.”
Kauai Voices, a nonprofit founded in 2011, produces two seasons of concerts each year in Lihue. The shows feature a different theme each season with many different styles and genres of music. The group typically is accompanied by piano, an instrumental ensemble, and also highlights soloists, duets, and small vocal groups.
Tickets for Kauai Voices ROCKS! concerts are $15 each in advance and $20 at the door. VIP early seating is also available at $25 each, providing early entrance and prime seating choices. Tickets on sale now.
Leonard also pointed out that June 17 is Father’s Day and the show will include three father/son teams.
Laine Griffith will be on woodwinds while son Asher is on trumpet. John Alderete and son Ethan will both play the violin, while Mark Gregory and son Spencer will play guitar.
Leonard promises Kauai Voices will deliver a show packed with energy, emotion and good times.
“Come and really enjoy all these songs that you all have grown up with, that you know and love,” he said. “We’re going to give you a a great performance of different styles within rock and roll. You will have a hard time sitting in your seats through this show.”
Tickets: www.kauaivoices.org or 838-3006
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