Star-Bulletin Features

Friday, January 25, 2002


Catch Walter Trout at the R&B fest next weekend.

Rhythm & Blues Mele 2002

Next weekend's R&B fest is shaping up to be one of the better varied lineups promoter Les Hirschhorn has put together. Women finally get a bigger say with guitarist Debbie Davies and her band, plus powerhouse blues and soul singer E.C. Scott making her island debut.

Also debuting is one of the best blues-rock guitarists you've never heard. Walter Trout is a well-respected headliner in Europe but is just starting to make his name and his high-octane guitar playing known in the States. He and his backup band, the Radicals, should knock the audience's collective socks off!

>> Place: Hawaiian Hut, Ala Moana Hotel
>> Time: 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1
>> Admission: $25 in advance, $28 at the door
>> Call: 732-6699 or 808-326-9148

Line up for tickets

Dust off those dancing shoes for "The King of the Twist," Chubby Checker, who'll be here next month for a concert also featuring Dee Dee Sharp and Hawaii's own Yvonne Elliman in her first performance here since 1979.

The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Blaisdell Arena. Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the Blaisdell box office and Ticket Plus outlets.

Checker has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, including the '60s hits "The Twist," "Pony," "Fly" and "Shake."

Sharp's hits include "Mashed Potato Time," "Do the Bird," "Ride" and "Gravy (for my mashed potatoes)."

Elliman, the first singer from Hawaii to have a No. 1 national hit with "If I Can't Have You," also hit the charts with "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Hello Stranger."

Tickets are $35 for lower level and loge seats, and $25 for upper level. Charge tickets at 526-4400 or buy them online at

Pro Bowl features Sugar Ray and Jessica Simpson

In addition to showcasing the NFL's brawn, the 2002 Pro Bowl on Feb. 9 will offer a full day of entertainment, featuring Jessica Simpson, Sugar Ray and more than 1,000 performers representing all 50 states.

Jessica Simpson will be part of the entertainment lineup for the Pro Bowl Feb. 9.

Simpson -- whose platinum-selling hits include "I Want to Love You Forever" and the duet "Where You Are," sung with 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey -- will sing the national anthem.

Sugar Ray will rock Aloha Stadium as part of the 2002 halftime spectacular. With four hit albums on the market, the group has gained international popularity with such hits as "Fly," "Every Morning" and "Someday." The band is led by charismatic lead singer Mark McGrath. He is joined by Rodney Sheppard on guitar, Murphy Karges on bass, Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock and Stan Frazier on drums.

Sugar Ray will be part of the entertainment lineup for the Pro Bowl Feb. 9.

Sugar Ray will be joined on the field by more than 1,000 performers from the United Spirit Association, the Universal Cheerleaders Association and the All-American Cheer and Dance organization. Cheerleaders and dancers from local high schools and more than 100 Hawaiian military personnel will also be a part of the celebration.

The entertainment begins at 10:45 a.m. with a program of music, dance, special effects and patriotic tributes to honor our "Everyday Heroes," the men and women in our communities and the military who risk their lives to make the world a safer place.

Tickets to the Pro Bowl are $50, available at Ticket Plus locations or by calling 526-4400 or toll-free 877-750-4000.

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