Night Market brings the focus home to Kakaako this month, with a colorful, eclectic lineup of talented performers, some of them big names, who will rock the main stage and perform up and down Auahi Street. Meet May’s main stage lineup, brought to you by Unsigned, HI Presents:
Camile Velasco was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Hawaii, where she was surrounded by both reggae and island music. In 2003, Camile auditioned for the third season of “American Idol” and finished in the Top Ten out of 80,000 participating contestants, performing live for over 25 million viewers. Shortly after the completion of the competition in 2004, Camile went with her fellow contestants on a sold out National Tour. Camile was signed to Universal/Motown and has worked with notable artists such as Apl (Black Eyed Peas), Pras (Fugees), Jeru the Damaja and Stephen Marley, Bob Marley’s son.
Voted Best Female Musician on Maui by “MauiTime” readers four years in a row, charismatic singer/songwriter Erin Smith, who most people might know as the frontwoman of The Throwdowns, comes armed to the stage with her signature red lipsticks, high heels, faux furs, Steven Tyler scarves & guitar. Hailing from Maui, Erin formed The Throwdowns with musical buddies Ola Shaw & Ian Hollingsworth. The band dominated local charts with their anthemic “Kihei Town” and reggae classic “Stay HI” featuring Marty Dread, and have been nominated for three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Erin’s solo work allows her to showcase a more indie-rock, vulnerable and torchy sound. Her first solo album, “Best Disaster,” produced by the team that worked on Arcade Fire’s critically acclaimed album “Funeral,” is set to be released this summer.
Super Groupers (Navid Najafi, Scott Ohtoro and Illis It) are a super powered hip-hop collective relatively new to the scene, but already making waves. As a group and individually, its members have collaborated and opened for artists including Aloe Blacc, Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, Exile, DJ Swamp, DJ Krush, Dumbfoundead and many other acts.
AUAHI STREET PERFORMERS, PRESENTED BY OAHU FRINGE FESTIVAL
Spatial Sculptors is an integrated community of movers that explore weight, contact, and communication in relation to each other and our environment. Through improvised dance, they create sentences, paragraphs, stories, and experiences. Spatial Sculptors meet regularly at Alive Ballet Center. More information is available at http://improvdancehnl.tumblr.com.
Born in Ube City, Japan and inspired by the movie “Patch Adams,” Yasu came to the United States to become a professional hospital clown. Earning a degree in theatre arts, he also graduated from the Chavez Studio of Magic, the most prestigious magic school in the world. Yasu has performed all over the U.S. with his Japanese culture-themed magic show, and now he has touched down in Honolulu to surprise and delight us.
ISAAC THE STILT-WALKING CLOWN:
Isaac Ligsay is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa studying Theater. He has appeared in the premier showing of “Our Amazing Adventure” at The Paliku Arts Festival and recently at Ong King Arts Center in “32 Clowns.” Isaac is actively involved with TADA (Theater and Dance Association), an organization that supports student artists in their pursuits of experimentation, innovation and research. He is excited to show off his stilt-walking skills at Honolulu Night Market.