Thursday, March 8, 2012

John Cruz on Big Island Saturday; then on tour with Jack Johnson!

If you are lucky enough to be on the Big Island this Saturday (March 10) head north to the tiny town of Kapa'au and look for the crowds around the statue of King Kamehameha. John will be performing (free!) at the Taste of Kalo Festival, Kamehameha Park. Kalo is the Hawaiian word for taro, and this culturally and culinarily significant plant has center stage for the day.

Big Island community groups have gotten together to celebrate and educate people about the importance of growing kalo organically and sustainably. Growers will be on hand to teach natural farming methods. The festival also offers local foods like laulau and chili rice, arts and crafts and plenty of music. Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi will stop by. Cyril Pahinui takes the stage about 1pm, followed by John's dad Ernie Cruz Sr at 2pm. John performs at 2:30, until closing an hour or so later. Please donate!

Look for John Cruz out on the road around Hawaii in April. He'll be supporting Jack Johnson, along with Paula Fuga. The three will play venues on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai, in celebration of the release of Jack's latest album "Jack Johnson and Friends - Best of Kokua Festival," due out April 17th." It's a 13-track compilation of live performances from various Kokua Festivals over the years, including 2 tracks with John. Proceeds from the concerts and the album benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which supports environmental education and consciousness in schools and communities around the world. Get tickets while you can. These shows will sell out fast. Details at jackjohnsonmusic.