Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot, the fourth annual Hallowbaloo’s got events a-lot. Into the cauldron boil and bake, a Go! airplane ride with the friends you take to The Gathering Place, i.e. Oahu, and stay in an Aqua hotel room with a view. Like a hell-broth boil and bubble, 20,000 fellow costumed crazies makes for adventurous trouble…
OK, I’ll stop with the bad Macbeth homage. Look, what I’m trying to get at is Hallowbaloo is the state’s biggest, baddest music and arts festival, taking over Honolulu for five days and four nights of “spirited sounds and masquerade mayhem.” If you’re feeling stuck-at-home with the outer-island mentality, I’ll ask you to please smash that mindset like a pumpkin. Here are a few reasons why:
1) Why the hell not?
2) If Maui really is no ka oi, we’d best be representin’–especially when Valley Isle-based artists like MOTHxp, The Freeradicals Projekt and DJ Boomshot are proudly in the lineup.
3) The rest of the entertainers include All The Apparatus, Baths, Black Square, Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Clones of the Queen, Dancers Unlimited, The Deadbeats, Doolin Rakes, Giinko Marischino, Guy Cruz, Hell Caminos, Kalalea Fire, Kings of Spade, Man Man, Medicine for the People, Mike Love, New Mastersounds, Paper Diamond, Professor Pandemonium, Sing The Body, Soul Revival Sound System, The Jump Offs, and Warpaint, plus DJs Delve, Eskae, Gaudi, Kittylee, Matt Ratt, Monkey, Mr. Nick, Nocturna, Packo and Revise.
4) Events are free or ridiculously reasonable ($10-$55). Plus, you can save $10 on go! Mokulele airfare if travel’s booked by Wed., Oct. 26 (be sure to use coupon number “KMJYGAB” and promotion code “HAL17”), as well as save 15 percent on select Aqua Hotels & Resorts reservations booked online (using the promotion code “hallowbaloo”).
There’s more to do at Hallowbaloo than can be listed in this small space (we recommend you check out the events kick-ass website, hallowbaloo.com, to plan your custom adventure), so here are a few juicy day-by-day bits to get you started:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
Hallowbaloo Electronica Pre-Party at NextDoor (43 N. Hotel St., 9pm doors) featuring Baths, Lapwing and DJ Packo. “Prancing around his equipment, he combined all manner of glitch beats with acoustic flourishes, gurgles and hiccups from crickets,” says Time Out Chicago magazine of Los Angeles’s Baths (aka Will Wiesenfeld). “Then he stepped up to the mic. Seriously, if the Strokes and Daedelus—sans the waistcoat—went into the studio together, this would be the result.”
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Hallowbaloo Kick-Off Concert at The Waterfront at Aloha Tower Marketplace (1 Aloha Tower Dr., 8:30pm doors) featuring Clones of the Queen (9pm), Warpaint (10pm), and Paper Diamond with Kalalea Fire (12am). Hawaii’s Clones of the Queen “use[s] ethereal vocals, stormy percussion and heavily-effected guitar lines and synth loops [that] so well represents the cosmopolitan renaissance that is now in Honolulu.” Los Angeles’s Warpaint was recently named to the “BBC Sound of 2011 List: Fifteen of Music’s Most Exciting and Rising Stars.” And though new to to the scene, Paper Diamond’s already being compared to the likes of Diplo and Thievery Corporation; and will be joined onstage by Kalalea Fire, a Kauai-based fire dancing troupe.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29
Hallowbaloo Street Festival (i.e., the main event, 5-10pm, Nu‘uanu Ave., free), with over 35 bands on six outdoor stages, ono grinds from the Art District’s top restaurants (street-service style!), eight outdoor bars (Hallowbaloo wristband required for purchase). Plus, “The Haunted Garage” at The Arts at Marks Garage (1159 Nu‘uanu Ave., 6-10pm), “a sensually terrifying, world-class holiday-arts attraction” and the premier fundraiser for the Hawaii Academy of Performing Arts; “The Octopus’s Garden,” an ocean-themed variety show by Cherry Blossom Cabaret; “Showdown in Chinatown,” a sixth-annual the-theme-says-it-all filmmakers’ festival and contest; live glass blowing and a massive costume contest.
Maui’s own DJ Boomshot plays the Dance Cauldron (6pm, free) and MOTHxp takes to the Nuboo Stage (7:30pm, free). Plus, The Freeradicals Projekt get funky in the Loft Gallery & Lounge (wristband required; 10:15pm).
Other interesting acts include Giinko Marischino (9:10pm, Pauahi St., free), a “drag-butoh-modern dance collective,” self described as a “nut and a bunch of cherries”; Man Man (8:40pm, The Loloweeny Stage, free), which evokes the likes of Frank Zappa and Tom Waits; plus Maui faves Hell Caminos (6pm, The Loloweeny Stage, free) and Kings of Spade (12am, The Venue, wristband required).
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30
Hallowbaloo Kanikapila (3-6pm, Kaimana Beach Park, at the foot of Diamond Head, free) featuring Guy Cruz with Marc Pearlman and Medicine for The People.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31
(More) Waikiki Madness (7pm-2am, Kalakaua Ave., free) on Halloween night.