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Russell to play pair of Big Isle concerts

Rock &Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell will play a pair of Big Island concerts as part of his “Life Journey” tour.

Russell, who also was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2011, will play Friday, Sept. 19, at the Wainaku Center just north of Hilo’s “Singing Bridge.” Bruddah Waltah Aipolani will open.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with showtime at 7 p.m. There will be a signed instrument auction, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit music education at Connections Public Charter School, said promoter Les Hershhorn.

General admission is $45 with an $80 VIP package.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Russell will appear at the Sheraton Kona Resort Convention Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

General admission is $45 with VIP table seating $65.

Tickets are available at CD Wizard, Hilo Guitar and Ukulele and Hilo Music Exchange, Hilo; Taro Patch Gifts, Honokaa; Waimea General Store in Parker Square, Waimea; Sound Wave Music, Kainaliu; Kiernan Music, Kainaliu; and by visiting

For more information, call 896-4845.


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