Hawaii comes to Bingen's Daubenspeck Park from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, as the Hapa Hillbillies bring hot vintage swing, jazz and country with a Hawaiian flavor.
Fire dances by the internationally renown The Instruments of the Now troupe will be a spectacular additional treat.
The Hapa Hillbillies explore music in the tradition of "hapa haole" songs, referring to the musical stew cooked up when traditional Hawaiian bands touring the mainland around 1915 met American jazz musicians.
These styles blended in a beguiling "Hot and Sweet" mix of English and Hawaiian words, traditional vocal harmonies, and Hawaiian instruments played with jazz stylings. The Hapa Hillbillies take the sound even further, spicing it up with a little country and adding an old time hillbilly flourish.
The band features top musical performers Ben Bonham, Dennis Williams, Rick Hulett, Ronnie Ontiveros and Larry Wyatt.
If it looks like they are having fun performing, that's because they are. Their new CD of vintage Hawaiian swing, country and hot jazz, "I've Never Been to Hawaii," will be available at the show.
As dusk gathers be prepared to be amazed, as The Instruments of the Now troupe take the stage to blow your mind with fire dances, flaming batons, and juggling. They've performed in 20 countries. Featuring Zan and Aurora, along with Noah and Annetta from Hawaii; they will magnetize your attention to the instant -- The Now!
Fire District 3 will be at the park to chill the kids and maybe quench the fires if things get too HOT! The Bingen/White Salmon Police Department will also be on hand to help entertain the kids, plus volleyball, BMX bikes, skateboarding, and other games.
Bring your own picnic basket or enjoy Beneventi's Pizza, Poppy's Teriyaki, and D'Lish's Catering's desserts.
This concert is sponsored by ex-city Councilman Anthony Coulter and is the fifth in the Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series produced by Bingen-White Salmon Business Partners.
Concert Chair Bill Werst guarantees that the first 150 attendees will get a lei. So, come early. Aloha