2016 Honolulu Music Festival
Fourth Annual Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival
to be held on May 22, 2016
The Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival culminates in a star-studded concert at the Waikiki Shell, including international superstar group MAGIC!, whose smash hit “Rude” has topped the charts in eight countries. The thrilling lineup also includes the all-girl pop-rock band sensation SCANDAL.
SCANDAL was formed in August 2006 by four high school girls – Haruna, Mami, Tomomi, and Rina, who met in an Osaka vocal and dance school called Caless. They started thrilling live audiences every weekend at Shiroten in Osaka Castle Park. Soon, they started getting offers from clubs in Osaka and Kyoto. In 2008, they released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the United States, France, and Hong Kong. That October, Scandal released their major debut single, “Doll”, under Epic Records Japan. The band has performed the theme songs for many anime, including “Shōjo S” and “Harukaze” for Bleach and “Shunkan Sentimental.” for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. With numerous overseas performances and anime theme songs, Scandal has built a considerable international fan base.
Canadian reggae, rock and pop band!
As one half of the in-demand writing and production duo The Messengers, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer Nasri has penned music for everybody from Justin Bieber and Pitbull to Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera. He garnered a Grammy Award in the category of “Best R&B Album” for Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E. in 2012. He has now formed a band with Mark Pelli, drummer Alex Tanas and bassist Ben Spivak to create a sound that combines reggae, rock, pop, and a little soul. That sound distills Caribbean flavor, arena-size bombast, and glistening melodies into an undeniably intoxicating musical potion. This is MAGIC! “I want everybody to join us on this MAGIC! adventure,” says Nasri. “It’s a stressful time out there, and people are struggling to find hope in balance. This music is meant to put you in a good mood. We want to bring people together to have a good time. It’s not about us. It’s about the music. We want you to be a part of that energy and a positive musical world.”.