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Free Street Festival Saturday, October 30th
FREE Street Festival - 5pm-10:30pm:

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Entertainment Schedule - Check back in October for a comprehensive schedule.

   - Hawaii's Largest Live Music Showcase!!
   - The Ideal Night to Enjoy Honolulu's Favorite Entertainment District!
   - One of the Best Costume Parties in the Pacific!!

  • 5 Outdoor Stages & 10,000+ Costumed Crazies
  • Non-Stop Entertainment, Mechanical Bull Rides and Fresh Brews & Cocktails Served in the Street
  • Street Festival Artists - All Performances Are Free (More Artists Announced in October): Dengue Fever (8:30pm), The Budos Band (7pm), Kings of Spade, Painted Highways, Soul Revival Sound System, DJ Eskae, DJ Mr. Nick, Mano Kane, Kitty Lee, Hollow Spheres, Falcon Lord, Shopping List, Circuit Creature + More bands & DJ's to be announced.

New This Year:
  • Green SCREAM: Dive into another realm ! As other-worldly characters dart about a giant video screen for all of Hallowbaloo to see, you're invited to join the fray. Simply step in front of the green screen and be instantly transposed into the video and all its 5th dimension glory.
  • DIE-NASTY: As you stroll past the McCandless Building on the corner of Nu'uanu Ave. and Pauahi St. (caddy corner from Marks Garage), take a gander at what's happening on the third floor... It's been months since this building has been taken over by hot artists and pretty models, and you've always wanted to see inside. Finally tonight, curtains are down and the windows are lit. But it's Halloween! And a scary presence might lead you to witness more than you had in mind.

Your Ticket to Dreamland...

On Saturday, October 30th, the Third Annual Hallowbaloo Music + Arts Festival returns to the Honolulu Arts District serving up a smorgasbord of delectable treats. With 5 outdoor stages, eight clubs, 15+ bands, 20+ DJ's and 15,000 costumed revelers expected, it's one of the wildest and largest celebrations in Hawai'i. But while the festival's size and energy are notable, what truly sets Hallowbaloo apart is the quality and diversity of its offerings - starting with its host neighborhood.

The Honolulu Arts District located in historic Chinatown has blossomed into an entertainment district that rivals virtually any in America, and on no other night of the year is that more evident than during the Hallowbaloo Music + Arts Festival. All of the district's unique enticements are magnified tenfold and served on a silver platter. Throngs of creative people fill the streets adorned in eye-popping costumes. Musicians of all sorts stand atop stages on street corners pumping out incendiary rhythms. And, hidden behind charming 100 year-old storefronts, a collection of contemporary clubs and bars of every size, shape and color put on their best high heeled sneakers and delve out even more visual and sonic goodies. Plus, during Hallowbaloo, the cover charge that you'd normally have to pay to enter just one of the venues gains you admission to them all!

Free Street Festival - Nu'uanu Avenue: Hallowbaloo's street festival kicks off at 5pm with Live performances on five outdoor stages scattered about Nu'uanu Avenue and surrounding streets. It's truly one of a kind: a free celebration featuring 10,000+ costumed crazies and every type of music under the sun - including Cambodian surf rock and afro-funk soul. The two national acts who'll be churning out those sounds, "Dengue Fever" and "The Budos Band" respectively, will absorb the majority of the limelight, but a broad array of local bands and DJ's are sure to also leave a memorable impression.

Dengue Fever will make their debut Hawaii performance at 8:30pm and share their unique, highly infectious music until the street festival entertainment wraps up at 10pm. Widely hailed by indie rock fans around the country and regular performers at America's largest music festivals, the band performs a contemporary version of Cambodian rock that ruled the airwaves there in the 60's. Sadly, this music was extinguished by the Khmer Rouge in the 70's and may have been lost forever had not Dengue Fever emerged in L.A. at the start of the new millennium. Dengue Fever's lead singer, Chhom Nimol, is a Cambodian native and enjoyed great fame singing there. Before moving to the U.S., Nimol regularly performed for the King and Queen of Cambodia.

The Budos Band's 7pm performance will also be their first ever in Hawaii. Their music is a perfect fit for the thousands of costumed party-goers who come to Hallowbaloo each year in search of relentless beats. "You could put [The Budos Band II] on in any room in the world-a nightclub in Barcelona, a nursing home in Tenafly-and folks would not be able to stop themselves from dancing." -New York Magazine. Stacked with tight rhythms, blistering breakbeats, blaring horns and, yes, perhaps even a tinge of psychedelic doom-rock, The Budos sound is not easily pigeon holed. That matters not to the hoards of fans who have elevated them to the upper echelons of the funk world and widely celebrated the release of their third album, "Budos III," on August 10th on famed soul label, Daptone Records (label mates: Mark Ronson (producer of Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" album), Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, etc.). The remainder of the street festival entertainment will be delivered by local artists who are primed and ready to take full advantage of the buzz created by Hallowbaloo's Halloween revelry and national headliners. The culture of Hawai'i has long nurtured creation and expression of original music, and Hawaii's independent music scene is arguably more vibrant now than ever before. With talented local musicians serving up blues, indie rock, soul, jazz and more, Hallowbaloo attendees will surely discover great new music, and local artists will enjoy the widespread attention they so deserve.

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