Saturday, October 26, 2013 • 8:55 pm
Scion Stage (Smith St. & Hotel St.)
Part of the FREE Street Festival Schedule + Map
Since its inception in 2008, the Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival has wanted to share Xavier Rudd’s music with Hawai‘i, and on Saturday, October 26th, that vision finally comes to fruition. Rudd’s soulful, earthy sound is the embodiment of the kind of mindful, meaningful roots music, we seek to share with Honolulu each year. Making us even more excited is that Rudd’s Hallowbaloo set will be his first ever public performance in the islands, his Hawai‘i debut!!
Majestic and deeply spiritual, the music of Xavier Rudd has shaped an entire generation of Australians. A beautiful conduit connecting people to one another and to the planet we live on, Xavier Rudd’s music has impacted the world for over a decade – spanning back over seven studio albums, multiple ARIA (Australian Industry Recording Association) nominations and more high-rotation singles in his home country of Australia than you’d care to count – with his most recent single, Follow The Sun (from his ‘Spirit Bird’ album), reaching Gold status there and landing in last year’s Australian triple j Hottest 100. A key figure in bringing the message and music of indigenous peoples to a broader audience, Xavier Rudd’s spirituality is a powerful force for positive change, and he is widely regarded as an Australian icon.
A multi-instrumentalist who has performed solo for nearly his entire career, Rudd takes full advantage of having complete control of his sound. He’s amassed an arsenal of eight acoustic guitars, three native yidakis (better known as didgeridoos) and multiple percussion instruments and travels the world with this finely-tuned quiver always at his side. On stage, Rudd harnesses his intimate knowledge of each instrument to create an enthralling wall of hypnotic sounds garnering a reputation for captivating audiences from start to finish. The New York Times has said, “He struck a sure bond with his jam-happy audience, encouraging rapture as well as a sense of belonging.”
And while Rudd will be new to some in Honolulu, he is not without his share of Hawaii connections. Rudd contributed songs to Matthew McConaughey’s 2008 indie comedy film “Surfer, Dude” that also co-starred part-time Maui residents, Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson. Rudd has also performed numerous times with Jack Johnson and is currently headlining an Australian tour with his friends and part-time Hawaii residents opening each show – Donavon Frankenreiter and Nahko & Medicine for the People. In addition to musical bonds and kindred messages, all also share a love and close connection with the ocean. In an interview with NPR, Rudd said “. . . surfing inspires me. I’ve written a lot of music when I’m in the water and from that, the exhilaration of that experience.”
With a worldwide legion of over a quarter million fans, a reputation for mesmerizing live performances, and a sound and a message perfectly suited for the Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival audience, Rudd and his pending visit give attendees cause for much excitement and anticipation.