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Johnny Nicholas and the Honoka'a Dragon Jazz Band

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Hilo, HI 96720

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Johnny Nicholas returns to the Palace Theater with the Honoka'a Dragon Jazz Band

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Blues master and roots music aficionado Johnny Nicholas from Austin, Texas will perform with the young musicians of Dragon Jazz Band at the Hilo Palace Theater on Saturday, January 25 as part of the 2020 Big Island tour.

Led by Gary Washburn, music director of Grammy Foundation Award-winning Honoka‘a High School, the Dragon Jazz Band is a select group of students who have proven themselves as strong performers, ready for a professional music experience.

“The involvement of Gary’s very talented group of kids is a collaboration that has provided for a very exciting show and a tremendous learning experience for the fledgling Honoka‘a musicians,” said Johnny Nicholas, who has been involved in similar educational projects in Texas over the last 20 years. “It is amazing to see what kids can do when they get involved and excited by musical stimulus and exposure of this nature and professional level.”

Nicholas is no stranger to Hawai‘i, having toured with his band, Hell Bent, as well as backing up Delbert McClinton and Marcia Ball. Nicholas, described as one of the premier blues and roots music interpreters and artists alive today, has performed with blues legends, such as BB King, Big Walter Horton and Johnny Shines. He was one of the lead singers, writers and multi-instrumentalist in the band Asleep at the Wheel when they won their first of many Grammy Awards.

“The opportunity to tour and perform with Johnny Nicolas offers many educational opportunities not normally offered in the high school education system,” said Washburn. “Students work with and experience the real professional tour and road expectations and responsibilities. Setting up, sound checking, rehearsing while on the road, and interacting with professional musicians offers a great mentoring opportunity,” Washburn continued. “When touring with Johnny in 2015, I witnessed his band members willingly tutor the young musicians to help improve their musicianship, inspire developing improvisational skills, and have fun the same time.”

Nicholas will be touring with some of his band members and will spend an entire week prior to the show working with Gary Washburn and his Honoka’a students on their ever-expanding repertoire. In addition to the talented horn section, this year’s Dragon Jazz Band will include several musicians and singers, all of whom will perform as a part of Nicholas’s band.

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