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Pitstop: 3/17/17

Friday March 17

Good Foot
Good Foot performs live at Boardriders (201 Hamakua Drive). The chill group has special help today from guest vocalist Melody Heidel. Opening act is Meltdown. The show starts at 8:30 p.m., with a $5 cover. (goodfoothawaii.com)

Holla-Days
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some song at Holla-Days at Air Park Karaoke Lounge. Expect Guinness and drink specials, giveaways and plenty of karaoke. The night starts at 10 p.m. (airparkkaraoke.com)

Kip Moore Live
BAMP Project presents Kip Moore performing live at The Republik. Kip Christian Moore is an American country music singer-songwriter signed to MCA Nashville. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $39 general admission, plus applicable fees, with an increase the day of the show. (bampproject.com)

Paʻakai Marketplace hosted by PAʻI Foundation
Paʻakai Marketplace is an innovative event collaboration with PAʻI Foundation – a Hawaiian arts and culture preservation organization. This monthly series embraces and features products made by local artists, crafters and cultural practitioners to the community cultivating strong Native Hawaiian identity. Check it out from 5 to 9 p.m. at SALT at Our Kakaako. Admission is free. (saltatkakaako.com)

Soulgasm
DJ Kaos performs live at Bevy Bar in Kakaako. The owner of Jolly James and West Berlin native makes his Aloha State debut at Soulgasm Hawaii, the state’s longest-running house party. Doors open at 9 p.m., and tickets are $20 at the door. Ages 21 and up. (facebook.com/soulgasmhawaii)

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party
Murphy’s Bar & Grill hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party in the restaurant and its adjacent parking lot. Expect all the usual Irish standbys — corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips, oysters and, yes, plenty of beer — plus entertainment from Doolin Rakes and Elephant. The party kicks off at 11:30 a.m., with no cover. (murphyshawaii.com)

Saturday March 18

65th Cherry Blossom Festival Ball
The 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Ball takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. at Sheraton Waikiki. The evening begins with the Western phase. Queen Contestants deliver a prepared speech while wearing an evening gown. During the Eastern phase, Queen Contestants answer an impromptu question while wearing traditional furisode silk kimono. The evening ends with the crowning of the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court. Visit website for more information and tickets. (cbfhawaii.com)

Gareth Emery Live
Electric Palms Hawaii presents Gareth Emery performing live at The Republik. A good melody can change the world’ – the philosophy behind Gareth Emery’s 2015: the year that saw him DJ the closing ceremony of the European Olympic Games, host his first festival stage at Australia’s infamous Stereosonic, and finish his highly anticipated third artist album. Show starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $40 final general admission, plus applicable fees, with an increase the day of the show. (bampproject.com)

Great Guns 2017
Hawaii Historic Arms Association sponsors Great Guns 2017 at Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Browse more than 300 tables of antique and modern firearms, knives, military collectibles and more. The convention runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19. (728-8589)

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
The inaugural Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival takes place from 1 to 5:15 p.m. at Ka Makana Ali‘i. The event features steel guitar masters, who will present their own program of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. The festival is presented free to the public by Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences in association with the Ke Kula Mele Hawaii School of Hawaiian Music, with grants and support from corporate partners and private donors. Visit website for more information. (himele.org)

Johnny Rocks Society II Live
Johnny Rocks Society II performs live at Chez Sports Bar & Grill in Aiea. The band will hit top 40s, classic rock, contemporary and disco vibes. Show starts at 9:30 p.m., with no cover. (488-2439)

Ron Funches Live
BAMP Projects presents comedian Ron Funches performing live at The Republik. The stand-up comedian is lovable — like a teddy bear — and his voice is as creamy as chocolate-chip cookies. Show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $19.50 general admission, plus applicable fees, with an increase the day of the show. (bampproject.com)

Sunday March 18

Tak Matsumoto & Daniel Ho Live
Blue Note Hawaii presents Tak Matsumoto and Daniel Ho performing live. The two solo artists have collaborated on an album titled Electric Island, Acoustic Sea, melding Japan and Hawaii into one multicultural, smooth-as-silk record. Shows start at 6:30 and 9 p.m., and tickets are $65-$45. (bluenotehawaii.com)

Tuesday March 21

The Rising Melody
Biku Shimabuku presents rising local artists Jonny Random and Nick Danger at Downbeat Lounge. The two ladies perform as part of The Rising Melody, a regular showcase of original local music. The show starts at 8 p.m. with no cover. Ages 21 and up. (downbeatdiner.com)

Willie K Live
Blue Note Hawaii presents Willie K performing live. The eclectic and charismatic singer will perform a myriad of genres. Shows start at 6:30 and 9 p.m., and tickets are $45-$25. (bluenotehawaii.com)

Wednesday March 22

Alicia Grand Live
IMN of Hawaii presents singer-songwriter Alicia Grand at Downbeat Lounge. The budding songstress sings with open-eyed wonder and joyful experience through ukulele and her voice. The show starts at 8 p.m., with no cover. Age 21 and up. (downbeatdiner.com)

Carnitas Against Cancer
Bar Elixrs hosts a special night in the battle against cancer. Proceeds from marked food and drinks help support the good fight of American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network. Plus, who can say no to tacos? The night runs from 3:30 to 7 p.m., with no cover. (432-9109)

Gypsy Jazz: A Tribute to Django Reinhardt
Blue Note Hawaii presents a special tribute to Django Reinhardt from The Hot Club of Hulaville. The tribute band has since won recognition for their own performances but haven’t forgotten their roots. The band is joined this evening by Paul Mehling and Isabelle Fontaine. Shows start at 6:30 and 9 p.m., and tickets are $35-$15. (bluenotehawaii.com)

Thursday March 23

‘Something’s Gotta Give’ Album Release Party
The Republik and About the Goods presents an album release party for Jim Hurdle. He’s Hawaii-born and Texas-raised, and he’s bringing home the hip-hop album of the year. Supporting acts are Koins, Prie, Dotar, Osna and more. The party starts at 7 p.m., and admission is $7 in advance plus applicable fees, with an increase the day of the show. (jimhurdle.com)

Steve Kimock Band Live
Lazar Bear Productions and Blue Note Hawaii present Steve Kimock Band performing live. This master of improv can rock on with the Grateful Dead, Voodoo Dead or even Bernie Worrell, but tonight he’s the center star. Shows start at 6:30 and 9 p.m., and tickets are $50-$30. (bluenotehawaii.com)