Marcia Ball to Perform Two Big Island Shows

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Kahilu Theatre courtesy photo.

Kahilu Theatre courtesy photo.

Marcia Ball is slated to perform alongside Texas bluesman Johnny Nicholas and the Hellbent Band on two separate occasions on the Big Island.

Ball, a Texas-born, Louisiana-raised blues artist, will take over the Kahilu and Palaces theaters with a mixture of two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock, and smoldering Texas blues.

“Austin’s Piano Queen” will perform at Kahilu Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 24 and at the Palace Theater in Hilo on Wednesday, Jan. 27.


Each of the performances will feature the Big Island’s Dragon Jazz Band. The band is made up of a senior combo of the Honoka’a High School Jazz Band, led by Gary Washburn.

Ball has received five Grammy Award nominations, ten Blues Music Awards, and seven Living Blues Awards. She has also been inducted into both the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

The popular musician was born in Orange, Texas in 1949 to a family whose female members all played piano. Ball grew up in Vinton, La., across the border from Texas.


Ball’s rollicking piano playing, husky and soulful vocals, incisive songwriting, and captivating stage presence have made her one of blues and roots music’s most sought-after live performers.

She joined the Alligator Records family in 2001 with the release of the critically acclaimed “Presumed Innocent.” The CD took home the 2002 Blues Music Award for Blues Album Of The Year. Ball’s subsequent Alligator releases, including her most recent, 2014’s “The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man,” have all received both critical and popular acclaim, with four of her six Alligator releases receiving Grammy nominations.

Since founding her own band, Ball has never stopped writing, recording, and touring. Her popularity and her audience have continued to grow with each new album and every performance.


Kahilu Theatre is presenting both of the performances, with co-presenter Palace Theater for the Hilo show.

Tickets to the 6 p.m. Kahilu Theatre performance cost $43/$32/$27/$20 and can be purchased online, by calling 885-6868, or by visiting the Kahilu Theatre Box Office.

Tickets to the 7 p.m. Palace Theater performance cost $55/$35/$30 and can be purchased at the Palace Theater Box Office or by calling 934-7010.

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