Smokey Robinson will return to the Waikiki Shell next year, bringing along a cache of his hit songs

Robinson, former lead voice of The Miracles, will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 29.

Tickets already are on sale online, but be warned – it won’t be on the cheap.

Smokey Robinson

Reserved seats will be $150, $99.50 and $89.50, the higher the cost, the better the location. General admission lawn tickets are $69.50, but lawn chairs are not allowed.

Robinson is the legendary sweet-voiced Motown Records fave from the past, still a big draw today.

You’ll likely be singing along, when he unpacks that stash of signature tunes, including “Cruisin’,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Tears of a Clown” and “The Tracks of My Tears.”

Online data lists this as a BAMP Project-sponsored event.

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Mars in orbit

Bruno Mars, our homegrown superstar, has added two more concerts – Dec. 17 and 18 – at the Dolby Live Theater at Park MGM in Las Vegas. This is an addition to his earlier-announced Dec. 30 and 31 New Year’s Eve gala at the same site.

Bruno Mars

Regular tickets start at $215 and range up to $815, but these are scarce, since most seats have tremendous resale prices into the thousands, depending on the location.  Tariffs are even higher for the end-of-the-year gigs, which – if you can find them and if you can afford them – include packages with hotel rooms and other perks. …

NCIS: Hawai’i’ No. 1 among TV newbies

It may not be the best show of the fall TV season, but the island-based-and-filmed “NCIS: Hawai‘i” has been deemed the No. 1 newbie on the tube so far this year.

The ranking comes from The Wrap, an online entertainment site, that put our local  CBS “NCIS” atop the survey, with a conclusion: “When your show starts with ‘NCIS,’ the (older) viewers will come.”

The rest of the top 10:  “FBI International,” No. 2;  “Ghost,” No. 3; “La Brea,” No. 4; “CSI: Vegas,” No. 5; “Ordinary Joe,” No. 6;  “The Wonder Years,” No. 7;  “Alter Ego,” No. 8;  “Queens,” No. 9; and “Our Kind of People,” No. 10. …

And that’s Show Biz. …


  1. Hi Wayne,

    Great news to hear Smokey Robinson will be coming to Honolulu and too bad I can’t get to see Bruno also but those prices are too much for me on Social Security(ha) now. Will just have to see him on TV and online. Besides probably won’t hear much of him singing with the way the girls always scream!

    Happy Halloween!


  2. Yep, ticket prices have accelerated faster than pay raises. Consequently, “regular” folks no longer can afford to attend — not just seniors but youths, too. Out of the price range for many fans.

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