The first weekends in October and April are some of the busiest weekends in Utah. People come from far and wide to visit the state, see old friends, and attend the many events that occur. This past weekend was no exception and for those in the market of enjoying Poly music entertainers, Utah County was the place to be.
The weekend kicked off Friday night at UVU with the Te Vaka concert. Opening the night was music artist Dook, who sang a mixture of original compositions and covers, adding his own acoustic swag to songs like OutKast’s “Roses.” As always, Dook sounded like a seasoned professional and it won’t be long before he’s headlining himself. Next up, Kotahi from New Zealand sang sultry covers of “I Need You Baby”, “Valerie” and “Price Tag”, finishing with an original Hip-Hop dance routine. After Kotahi, Polynesian dance group, Tausala, got everyone ready for the Tahitian sounds of Te Vaka. Last but not least, the audience was treated to a surprise performance by Alex Aiono, who was in attendance that night. Alex sang a Bo Napoleon original that had everyone swaying in their seats. By the time Te Vaka took the stage, everyone was definitely ready to rock! With songs like “Pate Pate”, the famous Polynesian musicians had everyone dancing all night long!
Saturday night, Studio 600 in Provo was the place to be! Kulture Shock’s “Utah County King Invasion” event was off the chain! With opening numbers from dance group Island Dolls, Tatiana Finau, and Si’i Vakalahi, the audience was definitely warmed up for the main event – Common Kings! As always, Common Kings rocked the house and had people leaving the place as new-found groupies. Their shows are always on-point and they are some of the best live performers you will ever see. What’s great about their originals is that they have you moving just as much as their creative covers and the whole audience sang along with their hit song, “Alcoholic.” The icing on the cake of the evening were the performances by Common Kings’ back-up singer, Susie Liufau. Her rendition of Rihanna’s “Man Down” had JR Kings calling her “Susie Fiyah” and several people claiming she sang it better than the original! The fusion of Common Kings and Susie Fiyah was spectacular!
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