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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, June 2, 2001

Rock band Sister Hazel will headline BayFest next month

By Wayne Harada
Advertiser Entertainment Editor

Sister Hazel is made up of five longtime friends – Jeff Beres, Mark Trojanowski, Ryan Newell, Ken Block and Andrew Copeland – who started this post-grunge band in 1994.


Sister Hazel, a Florida alternative rock band, will add a contemporary note to the 12th Annual Ocean Concepts BayFest at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Kane'ohe July 13-15.

Sister Hazel, from Gainsville, will headline the main stage on July 14. The five-member post-grunge band is comprised of longtime friends Ken Block, lead vocals and guitar; Mark Trojanowski, drums and percussion; Jeff Beres, vocals and bass; Ryan Newell, vocals and lead guitar; and Andrew Copeland, vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar and percussions.

They got together in 1994 and since have produced three CDs, which contain such hits as "All for You," "Happy," "Change Your Mind" and "Champagne High."

It is a group with a mission; besides its popularity and prowess in the alt-rock genre, Sister Hazel, which takes its name from an African American woman who ran Sister Hazel's Rescue Mission in Florida in the 1970s and early '80s, does a lot of charitable work on behalf of a variety of groups, including the American Cancer Society, Humane Society and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

The concert, and other shows, are free with a paid admission to BayFest 2001.

A complete schedule will be announced later; BayFest will include a midway of E.K. Fernandez rides and games, a car show, military displays, a body search competition, a regatta race, a fishing tournament and more.

Information: www.bayfesthawaii.com