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Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges to play concert on Maui

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    Oscar winning actor Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges is getting into an island groove. “Aloha Twitter! I’m going to be performing on Maui on 1/23,” he wrote on Jan. 8, posting a photo of himself in an aloha shirt and straw hat, playing an electric guitar. “If you’re ‘on island,’ get tix.”

The Oscar-winning actor will perform on Maui for the first time on Jan. 23, in a musical concert as part of The Maui Celebrity Series. Tickets for the performance at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, Maui Ballroom, range from $95 to $1,000 for VIP packages; get tickets at expedia.com, honoluluboxoffice.com or by calling 808-550-8457.

Bridges won an Academy Award for his role as an alcoholic musician in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart,” and is forever known as cult figure “The Dude,” a bathrobe-wearing, White Russian-drinking slacker in 1998 film “The Big Lebowski.”

He seemed to revive The Dude in 2015 with his release of “Sleeping Tapes,” an album of meditative music overlaid with the sounds of Bridges humming, talking to children, hiking, and flushing a toilet to listen to it refill. (Download it and pay what you like at dreamingwithjeff.com, with all donations going to charitable organization No Kid Hungry.)

“I think that everything implies everything else,” he says, introducing it. “So, I hope you dig the sleep tapes, hope they inspire you to do some cool sleeping, some cool dreaming and some cool waking up.”

Reviewing the album on Pitchfork, the online music site, Philip Sherburne gave the album a score of 7.8/10. “His warm-hearted spirit — his evident joy at just being alive — is infectious,” Sherburne said.

Aside from that dreamscape, Bridges has largely concentrated on soft rock and country music since recording his first album, “Be Here Soon,” in 2000.

He sang in “Crazy Heart” as the country-music character Bad Blake, and wrote some of the songs for the movie soundtrack. After the movie was released, Bridges was signed to the Blue Note Records label, and made a T-Bone Burnett-produced album, “Jeff Bridges,” released in 2011.

He often tours with his band the Abiders (a reference to his “Dude who abides” in “The Big Lebowski. A live album of a Jeff Bridges & the Abiders performance was released in 2014.

Born into a Hollywood family in 1949, Bridges first appeared in films as an infant, and won a first Academy Award nomination for The Last Picture Show (1971). He went on to star in the popular films Heaven’s Gate (1980) and TRON (1982). In 1984 sci-fi hit “Starman,” he appears as a naked, multilingual extraterrestrial.

Bridges starred in “TRON Legacy” and “True Grit” in 2010, earning another Oscar nomination for “True Grit,” and was among the stars of R.I.P.D. (2013), The Giver (2014) and Seventh Son (2014).

Singer Brian Evans, creator of the celebrity series, opens the show, along with Dayle Tejada. Evans is a big-band crooner in the style of Frank Sinatra.

“Jeff Bridges has always been one of my favorite actors. “Starman” remains my favorite movie, but everybody loves “The Dude” on Maui,” said Evans.

Evans opened the series with an appearance by original “Star Trek” star William Shatner, and is also known for his music videos made with celebrity participants. A video for an original song by Evans, starring William Shatner, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Beth Chapman, Leland Chapman, and Paul Rodriguez and produced by comedian Carrot Top, is scheduled to be released in March.

Some proceeds from the concert will benefit The American Sleep Apnea Association (www.sleepapnea.org) and Mental Health Kokua (www.mentalhealthkokua.org), which provides housing for the adult homeless.

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