Dionne Warwick, an influential pop stylist and five-time Grammy winner, will headline a concert at The Kahala Hotel & Resort Hawaii Invitational of Polo on Sept. 16 at the Waimanalo Polo Field.
Billed as “A Night Under The Stars With Dionne Warwick & Friends,” the concert will follow an all-star polo match at the Honolulu Polo Club. Special guest artists include Warwick’s son, Damon Elliott, an R&B singer and producer, and Grammy-winning R&B artist Mýa.
“I haven’t been to Hawaii in quite awhile, but the songs are fresh at all times,”said Warwick, speaking to Star-Advertiser entertainment writer John Berger in an exclusive interview.
“The songs” are Warwick’s phenomenal string of hits and evergreen pop standards written for her by Burt Bacharach and Hal David in the 1960s. The string began with Warwick’s debut single, “Don’t Make Me Over,” in 1962 and continued into the early 1970s, with “Walk On By” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose?” among many.
With Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager writing for her in the ’80s, she again brought songs to the charts, topped by “That’s What Friends Are For.”
“As far as I’m concerned they’ve never been ‘unfresh,’” Warwick said. “They’re songs that people have had in their hearts and minds from the time that they’ve been recorded, and they’re songs that grow with people through time.”
Based on her record sales, Warwick is second only to Aretha Franklin as the most-charted female vocalist of all time; 56 of Warwick’s singles hit the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.
Time magazine has described her style as “pleasurable but complex,” infused with “brio and elegance.” She was most recently nominated for a Grammy — her 14th nomination — in 2o13, for her pop album “Now.”
Elliott, Warwick’s son, also performs as Nomad. He has collaborated with performers including Beyoncé, Pink, Gwen Stefani and Mýa and earned a Grammy for his rendition of “Lady Marmalade” in Baz Luhrmann’s movie “Moulin Rouge.”
Mýa is also a Grammy winner, taking the trophy in 2002 in the best pop collaboration with vocals category for her rendition of “Lady Marmalade” with Pink, Christina Aguilera and Lil’ Kim.
The Sept. 16 invitational will be an all-day affair, with gates opening at 11 a.m. and a festival atmosphere, including on-site vendors. The primary polo contests take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Eat the Street trucks will be on site with food vendors and a beer garden.
General admission tickets are $50; VIP tickets including concert seating, food and drink are $250. Guests must arrive at the Waimanalo Polo Field concert venue by 4 p.m., when seating begins for the 6 p.m. concert. For tickets, go to hawaiipololife.com.