Top music groups set to headline Microsoft store grand opening

Courtesy: Waggener Edstrom Worldwide

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What do a rapper, DJ, and an alternative rock band have in common? All of them are heading to Hawaii for an exclusive concert event.

Macklemore is an American rapper and musician most recognized by his catchy single, “Thrift Shop.” He’s headed to Oahu with producer and DJ Ryan Lewis for a special grand opening event for the Microsoft retail store at Ala Moana Center.

“He is awesome and he makes the best music… best rapper,” Kalei and Casey Lyons said.

Microsoft will open its first retail store in Hawaii on Thursday and has hired about 40 employees for the new location.

This year, the company expanded its reach in North America, adding close to a dozen new stores.

To celebrate, Microsoft is offering a concert featuring Macklemore and Ryan Lewis plus alternative band Neon Trees Thursday night at Kakaako Waterfront Park.

“I have friends who are planning on camping out to get the tickets,” Kapolei resident Kalena Maioho said.

Anyone who wants tickets can only get them by waiting in line for the store’s grand opening. The first two people will receive premiere viewing tickets to the show and one person will get a chance to meet Neon Trees.

The next 2,500 people will score free tickets to the concert and can start lining up outside the store at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

“I hate standing in lines and I can’t imagine what’s it’s like to stay overnight you know,” Maioho said.

The gates open for the performance on Thursday at 4 p.m., with the show slated to begin at 6 p.m.

Anyone without a ticket, even children, will not be let in.

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