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Jack Johnson's Kokua Festival back for 2010 at Waikiki Shell, April 23 & 24

Kokua Festival's 2010 dates mark the massively-popular benefit's return following a two-year absence. After five consecutive years of hosting the fest, Johnson decided in January 2009 to give the always-sold-out benefit concerts a rest for a year.

“We just had a lot going on last year with life in general and decided to take a little break,” Johnson explained to HawaiiMagazine.com last October. At that time, still pondering whether Kokua Festival would return in 2010, Johnson also said he was considering recording a new studio album and touring in the new year.

Jack_Johnson_Kokua_Festival_2010_Hawaii“I’m going to be home. I thought I’d use the time to record again,” he told us, in October. “All of a sudden we’re feeling like there’s enough material to do an album.  … I’ve been writing a lot and spending a lot of time just kind of laying (music) down.

“I have a new baby and everything and there’s a new life in the world, and a lot of the songs are upbeat. I feel pretty good.”

Turns out, Johnson will be doing Kokua Festival, a new album and another world tour in 2010.

Johnson and longtime bandmates bassist Merlo Podlewski, drummer Adam Topol and pianist/vocalist Zach Gill, have been ensconced in the singer’s home studio on Oahu’s North Shore in recent weeks recording their sixth studio album. The still unnamed album, which is being recorded entirely in Hawaii with 100% solar energy, is set for a worldwide release on June 1 on Johnson’s Brushfire Records label.

The album’s first single will be released in April. Johnson begins a 2010 world tour in support of the album on May 16 in Berlin, Germany.

Photos: Kokua Festival

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