Maui Beat

Sounds of summer 2019 have Maui connection

With summer approaching, the Two Besties Together duo, featuring Maui-born singer Malia Baldovi and Los Angeles-born Thomas Orlina, has just released an infectious, electro/pop dance anthem celebrating the season. With its feel-good beat and catchy melody, “Summer Vibes” is a blast of fun ...

Three of Maui’s best honored with 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano noms

It’s an extraordinary feat for a group to release a debut album that is subsequently showered with Na Hoku Hanohano nominations. For Maui’s Na Wai ‘Eha, it was a dream come true, with its marvelous self-titled debut recording being honored with 10 nominations. With the most nominations ...

Maui Classical Music Festival

Opening Friday at the Makawao Union Church and running through May 17, the annual Maui Classical Music Festival will feature two celebrated ensembles — the Formosa Quartet and the Koinonia Trio. Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String ...

The magic returns

Fans of the original HAPA, featuring founders Barry Flanagan and Keli‘i Kaneali‘i, will be overjoyed to hear that the legendary duo have reunited and will play two concerts, both at 7:30 p.m., on May 19 and May 26 in the McCoy Studio Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in ...

‘Living life in the present moment’

In reviewing Michael Franti’s latest album, “Stay Human Vol. II,” PopMatters noted: “As the founder and leader of reggae fusion group Spearhead, his music has long embraced revolutionary ideals of peace, love and understanding.” Released as a companion to his superb “Stay Human” ...

Nawang Khechog

One of Tibet’s foremost contemporary musicians, Grammy-nominated flute player Nawang Khechog, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in the McCoy Studio Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, accompanied by Hawaiian music legend Keola Beamer. Best known for his ...

‘Good Vibrations’ resonate at MACC

Hawaii has long held an almost mythical fascination for the Beach Boys. The legendary band first began singing about their love for the islands in 1963, with “Hawaii” and “Surfin’ USA,” where they dreamed of surfing at Waimea Bay. “All my life I wanted to see the island called ...

Music fills the air

The annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival will feature some of our state’s most gifted musicians performing free on April 12 and 13 at Lahaina’s Outlets of Maui, and then at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center on April 14. Created to preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian steel guitar, the ...

Dazzling, breathtaking, dynamic

British actor Martin Clunes began a new travel series on U.K. TV in February with a trip to Hawaii to explore our islands beyond the typical tourist world. Known to PBS viewers as the star of “Doc Martin,” Clunes met up with ukulele virtuoso Taimane on Oahu. He was gob-smacked, as the ...

Touring solo and liking it

One of America’s most popular contemporary Christian musicians, Grammy-winner Steven Curtis Chapman has sold more than 10 million albums and scored close to 50 No. 1 Christian radio songs. Performing solo at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, ...

Indian classical music

Exposed to rock in his earlier years working with legends such as George Harrison on his “Living in the Material World” album, Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain began dreaming of becoming a rock drummer. Talking about this desire in a London studio one day, Harrison persuaded him to ...

‘The GIANT’

Anyone who has seen the Deborah Vial Band knows that it is led by a dynamic singer who can power out “Aretha style” on soul covers like “Chain of Fools” and “Dr. Feelgood,” deliver an emotional take on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” tenderly sing sweet ballads and mightily rock ...

Bewitching queen of British soul makes her Hawaii debut at MACC

Grammy-winning musician Corinne Bailey Rae has been hailed as the “bewitching Queen of British Soul,” and “the most affecting British soul singer since Sade.” Compared to acclaimed artists like Billie Holiday, Norah Jones and Erykah Badu, her fans have ranged from Prince and Stevie ...

Welcome to paradise

Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musician Kainani Kahaunaele is acclaimed for celebrating the Hawaiian language through the art of songwriting and poetry and as a teacher at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. “My passion is to perpetuate Hawaiian culture in a way that is more authentic and to ...

‘Humbled and blessed’

UB40’s founding lead singer, Ali Campbell, has called Maui “one of my favorite places on the planet,” and at 5:30 p.m. Saturday he will return with vocalist Astro to deliver another electrifying concert in the A&B Amphitheater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. ...

Hawaiian music legends: Together one-on-one for first time

Over the years, Robi Kahakalau has performed at a number of concerts featuring Henry Kapono, but the two acclaimed musicians have never teamed before in an intimate setting like the Artist 2 Artist showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center ...

Charley’s hits gold

In conjunction with Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon’s 50th anniversary and the10th anniversary of the Maui Pranksters, the Grateful Dead tribute band will play the Paia club at 9 p.m. Saturday in a special show that will also include classic songs by Little Feat, the Allman Brothers and ...

Looking forward with new band and love of farming

After performing with his father on Dec. 22 at one of the concert highlights of 2018, Pat Simmons Jr. is looking forward to entertaining folks with his new band featuring California-based cousins Sam Frey on bass and Adam Frey on drums. The trio will play a few dates on Maui beginning with a ...

Soulful Maui vocalist back on island for gigs

The dawn of 2019 has been a busy time for Gretchen Rhodes. After singing with Willie K while opening for Steven Tyler at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Dec. 27, she joined Mick Fleetwood on stage for New Year’s Eve in Lahaina. Invited by Tyler to sing with The Loving Mary Band, she ...