Maui Beat

Andrew Molina will be one of the musicians performing at the 12th annual Maui Ukulele Festival beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. Admission to the festival is free. Ukulele will be featured as door prizes, and the festival will also display made-in-Hawaii arts and crafts. For more information, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.
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Andrew Molina: Rising Ukulele Star

Raised in a musical family, Andrew Molina had never thought about becoming a professional musician until the life-changing day when he saw ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro perform in concert. He was mesmerized. He had no idea the humble ukulele could play such a prominent lead role. “I was ...

Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel (above) makes his Maui debut at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $25.50, $31 and $41 (plus applicable fees). Ticket prices increase $5 on day of show. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to the box office, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org.
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Tommy Emmanuel

How great is Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel? “If there’s anyone who can shred on acoustic guitar with jaw-dropping effect, it’s Tommy Emmanuel,” raved Guitar World. “This man knows how to coax the most expressive melodies, rhythms and counterpoints out of his ...

Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley (above) and J Boog will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. Tickets are $49 for general admission and $99 for VIP in advance (plus applicable fees). Prices will increase $10 day of show. Parking in the MACC lot is available for $10 at the box office. Day-of-show parking in the University of Hawaii Maui College lot is $5 cash only. For tickets or more information, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or go to www.mauiarts.org.
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‘Stony Hill Fall Tour 2017’ at the MACC . . .Damien ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley

“Mankind still a fight and squabble/ iPod, King James Bible/ Slingshot onto long cal. rifle/ Tower of Babel, Tower of Eiffel/ Twelve month a year, but thirteen disciple/ Saddam, Bin Laden, Gaddafi, Idi Amin/ Call of duty, drone bombin’/ Stealth bomber, more famine/ Biometrics, eye ...

The Beatles’ sixth studio album, 1965’s “Rubber Soul” with George Harrison (from left) John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney ranks fifth on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2012 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

New perspective on The Beatles

You might think that 47 years after the breakup of The Beatles, the world’s greatest band had been analyzed to death in endless books and magazine articles. Could there really be any new light to shed on the Fab Four? Well along comes Rolling Stone correspondent Rob Sheffield with a new ...

Richard Marx performs songs from his nearly 30-year career at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $59, $69, $89, and $160 for VIPs. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 242-7469 or visit the box office or www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Delight in acoustic night with Richard Marx

When Richard Marx released his debut album in 1987, a Los Angeles Times review praised one of the songs, the Grammy-nominated “Don’t Mean Nothing,” as “the best Eagles’ song in years.” While Don Henley and Glenn Frey weren’t singing on it, it did include Joe Walsh, Randy Meisner ...

Henry Kapono will perform at the Kokua for Kupuna fundraiser for Hale Makua at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 for adults, $40 for children 5- to 12-years old and $1,500 for a reserved table for 10 with premium seating. Tickets and tables can be purchased by calling 871-9271 or by visiting www.halemakua.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Henry helping Hale Makua

Legendary musician Henry Kapono will headline Hale Makua Health Services’ annual Kokua for Kupuna fundraiser on Saturday at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali. With a dinner and show under the stars that also includes the group Halemanu, Kapono will entertain solo, drawing from ...

Saxophonist Bobby Watson is one of the many legends performing Sept. 8 at the seventh annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. For tickets and more information, visit www.mauijazzandbluesfestival.com. Photo courtesy the artist

Get your ‘cool’ infusion

One of the legends performing on Sept. 8 at the seventh annual Maui Jazz & Blues Festival, saxophonist Bobby Watson celebrates some of the less well-known but vital contributions of African-Americans on his latest album, “Made in America.” These black pioneers in a variety of fields, ...

Questlove delivers good beats and easy-to-dance-to vibes at 9 tonight through Sunday at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.QuestloveMaui17.Eventbrite.com. For more information, call 579-8085. Must be 21 and older to attend. Photo courtesy the artist

Get the party thumping

Questlove has some sage advice for budding DJs stumped about how to get a party totally thumping. “Michael Jackson is absolutely foolproof,” he told Fast Company magazine. “I’ve done sets for Oprah Winfrey and for conservative statesmen, and for my own nightclub audience, and I’ve ...

Keola Beamer (left) and his wife, Moana, treking through the Himalayas in Kathmandu.
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Visit to city of temples

In late 2015, Keola Beamer journeyed to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu to record the soundtrack to “Tibetan Illusion Destroyer,” the latest documentary by Maui filmmaker Tom Vendetti. Premiered at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in May, Vendetti’s film will be presented by PBS ...

Ottmar Liebert (above) and his band Luna Negra perform at 7:30 tonight in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $45 and $65 (plus applicable fees). For tickets or more information, call 242-7469, visit the box office or www.mauiarts.org. Greg Gorman photo

’Nouveau flamenco’ fusion

Known for his Spanish-influenced instrumental music that he termed “nouveau flamenco,” Grammy-nominated guitarist Ottmar Liebert took a surprising direction on his 2015 “Waiting n Swan” album by delving into reggae. Taking its title from Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain,” and the ...

America’s founders Dewey Bunnell (left) and Gerry Beckley return with their band at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. John Cruz will open the show with Benny Uyetake performing in the courtyard before and after the show. Tickets are $39, $49, $69 and $129 (plus applicable fees). For tickets or more information, visit the box office, www.mauiarts.org or call 242-7469. Photo courtesy Maui Arts & Cultural Center

The air is full of America’s sound

When America’s co-founders Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley decided to release their first album of covers a few years ago, they recorded a number of iconic songs including Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “America,” and a stunning version of the Beach Boys’ ...

Kalani Pe‘a, along with his six-piece band, performs in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater in Kahului at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. Kason Gomes will open the show. Tickets are $30 general admission (plus applicable fees). For tickets or more information, visit the box office, www.mauiarts.org or call 242-7469.
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Kalani Pe‘a’s big leap

Winning both a Grammy and a Na Hoku Hanohano award for his debut album, and with touring offers pouring in, Kalani Pe‘a had to make a difficult decision. It was time to give up his day job as a Hawaiian resource coordinator at Kamehameha Schools and devote his energy full-time to a music ...

Pat Simmons (left) and Willie K jam together earlier this year; Photo courtesy the artists

Maui musicians busy as ever

Here’s something a little different this week as we catch up with some of our musicians and hear about their latest endeavors and a few of the artists and albums that they have been enjoying lately. In the midst of a summer-long co-headline tour with Chicago, Doobie Brother’s lead ...

Guitar phenomenon Andy McKee performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday at McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $38 and $48 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Andy McKee ‘drifting’ along

A guitar phenomenon, Andy McKee burst on the world stage with a video for his instrumental “Drifting,” which has racked up more than 56 million YouTube views. For a time, three of McKee’s videos were concurrently the three most watched on YouTube. The song, which he composed at age 18, ...

Ron Artis II and The Truth with guests Heavenly will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia. Tickets are $15 and $20 presale, and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at www.RonAndTheTruth.Eventbrite.com. Michael Piccirilli photo

Ron Artis II and The Truth

When he first played on Maui, Ron Artis II entranced audiences performing soulful, inspirational songs with his brother Thunderstorm Artis as an acoustic duo. Then he returned as Ron Artis II and The Truth, an electric trio that blew everyone away. This super talented Oahu-based ...

Maui Taiko’s 20th anniversary concert will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at the MACC’s Castle Theater in Kahului. Leon Matsui photo

Feel the call of the drums

Known for performing at temples around the island during the Obon festival season, Maui Taiko will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the drumming ensemble with a special concert in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on Sunday. The show will also feature ...

Slack key guitarist Stephen Inglis is one of the stellar artists to perform at the 26th Annual Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival, sponsored by The Maui News, from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. Admission is free. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. Festival-goers are encouraged to bring low-back beach chairs, mats or blankets. For more information, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival

The 26th Annual Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival on Sunday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului offers a welcome opportunity for music lovers to enjoy a free afternoon of some of the best of Hawaiian music. Among the stellar artists entertaining at this ...

Keller Williams is one of several musicians performing in the Stringz n Finz Conservation and Education Benefit at Lumeria Maui in Makawao. The event runs from noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $95. A pre-festival meet-and-greet reception with Captain Paul Watson will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Suggested cash donation is $25 for the meet and greet. For more information, visit www.lumeriamaui.com.  • C. Taylor Crothers photo

Keller Williams jams Upcountry

Virtuoso musician Keller Williams has been hailed as a multitasking wunderkind. As a PopMatters review notes, aside from the fact that he performs in a dizzying array of genres — from folk, funk and bluegrass to rock, reggae, and electronica — he seems to strike up a new combo seemingly on ...

Mick Fleetwood will play Fleetwood’s on Front St. tonight with the House Shakers, Eric Gilliom and Gretchen Rhodes. On Tuesday evening he will play with the House Shakers and Willie K, and then on June 6 with the House Shakers, Willie K and Gretchen Rhodes. For all shows doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $89. Call 667-6425 for details. DANIEL SULLIVAN photo

Mick Fleetwood

In August Fleetwood Mac will celebrate 50 years since the original band made its debut at the Windsor National Jazz & Blues Festival in the U.K. August also marks the fifth anniversary of Fleetwood’s on Front St., founded by the band’s legendary drummer, Mick Fleetwood. In ...

Molokai’s gifted Ra‘iatea Helm. Photo courtesy the artist

Maui’s 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Nominees

With the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards ceremony taking place on Saturday evening on Oahu, expectations are high for many of our Maui County musicians who released memorable albums in 2016, and have been nominated in all major categories. As a Grammy winner this year for his wonderful debut ...