Easy, breezy hana hou!

Henry Kapono and friends return to MACC

Alx Kawakami (from left), Johnny Valentine and Blayne Asing join Henry Kapono for “The Songs of C&K Hana Hou!” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Preshow festivities start at 5:30 p.m. in the Yokouchi Pavilion, and include island crafters with displays of local arts and crafts for purchase. Tickets are $15, $35, $45 and $55, with a limited amount of $125 VIP “Hangin’ With Henry” Experience tickets (plus applicable fees). The VIP Experience includes an intimate pre-show acoustic performance, talk story, meet and greet, photo opportunity and a commemorative laminate. For tickets or information, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or go online at www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Presenting his popular show, “The Songs of C&K Hana Hou!,” Henry Kapono returns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to the Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, joined by Waikiki entertainer Johnny Valentine, Alx Kawakami of Manoa DNA and 2016 Most Promising Artist Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Blayne Asing.

Since co-founding Cecilio & Kapono, Hawaii’s most popular group, in 1973, Kapono has continued to pursue a successful solo career, winning numerous Hoku Awards, earning a Grammy nomination for his “Wild Hawaiian” album and being inducted into the Grammy Museum recently.

Captivating the islands back in the 1970s with their breezy, uplifting sound, C&K performed for a record-breaking crowd of 10,000 at the Waikiki Shell and headlined at Aloha Stadium before 30,000 fans. Their early albums “Cecilio & Kapono,” “Elua” and “Night Music” all became top sellers.

First dissolving their partnership in 1981, the two musicians set off on solo careers while continuing to reteam for shows once a year. In 1989 their album “Good Times Together” earned the duo Hoku Awards for group and album of the year.

In 2003, C&K celebrated their 30th anniversary with a commemorative CD and DVD, “Lifetime Party: 30 Years of Friends,” winning a Hoku for best contemporary album. In 2008, they released a new song, “Back in the Day,” as a free download.

DJ Z-Trip spins discs at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia this weekend. Photo courtesy the artist

Kapono will share stories and perform C&K classics, including “Lifetime Party,” “Sailin’,” “We’re All Alone,” “Gotta Get Away,” “Sunshine Love” and “Highway in the Sun.”

“Everybody needs some spiritual uplift and music really does that,” says Kapono. “C&K music has done it for many years, and hopefully continues to do it.”

In late March, he will launch a new “Artist to Artist” concert series in the McCoy Studio Theater at the MACC with Malani Bilyeu of Kalapana fame.


Rock legends Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer have teamed for their Edgar and Rick “Still Alive and Well” — A Tribute to Johnny Winter Hawaii Tour 2018, heading to the Castle Theater at 7:30 p.m. March 1 at the MACC.

Winter is best known for his million-selling hit singles “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.” A multi-instrumentalist, he most recently played on Ringo Starr’s latest album.

As a member of The McCoys, Derringer had the number one hit “Hang On Sloopy.” His solo hits include “Still Alive and Well,” “Teenage Love Affair” and “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo,” which he first recorded with Johnny Winter. Derringer was a member of Johnny Winter And . . .; Edgar Winter’s White Trash; and The Edgar Winter Group.

* Tickets are $46, $61, $76 with a limited amount of $91 Gold Circle seats (plus applicable fees). For tickets or information, call 242-7469, go online at www.mauiarts.org or visit the box office.


The Maui Pops Orchestra’s “Winter Pops” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Castle Theater will feature the return of Broadway star Capathia Jenkins. The varied program will include Carole King’s “Natural Woman,” the theme from the James Bond movie “Goldfinger” and, in celebration of African American History Month, Jenkins will serve as narrator for Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” Other classic songs she will sing range from “Summertime” and “Last Dance,” to “I Will Survive” and “I Feel The Earth Move.”

Acclaimed as one of Broadway’s most dynamic talents, Jenkins starred as Medda in the Tony-winning musical “Newsies.” Her Broadway roles have included “The Look of Love,” “The Civil War” and “Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me.” Along with her theater productions, Jenkins performs as a jazz/pop duo with guitarist Louis Rosen.

A Chicago Tribune review noted: “Capathia Jenkins’ soaring voice sweet, smart, sassy and full of soul warmed the hearts of everyone in the audience.” And a Bloomberg News review summed up: “Jenkins will knock you flat.”

* The Maui Pops Orchestra’s “Winter Pops” concert is presented at 3 p.m. Sunday in the MACC’s Castle Theater. Tickets are $20, $35, $50 and $60, and half-price for students 18 and under in the $60/$50/$35 price sections only (plus applicable fees). For tickets or information, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or go online at www.mauiarts.org.


Electronic music trio Cash Cash makes its Maui debut at 6 p.m. Friday in Yokouchi Pavilion & Courtyard at the MACC. Comprising brothers Jean Paul and Alex Makhlouf, with life-long friend, Samuel Frisch, the trio are DJs, producers and multi-instrumentalists, who have worked with Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and David Guetta.

Their debut full-legth album, “Blood, Sweat & 3 Years,” features guest vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz & The Tantrums, Nelly, Christina Perri and Busta Rhymes. AllMusic praised it as a “celebration of the many facets of dance in the 2010s EDM-era, from trap to tropical and everything in between.”

“Our goal was to merge different styles from hip-hop, rock and pop with electronic dance music,” said Jean Paul. “We hate buying an album if it all sounds like one song, the same synths, the same drums, the same moods. We get excited when we hear something untraditional. Musically, that’s what we are after.”

Cash Cash first found crossover success with their platinum electro-pop anthem “Take Me Home,” featuring Bebe Rexha, which has been streamed more than 100 million times. “Millionaire,” their dancehall-infused summer anthem with Nelly, gained over 50 million streams and views.

Their remixes include Bruno Mars’ “Treasure,” Katy Perry’s “Birthday,” Pink’s “What About Us” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Love So Soft.”

* Cash Cash perform at 6 p.m. Friday in the MACC’s Yokouchi Pavilion & Courtyard. Must be 18 or older to attend. Tickets are $30 and $35. Price increases $5 day of show (plus applicable fees). For tickets or information, call 242-7469, go online at www.mauiarts.org or visit the box office.


Voted America’s Best DJ in 2009 by DJ Times Magazine, Zach Sciacca, better known as Z-Trip, has placed in the competition’s Top 10 every year since. This popular DJ will return to Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Before mash-ups became popular, Z-Trip was already blending Black Sabbath with the Jackson 5, LL Cool J with Young MC or remixing songs by classic rock artists like Rush or Foreigner — adding his own unique touch.

In 2003, he was invited to DJ as an opening act for a Rolling Stones benefit show in Toronto, which was the largest outdoor concert in Canadian history. Two years later, he made his major label debut with “Shifting Gears,” which included guest appearances from Soup of Jurassic 5, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Supernatural.

The relationship with Chuck D and LL Cool J would eventually lead to a spot on the “Kings of the Mic” tour in 2013. His set with LL Cool J at the Austin City Limits festival was hailed as a highlight of the star-packed weekend.

The renowned DJ performed at the annual Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in December during a segment honoring LL Cool J. While he was scratching and spinning, hip-hop artists Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte, Black Thought, Spliff Star and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels performed a medley of LL Cool J hits like “Mama Said Knock You Out,” “Rock the Bells” and “I’m Bad.”

On Facebook, Z-Trip reported: “This is also a huge personal achievement for me. It was another milestone in my DJ career having arranged and produced the whole segment myself.”

He had previously been booked to play Charley’s in December before the LL Cool J tribute was announced.

Some of Z-Trips most popular recent remixes include Bob Marley’s “Punky Reggae Party” featuring Lee Scratch Perry; will.i.am’s “T.H.E.” with Mick Jagger and Wolfgang Gartner; Kasabian’s “Days Are Forgotten” with LL Cool J; and Daft Punk’s “Derezzed.”

“I am inspired by innovators like Grandmaster Flash and Jazzy Jeff,” says Z-Trip. “They would perform, and they were clearly doing the work. You could see and hear it in real-time and recognize there was the ability to f— up. When you are on a high-wire fifty stories up and there’s no net, it changes the stakes: if you fall, you die. For me, the bigger the risk, the bigger the game.”

Reporting that his last visit to the Paia club was his favorite performance of the year, Z-Trip plans to bring his own mixer (Rane’s Z-Trip Limited Edition Model) and favorite seven-inch records to the island.

Friday’s concert will be an all-digital, “pedal-to-the-metal” performance giving Z-Trip access to virtually every recording he owns. On Saturday, Z-Trip will spin only seven-inch vinyl records, vintage classics to crate-digger discoveries that he hand-picked.

* Z-Trip DJs at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $30 and are available at Charley’s and online at www.ztrippaia .eventbrite.com. Must be 21 years and older to attend. For more information, call 579-8085 or visit www.charleysmaui.com.