Maui Beat

Lauryn Hill enlightens, inspires, and ‘keeps it moving’

After a long absence, Lauryn Hill returned to recording in 2015, paying tribute to Nina Simone on the album “Nina Revisited,” which was released in conjunction with the Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” “Because I fed on this music — both hers and lovers like her ...

‘Aotearoa’s Finest

Acclaimed Maori musician Maisey Rika routinely wins awards in her homeland of New Zealand. Last September she dominated the 10th Annual Waiata Maori Music Awards winning Best Traditional Maori Album for her latest recording, “Tira,” along with Best Female Solo Artist, Best Song by a Maori ...

Award-winning vocalist brings soul to Maui – Lisa Fischer

One of the amazing background singers featured in the Oscar-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” Grammy-winner Lisa Fischer has performed with such legends as the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Sting. A remarkably gifted, soulful vocalist, in the last couple of ...

Sweet Judy blue eyes

Back in the late 1960s after Stephen Stills encountered Judy Collins, he immortalized their love affair in his classic song “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Fifty years later the two musician friends decided to team for an album “Everybody Knows” that revives songs from their individual works. ...

Ozomatli . . .

Ozomatli came up with a brilliant concept for their latest album, “Nonstop: Mexico to Jamaica,” reimagining classic and contemporary Mexican hits through the filter of various facets of reggae. Thus Richie Valens classic “La Bamba” is completely transformed into a joyous, reggaefied ...

Maui’s the place for a rockin’ New Year’s Eve

The co-writer of one of the greatest instrumentals of all time, the Booker T. & the M.G.s’ “Green Onions,” and Otis Redding’s biggest hit, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” Blues Brothers Band guitarist Steve Cropper will join a bunch of fellow legends on New Year’s Eve at ...

Steve Earle brings ‘Outlaw’ sessions to MACC

Releasing around 15 studio albums since his “Guitar Town” debut in 1986 and having his songs recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Vince Gill, and Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle recently released the acclaimed country- rock album “So You Wannabe an Outlaw.” For the ...

Aaron Lewis

Aaron Lewis loves country music — classic country music. On the debut single from his most recent album, “That Ain’t Country,” Lewis longs for the authentic sound of his honky-tonk heroes. “So I’ll keep listenin’ to the old songs that my grandad used to play,” he sings. “Full ...

Katie Thiroux

When music legend Quincy Jones was looking for artists to perform at his first jazz club, Q’s Bar and Lounge located in Dubai, he booked bassist/vocalist Katie Thiroux for a three-month summer residence. “I couldn’t be happier to have such a talented young bassist and singer,” Jones ...

Friends make good music together…

Country star Eric Church is about to release a massive 15-album-vinyl box set, “61 Days in Church,” which captures his 2017 record-breaking “Holdin’ My Own Tour.” During the tour, the hugely popular artist attempted an epic feat of performing and recording 30 songs per night at 61 ...

Thompson Square … unplugs

Most Wednesday evenings you can find husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson on Facebook hosting “WinoWednesday,” where fans are encouraged to join them in sipping some wine and sending in requests, which the duo perform live. “We sit around and have some wine and talk to everybody ...

Rita Coolidge

Making her official Maui concert debut on Sunday night, Rita Coolidge remembers having fun in the old days singing at Lahaina clubs and she has fond memories of Hana, where she purchased land with Kris Kristofferson. “We bought the land together,” she says. “And when we divorced, we ...

Lifting voices beckon

Three renowned Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning female artists — Darlene Ahuna, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi and Mihana Souza — will team for a unique “Songbirds of Hawaii” show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. “It’s been a ...

Murray Thorne

Billing his “In the Flesh” show coming to Mulligans on the Blue in Wailea as a “sonic and visual experience like nothing you’ve ever experienced on Maui,” Murray Thorne’s says his unique spectacular celebrates the music of Pink Floyd’s epic “The Wall.” One of the top five ...

Psychedelic Americana thrives

The lead guitarist with Grateful Dead spin-off bands, Furthur and Phil Lesh and Friends, and as the co-founder of the Dark Star Orchestra, John Kadlecik has been playing psychedelic Americana for more than 25 years. He will bring his unique blend of Grateful Dead music, assorted covers and ...

Black Uhuru

Formed around 45 years ago in Jamaica, Black Uhuru rose to prominence as one of the world’s greatest reggae bands. “Our vision was to tour the world, sing conscious music and write good songs,” says co-founder Derrick “Duckie” Simpson. Acclaimed for their crucial roots songs such ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...