Maui Beat

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 ...

Michael Franti and Spearhead’s “Love Out Loud Tour” will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Events Lawn in Kahului. Tickets are $37.50, and $75 for a limited number of VIP tickets, which include private side-stage viewing area and a dedicated bar (plus applicable fees). Ticket price increases $5 day-of-show. For more information, call 242-7469 or visit www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the artist

Tough subjects inspire hope

“I read the news of the day, just as it’s coming down/ I do my best not to let it get me down/ I try to keep my head up, but this is Babylon/ This world’s in crisis, we try to fight it, this changing climate/ The scientists and the politicians divided by it/ So many ways we could solve ...

Prize-winning cellist David Hardy and violinist Catherine Cho (second photo) are two of the featured performers at the Maui Classical Music Festival this week. Concerts are 7 p.m. Friday at the Makawao Union Church; and 7 p.m. Monday at the Keawala‘i Congregational Church in Makena; and 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wananalua Congregational Church in Hana; with the finale at 7 p.m. May 12 in Makena. Tickets for each concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students. For information and reservations, call 878-2312. Photo courtesy the Maui Classical Music Festival

Need a classical music fix?

The annual Maui Classical Music Festival returns to our island on Friday with a series of concerts presented in historic churches in Makawao, Makena and Hana. Nine leading classical musicians will be featured including Chad Burrow (clarinet), Catherine Cho (violin), Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano), ...

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Carlos Santana

“You have to have a supreme karma to live on Maui, or even to visit it,” says Carlos Santana. “There are people who may never even see Maui in this lifetime.” The legendary, multi-Grammy-winning guitarist and former Maui resident will return to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on ...

Esteemed musician Alan Akaka will perform at the free ninth annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival on April 28 to 30 at the Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel and the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center. For more information visit www.mauisteelguitarfestival.com. Photo courtesy the artist

Steel guitar virtuoso Alan Akaka

“I just love what I can get out of the guitar, the lilting sound and full-body richness of the tone,” says acclaimed Hawaiian steel guitarist Alan Akaka. “It conjures up Hawaii.” This esteemed musician will join fellow artists at the ninth annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, ...

David Bromberg will perform as part of a quintet 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater in Kahului. Tickets are $58 and $65 (plus applicable fees). Tickets are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org.
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David Bromberg brings ‘Nothing But The Blues’ to Maui

One of America’s most respected roots musicians, David Bromberg has played with an impressive array of artists from Bob Dylan and George Harrison, to the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson. Heading to Maui for a concert on Saturday, Bromberg talked about his most recent album, ...

Colbie Caillat and her band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Justin Young will open the show. Tickets are $45, $55, $85 and $125 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org.

Living in ‘the now’

Two very gifted female artists will perform this weekend, Colbie Caillat on Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului and Heather Nova on Sunday at Seabury Hall in Makawao. Reviewing Caillat’s latest album, a USA Today critic enthused: “If there were a Grammy Award for ...

Baraka Moon performs “an evening of ecstatic global trance grooves” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Temple of Peace in Haiku, and an “unplugged” concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lumeria Maui in Makawao. Tickets are $20 at the door for each event.
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Baraka Moon

An internationally acclaimed player of the ancient Aboriginal didgeridoo, Stephen Kent has pioneered its use in contemporary music for more than 30 years collaborating with leading musicians such as Brazil’s Airto Moreira, India’s Zakir Hussain, jazz legend Wayne Shorter and Door’s ...

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Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

One of the most popular blues and roots music artists performing today, Tommy Castro is looking forward to teaming up again with Willie K at the BBQ Bluesfest on Friday and Saturday in Lahaina. “I saw his show at a festival in Colorado,” says Castro. “What a talent, what a voice. ...

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Bonnie Raitt

One of a handful of artists performing for decades who can still be counted on to release vital music, the iconic guitarist/singer Bonnie Raitt sounds as fresh as ever on her most recent album, “Dig in Deep.” “If we don’t know how to do this better by now we should just be hanging it ...

James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson

Making Maui his home for more than a decade, James “Hutch” Hutchinson is the longest-running member of Bonnie Raitt’s illustrious band. “There’s nobody more versatile,” says Raitt. “We love each other as brother and sister. We’ve grown up together. He never fails to surprise and ...

Catch Willie K, Mick Fleetwood and other performers at the BBQ Bluesfest later this month. Shooting Stars Maui photo

West Maui gets the blues

Willie K is moving his annual BBQ Bluesfest to Lahaina this year. The fifth annual event will feature Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Kapena, Larry Dupio, Kings of Spade, and of course, Willie and The Warehouse Blues Band with special guests Mick Fleetwood, Tavana ...