Maui Beat

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 ...

Tommy Castro; VictoriaSmith photo

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 ...

The Sing Out For Sight benefit concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the MACC’s Castle Theater. A benefit for the Seva Foundation, it will honor co-founder Ram Dass. Hosted by Wavy Gravy, it will feature Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz, Joan Baez and Krishna Das. Tickets range from $50 to $125 and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org.  
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Joan Baez in action at the MACC on Saturday

Joan Baez remembers the pivotal day in 1956 when, as a 16-year-old, she first heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak on nonviolence and civil rights at a youth conference. It ignited a fire in her that has never dimmed. “It was one of those life changes,” Baez says. “Two hundred kids from ...

Journey in concert Tuesday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center; photo by Travis Shinn.

Journey to perform at MACC

One of the best-selling rock bands of all time, Journey has amassed worldwide sales of more than 90 million records. Their “Greatest Hits” collection still sells more than half a million copies a year, and their timeless power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin’” was ranked as the 20th ...

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Scotty McCreery

Winning the 10th season of “American Idol” in 2011 as a 17-year-old, Scotty McCreery went on to make chart history with his debut album, “Clear as Day.” Selling 197,000 copies the first week of release, he became the first country artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with ...

Jake Shimabukuro will perform with members of the Maui Pops Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Tickets are $45, $55, $65 and $85 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or by visiting www.mauiarts.org.
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Saturday in Castle Theater Jake Shimabukuro with Maui Pop Orchestra members

Since his early days, Jake Shimabukuro has been pushing boundaries and exploring the potential of the humble ukulele. With his most recent album, “Nashville Sessions,” this virtuoso takes another leap, boldly stepping into Jeff Beck-style fusion territory. The CD cover photo of blazing ...

Maui Albums highlight island's array of talent

Maui albums highlight island’s array of talent

“This Mountain” Pat Simmons Jr. Pat Simmons Jr. has been around music all his life. Ever since he can remember, he spent time on the road touring with his musician dad, Pat Simmons Sr., of the Doobie Brothers. “My mom says I took my first steps on a tour bus,” he says. ...

Judy Collins; photo courtesy MACC

Judy Collins

Nominated in December for a Best Folk Album Grammy Award for “Silver Skies Blue,” Judy Collins’ latest recording features a collaboration with Bronx-born singer-songwriter Ari Hest, who will perform with her on Maui this week. Released last summer, the acclaimed album showcases their ...

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UB40 Reunited: Group to perform Friday at MACC’s A&B Amphitheater

Returning to one of his “favorite places on the planet,” UB40 Reunited vocalist Astro is looking forward to elevating Maui again with the group’s distinctive brand of horn-driven reggae. Founded in 1978, this Birmingham, England-based group has probably done more to popularize reggae ...

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Young the Giant

One of America’s hottest contemporary indie rock bands, Young the Giant has developed a novel way to promote the group’s music, by creating a video series of “In the Open,” stripped-down versions of songs filmed mostly in nature. For their latest creation, they adapted ...

Chaka Khan; photo courtesy the MACC

Music stars align in 2016

It was another bumper year for entertainment on Maui in 2016 beginning with UB40 Reunited in January, drawing a massive crowd. “It’s made all the difference,” lead singer Ali Campbell explained about performing again with fellow founding vocalist Astro. “We’re enjoying a bit of a ...