Maui Beat

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 ...

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 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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

’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 ...

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’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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 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

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 ...