Maui Beat

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 ...

Guitarists Vignola and Raniolo to team up at McCoy theater

Jazz guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola returns to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater with fellow guitarist Vinny Raniolo on Wednesday. A versatile musician, Vignola has played with many artists across a spectrum of genres including Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis and ...

Catch Steven Tyler and 
Alice Cooper at Wailea Beach Resort. 
Stephen Holding photo

A new year to rock with Shep Gordon, Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper and more

It’s become an annual rite at the close of the year for a number of our famous full-time and part-time residents to rock out in Wailea at a fundraiser for the Maui Food Bank and the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The stellar lineup ringing in the new year in style on Saturday at ...

Leon Russell

Looking back

With 2016 drawing to a close, it’s an appropriate time to memorialize some of the stellar musicians who left us this year and had, over the years, performed on Maui and shared their thoughts in Maui Beat interviews. Prince’s death in April stunned us. An artistic genius, he emerged in ...

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Rebelution coming to Maui

Popular reggae band Rebelution returns to Maui on Sunday for a date on its “Falling Into Place Hawaii Tour,” promoting the release of the group’s fifth album, which was just nominated for a Grammy Award. “We named the album ‘Falling Into Place’ because all of our varied ...

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Keeping their rhythm

Moving to Los Angeles from Oahu about a year ago, the musicians of Streetlight Cadence noticed a major difference in how Mainland audiences responded to their street performances. “The attention span is very short,” Streetlight’s Chaz Umamoto explains. “It’s very different ...

Country stars Lee Ann Womack and Eric Church (second photo) will perform Friday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. JOHN SCARPATI photo

Country with an edge

Grammy-winning country star Lee Ann Womack has been praised for helping keep traditional country music alive. “I’m trying,” says Womack, who will perform at this week’s second annual BMI Maui Songwriters Festival. “I love that kind of music, it’s so American and really a treasure. ...

Chris Kepler and Sara Jelley star in “Mary Poppins.” JACK GRACE photo

Joyous, colorful ‘Mary Poppins’ production full of zeal

“Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical” is a fast-moving roller coaster of joy performed with copious zeal by its large and talented ensemble. And the play is complemented by endless colorful eye-candy provided by set designer Caro Walker, lighting by Amy Lord and costumes by Vicki, Roxi and ...

Micah Nelson (clockwise from top left), Lukas Nelson, Corey McCormick, Anthony LoGerfo and Tato Melgar will perform on Maui this week. Jim Eckenrode photo

On the rise

After touring Europe with Neil Young to rave reviews and delivering an incendiary show backing the rock legend at the Desert Trip Festival concerts in October in California, Lukas Nelson and Promise of The Real bring their “Something Real Tour” to Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in ...

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Deep country: From love to loss, Billy Currington hits all the right notes

When Billy Currington is not regaling fans in concert, the country star likes to relax by surfing, riding horses and spending time on Maui. Returning to the island he calls “my favorite place in the world,” Currington will perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B ...

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Morgan Heritage: ‘Royal Family of Reggae’ coming to MACC

Known as the “Royal Family of Reggae,” Morgan Heritage’s hits include “Nothing to Smile About,” “Tell Me How Come,” “Set Yourself Free” and “Protect Us Jah.” The legacy of Jamaican musician Denroy Morgan was passed on to his children, who have performed as Morgan ...

The Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra (first photo) and DeShannon Higa of the Hawaii Jazz All-Stars are among the performers who will be featured at Saturday’s East Meets West Festival.
Photo courtesy festival organizers

East meets West

The East Meets West Festival on Saturday in Wailuku will highlight some innovative cross-cultural musical collaborations. Presented at the Historic Iao Theater, this concert will feature an array of island talent including the Hawaii Jazz All-Stars, the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra, Zenshin Daiko ...

Martha Redbone

Songs of the mountains

Hailed as “a charismatic neo-soul diva” by New York’s Time Out magazine, after releasing two acclaimed soul/funk albums, Martha Redbone made a stylistic transition for her follow-up, “The Garden Of Love: Songs of William Blake,” where she fused the poetry of the 18th-century British ...

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater in Kahului. Tickets are $12, $45, $55 and $85 (plus applicable fees) and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org. Orchestra-level patrons have exclusive access to the dance floor.  
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Big Bad VOODOO Daddy

Anyone who loves swing music should not miss Big Bad Voodoo Daddy making the band’s Maui debut at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului on Tuesday evening. How good are they? “They’re currently the greatest swing band in the entire world,” raved a recent review in ...

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Celebrating 20 years of Hula

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the founding of Halau Na Lei Kaumaka O Uka, acclaimed Na Hoku-Award-winning kumu hula Napua Greig-Nakasone will present a special “Mohala Mai” concert on Saturday in Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. “It’s really ...

Air Supply will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Advance tickets are $70, $90 and $125 (plus applicable fees), with prices increasing $10 the day of the show, and are available at the box office, by calling 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org. Photo courtesy the MACC

Feeling the love

Loved by loyal fans from as far afield as China and Vietnam, Air Supply’s founders, Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, still reign as kings of timeless, romantic ballads. “We have a lot of fans who enjoy our music,” notes Hitchcock. “We have people who saw us 30 years ago and ...

Sly & Robbie

The most famous drum and bass duo in reggae history, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, will perform with their Taxi Gang group and Marty Dread at the Maui Theatre on Saturday evening.The Grammy Award-winning reggae superstars, known as the "Riddim Twins," have played with many reggae icons ...

Chick Corea with Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade

Touring last year with keyboardist Chick Corea, banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck reported he felt a little intimidated playing with the jazz icon."I'm always on the very edge of my seat trying to hang in there," Fleck told Canada's The Globe and Mail. "I'm facing my doubts about whether I can really ...

Sergio Mendes in concert at the MACC tonight

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his legendary group Brasil '66, Grammy-winning Brazilian icon Sergio Mendes has been busy touring and recording.Recently presenting "An Olympic Carnival" concert over two nights at the Hollywood Bowl, he also just performed at the Tokyo Jazz Festival. And in ...

Fusion phenom

A pioneering guitarist, Larry Coryell blazed the early jazz-rock fusion trail in ground-breaking groups, and playing with legends from Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins and John McLaughlin, to Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter. Comfortable in almost any style from incendiary electric fusion to the most ...