Maui Beat

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 ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Uluwehi Guerrero, other legends to honor the Golden Years

In the midst of rehearsing for his upcoming "Na Mele O Hawai'i - The Golden Years of Hawaiian Music" concert, kumu hula Uluwehi Guerrero got choked up singing the 1920s classic "Honolulu, I'm Coming Back Again," when he came to the line about waving sugar cane."I've sung the song dozens of ...

Feel the Island Breeze flow

The first non-Japanese to attain the rank of grand master of the shakuhachi bamboo flute, Riley Lee has been enthralling audiences with his mesmerizing playing for more than three decades.Moving from Hawaii to Japan in the early 1970s, Lee spent years of deep and arduous training in traditional ...

Thompson Square

With a new baby joining the Thompson Square family, husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson decided to introduce him in a video for their new single, "You Make It Look So Good." It's a very cute, black-and-white iMovie starring their 4-month-old son that they shot themselves as a follow-up ...

‘Modern Hawaiian’

Contemporary Hawaiian musician Kalani Pe'a has just released his first CD at the age of 33, and it's a major achievement. Gifted with a gorgeous voice and a flair for composing resonant Hawaiian songs, his exceptional debut album, "E Walea," could win him a bunch of Na Hoku Hanohano Awards next ...

Rickie Lee Jones

"So now, no beret, no boyfriends, no badass bravado," writes Rickie Lee Jones in a press release for her latest album, "The Other Side of Desire." "I am badass, but who cares. No one is taking my lifestyle to market. I am who I am, the age I am. What I have is music."One of the most acclaimed ...

Music in the moment

While working toward a new studio album, reggae star Matisyahu has been releasing a few tracks available exclusively through his Dreampatron fan club."It's for core fans who want access," he explains. "I started this fan club mainly for the purpose of releasing new music while I'm in the ...

Joan Osborne

Earlier in the year, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne launched a two-week engagement at an upscale, New York City club that was entirely devoted to Bob Dylan's music. She received a rave review in the New York Times."Like Bonnie Raitt, a musician to whom she has often been compared, Ms. Osborne ...

Phil Lesh & Friends

Great news for Deadheads with Phil Lesh & Friends heading to Maui for a concert in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater on Dec. 29.A few years after the death of the Grateful Dead's iconic lead guitarist/singer, Jerry Garcia, Lesh, the band's legendary bassist, began ...

Up close and personal with David Crosby

David Crosby has performed on Maui a number of times over the years - with Crosby, Stills & Nash, with his own CPR band and as a duo with Graham Nash. Now this legendary musician returns to our island in a solo show."It's fun to play in a band, but when you're by yourself the words ...

A classical education

Classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery will hold his 17th classical guitar master class on Maui, which includes a series of concerts presented in Makawao, Makena, Keokea and Lahaina.A "Maui Guitar Extravaganza" concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Makawao Union Church will feature Verdery, with ...