Maui Beat

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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

“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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...