Maui Beat

Rolling out the hits

Acclaimed for hits like "Watching You," "Take a Back Road" and "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)," country star Rodney Atkins says there's no special formula to his songs' success."I try to find songs that I can relate to, songs about going through a struggle, or ...

Steel Guitar masters unite for annual Maui festival

The eighth annual Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival is Friday through Sunday at the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. This free event will feature master Hawaiian steel guitar players from around the world performing the only string instrument thought to be indigenous to Hawaii.Headliners this year ...

Girls Guns and Glory

If the car radio hadn't died in the beat-up Oldsmobile of Girls Guns and Glory founder Ward Hayden, he might not have discovered the seminal music of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, which would change his life."I had an Oldsmobile Delta 88 and my mom had a huge cassette tape collection, people ...

Spanish inspiration

What do Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, Chick Corea and Deep Purple have in common with Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo? The jazz and rock legends all referenced Rodrigo's masterpiece, the magnificent "Concierto de Aranjuez" for classical guitar and orchestra."It's a legendary piece for every ...

Lisa Fischer

* This is Part 2 of a two-part column on Lisa Fischer.Making her Maui debut tonight, Lisa Fischer previously spent years touring and/or recording as a backing singer with a host of legendary artists including the Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross ...

In the spotlight

To call Lisa Fischer remarkable is a bit of an understatement as she is simply one of the most gifted, soulful vocalists performing in the world at this time. While she's been previously known as a backing singer with legends like the Rolling Stones, Sting and Tina Turner, in the last couple of ...

Powerfully poetic

Blessed with "poetic and sensitive pianism" (Washington Post) and a "wondrous sense of color" (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang is acclaimed for captivating audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism and interpretive sensitivity.Yang will perform with the Hawai'i Symphony ...

Santana: Listen to the rhythm of legendary Latin rockers Saturday at MACC

Forty-five years after the release of "Santana III," the Woodstock-era version of the legendary Latin rock band has reformed to record "Santana IV."Available on April 15, the highly anticipated new studio album reunites the revered early-'70s Santana lineup that includes keyboardist Gregg ...

Long history with Santana for Hawaii-raised bassist

Born in the Netherlands, and raised in Hawaii, Benny Rietveld has recorded and toured with Carlos Santana for around 25 years. A pivotal contributor to Santana's albums, he most recently played on "Santana IV.""It was completely magical and inspiring," he says. "It was like being transported ...

‘A Wonderful Life’ for for Marty Dread

aui reggae ambassador Marty Dread's new CD, "A Wonderful Life," was released last week in time for Valentine's Day and the World Whale Day concert, featuring a compilation of his latest singles.One of our most prolific artists, Marty has completed his 18th album, featuring16 tracks with guests ...

Cultural continuation

It's been two years since Keali'i Reichel staged a Kukahi production on Maui with his halau, and the renowned kumu hula/musician is looking forward to being back in the Castle Theater this weekend."We approach Kukahi as a platform for our halau, and we're excited," he says. "We have a grand ...

Solo specialty

It's pretty much guaranteed that any time Nathan Aweau releases a new album, a Hoku Hanohano Award will follow. One of Hawaii's most gifted, accomplished musicians, Aweau has been amassing awards as a solo artist since releasing his "E Apo Mai" album in 2002, which earned him Male Vocalist of ...

UB40 Reunited at the MACC

Before heading to Hawaii, Ali Campbell and his UB40 mates have been enjoying a "Red Red Winery" tour around New Zealand."It's been great," says the singer of the band's many hits. "We've been off the beaten track in some beautiful spots. The whole tour is pretty much sold out, playing to 7,000 ...

Chicago

Among the many worthy bands that have been eligible for years for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Chicago was finally nominated in December. The news was a surprise for Chicago's founding trumpet player, Lee Loughnane."It's been a long time coming," he says. "We kept working and ...

Maui on his mind: Jim Messina returns to isle that inspired

Jim Messina was so entranced the first time he visited Maui in the early 1970s that he suggested shooting the cover photo for the Loggins & Messina "Full Sail" album off Lahaina."I was on holiday and in Lahaina and I thought it was the perfect place," he recalls. "I was aboard the ...

Legendary roundup

Since debuting their historic collaboration as the Rough Riders last January at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Hawaiian legends Henry Kapono, Brother Noland and John Cruz have toured the islands and the West Coast, recorded a six-song EP and been invited to contribute to the ...

Music on Maui 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, it's time to recall some of the most memorable music events of the year, including exceptional shows by Diana Ross, John Fogerty, Neil Young, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Yo Yo Ma, Trombone Shorty, Billy Currington, Charlie Musselwhite, Lee Brice and Chris Young, the ...

It’ll be a rockin’ new year

Aerosmith's charismatic lead singer, Steven Tyler, will be busy on New Year's Eve, as he will first open a star-studded celebration at Mala Wailea and then he will head to Lahaina to ring in the new year with the Mick Fleetwood Blues Band at a sold-out rooftop party at Fleetwood's on Front ...

‘Coming into her own’

With her debut album, "They Say," ready for release, Lily Meola will preview some of the songs tonight, sitting in with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at Charley's Restaurant and Saloon in Paia.The new CD is a spectacular triumph for this Maui-born musician, who has already been ...