Maui Beat

‘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 ...

Reggae revelations

One of the longest performing reggae bands of all time, Third World has remained one of Jamaica's greatest exports, consistently popular among international audiences. Part of the group's appeal lies with its vision to assimilate elements from soul and funk, African music, jazz and pop to a ...

United in song

A soulful singer-songwriter, surfer and environmental champion, Australian musician Xavier Rudd is especially acclaimed for his skills on the didgeridoo, the unique Australian instrument known as the yidaki by Aboriginal people in the Arnhem Land region of the country's Northern Territory."It's ...

John Hammond

Blues veteran John Hammond is probably the only musician who can claim to have had both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix in his band at the same time, even if it was only for a few days."It's true, it's one of those amazing things that happened," Hammond recalls. "They were both good friends. I ...

Exploring ‘Emily’

Acclaimed as one of contemporary jazz's brightest young stars, bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding has made a radical stylistic shift with her latest album, "Emily's D+Evolution," creating a brilliant jazz/rock/funk hybrid that's like a mashup of Prince, Joni Mitchell and Janelle Monae.Emily is ...

Recordings to remember

With the 2016 annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards about to be announced Saturday evening in Honolulu, this week’s column offers an overview of nominated recordings that feature Maui musicians. With her being a multi-Hoku-winner (25 so far) since the late 1990s, it was no surprise that Amy ...

Maui shows to honor Prince

Prince will be celebrated with two great "Purple Planet" nights of music Friday and Sunday at Mulligans on the Blue, with many of his most popular songs sung by Eric Gilliom, with lead guitarist Nils Rosenblad and Shea Derrick fronting a stellar band including keyboardist Jerry Kovarsky, ...

A journey fulfilled

When she was only 15 years old, Amy Holland had her first major record label audition, singing in front of Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson at his home. She was being considered for the band's own music company, Brother Records, encouraged by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, who was dating her sister's ...

Tower of Power

Hailed as one of the world's greatest soul/funk bands, Tower of Power has been entertaining audiences for more than 40 years with the group's exuberant music. First becoming a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the 1970s, their infectious hits include "What is Hip?," "Don't ...

Tradition of talent

In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Maui Classical Music Festival, organizers will present a series of concerts culminating in a grand finale May 13 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center."We are very excited about this year's anniversary celebration with our finale concert on the ...

Chaka Khan

Four decades after Chaka Khan launched her solo career with her smash hit "I'm Every Woman," the Queen of Funk is back with a new dance track, "House of Love," which sees her teaming for the first time with her siblings, sister Taka Boom and brother Mark Stevens.Khan and her siblings debuted ...

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 ...