Maui Beat

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 ...

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 ...