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‘Godfather of Funk’ LES McCANN headlines the first MAUI JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL

September 22, 2011 “The President, he's got his war Folks don't know just what it's for Nobody gives us rhyme or reason Have one doubt, they call it treason Tryin' to make it real — compared to what?” – Les McCann in... more »»

Playing For Your Love: The Yardbirds

September 15, 2011 So here’s the big question: While many remember the Yardbirds as the quintessential ’60s blues/rock/pop powerhouse, are they still mighty in 2011? According to a recent glowing review in The... more »»

Is there anything GEORGE KAHUMOKU JR. can’t do?

September 8, 2011 It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to proclaim George Kahumoku Jr. the hardest working man in Hawaiian showbiz. more »»

Maui Jazz and Blues Festival

September 1, 2011 After presenting slack key guitar and ukulele fests on Lanai, filmmaker/concert promoter Ken Martinez Burgmaier will bring the inaugural Maui Jazz and Blues Festival to the Grand Wailea on Sept. 24. more »»

New CD of ’70s musical milestones reveals AMERICA, the beautiful

August 25, 2011 When a band who once dazzled us in the 1970s decides to release a new album of covers of such timeless jewels as Simon and Garfunkel’s “America,” Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” and Bob Dylan’s “My Back... more »»

Henry Kapono: back to the beginning

August 18, 2011 Cecilio Rodrigues and Henry Kapono had been toiling in obscurity performing at Waikiki’s Rainbow Villa club until the night they were invited to open a concert for rock legend Frank Zappa. more »»

The Blooming Throwdowns

August 4, 2011 The Throwdowns have a lot going for them — a charismatic lead vocalist, exuberant musicianship, a mega sound and a great new album packed with memorable tune. more »»

Maui Beat

July 28, 2011 MAUI BEAT by Jon Woodhouse will resume next week... more »»

Planted in Past & Present

July 21, 2011 Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole has been hailed as a modern trailblazer, boldly adapting Hawaiian music for a new generation. more »»

Na Hoku Hou Shines

July 14, 2011 We can enjoy a spectrum of great island talent Saturday when the Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents Na Hoku Hou Award Winners Concert, featuring the traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music of... more »»

Still Groovy after all these years

July 7, 2011 Maybe it was divine providence, or karma, or just being in the right place at the right time, but I’ve been fortunate to have experienced some of our musical greats from an early age. more »»

New CD puts versatile, beloved performer on a first-name basis HENRY

June 30, 2011 “I really love the songs and the space I’m in,” says Henry Kapono Ka‘aihue talking about his new album set for release the beginning of July. more »»

Slack key … for free!

June 23, 2011 Long admired for his innovative, contemporary island music, for the last few years Brother Noland has also focused on playing traditional Hawaiian. more »»

The Stylistics

June 16, 2011 After producing an astonishing number of top-selling singles during their peak years in the 1970s, the Stylistics, featuring founding members Airrion Love and Herb Murrell along with Eban Brown and... more »»


June 9, 2011 With his luminous anthem “One Day,” American reggae star Matisyahu joined the ranks of great artists like John Lennon and Bob Marley who infused their music with righteous, uplifting messages of hope. more »»

Guitarist’s guitarist JOHN JORGENSON plays with the gypsy in his soul

June 2, 2011 John Jorgenson was amazed when he first heard a recording of gypsy jazz legend Django Reinhardt. It was a life-changing moment, he recalls, like he had discovered the Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guita. more »»

Tavares / Stratocaster

May 26, 2011 When Jimi Hendrix stunned hundreds of thousands with his guitar virtuosity at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969, he was probably unaware that his beloved white Fender Stratocaster was... more »»


May 19, 2011 One night in London in 1967 while playing with the Indian/jazz/rock fusion band Sam Gopal Dream, bassist Pete Sears was surprised to find that a famous American musician was in the audience filming... more »»



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