Maui Beat

Halemanu infuses jazzy rock with Hawaiian soul

Last year’s well-deserved Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Island Music Album shone a spotlight on Halemanu, one of Maui’s talented musicians. Describing his music as “jazz infused rock & roll with Hawaiian soul,” Halemanu produced the winning “So the Story Goes,” which featured a ...

Maui Farm Aid in the making?

The seeds for a future Maui version of Farm Aid were planted on Saturday at the Mahi‘ai Music and Food Festival held at Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville. Opening with his classic “Whisky River,” country icon Willie Nelson headlined the sold-out fundraising event which featured an ...

BEAT-LELE

In the past we’ve heard Hawaii’s ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro play a few Beatle tunes in concert, and now we have an opportunity to see a band which entirely focuses on Beatles’ songs all played on ukulele when Beat-Lele performs in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy ...

Soul-stirring compositions, ukuleles and compassionate understanding

An enchanting new CD called “Himalayan Sessions” compiles contemplative compositions by the late world-renowned flutist Paul Horn, Hawaiian music icon Keola Beamer and Grammy-nominated musician Christopher Hedge, with selected inspirational words by His Holiness, the 14th Dalai ...

Master of his craft Paul Simon

It was the autumn of 1965 and Paul Simon was staying in Brentwood, a small town outside of London. He had fallen in love with a local woman, who he put on the cover of his first solo album, “The Paul Simon Songbook,” and immortalized in “Kathy’s Song,” where he sang about, “. . . ...

MayJah RayJah 2019

Before returning to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Friday for the MayJah RayJah 2019 10-Year Anniversary music festival, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley has been touring Europe, headlining a Woodstock ’69 fest in the Netherlands, as well as festivals in the U.K., Belgium and ...

Future of blues/rock Gary Clark Jr.

Eric Clapton was so impressed watching Gary Clark Jr.’s incendiary debut performance at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2010, he wrote him a note of gratitude, which stated, “Thank you, you make me want to play again.” Likely to be remembered as one of the most memorable blues/rock ...

Have guitar … will travel

When Elton John played at Lahaina’s Blue Max in 1977, Jimmy Dillon was in the audience for the historic event. His band, Oasis, had opened the show, and Dillon was hoping he could somehow jam with the rock legend. So when John launched into “Rocket Man,” Dillon seized his chance and ...

Cheers to the red, white and blue!

In celebration of Independence Day, Jazz Maui presents two free concerts in Lahaina today, beginning at 5 p.m. The annual “Concert in the Park” features the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra, vocalist Sheryl Renee and the Maui Community Band performing on the Lahaina Public Library lawn. The annual ...

Jazzy weekend

Hailed by The Boston Globe as, “an enchanting singer, a poised and polished acoustic bassist, and an accomplished composer,” acclaimed musician Katie Thiroux will perform in concert with her trio as part of the East Meets West Festival’s finale concert, “Jazz Maui: Jazz, Blues, ...

Making music again

Not one, but two free major Hawaiian events will be presented over the weekend at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului, with Na Palapalai joined by seven of Maui’s hula halau at 7 p.m. Friday, and the annual Ki Ho‘alu Guitar Festival at 1 p.m. Sunday. In celebration of the ...

Lights… camera… music!

After creating an acclaimed documentary on The Beatles, Oscar-winning Director Ron Howard has now made a powerful portrait of legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Screening at the 20th annual Maui Film Festival at Wailea’s Celestial Cinema on Saturday at 10 p.m., “Pavarotti” ...

‘Kalawai‘anui’ Amy Hanaiali‘i’s latest release ‘breathtaking’

In conjunction with the release of her latest album, “Kalawai‘anui,” Amy Hanaiali‘i has produced a breathtaking video of the title song shot aboard the Mo‘okiha o Pi‘ilani ocean voyaging canoe as it sailed the Kealaikahiki Channel. Opening with a chant and the beat of a pahu drum ...

Chris Thomas King

Acclaimed for singing and acting in the Oscar-winning movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and for winning a Grammy with his work on the soundtrack of the Ray Charles biopic “Ray,” Chris Thomas King will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 6 in McCoy Studio Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural ...

Sounds of summer 2019 have Maui connection

With summer approaching, the Two Besties Together duo, featuring Maui-born singer Malia Baldovi and Los Angeles-born Thomas Orlina, has just released an infectious, electro/pop dance anthem celebrating the season. With its feel-good beat and catchy melody, “Summer Vibes” is a blast of fun ...

Three of Maui’s best honored with 2019 Na Hoku Hanohano noms

It’s an extraordinary feat for a group to release a debut album that is subsequently showered with Na Hoku Hanohano nominations. For Maui’s Na Wai ‘Eha, it was a dream come true, with its marvelous self-titled debut recording being honored with 10 nominations. With the most nominations ...

Maui Classical Music Festival

Opening Friday at the Makawao Union Church and running through May 17, the annual Maui Classical Music Festival will feature two celebrated ensembles — the Formosa Quartet and the Koinonia Trio. Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String ...

The magic returns

Fans of the original HAPA, featuring founders Barry Flanagan and Keli‘i Kaneali‘i, will be overjoyed to hear that the legendary duo have reunited and will play two concerts, both at 7:30 p.m., on May 19 and May 26 in the McCoy Studio Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center in ...