Maui Beat

Indian classical music

Exposed to rock in his earlier years working with legends such as George Harrison on his “Living in the Material World” album, Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain began dreaming of becoming a rock drummer. Talking about this desire in a London studio one day, Harrison persuaded him to ...

‘The GIANT’

Anyone who has seen the Deborah Vial Band knows that it is led by a dynamic singer who can power out “Aretha style” on soul covers like “Chain of Fools” and “Dr. Feelgood,” deliver an emotional take on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” tenderly sing sweet ballads and mightily rock ...

Bewitching queen of British soul makes her Hawaii debut at MACC

Grammy-winning musician Corinne Bailey Rae has been hailed as the “bewitching Queen of British Soul,” and “the most affecting British soul singer since Sade.” Compared to acclaimed artists like Billie Holiday, Norah Jones and Erykah Badu, her fans have ranged from Prince and Stevie ...

Welcome to paradise

Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musician Kainani Kahaunaele is acclaimed for celebrating the Hawaiian language through the art of songwriting and poetry and as a teacher at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. “My passion is to perpetuate Hawaiian culture in a way that is more authentic and to ...

‘Humbled and blessed’

UB40’s founding lead singer, Ali Campbell, has called Maui “one of my favorite places on the planet,” and at 5:30 p.m. Saturday he will return with vocalist Astro to deliver another electrifying concert in the A&B Amphitheater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. ...

Hawaiian music legends: Together one-on-one for first time

Over the years, Robi Kahakalau has performed at a number of concerts featuring Henry Kapono, but the two acclaimed musicians have never teamed before in an intimate setting like the Artist 2 Artist showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center ...

Charley’s hits gold

In conjunction with Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon’s 50th anniversary and the10th anniversary of the Maui Pranksters, the Grateful Dead tribute band will play the Paia club at 9 p.m. Saturday in a special show that will also include classic songs by Little Feat, the Allman Brothers and ...

Looking forward with new band and love of farming

After performing with his father on Dec. 22 at one of the concert highlights of 2018, Pat Simmons Jr. is looking forward to entertaining folks with his new band featuring California-based cousins Sam Frey on bass and Adam Frey on drums. The trio will play a few dates on Maui beginning with a ...

Soulful Maui vocalist back on island for gigs

The dawn of 2019 has been a busy time for Gretchen Rhodes. After singing with Willie K while opening for Steven Tyler at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Dec. 27, she joined Mick Fleetwood on stage for New Year’s Eve in Lahaina. Invited by Tyler to sing with The Loving Mary Band, she ...

Judy Blue eyes

Known for singing activist songs since the early 1960s, legendary musician Judy Collins was recently moved to highlight the plight of immigrants in a new song, “Dreamers,” which she released as a powerful video. Sung a cappella to still images of immigrant children and their parents, it ...

Ready to rock

Ready to rock the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater tonight, Steven Tyler, backed by The Loving Mary Band, will also perform two benefit shows on Maui: a New Year’s Eve party at the Wailea Beach Resort — Marriott, Maui on Monday and at Fleetwood’s on Front St. in ...

Alsarah & the Nubatones

Sudanese musicians Alsarah & the Nubatones uniquely fuse traditional and contemporary influences to create a fascinating hybrid that has entranced audiences around the world. A YouTube comment about one of her hypnotic songs sums up her universal appeal: “I don’t normally go for this, ...

Country’s female supergroup

The platinum-selling Pistol Annies will make its Hawaii debut at the BMI Maui Songwriters Festival at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s A&B Amphitheater in Kahului. Featuring country superstar Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, the female ...

Lee Brice

Country singer Lee Brice was destined for stardom ever since he co-wrote Garth Brooks’ hit “More Than a Memory,” the first single in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart to debut at No. 1. That success continued with his own composition, “Love Like Crazy,” from his ...

Lei‘ohu and Maydeen

Lei‘ohu Ryder’s latest album, “Mama’s Land,” finds this acclaimed Maui musician collaborating with her partner, Maydeen ‘Iao, on an impressive collection of songs inspired by their journeys and experiences performing around the world. In tandem with the CD, “Mama’s Land,” ...

New CD release shares ‘medicinal musical mojo’

Over the years, Maui’s musicians have produced impressive albums which bear comparison to national acts in terms of quality, accomplishment and vision. The latest notable discovery, the husband and wife team of Tempa & Naor, just released the marvelous “Ember’s Fire,” which they ...

Iggy Jang loves the tango

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Concert Master Iggy Jang remembers first being mesmerized by tango music when he was a student in Paris. That love for Argentina’s most popular musical style has never dimmed, and at 7:30 tonight he will perform at a special “Tango Extravaganza” in the Maui Arts ...