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Maui Beat

Release of shelved project brings recognition to Maui artist

Near the close of 2019, the online cultural magazine PopMatters posted a Top 20 review of the best album reissues of the year. Along with the Beatles’ classic “Abbey Road,” Prince’s “Originals,” and Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue,” the list included a double set by Maui ...

Hawaiian Style Band to perform with Henry Kapono

Famous for island anthems like “Let’s Talk Story,” “No Ke Ano Ahiaha,” “Rhythm of the Ocean,” and “Live A Little,” it’s been many years since the Hawaiian Style Band played on Maui. Promoter Tom Moffat last brought them here in the early 1990s to perform at the Maui ...

Chart-topping Old Dominion plays at MACC on Friday

Fresh off their win for Vocal Group of the Year at the 2019 CMA Awards, acclaimed country band Old Dominion just scored their eighth No. 1 single as “One Man Band” ascended to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart. “It’s quite a way to end the year,” enthuses Old Dominion ...

WAR

Blending an irresistible mix of funk, Latin, rock, soul and jazz, the legendary band WAR returns to Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Saturday led by co-founder vocalist/keyboardist Lonnie Jordan. With more than 50 million records sold, WAR created an impressive catalogue of timeless hits ...

Kingston Trio performs at MACC with new members

Formed by two college students from Hawaii and one from California in 1957, the Kingston Trio became legendary for their distinctive vocal sound. Adopting their band name from Jamaica’s capital city, Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, and Dave Guard zoomed to the top of the charts a year later with ...

Rebelution’s positive lyrics buoyed by a chilled reggae groove

Routinely topping the Billboard Reggae Chart, Rebelution is tied with UB40 for the third-most No. 1 hits on the chart, following Bob Marley and Matisyahu. “We are in a position where we can make a positive impact on people,” lead vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany reported. “Generally in ...

Miranda Lambert headlines Maui Songwriters Festival

Headlining the Maui Songwriters Festival on Saturday, country star Miranda Lambert was just nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Country Song for “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” from her latest “Wildcard” album, and for Best Country Album for “Interstate Gospel,” as a member of the ...

‘EnCHANTing Evening of Kirtan’ pairs Krishna Das and Ram Dass

Acclaimed kirtan leader Krishna Das and revered spiritual teacher Ram Dass have combined their popular annual Thanksgiving programs into one special evening on Monday in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater. Celebrating 15 years of Ram Dass’ satsangs on Maui, the ...

Prospects good for Doobie Brothers to get into rock hall

It’s been a mystery for many years why legendary rockers the Doobie Brothers, with three Grammy wins and a number of major hits, had never been nominated for the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, while lesser artists like The Moonglows, Lloyd Price, Donna Summer, and Joan Jett have all ...

Hawaii filmmaker to premier ‘Tokyo Hula’ at film festival

Exploring the burgeoning interest in hula in Japan, where a number of our kumu hula have established thriving halaus, Hawaii filmmaker Lisette Flanary’s latest documentary, “Tokyo Hula,” will premier at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Nov. 21. Screening as part of the 2019 Hawaii ...

Artist 2 Artist show will celebrate the music of James Taylor

If you heard a recent song by Alx Kawakami on the radio, you might wonder for a moment whether you were hearing new music by James Taylor or Jason Mraz, because this Oahu-born musician has a gift for composing catchy, memorable pop songs that are influenced by Taylor and Mraz. “The ...

Artists will pay tribute to songs of West Maui

In celebration of the new songbook, “Lei Nahonoapi‘ilani: Songs of West Maui,” some of Maui’s most acclaimed musicians, kumu hula, and halau hula will pay tribute to the mele of West Maui with a unique concert in Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on Sunday ...

Ghana-born artist creates a transcendent landscape

An acclaimed guitarist, singer-songwriter, percussionist, and dancer, Okaidja Afroso has celebrated the richness of West African culture presenting dynamic concerts around the world. He will make his Maui debut on Friday. “My music preserves my West African roots while embracing diverse ...

Kris Kristofferson

During her sold-out show in July before 65,000 fans at London’s Hyde Park, Barbra Streisand reunited with, “one of my favorite leading men,” her “A Star is Born” costar Kris Kristofferson, for a historic duet on the ballad “Lost Inside of You.” “Though it had been 43 years ...

R. Carlos Nakai explores new territory with quartet

Previously performing on our island in concerts with Keola Beamer and Peter Kater, Grammy-nominated Native American musician R. Carlos Nakai will debut his quartet in Maui Arts & Culture Center’s McCoy Studio Theater on Saturday. A member of the Navajo-Ute tribe, Nakai is probably the ...

Richard Thompson

British musician Richard Thompson was once hailed by The Los Angeles Times as, “the finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix.” Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Thompson is also a critically acclaimed, ...

Tribal Seeds

Known for their spiritually driven, rock-infused roots style of reggae, the popular Californian group Tribal Seeds headlines the second day of the Republik Music Festival Maui on Saturday at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului. Formed in San Diego in 2003 by brothers Steven and ...

British roots reggae band Steel Pulse headlines

Since the release of their groundbreaking debut album, “Handsworth Revolution,” in 1978, Steel Pulse has railed against racism, colonialism, social injustice and environmental destruction on classic songs such as “Earth Crises, “ Ku Klux Klan,” “Tribute To The Martyrs,” “Ravers, ...

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 ...