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Maui Beat

Marty Dread compiling cornucopia of recordings

With live gigs dried up on Maui, what’s a musician to do? For Marty Dread the answer was to begin compiling material he had amassed over the years and plan to release six new albums. Likely available in June, this extraordinary cornucopia of recordings includes a “Laws of Nature” album ...

Artists share music online

That’s all, folks, just about sums up the world melting down thanks to COVID-19 and the devastating impact on live music. As one show after another got canceled the Maui Arts & Cultural Center announced all programming is postponed until further notice. With restaurants and clubs going ...

Scottish roots helped shape KT Tunstall’s music

Playing Casanova on Saturday as part of her “Hawaiian Heaven” tour, critically acclaimed Scottish musician KT Tunstall recently recorded a cover of John Lennon’s classic protest song “Gimme Some Truth.” With stellar backing by Procol Harum organist Josh Phillips, former Eric ...

Jake Shimabukuro returns to Castle Theater Saturday

With each successive album, Jake Shimabukuro has creatively advanced finding new ways to express his virtuoso talent on the ukulele. With his remarkable latest release, “Trio,” Jake has taken another adventurous step forward with an eclectic work reflecting a variety of flavors and textures ...

Broadway flair on tap for ‘Spring Pops’

The Maui Pops Orchestra will present its annual “Spring Pops” concert on Sunday highlighting the Great American Songbook, with featured guests Broadway star Capathia Jenkins and jazz vocalist/pianist Tony DeSare. Acclaimed as one of Broadway’s most dynamic talents, Jenkins starred as ...

Goitse brings high energy and unique arrangements to MACC

One of Ireland’s most talented young traditional bands, Goitse, make their Maui debut tonight in Castle Theater. Adopting their name from an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning “come here,” Goitse (pronounced go-witcha) ”) was lauded as Live Ireland’s Traditional Group of the ...

Master luthier celebrates release of 1,000th instrument

Acclaimed luthier Steve Grimes is about to hold a major celebration, “The One Grand Party,” at the King Kamehameha Golf Club’s Waikapu Ballroom on Feb. 29. Celebrating the release of his 1,000th instrument, he will perform along with some of Maui’s finest and some guest musicians ...

Last Kukahi set at MACC for Keali‘i Reichel and Halau Ke‘alaokamaile

Twenty years after debuting the first Kukahi celebration of hula, mele and chant at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, kumu hula Keali‘i Reichel and Halau Ke‘alaokamaile will present their last Kukahi production in three performances beginning Saturday evening. “I’ve been saying it ...

98 Degrees to raise temperature at MACC Feb. 13

Like many musicians adored by young female fans, the phenomenally successful band 98 Degrees was often besieged in public. “We couldn’t go anywhere,” recalls group founder Jeff Timmons. “It got crazier and wilder than we expected. It was beyond my imagination. We were early ...

Multiple award winner Mark Yamanaka will perform with Kupaoa

It’s quite an extraordinary achievement that every time Mark Yamanaka releases a recording, it’s showered with praise from his peers at the Hoku awards. Beginning with his debut, “Lei Pua Kenikeni,” all three of his solo albums have won Album, Male Vocalist, and Song or Single of the ...

Guitarist imagines how Jimi Hendrix may have sounded today

To call guitarist Stanley Jordan a genius is a bit of an understatement — he’s jaw-dropping incredible. One of the world’s greatest guitarists, Jordan became famous for an innovative touch-tapping technique (instead of conventional strumming and picking), where he plays melodies and ...

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 ...