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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 ...

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 ...