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Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk needs sponsors

March 16, 2011 - Carla Tracy

Bill Burton has been hatching an idea for over 28 years. As the owner of Sir Wilfred’s coffee and tobacco shop in Lahaina and the founding president of Maui Jazz Society, Bill has been around the block long enough to know what it takes to pair world-class music with fabulous food.

“I first saw it Sonoma County,” he says of his idea. “Have you ever heard of a pub crawl? It’s similar. Only we’ll call ours the Front Street Jazz and Blues Walk. We’ll bring in top name jazz and blues artists, and it will be free to the public. The idea will be for people to buy drinks and food at any of the six participating restaurants. Have a pupu here. A drink there. Take a stroll down Front Street and enjoy musicians such as headliner David Paquette.”

The inaugural event will be April 15, 16 and 17 at restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe, the Pioneer Inn’s Courtyard, Longhi’s, Lahaina Pizza Co., Kimo’s and the new Captain Jacks, situated upstairs in the former Whales Tale location.

“My vision is to help Front Street get back to its old glory. I want to give it the dignity it had at one time. So far, the County of Maui has endorsed the event. LahainaTown Action Committee, too. We still need sponsorship to bring in top musicians and for our scholarship fund.”

Numerous Sponsorship levels are available for “The Front Street Jazz and Blues Walk”. Platinum Sponsorship $5,000.00 Gold Sponsorship $2,500.00 Silver Sponsorship $1,000.00 Copper Sponsorship $ 500.00 Benefactor $ 350.00 Platinum Sponsor

“This is a great chance for your company to gain a positive association with a unique and exciting event,” says Bill. “It will give a boost to these restaurants as well as promote American musical heritage and the beauty and uniqueness of Lahaina town.”

For more information, call (808)-661-0202, or email


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Bill Burton and Ron Metyoyer of Sir Wilfred's.