Maui Jazz and Blues Festival
September 1, 2011 After presenting slack key guitar and ukulele fests on Lanai, filmmaker/concert promoter Ken Martinez Burgmaier will bring the inaugural Maui Jazz and Blues Festival to the Grand Wailea on Sept. 24. more »»
Henry Kapono: back to the beginning
August 18, 2011 Cecilio Rodrigues and Henry Kapono had been toiling in obscurity performing at Waikiki’s Rainbow Villa club until the night they were invited to open a concert for rock legend Frank Zappa. more »»
The Blooming Throwdowns
August 4, 2011 The Throwdowns have a lot going for them — a charismatic lead vocalist, exuberant musicianship, a mega sound and a great new album packed with memorable tune. more »»
July 28, 2011 MAUI BEAT by Jon Woodhouse will resume next week... more »»
Planted in Past & Present
July 21, 2011 Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole has been hailed as a modern trailblazer, boldly adapting Hawaiian music for a new generation. more »»
Na Hoku Hou Shines
July 14, 2011 We can enjoy a spectrum of great island talent Saturday when the Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents Na Hoku Hou Award Winners Concert, featuring the traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music of... more »»
Still Groovy after all these years
July 7, 2011 Maybe it was divine providence, or karma, or just being in the right place at the right time, but I’ve been fortunate to have experienced some of our musical greats from an early age. more »»
Slack key … for free!
June 23, 2011 Long admired for his innovative, contemporary island music, for the last few years Brother Noland has also focused on playing traditional Hawaiian. more »»
June 16, 2011 After producing an astonishing number of top-selling singles during their peak years in the 1970s, the Stylistics, featuring founding members Airrion Love and Herb Murrell along with Eban Brown and... more »»
June 9, 2011 With his luminous anthem “One Day,” American reggae star Matisyahu joined the ranks of great artists like John Lennon and Bob Marley who infused their music with righteous, uplifting messages of hope. more »»
Tavares / Stratocaster
May 26, 2011 When Jimi Hendrix stunned hundreds of thousands with his guitar virtuosity at the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969, he was probably unaware that his beloved white Fender Stratocaster was... more »»
May 19, 2011 One night in London in 1967 while playing with the Indian/jazz/rock fusion band Sam Gopal Dream, bassist Pete Sears was surprised to find that a famous American musician was in the audience filming... more »»
Toad ... the what?
May 5, 2011 Released in 1980, “Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album” included a track called “Rock Notes,” where Python’s Eric Idle satirized band names announcing: “Rex Stardust, lead electric triangle... more »»
Henry Kaleialoha Allen 'Man of Steel'
April 28, 2011 Writing in his instruction manual “How to Play the Hawaiian Steel Guitar,” legendary Hawaiian musician Henry Kaleialoha Allen notes, “The future of the Hawaiian steel guitar in the land of its birth... more »»