KAHULUI - Together again and back in Hawaii, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina will rock the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Castle Theater on Nov. 14.
Tickets will go on sale to MACC annual donors at 10 a.m. today and to the general public at 10 a.m. Oct. 10.
Loggins and Messina was one of the most successful duos of the early '70s. Now three decades later, the musicians find themselves rebuilding the personal connection that was lost long ago.
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Kenny Loggins (left) and Jim Messina will perform at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater on Nov. 14.
"This is less about a musical reunion and more about reuniting a relationship that's become more of a friendship than ever before," Messina said.
In the early '70s, Loggins was a songwriter, who had recently enjoyed success with a group of songs recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. He came to the attention of Messina, a record producer and former member of Buffalo Springfield and Poco. Messina agreed to produce Loggins' first album, but somewhere along the way it became a duo effort that was released in 1972 under the title "Sittin' In." The album was a gold-seller that stayed on the charts for more than two years.
In the next four years, the pair released a series of gold or platinum albums with hits including "Your Mama Don't Dance," "House at Pooh Corner," "Angry Eyes," "Vahevala," "Danny's Song," "A Love Song," "Watching the River Run," and a song that showed their love for Hawaii, "Lahaina."
Loggins and Messina split for two solo careers by the end of 1976, their early catalog completed by a greatest-hits album, "The Best of Friends," and a live record, "Finale." The duo reunited in 2005 and hit the road for a summer tour while the compilation "The Best: Sittin' in Again" was arriving in stores.
Loggins notes, "It's funny how our separate journeys have somehow brought us back around, into each others lives again."
Tickets are $45, $65 and $75; a limited number of $125 premium seating tickets will be on sale at the MACC box office, by phone at 242-7469 or online at www.mauiarts.org.
Ticket limits are based upon donorship level to the MACC, with an eight-ticket limit.