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Michael Franti – Shining Light in the Gloom

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Few artists today seem able to depict contemporary events in their songs while cushioning gloom with a ray of hope. For years Michael Franti  has been on kind of a mission to decry injustice and provide palliative uplift. “It’s Good to be Alive Today,” from his latest “Soulrocker” album is a prime example of this gifted artist’s approach. Read more of this post

Carlos Santana on Loving Maui & A Prescription for Fear

santana“You have to have a supreme karma to live on Maui, or even to visit it,” says Carlos Santana. “There are people who may never even see Maui in this lifetime. It’s like I’m replenishing when I come to Maui or the islands. I feel like I’m sucking up all kinds of glorious energy. There’s something extremely divine.” Read more of this post

Cultural/Folk Music Icon Joan Baez At 76

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Joan Baez remembers the pivotal day in 1956 when, as a 16-year-old, she first heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak on nonviolence and civil rights at a youth conference. It ignited a fire in her that has never dimmed. Read more of this post

The Who’s Pete Townshend, Artist Gustav Metzger, Smashing Guitars & Light Shows

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When Who guitarist Pete Townshend was a student at the Ealing School of Art (in London) he attended lectures by Austrian artist Gustav Metzger, who is acclaimed as the inventor of auto-destructive art. It was Metzger, who just died at the age of 90, who inspired Townshend to smash up his guitars in concert. Read more of this post

Ringing in 2017 with Steven Tyler on Maui

vlcsnap-2017-01-02-21h34m14s115aIt was probably the best New Year’s Eve show ever on Maui when a bunch of famous full time and part time Maui residents celebrated the dawn of 2017 on Saturday night at the Wailea Beach Resort. Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler opened the show in full rock star fashion with a handful of songs from Aerosmith favorites like “Walk This Way’ to an incendiary cover of Them’s “Baby Please Don’t Go,” all backed by Alice Cooper’s band, which included mighty guitarist Nita Strauss (seen above). Read more of this post

Neil Young & Promise of The Real

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After touring Europe with Neil Young to rave reviews and delivering an incendiary show backing the rock legend at the Desert Trip Festival concerts in October, Lukas Nelson and Promise Of The Real bring their “Something Real Tour” to Maui this weekend. Read more of this post

David Crosby – A Rock Icon

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Fifty years after performing with the Byrds, David Crosby can still mesmerize an audience. Entering to a standing ovation, the iconic artist proceeded to command the the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Castle Theater stage on Saturday with just a couple of acoustic guitars (masterfully played), a remarkably strong, distinctive voice, and a stream of memorable songs made even more vivid by their solo context. Read more of this post

The Goddess Returns – Laura Mvula

Published on Jun 14, 2016 Music video by Laura Mvula performing Show Me Love

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Why Kawehi is So Cool

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One-woman-band Kawehi was attending the 2016 Super Bowl game when she discovered an Intel TV ad including featuring her music had screened during a commercial break. “I didn’t see it because I was actually at the game,” she explains. “All of a sudden people are blowing my phone up, was that you? I love doing mashups and they (Intel) asked me to do a mashup of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and their theme music they call the bong. They filmed me doing it and I was part of the commercial. But they didn’t tell me they were going to air it at the Super Bowl.” Read more of this post

We Lost Another Great Musician – Papa Wemba

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The BBC posted comments by some African stars after Congolese singer Papa Wemba  Wemba died on stage on Sunday. His Ivory Coast concert was being broadcast live on national TV. After settling in Paris in the 1980s, he became one of the best-known  musicians from Africa. He sang with Stevie Wonder and opened for Peter Gabriel, before going on to record for Gabriel’s Real World label. Read more of this post