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Category Archives: Music

Maui’s Musical Genius Willie K


Willie with ZZ’s Billy Gibbons

There was no one like Uncle Willie K, not on Maui, not in Hawaii, not in the world. He truly defined the meaning of legend, with his extraordinary virtuosity, brilliant showmanship, and effortless command of so many musical styles. Read more of this post

The Doors – A Reminiscence with Drummer John Densmore

600px-The_Doors_1968In 2012 “Breakn’ a Sweat” was heralded as a new song by The Doors, their first since 1972. The surviving members of one of the greatest, most influential bands of our time collaborated with DJ/producer Skrillex for a song featured in the documentary “ReGeneration,” about fusing music from disparate genres. Read more of this post

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Loves Maui

JON_STEVEN-TYLER-with-Rebecca-Lynn-HowardSteven Tyler loves living on Maui. Ask Aerosmith’s iconic lead singer about his affection for our island, and he enthusiastically relays how he’s been dreaming about locating here for years. Read more of this post

We Lost Another San Francisco Rock Pioneer – Marty Balin

Balinla-1538176951-1di0imooef-snap-imageThe original leader of the Airplane and primary songwriter, Marty Balin first encountered Paul Kantner in the spring of 1965. Influenced by the folk-rock sound of groups like the Byrds, the duo set about assembling the group that became Jefferson Airplane. Read more of this post

Legendary Musicians Lineup on Maui to Support March For Our Lives

concert582_48919447744_1_originalRock stars Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood join country icons Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson to support student gun protest on Maui. The concert follows the student-organized March for Our Lives at the University of Hawaii Maui College on Saturday.

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Why XTC Was the Hippest, Most Creative British Band of the ‘80s

xtcWhen you think about stellar British rock/pop bands of the 1980s, probably Duran Duran, The Cure, Queen, The Police, The Clash, The Smiths, and maybe Eurythmics come to mind. It’s unlikely XTC would make that list. Mentioning this quintessential English band to friends recently I got quizzical looks. Who they asked? Read more of this post

A Remembrance of Steely Dan’s Walter Becker & Life On Maui

walter3697e55a03c690112414fIt’s tough to imagine a world without Walter Becker. He lived on Maui for many years and was known to many on our island. Very unassuming and the antithesis of the “rock star,” Walter was blessed with a dry wit which he would sometimes display in letters to The Maui News. Here now is selections from an old interview I conducted with Walter in his Maui home studio talking about the resurrection of Steely Dan. Read more of this post

Mick Fleetwood on Band Mates New CD and Book Celebrating Fleetwood Mac’s 50th Anniversary


In August Fleetwood Mac will celebrate 50 years since the original band made its debut at the Windsor National Jazz & Blues Festival in the U.K. In commemoration of the anniversary, Mick Fleetwood is releasing a deluxe coffee-table book, “Love That Burns: A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac,” which focuses on the early days of the group. Read more of this post

Michael Franti – Shining Light in the Gloom


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