Local Music

Vibra Cubana

Local Spotlight: Vibra Cubana: The Music of Cal Tjader and Arthur Lyman


Thomas Mackay presents Vibra Cubana, performing the music of Cal Tjader and Arthur Lyman! Cal Tjader was a GRAMMY Award-winning vibist and drummer whose jazz style, known as "cool" jazz, incorporated Latin, Asian and Afro-Cuban elements. Arthur Lyman was a vibist and marimba player, born and raised in Hawaii.


Local Spotlight: Adagio


Since 2012, ADAGIO has been bringing a unique brand of R&B/neo-soul influenced jazz to the Honolulu music scene. The group consists of jazz vocalist Riya Davis, pianist Josh Kaye, bassist Mark Tenouye, and drummer Leslie Ludiazo.

Paula Fuga Tribute to Aretha

Local Spotlight: Paula Fuga Presents: Tribute to Aretha Franklin


Acknowledged for her originality in song composition and ability to stir the deepest emotions with spellbinding and soulful vocals, Paula Fuga has established herself as one of Hawai’i’s most respected live performers. Paula pays tribute to the first lady of soul Aretha Franklin with special guests Mike Lewis, Starr Kalahiki, Mindy Smokestack, Lana Kei, Riya Davis and Maryanne Ito

Imua & Tiffa

Local Spotlight: Imua & Tiffa Garza


Tiffa Garza is the daughter of country musician Ernie Cruz, Sr., coming from a musical family including older brothers John Cruz and Ernie Cruz Jr., two of Hawaii's most beloved musicians. Imua Garza is a producer, recording engineer and composer appearing on over four dozen albums. Imua has traveled the world playing for ecstatic audiences.

Tribute to AL Jarreau

Local Spotlight: Mike Lewis Presents: Tribtue to Al Jarreau


NYC native and Hawaii local trumpeter Mike Lewis pays tribute to the late great jazz singer, Al Jarreau. Al Jarreau was an American jazz singer and musician, perhaps best known for his 1981 album "Breakin' Away." He received a total of seven Grammy Awards and was nominated for over a dozen more.

Mike Love

Local Spotlight: Mike Love


Roots-rock-reggae musician Mike Love is one of reggae's rising stars. Born and raised on O'ahu, Mike Love brings a multitude of influences to the table, all tied together by the common goal of making the world a better place.

Raiatea Helm

Local Spotlight: Raiatea Helm


Raiatea Mokihana Maile Helm made history in 2006 as Hawai‘i’s first solo female vocalist ever to receive a Grammy Nomination for her sophomore CD “Sweet and Lovely.”With her performing and recording career now entering her seventh year, Raiatea has firmly established her reputation as Hawai‘i’s premier chanteuse.


Local Spotlight: Kanekoa


Kanekoa describes its music as ukulele powered Hawaiian reggae folk rock. Kanekoa has been playing together since 1999, melding elements of Hawaiian, Rock, Folk, Blues, Reggae and improvisation into a truly unique sound.

Tribute to Stevie Wonder

Local Spotlight: Trtibute to Stevie Wonder by Josh Kaye Trio & Friends


Pianist Josh Kaye returns to Blue Note with a special concert tribute to Stevie Wonder. Josh moved to Hawaii in 2008 after being part of the San Francisco jazz scene for twelve years. Since moving to Hawaii, he has been recording and performing locally with his trio as well as his R&B/jazz group Adagio. In 2015, Josh released a CD of his own original music performed on solo piano called “Introspection”. Currently, Josh is finishing an album of jazz standards that bring together many of Honolulu’s finest musicians as well as including notable mainland players such as New York trumpet player Eddie Henderson.