In the early 2000s, Kapena band leader Kelly Boy introduced Hawaii to the next generation of Kapena, his three children—Kapena, Kalena and Lilo. The group continues to be one of Hawaii’s premier island bands, embracing the unique sound of their “electrifying” music that fans fell in love with when they first heard the group.
Josh Kaye & Friends return to Blue Note Hawaii with special guest bassist Stu Hamm. Stuart Hamm is an American bass guitar player known for his unconventional playing style and solo recordings, as well as his studio and live work with numerous artists including Steve Vai, Frank Gambale, and Joe Satriani.
Lana Kei is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Honolulu, Hawaii. Brought up in a musical family, she started performing around the island with her family group “Da Famili,” at age 10. At age 15 she won Hawaii Stars, at 16 she won a singer-songwriter contest and at age 17 she released her first single, as a solo artist, “Rock With Me.”
One of the most influential guitarists ever, Jimi Hendrix began playing as a teenager after his father bought him an electric guitar for his 17th birthday. After being honorably discharged from the army Jimi began session musicain work Little Richard, B.B. King, Sam Cooke and the Isley Brothers. He would soon form the Jimi Hendrix Experience wowing audiences with his unbelievable musicainship. Keith Batlin's vocals and harmonies cover a truly amazing range of styles and complexities, easily switching textures from honey/silk to smoke. In his voice, you can hear traces of Al Green, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Robert Plant.
Guitarist Keith Batlin returns to the Blue Note Hawaii with a night of blues, featuring the music of BB King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King and more.
Vocalist Ginai returns to Blue Note Hawaii with a tribute to R&B singer Anita Baker. Regarded as one of the most popular singers of soulful romantic ballads during the height of the contemporary R&B in the 1980s, Baker has won eight GRAMMY Awards with five platinum albums and one gold album to her credit.
The brainchild of trumpeter DeShannon Higa, Subtonic Orchestra is a jazz ensemble, clothed in and personiﬁed by contemporary funk, hip-hop and latin colors. The group remains focused on being an improvisational band, but reﬁned through orchestrated voicings and arrangements, which makes for a smooth and impactful listening experience.
Nā Hōkū Award-nominated Mango Season brings its soulful, introspective, and full-of-funk sound for a night of disco fever. This evening of music will feature some of the best music of the disco era including Donna Summer, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire and Chaka Khan. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged for this funkified night of ’70’s dance fever.