The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment.
Blue Note Hawaii partners with local songstress Ginai and trumpeter Mike Lewis to present a fundraiser concert for young cancer awareness, featuring band SRVYVD. With influences from electronic, alternative, and even R&B, SRVYVD defies genres. The original tracks are inspired by life’s difficulties including Logan’s current battle with cancer, in which he was diagnosed with in November 2017.
In the 1970's, Robert Cazimero was instrumental in the resurgence of Hawaiian music and culture. That resurgence began a career that almost thirty years later is stronger than ever. Musician, composer, kumu hula; his work in all of these areas is well-known throughout the world.
Kuana has been involved in the music and hula scene of Hilo since he was 6 years old, training as a kane dancer under legendary Hilo kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho. Kuana will launch his Tribute to the Hawaiian Islands, a 7-part series, starting with the Big Island, and featuring the music of his kumu hula Johnny Luma Ho.
Led by this husband and wife duo, Mango Season evolved their sound from acoustic folk performed on the sidewalks and dive bars of downtown Honolulu into a full, sexy seven-piece band that delivers an intoxicating mix of vintage soul, jazz infused harmonies, and a shock of funk groove.
Pulling influence primarily from Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and J DIlla, the Dae Han Ensemble commenmorates the sounds from the past and blends with the present.
The Dae Han Ensemble will be dedicating this performance to the memory of the late great J Dilla. A pioneer in revolutionizing the art of beat making and the new school of digitized music as we know it, his legacy has remained one of the largest contributions to hip-hop since his passing in 2006. Some of his most notable contributions feature collaborations with A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, and The Roots.
International icon Robert Nesta Marley was born February 6, 1945. He is most known for spreading the message of peace and love through his music while also bringing ska and reggae to the forefront of popular music. His influence can still be heard in today’s reggae and popular music as well as his message of caring for your fellow man.
In 2009, Guinness World Record cited Whitney Houston as the most awarded female act of all time. She is the only artist to have seven consecutive number one Billboard Hot 100 songs and is second behind Elton John to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards. Featured for this event is local jazz singer GINAI.