Author: Steve Roby

Steven Roby is a respected music historian, journalist, and best-selling author. He has written feature articles and reviews for Guitar World, and has been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and Billboard magazine. Roby is also the Managing Editor of Big Island Music Magazine.

Hāwane Rios is a Kiaʻi (protector), chanter, dancer, singer/songwriter, musician, resource educator, and cultural practitioner. In this podcast interview, we discussed her upcoming show for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as well as current and future projects. On Thursday, June 30, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival (HPAF) celebrates the start of its 18th season at Fairmont Orchid. The festival will celebrate the rich culture of Hawai’i during a transcendent season opener in the open-air Plantation Estate. Performers include Hāwane Rios, Blayne Asing, Kaulu Amaral with Pomai Brown & Friends, and Hālau Ka’eaikahelelani. All proceeds from this evening will support the…

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Makana’s Father’s Day concert at the Palace Theater was filled with heartfelt emotion and exceptional showmanship. The gifted slack key guitar master took the opportunity to publicly honor his dad, who passed away in January due to COVID, by performing traditional Hawaiian music that his father enjoyed. “I thought I’d do a Father’s Day show because I thought it would help me heal,” Makana said in a respectful moment during the two-hour performance. “I realized that my dad gave me the greatest gift; he taught me how to breathe properly, not for just consciousness and health, but also for my…

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Show Notes: This is a pre-show interview with musician and multi-instrumentalist Joachim Cooder. He will be appearing at the Kahilu Theatre on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Ticket info is below. We discussed his latest album; Over That Road, I’m Bound, a Hawaiian connection with his father Ry Cooder and Gabby Pahinui, along with what fans can look forward to at his upcoming show in Waimea. Ticket Info Event:  Joachim Cooder Where: Kahilu Theatre, Waimea When: Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 7 p.m. In-Person Tickets: $35-65 Purchase at KahiluTheatre.org Livestream only– $19.99 available at Kahilu.TV. Connect with Joachim Cooder: Website You can find Songs &…

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Show Notes: This is an interview with Hawaiian slack key guitar master Makana before his Father’s Day concert at the Hilo Palace Theater on June 19 – ticket info below. In the interview, we discussed his latest album, Pūlama: Legacies of Hawai’i, and the upcoming event. Makana’s Father’s Day concert will focus on the broad traditions of Hawaiian music, exploring the rich heritage of kī hō’alu (slack key guitar) and leo (voice) in the uniquely Hawaiian style. Drawing from legends of the Hawaiian music renaissance like George Helm, Gabby “Pops” Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, and The Sunday Mānoa, Makana invites us…

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New band has high aspirations for the future   For the past few weeks, music has been making a slow but steady comeback at the Blue Dragon Tavern. The popular Kawaihae Harbor venue has been closed since 2020 and is re-establishing itself as an entertainment location, removing “restaurant” from its blue-painted exterior and offering cocktails. However, you can still get meals from a rotating list of island chefs who prepare specialties in a food truck in the parking lot.   Last Sunday, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar owners Marlena and Greg Shirley were on hand to ensure everything ran smoothly – from…

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After a two-year pandemic pause, the Big Island Jazz & Blues Fest returned for its ninth year. Credit goes to Maui-based promoter Ken Martinez Burgmaier for hanging in there and enduring numerous cancelations to finally make it happen. Last Saturday marked the 66th festival that Burgmaier has produced in Hawai’i during the previous 25 years.   This year’s three-day festival started with food-oriented events featuring top chefs at the Redwater Cafe in Waimea and the Copper Bar at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Both were opportunities to get a sneak preview of the main event and do a meet-and-greet with…

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