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.

Show Notes: This is an interview with music director and conductor Alexis Enyart who will be part of the chamber opera As One. As One runs for two performances at the Kahilu Theatre on Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 10 at 4 p.m. Purchase tickets at KahiluTheatre.org. As One was created by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed. Premiered in 2014, As One quickly became the most frequently performed American opera thanks to its lyricism and the universality and timeliness of its themes: authenticity, identity, compassion, and self-love. Longtime HPAF favorite Beth Dunnington serves as…

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Ronnie V & The Family Band will be releasing their debut album Family Style on Friday, July 1 on various platforms and on CD. In this podcast interview, we spoke with Ronnie about the album and asked him to select two tracks to discuss. Purchase Family Style The Family Style album is available for purchase via Bandcamp. You can also stream it on Spotify and other digital platforms. Connect with Ronnie V Facebook | Instagram | YouTube Ronnie V & the Family will be performing Family Style at Willie’s Hot Chicken in Kona on Friday, July 1. About Ronnie V…

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  Joachim Cooder is no stranger to the Big Island. Although his Saturday performance at the Kahilu Theatre marked his concert debut here, he tagged along with his father, Ry Cooder, to visit slack-key guitar legend Gabby Pahinui at his home in Kona. Ry and Gabby had recorded several albums together in the 1970s.   While developing his musical style, Joachim gained experience over the years as a session player with the renowned Cuban ensemble Buena Vista Social Club and innovative Indian instrumentalist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Since then, he’s released three solo albums and transitioned into scoring films.   Formerly…

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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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