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.

Concerts in Kona and Hilo feature top-talent Grammy-nominated producer, and singer/songwriter Kimié Miner, has one wish this holiday season: to bring Joy and Mele to communities throughout the State of Hawai‘i. To celebrate the season, Miner has released a deluxe album of her Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-Winning original EP, “Christmas in Hawai’i.” Her inaugural island-wide “Christmas in Hawai‘i: Kimié Miner & Friends Tour” kicks off in her hometown of Kailua-Kona at the Outrigger Kona Resort’s new luau grounds on Saturday, Nov. 26, followed by a show at the Hilo Palace Theater on Sunday, Nov. 27. “I am so excited to…

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Two-day event featured music workshops and concerts The Kahilu Theatre reached a milestone last weekend with its 20th annual ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival. This year’s thrilling line-up featured Nathan Aweau, Ledward Kaapana, Mike Kaawa, Honoka Katayama, Sonny Lim, Bobby Moderow, Brittni Paiva, and Jeff Peterson. The Kahilu’s famous music Festival began in 2002 and started as a five-day event called the Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute. The Festival even caught the attention of The New York Times. “We cooked up the idea of inviting top musicians to come to Waimea, housing them at the Kamuela Inn…

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Happy Aloha Friday! Here’s your Big Island Weekend Entertainment Guide for Nov. 18-20 Musicians and venue proprietors lead complicated lives: checking in advance to confirm engagements is advisable.  This entertainment guide is compiled with assistance from venue owners. Some venues may not have confirmed a performer or updated their monthly music schedule – usually the first weekend of the month. You can submit your event via our contact page.

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King of Dieselbilly receives a royal welcome at Palace Guitarist Bill Kirchen’s epic Saturday night set at the Hilo Palace Theater was a showstopper. He brought along his Too Much Fun Trio, drummer Jack O’Dell and Johnny Castle on bass, to make it an evening to remember. Part of the appeal of a Kirchen concert is the rich retro tone the titan of twang gets from his custom-made R. C. Kelly Telecaster guitar, which was made with pine from indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s former New York loft. The other delight of his show is a nostalgic setlist laced with honky-tonk…

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Hawaiian trio highlights concert with hula and guest singer Last Saturday at the Kahilu Theatre, the Oahu-based trio Ei Nei offered an enchanting evening filled with songs from their debut album Hui!, eight hula dancers, and a guest appearance from local singer Keana Bertelmann. The trio features Dane Fujiwara (guitar), Grant Kono (guitar/ukulele), and ‘Ekolu Chang (upright electric bass), who are best known for their smooth falsetto harmonies, superb musicianship, and a repertoire of island standards that blends old-school Hawaiian music with a contemporary sound. Their musical history together began in 2016 when a girlfriend suggested giving guitarist Dane Fujiwara…

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Hawaiian music legend’s hometown show had a few surprises “Are you ready for the ride? It’s going to be like a rollercoaster.” Brother Noland wasn’t kidding when he said these prophetic words at the beginning of his Kahilu Theatre show last Saturday. Little did we know it would include his guest sax player Michael Paulo taking an unexpected tumble into the front row during a wild solo. More on that in a moment. Noland and Paulo have been friends for years, and Paulo has guested several times on Noland’s songs. Their Kahilu concert marked their third live performance. “When we…

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