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.

Waimea’s Grammy-winning musician Charles Michael Brotman showcased his passion for acoustic jazz guitar in a hometown virtual concert last Saturday. Brotman’s one-hour set at the Kahilu Theatre featured songs he’d composed over the past few decades with his acoustic guitar trio Kohala, and from his early solo CDs. The life-long musician brought with him guitarist Charlie Recaido, an original member of Kohala, and pianist Karl Kasberg, with whom Brotman has worked for over 30 years. Some of the set’s most striking moments came when Brotman performed “Pipeline Samba” and “The Promise of Dawn.” “Pipeline Samba” is a song about the…

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Songs & Stories Podcast – S4, E4 Show Notes: Charles Michael Brotman is a Grammy award-winning artist whose music is heard worldwide via film, TV, advertising, and streaming. He feels that music creation is a way of life. It means constantly learning, exploring, and engaging with others. Some say that it may be the ultimate Rubik’s cube; it is an endless pursuit that requires an insatiable curiosity and love of the art. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with an M.A. in music, Brotman taught classical guitar there for nine years. He is a co-founder of the recording label Palm Records and also the president of the Hawaii…

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The Pacific Rhythms Percussion Ensemble (PRPE) is one of several small ensembles of talented musicians from the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra Society that currently presents livestream concerts. Last Sunday (Feb. 28), they offered a unique sixty-minute program on Kahilu TV that featured ten instrumental pieces performed on a variety of percussion instruments. PRPE includes musicians Colleen Whitty (French horn); Sharon Cannon (timpani, snare drum, tenor drum, cymbals, and marimba); Larry Boucher (drums, standing tom drums, and timpani); Julia Lester (bass drum, bongos, cymbal, and triangle); and Diesel Tucker (gong, snare drum, crash cymbal, ride cymbal, hi-hat cymbals, bass drum, timbales, bongos,…

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The five-time Nā Hōkū award winner offered a 5-star performance last Saturday on Kahilu TV’s livestream broadcast. In her one-hour set, Hawaiian singer-composer Kainani Kahaunaele shared a collection of songs from her three albums that focused on her life, travels, and tributes to various locations around the islands. Surrounded by lush tropical flower arrangements, and four talented musicians, Kainani’s outstanding virtual performance was broadcast to viewers via the Kahilu TV app. Like most songwriters, Kainani is as much a storyteller as she is a musician. Early in her show, she talked about the inspiration behind the title track from her…

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Known for his country songs with a mix of island infusion, Waimea musician Kala’e Parish and his band gave a solid performance last Friday (Feb. 26) at the Kahilu Theatre. Afterward, I had the pleasure of chatting with the musician on a variety of topics. You can watch his concert and our interview on Kahilu TV. Parish has been a professional musician and entertainer in Hawai’i since 2013, performing throughout the islands and abroad. He’s currently promoting his highly anticipated debut EP, Where I Reside. Let’s start with a brief overview of how you first became interested in music. My…

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Songs & Stories Podcast S4, E3 Show Notes: Scott Reagan is the lead singer for Bottle of Blue, Hawaii’s premier rock ‘n roll band. Reagan learned to sing as a young boy in Maine while attending Catholic school and singing in the church choir. He always dreamed of having his own band, and that dream came true when he came to Hawaii and started playing the type of music he loves most. Bottle of Blue released its first album, Big Horizon, in 2015, and has been getting positive responses to their work. In this episode, Reagan shares new material including some from…

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