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.

After a three-year pandemic pause, the legendary Titan of the Telecaster Bill Kirchen will return for a concert at the Hilo Palace Theater on Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. Ticket info is below. Kirchen performed and wrote many great songs playing with Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen from 1967 to the mid-1970s. His fans are familiar with his songs “Too Much Fun,” “Mama Hated Diesels,” along with his signature version of “Hot Rod Lincoln.” Kirchen’s trio will feature drummer Jack O’Dell and Johnny Castle on bass. “I have a whole bunch of original material that I’m going…

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A spooky tale of witches and horror kicked off the Halloween season. Without the aid of microphones and with only limited props and minimal costume accessories, the five-person touring company known as the Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS ) gave a stellar performance of Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth last Saturday at the Kahilu Theatre. This production featured: Roger May (Macbeth/Old Man/Captain); Claire Redcliffe (Lady Macbeth/Donalbain/Ross/ Fleance/Second Witch); Annabelle Terry (Banquo/Lennox/ Menteith/Scottish Doctor/Porter/Old Siward/Hecate); Anne Odeke (Malcolm/Lady Macduff/First Witch/First Murderer); and Michael Wagg (King Duncan/Macduff/Third Witch/Second Murderer/English Doctor). The concept for actors performing stripped-down versions of popular plays was developed nearly…

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Grammy-nominated hip-hop performance collective offers a consciousness-raising show at Kahilu Theatre In 2007, Bay Area hip-hop artists Tommy Soulati Shepherd and Kaitlin McGaw wanted to reach kids with empowering messages, so they founded the performance collective Alphabet Rockers. Their main goal was to make music that inspires progress. So, when they’re not touring, like their recent concert at the Kahilu Theatre, the Alphabet Rockers offer workshops for kids in libraries and schools and have published a picture book called You Are Not Alone. “Our original goal was to bring hip-hop into children’s spaces, knowing that it connects us,” noted McGaw…

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Nineties nostalgia band returns to Waimea Around 1996, a full-bore swing movement on modern rock radio quickly spread to American concert halls. Leading the pack were horn-tooting bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers, Royal Crown Revue, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, who emerged from Ventura, California, in ‘93. Movies like Swingers and The Mask helped elevate their careers and reach a wider audience. While America signed up for swing dance lessons, BBVD raked in platinum sales and performed with Stevie Wonder at Super Bowl XXXII. The neo-swing thing was, ahem, in full swing. Last Saturday (with a repeat show on Sunday),…

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KAHILU THEATRE PRESENTS DMYTRO CHONI Wednesday, October 26, 2022 Doors: 6 p.m. | Show: 7 p.m. 67-1186 Lindsey Rd Waimea, HI 96743 (808) 885-6868 KAHILU THEATRE $35-65  Buy tickets> KahiluTheatre.org Ukrainian classical pianist and 2022 Cliburn Medalist Dmytro Choni will perform at the Kahilu Theatre on Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online or by calling the box office. Dmytro Choni took home bronze at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2022, only the second Ukrainian pianist to medal at the prestigious contest. He won hearts and accolades with a compelling and colorful musicality fortified by a genuine, immediately…

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Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Sun Hui (Tsun-Hui Hung) and Pierre Grill partnered with guitarist Wade Cambern for a spectacular Sunday show at the Kahilu Theatre. The group calls themselves Shangri La and offers a cross-cultural blending of Chinese and Western music. Hui plays the erhu; a Chinese two-stringed bowed musical instrument, which some call a spike fiddle or, in the Western world, a Chinese fiddle. “It’s a very unique and special instrument, and the sound box is covered by snakeskin,” explained Hui in our interview. “It doesn’t have a huge range, maybe two and a half octaves, and you…

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