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.

“I’m super stoked with where my life is now, and all the things that I have and the things that I love,” said award-winning musician Mark Yamanaka at last Saturday’s Kahilu Theatre’s livestream concert. Family life has always been his number one priority, and it was the guiding theme in his hour-long set. Yamanaka was joined on stage by a trio of talented musicians – Bert Naihe (guitar/vocals), Sean Naleimaile (bass/vocals), and Dwight Tokumoto (steel guitar). Yamanaka admitted that due to pandemic restrictions it had been a while since the band had played together, and this event was the next…

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With a deep voice and sure hand, Dagan Bernstein is one of Waimea’s most authentic folk musicians infusing Hawaiian stylings into his own original compositions to create a refreshing sub-genre he calls “paniolo folk music.” His music hints at honest beginnings in an off-the-grid family and years spent playing alongside the legendary Hawaiian artist Braddah Smitty. By blending the two genres, Dagan has created a style that pays tribute to the ranching history of Hawai’i while embracing mainstream folk sounds. You can find Songs & Stories on all major podcast platforms including Pandora, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Listen and download for free. The show also…

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For the past ten years, Jesse Snyder has been a prominent musical figure on the Big Island’s music scene. He’s come along way since his humble beginnings playing at a kava bar in Hawi, and while performing with the Hawaiian big band Kahulanui, he was a recipient of the Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaiian Grammys) for 2018 Jazz Album of the Year. Primarily known as a tenor sax player, he’s got multiple musical “tools” in his toolbelt to pick from and is quite versed with all of them – clarinet, baritone sax, Hawaiian nose flute, and ipu (gourd), flute, drums…

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The Lim Family are sensational! At the Kahilu Theatre last Saturday, The Lim Family – Nani Lim Yap, Lorna Lim, and Elmer “Sonny” Lim – guided us on a one-hour musical journey through their past and present with a concert titled Welo: Life, Legacy & Family. Known as Kohala’s First Family of Music, the trio features Lorna on upright bass, Nani on ukulele, and Sonny on acoustic guitar. Each took turns at lead and harmony vocals.  At various times they were joined on stage by hula dancers (and family members) Wehileimamo and Wekiuonalani Lim, and Asialynn Yap. Native Hawaiian hula…

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Songs & Stories Podcast S4, E1 Show Notes: Jesse Snyder is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, and vocalist. He plays tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, drums, has a smooth baritone singing voice, and is one of the most in-demand musicians in Hawai’i for both live performances and recording sessions. He wrote the horn arrangements and played saxophone, clarinet, traditional Hawaiian nose flute, and ipu (gourd) for the innovative swing jazz band Kahulanui, which received nominations for the Grammy Awards, and were the 2018 recipients of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Jazz Album of the Year. In this episode, you’ll…

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Amy Hānaialiʻi, Hawaii’s top-selling female vocalist, gave her local and global fans a fantastic performance on Kahilu TV last Saturday. The award-winning recording artist was joined on stage by a four-piece band and five members from Hālau Nā Kīpuʻupuʻu, the Hawaiian dance school based in Kamuela. It’s been over a year since the singer appeared at the Kahilu. Back in late 2019, Amy performed two sold-out shows with fellow vocalists Nāpua Greig and Raiatea Helm, known as the Three Maui Divas. With the pandemic altering the way we enjoy concerts these days, the Maui-based vocalist was thrilled to be doing…

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