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.

“Everywhere I go on the Big Island is so inspirational for my songwriting,” said Hawaiian musician Kalaʻe Parish in our interview before his Saturday night performance at the Kahilu Theatre. It’s his second concert since 2021. Previously he appeared under strict Covid protocols with an audience of cardboard cut-out figures and a limited staff for the livestream-only event. This time he brought along fellow musicians Shawn Pimental (drums), Mikey Grande (keyboard), Paul Nelson (bass), Bin Yasuno (electric guitar), award-winning dancer Pono Fernandez, and his wife Kalenaku for what turned out to be a spectacular 90-minute show. “Living in Waimea is…

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Kurt Sodergren is one of the founders of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and can’t wait to return to the Kahilu Theatre for two shows this weekend (Oct. 16-17). Ticket info is below. “This is going to be my third trip to the islands this year, which is pretty awesome. The first two were for pleasure, but I’m really looking forward to coming to play the Kahilu – it’s been like three years!” said Sodergren during our interview. Formed in the early 1990s in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop ever since, performing an average of 150 shows a…

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Original Chicago drummer keeps their music alive If you owned a radio in the last century, chances are Chicago’s classic rock hits are still permeating your music memory banks. Founding member and original drummer for the band (1967-1990), Danny Seraphine brought his tribute ensemble CTA (California Transit Authority ) to the Kahilu Theatre last Friday as part of his tour called Take Me Back To Chicago. Chicago Transit Authority emerged in the late-60s haze of psychedelia and roared out of the windy city as a seven-member jazz-rock ensemble with an explosive double-album debut. They were edgy, sometimes political*, and pushed…

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Celtica Nova is back on the road, full of grit & energy After a two-year hiatus, the rockin’ bagpipes of Celtica Nova returned to the Big Island last Saturday for a Palace Theater show with special guests, the Hawaii Irish Dance troupe. Some 400 fans turned out for the Celtic rock band featuring a new bagpiper and watched them rip it up in another dynamic performance – their fifth year here! Celtica Nova was last scheduled to play the Big Island in March of 2020 during their St. Patrick’s Day tour. Local fans were anxious to see them, as their…

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Legendary guitarist’s concert offers an “integrated tapestry” of music Last June, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan brought his Jimi Hendrix tribute show to the Hilo Palace Theater, complete with full-throttle fretwork, ear-piercing notes, and wild attire to match the ‘60s icon’s striking look. However, at Friday’s Honokaa People’s Theatre (HPT) concert, we got to experience a completely different side of Jordan – the graceful solo artist. Jordan’s song selections for the performance varied from Mozart’s Piano Concert #21 to “Hava Nagila.” From Duke Ellington to Sting. There was even an Arlo Guthrie tune tossed in at the end. “I try to…

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14 top players turn out at the annual Kona event The 25th annual Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival took place last Sunday at the Outrigger Kona Resort featuring a line-up of the State’s most talented players. The bill included Ben Kaili, Patrick Landenza, Stephen Inglis, Ian O’Sullivan, Danny & Nani Carvalho (Kailua Moon), Dwight Kanae, George Kuo, Nāmaka Cosma, Bobby Moderow Jr., Ledward Kaapana, Kamuela Kahoano, and headliner Brother Noland. Hawaii News Now’s host Billy V was the MC for the nearly five-hour event, interacting with roughly 400 audience members giving out t-shirts, CDs, and a ukulele. He explained that…

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