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.

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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Like many Big Island music venues affected by the pandemic, Gertrude’s Jazz Bar’s past year has been a roller coaster of on-again, off-again plans. The popular venue decided to close last March just before a big St. Patrick’s Day event, featuring the Hawaii Irish Dancers and The Kilt Lifters, just as the entertainment world came to a halt. “Closing the venue wasn’t actually a surprise. It was getting to a point where bands were starting to cancel anyway,” recalled co-owner Greg Shirley in an interview for Big Island Music Magazine. “They were talking about bailing anyway just because of the…

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Songs & Stories Podcast: S3, E10 Show notes: Honey Jar is a singer-songwriter duo featuring Ellen Keehan and Kristin Lagasse’s original folk music with a bluegrass flair. They back their unique harmonies with guitar and banjolele and co-write or co-arrange all of the songs that Honey Jar performs. They are currently based out of Kona, Hawaii, but are both originally from the east coast.  This episode includes the Honey Jar original “How Does Your Garden Grow,” and Kristin Lagasse’s Upside Down.” You can find Songs & Stories on all major podcast platforms including Pandora, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Listen and download for free. The…

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What a perfect setting to watch a Saturday afternoon concert, in person, or online. Award-winning musician John Cruz performed an outdoor show last Saturday at the beautiful Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, only a short distance from the shoreline. The sold-out event was presented by the Kahilu Theatre and allowed nearly 100 attendees to sit socially distanced, sip a mai tai, and soak up some sun while Cruz and his six-piece band played a variety of his classics and latest material. But the sold-out concert wasn’t limited to this intimate crowd. The theatre also live-streamed it on their new Kahilu TV…

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