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.

In anticipation of Lorenzoʻs Army’s virtual dance party Livestream concert on February 5, we spoke with guitarist Larry Rappolo about what fans can expect. Lorenzo’s Army has been playing on the Big Island for 20 years at well-known local hotspots, music clubs, and private events. The band specializes in “good time tunes for the masses” covering everything from Etta James to Bruno Mars with strong grooves and powerful harmonies. Kahilu.TV’s first virtual dance party featuring local jam band Lorenzoʻs Army live streaming on Friday, February 5, at 7 p.m. HST. The original broadcast will be available to view for 72 hours after initial airing. Ticket info below. Event: Livestream Dance Party with Lorenzoʻs Army…

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Big Island Beat Podcast with John Cruz Show Notes: Grammy-winning musician, John Cruz, is known for his soulful vocals and unique acoustic style of music. Cruz is a ‘Ki ho’alu’, slack key master, and his album ‘One Of These Days’ was named one of Hawaii’s greatest albums of the new century by Honolulu Magazine.  He is widely known for radio hits “Island Style,” “Shine On,” and “Sitting in Limbo” from the Acoustic Soul album. In this episode, we speak with Cruz about his upcoming Kahilu TV Livestream concert on January 30, and hear a brand new song titled “It’s Time…

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Songs & Stories Podcast: S3, E9 Show Notes: Big Island singer-songwriter Kimberly June (Just KJ) is like sunshine walking into a room — radiating and calling you home with her soulful vocals, honest lyrics, and rich percussive guitar-playing. Her single, “Love and be Loved,” a finalist winner at the 2018 Hawaii Songwriter Festival, was released during her main-stage performance at Wanderlust Oahu 2018. “I love connecting with people,” she says about performing her own songs, “The energy exchange makes me high.” In this podcast, you’ll hear her originals like “Stoked” and “With a Fire,” along with an interview about her…

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Jake Shimabukuro has received many accolades over the years – musical genius, “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele (Guitar Player),” and ukulele Rockstar. A viral video of his performance of a Beatles’ classic brought him to international attention 16 years ago. He’s come along way since his mother gave him a ukulele at age four. Now he shares his knowledge and skills of the ukulele through video lessons for the MasterClass streaming platform series. Last Saturday afternoon, we got to watch Jake’s virtual performance broadcast live from his Oahu home thanks to Kahilu TV. Shimabukuro kicked off his set with…

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Songs & Stories: S3, E8 Show Notes: The Kuahane brothers (Chase and Carl) are no strangers to the local music scene. They grew up playing music together and in 2010 formed the trio Life In Pursuit with drummer Chris Ward. The band focused on rhythm-based acoustic rock and released New Horizons in 2013. The following year’s album, Nickel & Dimin’ It,” paid off and was nominated for Best Alternative Album for the annual Na Hoku (Hanohano) Awards. Life In Pursuit was also featured in the 2017 documentary Livin’ On A Rock: A Big Island Music Story. Their new duo is called…

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Songs & Stories Podcast: S3, E7 Show Notes: Born and raised on Hawaii Island, Elizabeth Sekona Robinson has been playing violin most of her life. She received eleven years of classical training under Ursula Vietze-Koehler, during which time she won the annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth Concerto Competition twice. This episode features her work with the Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra, a tribute to Frank Zappa, and a new track with Gary Washburn from the album Lavender. Lavender has twelve songs including a Russian Folk song Dark Eyes, Jules Massenet’s “Meditation” and Duke Ellington’s “I Got It Bad.” Washburn’s compositions are “Boomba,” “Ballet,”…

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