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.

Are you looking for some local live entertainment? Want to discover where Big Island musicians get public exposure? Here are three great open mic nights worth checking out, and the food and beverage served is awesome too! Big Island Brewhaus Open Mic Thursdays – No Cover 64-1066 Mamalahoa Hwy, Waimea 808-887-1717 Website The Big Island Brewhaus is mainly known for its award-winning beer.  You can even find it offered at other restaurants around the island. They offer upwards of 15 beers, including ales, lagers and Belgian-style beers. Their Overboard IPA won a gold medal at the US Open Beer Championships, with its…

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On May 4, 2017, The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra performed songs from the new album Professor T & The East Side Shredders, written by musical director Trever Veilleux. The album features Veilleux on guitar and vocals and performances from several members of the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra. Several of East Hawaiʻi’s musicians performed as special guests at the concert, including Wendell Ing on keyboards, Jeff Gaeth on saxophone, Gonzo on bass, RaVani Flood on vocals, and Gardner De Aguiar on guitar and vocals. The concert also featured choreography by Dori Yamada. Listen to the album on Spotify.

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The Letdown Higgs Buy For Hawaii-born singer, songwriter and musical innovator Higgs, it all started with rhythm. He picked up his first set of drumsticks while still in middle school, and since then he knew music was what he wanted to do. True, these days he favors his trusty tenor ukulele, but percussion has stuck with him throughout his musical career. Higgs productions defy any single genre, drawing on elements of the three  (rap, reggae, and R&B) to create a sound wholly his own. His music creates an open and authentic atmosphere, inviting listeners to connect with him at a…

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Musician, arranger, composer and vocalist, Jesse Snyder (also known as Jesse Now Jerome) is an aspiring and integral part of the music scene on the Big Island of Hawai’i. A movement that has growing appreciation for a healthy life full of culture, art and Jazz…music that is pure, enjoyable and illuminating. I had a chance to speak with Jesse Snyder prior to his show with the popular swing jazz band Kahulanui at the Kahilu Theatre in Wamea. We crammed into a tiny dressing room and let recorder roll. The result was a spontaneous and fun conversation about Kahulanui’s new release,…

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This is an interview I did in 2017 with Big Island musician Amy Lee. It’s part of a bonus reel from the documentary “Livin’ On a Rock.” The interview was conducted at the Hilo Burger Joint so you’ll hear some background noice during our conversation. BIO Amy Lee was born in North Adams, Massachusetts but left the New England cold to study music at the University of Miami. She became a fulltime Southerner residing in Atlanta, immersing herself into the city’s budding music scene. A multitalented sax player, studio musician, composer and arranger, Amy has worked extensively with Charles Neville…

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The documentary Livin’ On Rock (2018) features numerous interviews with Big Island musicians, and this bonus reel series offers extended footage from these interviews. The Allen Russell interview was conducted in 2017 at his home on the east side of the island of Hawaii.

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