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.

Switchback w/ Hawaii Irish Dance Kahilu Theatre March 26, 2018 Thirty-one years ago, guitarist Brian FitzGerald met bassist Martin McCormack at an Irish pub in Palatine, Illinois, called Durty Nellie’s. They formed a friendship and began to collaborate on songwriting while performing traditional Irish music and exploring their Midwest roots. Since then, the lively duo (now known as Switchback) has released 15 albums, as well as three PBS specials and concert DVDs. Switchback plays 200 engagements a year at performing arts centers and festivals around North America and Europe, and they are considered one of the premiere Celtic acts. In…

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The Alt Kahilu Theatre March 23, 2018     Although separated by over 7,000 miles, Waimea’s rolling green hills, sheep pastures, and foggy days make it often feel like Ireland. And when the Celtic folk trio, The Alt, came to play the Kahilu last Friday, their two-hour concert made Ireland seem a lot closer. The Alt features singer-guitarist John Doyle, bouzouki player-singer Eamon O’Leary, and fiddler Kevin Burke, who temporarily replaces original member Nuala Kennedy for this tour of Hawaii. The trio’s name is from a mystical place – a ravine on the slopes Knocknarea in County Sligo in northwest…

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On the third Friday of every month, you can experience the Hilo Jazz ensemble known as the Pacific Music Experiment (PME) at Kukuau Studio. PME was created by musicians Matt Spencer (guitar), Sarah Bethany (vocals/Keyboards), and Michael Surprenant (drums/percussion). Performing acoustic and electric bass is Brian Crist. Watch PME perform “Chan Chan” Every month PME explore a unique genre of jazz, and March’s theme was Brazilian & Cuban music. Tonight’s diverse set list was filled with musical treasures like “Água de Beber” (“Drinking-Water”), a 1963 bossa nova jazz standard composed by Antônio Carlos Jobim Carlos Jobim. Fans of the Buena…

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John Cruz w/Blayne Asing Kahilu Theatre -March 10, 2018 “We love you, Johnny!” shouted an excited female fan in the packed Kahilu Theatre. “You’re the best!” John Cruz, the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, acknowledged his loyal follower with his warm magnetic smile. Cruz’s sold-out concert felt more like a family gathering than a typical formal performance. If you looked around, you’d have seen the audience singing along to the songs – ushers too! Born into one of the great musical families of Hawai‘i nei, John Cruz is a kī ho‘alu (slack-key) master known for his soulful vocals and unique acoustic style. Cruz’s band included multi-talented…

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Ignace “Iggy” Jang Kahilu Theatre, Waimea (808) 885-6868 March 25, 2018 GET TICKETS The Kamuela Philharmonic Ends its 2017-18 Season with Remarkable Flair The Kamuela Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) concludes its 2017-18 concert season at Kahilu Theatre in Waimea on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at 4:00 PM. The program entitled Remarkable Flair features the talents of violinist Ignace “Iggy” Jang, who will perform Mendelssohn’s famous Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64. Other remarkable and inspiring music in the program includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s overture to the opera “Così fan tutte,” K. 588, Edward Elgar’s “Salut d’Amour,” op.12, and Ludwig van…

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Dustin Thomas, Amber Lily, Tubby Love Pahoa Village Museum, 15-2929 Pahoa Village Rd. Mar 31, 2018 6:00 PM Get Tickets As part of his 2018 Hawaii tour, singer-songwriter Dustin Thomas will be performing on March 31 at the Pahoa Museum on the Big Island. Joining him on the Island Elements Tour are Amber Lily and Tubby Love. Overview Big hair, big smiles, and a whole lot of love- these are just a few trademarks of traveling singer-songwriter Dustin Thomas. Appearances aside, the music of Dustin Thomas has captivated audiences from New York to Hawaii with “haunting vocals and soulful depth” packaged nicely in his fun,…

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