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.

Honokaa to Hilo Honokaa Waimea to Honokaa is about a 25-minute drive on the two-lane Hawaii Belt Road. From 1873 to 1994, Honokaa’s economy was based primarily on the sugar production of the Hāmākua Sugar Company. Today, the historic downtown district on Māmane Street is host to three live music spots.  By far the biggest music venue in town is the Honokaa People’s Theatre (45-3574 Mamane St.) Built in 1930, the 525-seat cinema is now run by Dr. Tawn Keeney who shows current films, and rents it for a variety of local and top-name acts that tour the State. Most…

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Edgar Winter Group  w/ Rick Derringer Band Honoka’a People’s Theatre March 3, 2018 Classic Rock legends Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter packed the People’s Theatre last Saturday, and offered the crowd a collection of their mid-1970’s hits. Both were in perfect form, and backed by competent players who have long impressive music resumes as well. This was the fourth and final night of their “Still Alive and Well – A Tribute to Johnny Winter Hawaii Tour 2018.” Guitar hero Derringer opened the show, and took us back where he began his musical career with the rock group The McCoys, and…

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Honoka’a High School Jazz Band w/ Big Island Music Academy Kahilu Theatre, Waimea February 25, 2018 Sunday’s All-Star Youth Jazz Concert at the Kahilu Theatre was a wonderful opportunity to hear some of the Big Island’s up-and-coming musicians and singers perform jazz and pop standards. A few months ago Big Island Music Academy (BIMA) Directors, Andrea Lindborg and Luke Clebsch, contacted the Kahilu Theatre about doing a concert that would feature their students. Chuck Gessert, Kahilu’s Artistic Director, loved the idea, and rounded out the afternoon event with the Honokaa High Jazz Band, under the direction of Gary Washburn. The proceeds…

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Hawi to Waimea In Part One of our Guide to the live music scene here on the Big Island, we explored  the west coast towns of Kailua-Kona, and then headed north to resort areas on the Kohala Coast. As we leave the Waikola Beach area, and get on HI-19 to HI-270, in about 40 minutes you’ll arrive in the unique town of Hawi. Many have described the charming atmosphere here as bohemian-chic. Originally known as the birthplace of King Kamehameha I (unifier of the Hawaiian Islands), Hawi’s downtown offers live music at the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Bamboo restaurant (evenings), Kohala Village…

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Saturday  March 3 HILO Colin John Music Hilo Burger Joint 776 Kilauea Ave. HONOKAA Edgar Winter Band and Rick Derringer Band Honoka’a Peoples Theatre 45-3574 Mamane St Doors: 6:00 pm    Show: 7:00 pm. Info: https://bluesbearhawaii.com KONA Sebrina Barron Huggo’s On The Rocks /3- 5 p.m. Info: https://huggosontherocks.com/entertainment/ Kevin Teves Huggo’s On The Rocks /6-8 p.m. Info: https://huggosontherocks.com/entertainment/ Larry Dupio Huggo’s On The Rocks /8:30-11 p.m. Info: https://huggosontherocks.com/entertainment/ KOHALA Frank Rolon Lava Lava Beach Club / 2:15 -4:15 p.m. Info: https://lavalavabeachclub.com/bigisland/about/local-event-calender/ Full Circle Lava Lava Beach Club / 5-9 p.m. Info: https://lavalavabeachclub.com/bigisland/about/local-event-calender/ 18Th Annual Waikola Ukulele Festival Starts at 10:00…

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John Cruz w/special guest Blayne Asing Kahilu Theate – 67-1186 Lindsey Road, Kamuela March 10, 2018 – 7 pm Price: $68 / $48 / $25 Buy Tickets Prepare yourselves for a memorable evening as treasured Hawaiian musician John Cruz makes his way to the Kahilu Theatre stage with special guest Blayne Asing, Saturday, March 10th 2018 at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $68/$48/$25 and can be purchased through the Kahilu Theatre Box Office, online, over the telephone or in person. Both ‘Oahu born Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning musicians are known throughout these Hawaiian Islands for their innovative and inspiring songwriting…

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