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.

Last Call Saloon (closed) New Name: Honokaa Public House Address: 45-3490 Mamane St, Honokaʻa Hours: 11AM–10PM New Phone: (808) 775-1666 Web: https://www.honokaapub.com/menu Hawaii Public Radio once called the weekly Wednesday night music event at the Landing Restaurant and Bar in Honokaa “The Greatest Open Mic,” and new owner Tom Whelan, who changed the name to the Last Call Saloon in October, is keeping that tradition going. The Last Call Saloon doubles primarily as a sports bar, with multiple screens in every direction, as well as a place get your karaoke on. Locals love it! But if you want to hear…

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Host Steven Roby’s weekly collection of music from Big Island musicians. New Music Mondays: Volume One “We’re From Hilo”  El Leo  Latin Music From Hawaii “Living On The Rock”  Higgs The Letdown “We Are Mauna Kea” Off The Grid “Milk & Sugar” Natalie Renee  Milk & Sugar “Eating Of The Poi”  Kahulanui  Mele Ho’oilina “Song For My Father” Red Water Trio & Friends  the Jazz angle Where to find the music El Leo  Latin Music From Hawaii   https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/elleothejaricanexpress Higgs The Letdown  https://higgsmusic.bandcamp.com/track/living-on-the-rock Off The Grid   https://offthegridmusic.org Kahulanui  Mele Ho’oilina  http://www.kahulanui.com Red Water Trio & Friends  The Jazz Angle  https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/redwatertrio Want to…

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Ricardo & Friends Kohala Village Hub Barn December 21, 2017 Photos by Steve Roby. Winter Solstice has been honored in world cultures for thousands of years, and North Kohala guitarist Richard Russell (AKA Ricardo) invited several of his favorite Big Island superstar musician friends to celebrate the occasion with a nearly three-hour performance that wowed a packed room at the Hub Barn in Hawi. Russell thanked everyone for coming, and told the audience about the occasion. “This the solstice and that means the celestial wheels have turned, and they’ll be bringing the sun back more each day. It’s cause for…

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Kahulanui Kahilu Theatre, Waimea December 16, 2017 What better way to stay warm in Waimea on a wet and chilly night than to come out dancing to Kahulanui at the Kahilu Theatre. Dance at the Kahilu? In his show intro, Kahilu’s Artistic Director Chuck Gessert announced that he wanted to try an experiment for a venue that has no dedicated dance floor. Cleverly, he had his staff open the divider between the Mike Luce Studio and stage left, add a little dappled ballroom lightning, and magically dancers had sufficient room to Jitterbug, Lindy Hop, and cut a rug to tunes…

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The Harmony People Gary Garrett and Anjalisa Aitken have been writing, performing and recording as The Harmony People since 2013. “Living in a Dream” We started writing Living in a Dream while driving on the west coast of the island, looking out at the turquoise and indigo waters. It took a year to finish writing the song, adding our touring experiences verse by verse. All the parts on the recording are performed by Anjalisa and Gary. Bio Our story began in 2013, when Gary was performing in California, and Anjalisa began harmonizing, full voice, from the audience. We sang some more, and very…

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“I Might Live Upcountry (But I’m Always Down For Love)” With the green hills of Waimea as his muse, Dagan writes songs that invite the listener to be moved, to think, and to be awakened to the world around them. The title track from his new EP “Change Something” (2016) features the Big Island Music Awards Country/Folk Single of the year and is available from all major online retailers. “This original song describes the feeling of going to any length for the one you love. Written while my now current wife was on a yoga certification retreat in Kona the song was inspired…

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