Author: Gary Hicks

On another beautiful Hawaiian evening, Laverne’s Sports Bar became the hot spot for LIVE music. Local band Leche De Tigre opened the night with their “Latin Gypsy Funk” sound. An eight-piece band made up of horns, percussion, bass, guitar, and vocals, they quickly had their local fans up and dancing. Performing a set of originals with a few covers mixed in, the band was a great fit for the night. The Los Angeles, California-based band Ozomatli came on strong, opening their set with “Como Ves” off their 1998 self-titled debut studio album. Established in 1995, Ozomatli has had members come…

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Grab the Reef Entertainment is at it again! Ritchie Ward, his team and Doug Sobaski the manager of Laverne’s, have been bringing fresh talent to our Big Island, and what great talent it has been! Citizen Cope in December, KY-Mani Marley in February and now, Tavana McMoore & Leon Mobley. Kicking off the night was our own local musician and longtime friend of Tavanas’, Ronnie V. Ronnie opened as a solo with his original song “Big Martha,” a takeoff of The Allman Brother song “Little Martha.” Ronnie was joined by a fiddle player and member of his group, The Family…

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It was a night of seasoned pros and talented students from the Big Island Music Academy. The Aloha Theater hosted The 8th Annual Kona Jazz Experience last Saturday night and what a night it was! Andrea Lindborg (Ann Hoku Lyn), co-director at BIMA took the stage with the All-Star Student Jazz Band made up of 12 students of all ages.  The group opened the night with the classic Miles Davis instrumental, “So What” and featured a wide range of instruments, from ukulele to trumpet. Up next was a rendition of the classic “Autumn Leaves” featuring the vocal performance of Alexis…

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Livingston Taylor October 28th, 2018 Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, Waimea Boston-born artist Livingston Taylor took the stage last Sunday afternoon at Hapuna Prince Hotel’s Kamani Room for a remarkable upbeat concert. It was an intimate setting, and the last night of his 2018 tour of Hawaii. Taylor recently told our Editor that he considers the Big Island to be “the most remarkable place on Earth.” The talented Singer/songwriter/guitarist began an evening of storytelling, humor, and song with his original “If I Were You,” followed by a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” Taylor played to an attentive audience who responded…

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Congratulations to Scott Reagan, frontman for the rock band Bottle of Blue, and visionary behind the Six-String Fling concert. The Aloha Theater lit up Friday night when six of the Big Island’s best guitarists came together on one stage to showcase each of their individual talents. The concept of having one house band (Bottle of Blue) back each guitarist as they performed both original songs, as well as covers of classics, made for a very special night. Bottle of Blue opened the show with a set of original songs featuring their own lead guitarist, Dan Corippo. Dan had a bit…

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The skies were clear above the King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotels’ Luau Grounds as the 2nd Annual Big Island Blues Festival started. In such a beautiful setting, it’s hard to feel “The Blues”, but once the music began, the crowd seemed to fall right into the groove. Ronnie V & The Family Band kicked off the night with their version of the Willie Nelsons’ hit, Whisky River, followed by a 90-minute set made up of originals and an assortment of covers. When Ronnie V (Velvetta) is not fronting the band, he can be found hosting “The Big Island Morning Show”…

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