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After a two-year hiatus, Beat-Lele, the Oahu-based Beatles tribute band, returned to the Big Island for two performances at the Kahilu Theatre with shows on December 2-3. Beat-Lele’s humble beginnings date back ten years ago when they were perf
Show Notes: Grammy-winning keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas returns to Kona and his musical roots for a unique evening with longtime collaborator (and George Benson's second guitarist and producer) Michael O'Neill. They'll be featuring some n
After a three-month gap, the Kahilu Theatre re-opened its doors to live audiences, and last Friday’s third installment of the Song Circle series proved once again that we have some exceptional performers who deserve broader attention. With his
Although Josh Tatofi’s show last Saturday was livestreamed, the real excitement was being a part of the energetic crowd that attended his concert at the Mauna Kea Beach Resort. Fans spontaneously busted out with “cheehoo!”, swayed their cellpho
The Hilo Community Players will present a distanced, drive-in style, live production of Richard O’Brien’s THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Oct. 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium Parking Lot. Tickets are available n
Songs & Stories Podcast: S4, E5 Kailee Spark up in the SF Bay Area – Silicon Valley, raised Mormon, and left the church at age 22. A child of the ‘80s, her musical career started at eight years young, she wrote her first song at 12, raised on c
The Big Island Beat Podcast: Bonus Episode Show notes: In this episode you’ll hear backstage interviews with Terrapin Station members Russell Ruderman (guitar/vocals), Michael Surprenant (drums/vocals), and Sarah Bethany (Keyboard/ vocals). The
In this episode, we speak with musician Brad Bordessa who has been playing and teaching the ʻukulele professionally for over a decade. Bordessa talks about his new podcast, and tells us about the backstory for two of his original songs, "Fall O
Charles Michael Brotman is known throughout Japan and the US for his role as the lead guitarist for Kohala, the acoustic guitar trio from the Big Island of Hawaii. The Grammy Award winning guitarist/composer/producer is a staple of the Hawaiian
Scott Reagan is the lead singer for Bottle of Blue, Hawaii’s premier rock ‘n roll band. In this episode he shares new material including some from a new project called Bystander. Connect with Bottle of Blue on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com
With a deep voice and sure hand, Dagan is one of Waimea’s most authentic folk musicians infusing Hawaiian stylings into his own original compositions to create a refreshing sub-genre he calls “paniolo folk music.” His music hints at honest begi
Jesse Snyder is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer and vocalist. He plays tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, drums, has a smooth baritone singing voice, and is one of the most desirable musicians in Hawai'i for both live p
Honey Jar is a singer-songwriter duo featuring Ellen Keehan and Kristin Lagasse's original folk music with a bluegrass flair. This episode includes the Honey Jar original "How Does Your Garden Grow," and Kristin Lagasse's Upside Down." Connect
Show Notes: Grammy-winning musician, John Cruz, is known for his soulful vocals and unique acoustic style of music. Cruz is a ‘Ki ho’alu’, slack key master, and his album ‘One Of These Days’ was named one of Hawaii’s greatest albums of the new
In anticipation of Lorenzoʻs Army's virtual dance party livestream concert on February 5, we spoke with guitarist Larry Rappolo about what fans can expect.  Lorenzo’s Army has been playing on the Big Island for 20 years at well-known local hots
Just KJ (aka Kimberly June) is a Kona-based folk-pop artist full of fun stories to tell. With an unconventional upbringing in the Dominican Republic and five years of the Nashville music industry under her belt, she has acquired quite a unique
Chase and Carl Kauhane, of Waimea,  grew up playing music together and turned their favorite past-time in to a career in 2010. This episode features three of their songs: "Far Away," "Agree To Disagree," and "Take The Leap."  The Songs & Storie
Born and raised on Hawaii Island, Elizabeth Sekona Robinson has been playing violin most of her life. She received eleven years of classical training under Ursula Vietze-Koehler, during which time she won the annual Madeline Schatz-Harris Youth
For over 30 years Honokaa High and Intermediate School band teacher Gary Washburn has been inspiring students to produce outstanding music. Washburn estimates he has taught three to four thousand students in his tenure at the school. Although h
This episode features an interview with the multi-talented music couple of Michael Surprenant and Sarah Bethany. Sarah's a singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, and Michael is a producer, drummer, and studio engineer.  Tracks: "The Uncomfortab
Rapper, singer, songwriter Higgs is our guest for this episode. He shares two original songs plus a sneak peak at his upcoming album. The Songs & Stories podcast is a production of Big Island Music Magazine, and available for free on Apple Podc
RJ Kaneao is an award winning recording artist, producer and session guitarist who’s played and/or recorded with many amazing A-list musicians and artists. You can find his music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and on his own Pandora station (RJ Ka
Show notes: Dirty Cello started eight years ago when Rebecca Roudman, a tenured member of both the Oakland and Santa Rosa symphony orchestras, met guitarist Jason Eckl while attending college. He’s now her husband. Dirty Cello has since toured
Show Notes: Widely praised for his mastery of the Hawaiian slack-key guitar, Oahu singer/songwriter Makana built a reputation around the turn of the millennium for his dynamic playing style that infuses indigenous guitar styles with rock, blues
Show Notes: Normally this this time of year, Musical Director Trever Veilleux would be preparing the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra for its annual double-dose of Frank Zappa tribute concerts, however, the pandemic prevented that. Although folks won’t b
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