Kanikapila for Mana‘o
Sunday (Mar. 2), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at theOld Maui Zoo Amphitheater, Kahului
[EVENT] Maui’s favorite little radio station, Mana`o 91.5 FM is celebrating its sixth anniversary and the memory of co-founder Barry Shannon–who passed on April 7, 2007–with BarryFest. Billed as “Maui’s Music Festival” of the year. John–be still, my heart–Cruz will be headlining along with Hutch Hutchinson. Cruz just put on a great show that I pretty much missed because of whining, sweating kids at Whale Fest a couple weeks ago, so I’m thrilled I’ll have another chance to experience his music. Other musical greats on the program: Willie K, Eric Gilliom, Lawa, VooDoo Suns, Marty Dread, Joe Cano, Dr. Nat and the Latin Jazz Explosion, Zenshin Daiko, Steve Grimes and Mojo Gumbo, the Mana`o Radio Orchestra, Randall Rospond and the Haiku Hillbillies and much more. BarryFest is a family event with lots of fun and food to keep the keiki happy and a silent auction for the adults. They will also auction off a guitar autographed by Pat Simmons and the Doobie Brothers, Willie Nelson, Marty Dread and Gail Swanson. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket for lounging, as this will be an all-day event. And yes, Kathy “Tita” Collins—wife of the late Barry Shannon—will emcee. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 Children under 12 and kupuna over 65. Keiki under six free. For more information www.BarryFest.org. [STARR BEGLEY]
All that Jazz
Thursday (Feb. 28) 7:30 p.m. atthe Castle Theater, MACC
[MUSIC] Hugh Masekela has a career spanning five decades which has evolved nearly as often as pants styles. From his beginnings as a young trumpet-playing son of a high profile political leader struggling to end racial segregation in South Africa, he picked up influences from church music, political protest songs and the streets. During his 30-year self-imposed exile in the U.S. and abroad, he recorded the hit song “Grazing in the Grass” and coined a unique flugelhorn style that’s held its own in jazz, funk, rock and pop music. With mentors like Louis Armstrong, Henry Belafonte and Dizzy Gillespie looking over his shoulder, Masekela has become one of the most important names in world music by recording songs that reflect his people’s struggle and suffering. Tickets: $35, $20, $10. 242-7469 [JESSICA ARMSTRONG]
All’s fair in loveand WAR
Friday (Feb. 29) 7:30 p.m. atthe Castle Theater, MACC
[MUSIC] The last time WAR came to Maui, my then-boyfriend wanted us to go. I was really stoked and envisioned a night of funky sounds, beer and post-teenage-angst-filled make-out sessions in his truck after the show. None of this happened. Well, at least for me. I got dumped before the show, but I’m pretty sure that he went anyway. Bastard. Anywho, WAR is back and this time I plan on enjoying Lonnie Jordan (keyboard, vocals), Fernando Harkless (sax), Marcos Reyes (percussion), Stuart Ziff (guitar, vocals), Sal Rodriguez (drums), Pancho Tomaselli (bass), Mitch Kashmar (vocals, blues harp) while they perform classics like “Lowrider” and “Spill the Wine” regardless of whether I have a date. Tickets: $55, $45, $35. www.mauiarts.org, 242-7469.
Friday (Feb. 29) 10 p.m. at Casanova, Makawao
[MUSIC] I don’t mean trippers like people who freak out about stuff. I mean trippers literally—and not necessarily in a bad way. I, for one, would consider myself a tripper and I totally hold down a day job. On the other hand, I dig groovy beats, heart-vibrating bass and those weird little space ship sounds that DJ’s occasionally throw in. Lucky for me and my fellow ex-ravers, the acclaimed DJ J Wail will be opening for cultmaster (I mean, really popular San Francisco based musician, producer, DJ) Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) at Casagroovies this weekend. Time to dig out the ol’ glow sticks. Tickets: $20. 572-0220 for more information or www.bassnectar.net.
Saturday (Mar. 1) 9:45 p.m.at Casanova, Makawao
[CD RELEASE] Technically, The Best of Ekolu has been out for a couple of months, but we’re on Maui time on this island. Plus, what better way to kick off this awesome album that features choice picks from Down in the Valley, Shores of Waiehu, Back to the Valley and Ekolu Music than at a saucy little Upcountry Italian restaurant? Band members Lukela Kealea, Shane “Akoni” Dellomes and Makapu Ho`opi`i will be sure to pull in the masses, so plan ahead. Plus, Unified Soul– which brings in a massive crowd of their own–will be opening. You don’t want to miss it. Tickets: $15. 572-0220 for more information.
Hot F*#@ing Tuna
Sunday (Mar. 2) 7:30 p.m.,Castle Theater, MACC
[MUSIC] Basically, Hot Tuna is two guys who’ve been rocking out together since they feathered their hair during their high school days about 50 years ago. Jorma Kaukonen’s finger-picking guitar style and Jack Casady’s electric bass rhythms carried over when they formed their own group of talented musicians named Hot Tuna–named when a fan shouted out “Hot [expletive deleted] tuna!” in response to the line “What’s that smell like fish?” Over the years, more rock, jazz and bluegrass influences have weaved into this classic band’s repertoire and kept them hitting the road to perform great shows like this one. Tickets: $45, $40, $35. 242-7469 [JA]