Local trumpeter Mike Lewis and his Band pay tribute to the great Duke Ellington, a major figure in the history of jazz. Ellington's blend of instruments, melodies, and rhythms gave audiences a new and accessible jazz experience. He created one of the most distinctive ensemble sounds in Western music with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and continued to play what he called "American Music" until his death in 1974.
John Kolivas pays tribute to Stevie Wonder, one of the most creative musical figures of the 20th century. One of the most-awarded male solo artists, Wonder has sold over 100 million records worldwide. He is noted for his work as an activist for political causes, including his 1980 campaign to make a Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a U.S. holiday.
Augie Rey and his multi-talented group can only be described as superb. His talents are displayed in his own his original compositions and rearrangements of top tunes. When he first came to Hawaii in 1970, he formed one of the first Salsa Bands in Waikiki, that has evolved genres but still stayed true to his Hispanic heritage.
The Hawaiian phenomenon Willie K is undoubtedly the only artist in the world who can go into an Irish pub in the middle of Maui and play anything from indigenous acoustic Hawaiian music to jazz, reggae, rock, country and even opera—and leave everyone within earshot slack-jawed in astonishment.
Mike Lewis presents a tribute to Natalie Cole, featuring Ginai on vocals. The daughter of legendary jazz-singers, Nat King Cole and Maria Cole, Natalie Cole found her own voice in funk, blues, and R&B. She would later release her debut album “Inseparable” in 1975, which would go on to win 2 GRAMMYs.
Tavana’s blend of singer/songwriter, acoustic-blues-rock-roots music has been captivating audiences throughout the Hawaiian island chain and east to the mainland. Tavana's innovative sound has gained him radio play of original music and quickly gaining momentum among the local scene being featured in the high-profile musical showcase South by Southwest in 2010 and 2011.