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Rolando Sanchez

Rolando Sanchez

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Born in Masaya, Nicaragua to a musically artistic family, Rolando Sanchez is a percussionist, singer, songwriter, recording artist and producer that surpasses the boundaries of traditional sounds with a mixture of Latin Jazz
Born in Masaya, Nicaragua to a musically artistic family, Rolando Sanchez is a percussionist, singer, songwriter, recording artist and producer that surpasses the boundaries of traditional sounds with a mixture of Latin Jazz and Latin Rock. On timbales and congas, his music is alive and contagious. Over the last 20 years he has accumulated numerous awards, certificates of recognition and proclamations.

Rolando has been featured in many television shows, specials and music videos in Hawaii and Tahiti, as well as write-ups in national, international and local magazines, newspapers, trade magazines and periodicals. In addition to his own recordings, he has been the featured guest percussionist on more than a dozen CDs. He has shared the stage with recording artists of many genres, including Mariachi del Sol, Joe Henderson, Michael Franks, Eddie Palmieri, Orquesta De La Luz, The Mamas & Papas, Sting, Crystal Gayl, Jazz Crusaders, Tito Puente, Pete and Sheila E. He also performed at the 1998 Miss Universe Pageant Coronation Ball and at the contestants' boat cruise celebration, which was featured on cable channel E!'s Miss Universe special. Rolando has also appeared on episodes of television series "Jake and the Fatman" and "One West Waikiki", and in the movie "Fist of Steel" starring Alexis Arguello and Carlos Palomino.

Rolando has promoted Latin music in the islands by producing events such as the Latin Explosion Concert Series and the HAWAII INTERNATIONAL LATIN MUSIC FESTIVAL featuring Latin music bands and artists worldwide. Musical guests who have appeared at the festival include Chepito Areas, Danilo, and Mario Sanchez (from the San Francisco Bay area), Son Reinas (Japan), Carmen Jimenez (New York), Emilia (Japan), Sabrina (Hawaii), Orquesta La Palabra and many other local, national and international artists. He also co-produced the Cinco de Mayo Latin Music and Dance Concert at the Neal Blaisdell Arena that featured Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo, Sheila E. and Hawaii's own premiere Latin dance band, Rolando Sanchez & Salsa Hawaii.
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Across the Sea: An Evening of World Fusion

Across the Sea: An Evening of World Fusion

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This fall, the 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning album "Across the Sea" musicians will feature their newset music releases at Blue Note Hawaii. "Our journey has gone further and the program will include our originals, Ha
This fall, the 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning album "Across the Sea" musicians will feature their newset music releases at Blue Note Hawaii. "Our journey has gone further and the program will include our originals, Hawaiian, Chinese, Tango, Bluegrass, classical, etc."

Hawaiian musicians have adapted the music of other cultures to create music that is uniquely Hawaiian. And, since the beginning of the 20th century, musicians in other parts of the world have embraced the music of Hawaii while adopting and adapting it in turn.

Taiwan-born Tsun-Hui Hung is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative players of the erhu. She won a title at the Taiwan National Music Competition. Having earned a doctorate in ethnomusicology, she also has performed with musicians from various cultures.

Two-time GRAMMY award-nominee and nine-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winner, Jeff Peterson, is unique among ki ho alu guitarists because in addition to his mastery of slack key techniques of Western classical and jazz guitar. He has traveled to Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, Africa and across the United States performing and teaching.

Greg Sardinha has showcased his Hawaiian steel guitar talent performing locally in Hawaii and abroad. He has the reputation as the steel guitar player who has the ability to present old Hawaii with a contemporary twist. He has adapted his styling of the Hawaiian steel guitar to a diverse group of musical styles such as traditional/contemporary Hawaiian, reggae, country, rock and folk.

Wade Cambern, from the legendary Hawaiian Style Band, will join the group on bass.
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Taimane & Her Band

Taimane & Her Band

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Catch Hawaii’s 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Taimane, in her first headline show in Hawaii since receiving her Hōkū award and see why this rising star is quickly becoming a global cultural bea
Catch Hawaii’s 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Taimane, in her first headline show in Hawaii since receiving her Hōkū award and see why this rising star is quickly becoming a global cultural beacon. Blue Note Hawaii is thrilled to bring this Hawaii trailblazer back to Waikiki in the midst of a breakout year that’s seen Taimane wow audiences and media around the globe and experience a huge rise in popularity now boasting over 250,000 online followers. After over a decade of passionately pursuing her art, Taimane has established herself as a Hawaii cultural leader sharing her music and vision of her homeland with the world.

November 3rd is your opportunity to welcome Taimane back to her musical home, congratulate her on an amazing year and soak up a dazzling performance, Taimane’s beauty, grace and fire on Blue Note Hawaii’s intimate stage. Special night ahead - advance purchase recommended.

TAIMANE’S BREAK-OUT YEAR
-- 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year
-- Over 250,000 online followers
-- Five consecutive sold out North American shows and counting
-- Hailed by media as one of the standout artists of Austin’s 2019 SXSW music festival
-- Rave reviews at the world’s largest performing arts conference (APAP 2019 - New York, NY)
-- Taimane video showcased on “Reuters Top News” twitter feed
-- Over 1,300 tickets sold to Taimane’s debut shows in Olympia and Bremerton, Washington
-- Sold out headline shows at Kahilu Theatre (Hawaii Island) and McCoy Studio Theater (Maui)
-- Packed music clubs across Europe in the summer of 2019
-- Featured model in the global summer campaign of fashion giant, AllSaints
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