Dear valued patrons,
Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us and during the outbreak of COVID-19 we’ve been working to ensure that your experience at any of our worldwide locations was safe and enjoyable while we remained open. Blue Note is always proud to be the venue that our patrons find comfort and happiness to visit during uncertain times.
Unfortunately for the health and safety of our patrons, and per Governor Ige’s direction, we must temporarily suspend operations at Blue Note Hawaii until June 30, 2020.
We will continue to monitor all news and updates and as soon as it is safe to reopen, we will return with incredible live music and our favorite artists every night.
For all of our ticket buyers who have purchased tickets to a show scheduled to take place between now and May 31st, please hold on to your tickets because they will be honored for the rescheduled date. We hope that you will continue to support the artists who play at Blue Note Hawaii.
We firmly believe that music is a universal language which connects us all. We are proud to be the venue that has provided so many beautiful memories to our patrons who share a love of live music. We thank you for continuing to support Blue Note Jazz Clubs and looking forward to enjoying live music with you again soon.
Wishing you good health and much Aloha,
Blue Note Hawaii
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Jake Shimabukuro, Ron Artis II, and Joshua Nakazawa collaborate with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Mana Music Hawaii and Hawaii International Music Festival classical musicians for one special evening to raise money for the environment. Showcasing featured artist originals as well as brand new compositions and arrangements in this new collaborative instrumentation, the group will perform in a vast range of musical genres. The evening will also showcase exclusive art from famed local artist Luke DeKneef (as seen in Kaka'ako’s POW! WOW! festival) made specially for this this fundraiser event available for purchase. More information about this fundraiser “Instruments for the Environment” can be read at www.manamusichawaii.com/donate.
Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has taken the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one could have imagined back in the golden years of Don Ho, ranging freely across the music spectrum from jazz, blues, and funk to bluegrass, classical, and folk with the ease of a musician fully in command of the possibilities of his chosen instrument.
Shimabukuro was given his first ukulele lesson by his mother when he was only four years old. Fascinated by the uke, he eventually began playing regularly at a local Honolulu café. He was a founding member of Pure Heart, and played on the trio's first two albums before leaving to form Colon. In 2001 Shimabukuro began his solo career, releasing Elaine Maru (In Memory Of) on Surfside Records that same year. He signed with Epic in 2002 and released Sunday Morning on the label a year later, following it with Skyline in 2003. In 2005 he found an international distributor for his own label, Hitchhike Records, and began issuing his own music, including Crosscurrent, Dragon, My Life, and the much lauded Gently Weeps, which included a haunting version of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
Shimabukuro had completely rewritten the book on the possibilities of the ukulele, and his skill on the instrument attracted the ear and attention of Béla Fleck, who has used Shimabukuro as both an opening act and as a sit-in guest with the Flecktones. Shimabukuro's 2011 release, Peace, Love, Ukulele, topped Billboard's World Albums chart, and he followed it with Grand Ukulele, produced by Alan Parsons with orchestrations by Kip Winger (and recorded live with no overdubs), in the fall of 2012. Three years later, in October 2015, Shimabukuro returned with Travels, a collection less ambitious in scope than its predecessor but still quite varied. His next project, 2016's Nashville Sessions, was the product of only six days' worth of recordings, reflecting original compositions written on the spot and played with a new trio Shimabukuro assembled for the set. For his next project, he returned to the same Nashville studio, expanding his recent trio to a quartet for 2018's The Greatest Day, which offered a mix of originals and well-known covers like the Zombies' "Time of the Season" and the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby." Shimabukuro's next outing came in the form of a trio album. Released in 2019, Trio featured bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston playing an eclectic mix of originals, pop covers, and Hawaiian music.
Ron Artis II:
Ron Artis II is an American musician/singer-songwriter. He is best known for his work with the Ron Artis Family Band in Hawaii. named after his father Ron Artis, Ron is the eldest son in a family of 11 children. Ron has enjoyed music since before he could walk, crawling across his father’s piano at age 1. Ron has grown in all genres of music and loves to create new songs on the spot in his concerts. believing that “Music is meant to be lived, as life is meant to be lived”. Ron’s recordings include genres of music from Rock, Blues, Jazz and completely to the other side of the world into classical, flamenco then into the streets of Rap, R&B and soul. Ron has never been signed to any music label and has always believed in being independent to be able to create and share the most pure music possible. You can obtain Ron’s through his homepage: ronartisii.com or at any of his concerts. Born and raised in Hawaii,
Joshua Akira Nakazawa:
After his training at Manhattan School of Music, and earning an Artist Diploma from Southern Methodist University, Joshua, a native of Boston MA, set on a musical path that continues to lead him around the globe. Joshua has performed Solo, Chamber and Orchestral music at the Banff Music Festival in Canada, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Spoletto Music Festival in South Carolina. After playing with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and in addition to his current tenured position with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, he also plays with the Hawaii Opera Theater and as a guest musician with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Joshua is a longtime supporter of community music outreach education and is always looking for fun and creative ways to tie culture, passion, people, and music together. He founded his company Mana Music Hawaii in 2017.
Mana Music Hawaii:
Mana Music Hawaii was founded by cellist Joshua Akira Nakazawa, and is a hub for the most talented musicians in Hawaii.
The organization provides music for special events, parties, weddings, galleries, both public and private. Mana Music is a supporter of culture and education in Hawaii, and loves collaborating with others who share similar interests
in expression through music. With the top musical artists in Hawaii, Mana Music Hawaii strives be an extension of your
image, ideals, intentions, and feelings through musical expression.
Hawaii International Music Festival:
Hawaii International Music Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, celebrating music and Hawaii by bringing internationally acclaimed musicians to the communities of Hawaii through innovative, interdisciplinary concerts and educational outreach opportunities. Through these unique activities, HIMF builds artistic and educational partnerships to help strengthen the classical music landscape throughout Hawaii.
Founded in 2016 by Eric Silberger, internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist, Amy Shoremount-Obra, Metropolitan Opera soprano, and Carlin Ma, Artistic Program Director and Festival Photographer, HIMF re-imagines the normal classical music concert into a community-driven, holistic arts experience. Joined by Taylor Yasui in 2017, they spear-headed concert and outreach projects, partnering with local organizations including Rusty's Hawaiian, Hawaii Public Radio, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and more.
Luke DeKneef is a self-taught artist born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, USA. Growing up surfing on the north shore, he developed a fascination with waves and the movement of water. Early in his career, DeKneef painted plumeria clusters growing in lush valleys, majestic Hawaiian mountains standing tall at sunrise, and turbulent blue waves cascading on the surface of the ocean. His early works sparked a curiosity for what lives under the surface, where he explored the movement of waves from the ocean floor and the refraction of light under water. From small canvases to large-scale murals, DeKneef’s art embodies the relationship between humans and the ocean. He uses acrylic and aerosol mediums to create his visions.Now, DeKneef explores new subjects that stretch his creative thinking. While the ocean still influences his work, he’s developing a passion for a variety of subjects that question our role as caretakers of the planet.