This weekend, I’ll be under the banyan tree in Old Town Lahaina for another art fair sponsored by the Lahaina Art Society. Here’s a shot from a recent fair. Everyone looks happy, eh? Hope to see you.
‘Wailea on Wednesdays’ featuring Michael Kollwitz
Date: August 8
Time: Concert from 6:30-8 p.m.
Location: Lower Courtyard
The Shops at Wailea continues its signature “Wailea on Wednesdays” (WOW) arts and entertainment series, featuring a free performance from Michael Kollwitz and Mika. Join us for island music played on the ukulele and unique Chapman Stick under the stars 6:30-8pm.
The night is further highlighted by art gallery receptions, artist appearances and one-night-only shop and restaurant specials from 6 p.m. to close.
For the most up-to-date event information, visitThe Shops at Wailea on Facebook.
On Saturday June 16, 2012 I was invited once again to perform on The Chapman Stick in our annual King Kamehameha Day parade here in Lahaina, Maui. My neighbor, Gary Cia and I decorated his tricked-out golf cart with palm fronds and flowers to help make us fit in with the rest of the floats and festivities.I played the Hawaii Five-Oh theme song and Eddie Money’s ‘Two Tickets To Paradise’ all the way down Front Street. It was a real kick!
If you want to see it for yourself check out the short video on YouTube:
Sorry the image is a little blurry but it’s the only one available that memorializes my impromptu performance last month with Henry Kaleialoha Allen at the Iao Theatre in Wailuku. I was the opening act for the Kalama Intermediate School’s Ukulele Explosion event on May 9th. Try to imagine over 50 kids in matching aloha uniforms- all of them playing ukulele in unison. Wow. It was pretty amazing.
I had just finished tuning up and Henry Allen was on the stage behind me, also tuning up. Then suddenly the promoter told me to start right away. Sitting behind me was Henry- the Living Legend. I couldn’t bring myself to ask him to leave the stage. I just leaned over and whispered “Henry, do you want to play a few songs together?” He didn’t even look up when he answered in a monotone voice “Blue Hawaii in C”.
I knew the song in G so I didn’t want to try to transpose it on the fly. I said “Try this…” and I started playing my originals “Front Street Stroll” and a few others. The audience hushed to total silence waiting to see what happened next and we played 4-5 songs together for the crowd. What a great feeling that was. It’s not often that you get to share the stage with a bonafide living legend. Many mahalos to Henry Allen for such a wonderful experience!
I’m working on a new release that will feature The Stick with lots of drums and percussion to spice things up. It’s about halfway finished so I imagine it will be ready sometime this summer. Last May, when I met Carlos Santana under the banyan tree here in Lahaina, I rushed home and tried to recapture what I was playing when he walked up to compliment me. My percussionist friend, Ron Feather from Montreal, added a nice latin touch and before I knew it, it was complete. It’s different than most of my music as this tune has a real Santana edge to it. I’ve posted it here so you can give it a listen. The track is titled “Meeting Carlos”. Let me know if you enjoy it.
Aloha everyone! Hope your New Year is off to a good start. It’s been busy around here, what with the annual return of the humpback whales and our winter visitors, things are definitely hopping on Maui.
Shortly after the release of my Beatles CD last May, I began work in earnest on this new album. 17 of the 18 tracks were recorded live (without overdubs) at art fairs under the banyan tree in Lahaina, so all the emotion and soul of The Stick was captured and preserved faithfully. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed producing it.
On “Rainbows”, I debut a new instrument designed by Emmett Chapman. It’s called the 12-string Stick Guitar® (SG12™). This instrument is in a much higher pitched register than the Grand Stick- it’s more like guitar that also reaches into the range of a violin. The highs are crystalline and the tone is extremely sweet. I fell in love with this model the first moment I laid eyes on it and I’ve been playing the heck out of it since Jan. 2010. “Rainbows” is the first CD to feature this instrument exclusively.
With 18 total tracks, the total playing time is just under 60 minutes. I covered a lot of ground with the material: there’s a great Santana tune, a new rendition of “Over The Rainbow”, a couple of Beatles tunes, some old favorites and even a couple of songs from the 1962 movie “Blue Hawaii”. Plus, I included 5 new original songs. Overall, there’s lots to like on this new album and I hope you’ll agree.
It’s available for immediate shipment or download at my store: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/stikmstr
As always, I appreciate your continued support of my music on the exotic Chapman Stick. I can’t say Mahalo loud enough.
All the best and A Hui Hou!
I recently sent an email to all my fans and friends. It was titled “Sending You A Sunset From Lahaina” and it included the photo above, with one big exception. Sean Stirling, the graphic designer for my CD “Suntan Lady”, said he “could not help himself” and he returned it to me the way you see it here. Notice how he changed the coconut palm trees into ‘Stick Palms’. Must be a new species here on Maui.
Here’s another tune from my recent CD, “The Chapman Stick Meets The Beatles”. It’s one of my personal favorites from the album. When you hear it, you’ll know why.
Hope you’ll enjoy it.
P.S. If you stop by Facebook, I hope you’ll want to “Like” it and add me as one of your “Friends”.
Aye, blokes- in it’s entirety, ‘ere’s a track from me bloody new CD, “The Chapman Stick meets The Beatles”.
And God Save The Queen…
Imagine the full, rich sound of The Chapman Stick at your Maui wedding. I’ve played at quite a few over the years- from Makena to Kapalua. Here’s a four-minute .mp3 demo of traditional wedding songs on The Stick.
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