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Frosty The Stickman
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I always love this time of year because I have sooo much to be thankful for. Enjoying the holidays here in Lahaina is A-O-K by me. We don’t have any snow here on Maui (like Frosty The Stickman does above) but we get by. Imagine surfing in warm waters throughout the holidays… Or golfing or just about anything BUT shoveling snow. It’s not bad at all!
This winter holiday season will be fantastic. The humpback whales are returning from their summer in Alaska and they’re ready to do You-Know-What. They eat thousands of pounds of fish and krill while they are in Alaska and then they come here to Hawaii all ready for mating season. Gotta keep their strength up, right? At least they know how to pick the right spots!
So you can enjoy some great Stick music this winter season- just in time for Christmas– I’ve reduced the prices of both my most recent release, RAINBOWS and my Christmas album, FROSTY THE STICKMAN.
That’s right. Only $12 for each CD plus shipping. Either CD makes an excellent small last minute gift or stocking stuffer for virtually anyone on your list this year. Plus, there are additional discounts available if you purchase more than one of either CD or, better yet- both CDs. My distributor is located in Portland, Oregon and they ship very FAST and, they actually make the whole process FUN! And all right from the comfort of your own home.
Fast and fun… What more could you ask for? By the way, FROSTY is only 1 of 2 CDs that I know of here on Planet Earth that features holiday and Christmas favorites on The Chapman Stick! Many folks who already own FROSTY tell me they love to play the album while they are wrapping presents, at Christmas parties, while entertaining family & friends or just engaging in general all-around holiday merriment. I hope you’ll consider supporting a truly independent artist rather than spending your Christmas budget at Walmart. If you’d like to take a look, a listen and read the reviews you’ll find them right here on my brand new, easy to navigate Store Page. Either click below or on the icon to the right marked My Store. Either way you’ll get there. Check out some of my other releases while you’re there, too. Mahalo in advance!
This month I’ll be playing around the island and you’ll find my performance schedule up in the right hand corner of this page. If you’re in town, I hope you’ll stop by and say aloha. Until then, I wish you and yours a very
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.
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It’s not every day you see a Chapman Stick in a parade!
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:
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With Henry Allen at Iao Theatre
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!
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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.
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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.