Maui Arts & Entertainment

This Weekend On Maui: Jazz, Blues, Comedy, Falsetto

September 14, 2012, 8:53 AM HST
* Updated September 16, 12:19 PM
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By Vanessa Wolf

Friday, September 14th

Botero Bar. Courtesy photo.

Grand Wailea’s Botero Bar. Courtesy photo.

As part of the Grand Wailea’s Jazz and Blues Festival, there will be a jazz and blues sunset cruise this evening from 5-7 p.m. on the Kai Kanani. Tickets are $106.09 per person and the boat is boarded at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. Call (808)-879-7218 to book a spot. Also tonight, the Botero Bar at the Grand Wailea will be featuring sneak peak special guest appearances from 7-9 p.m. There is no cover and valet parking is available.

Free Radicals Projekt. Photo courtesy Sean M. Hower.

Free Radicals Projekt. Photo courtesy Sean M. Hower.

Haiku band MOTHxp, a two-piece collaboration known for their music as much as for the accompanying exotic dancers and multimedia presentation, will be appearing with Paia’s popular FreeRadicals Projekt this evening at Charley’s in Paia. Inspired by Sly and the Family Stone, Marvin Gaye, and the Fugees, FreeRadicals Projekt plays a fusion of original funk, soul, and hip-hop-inspired tunes. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show is at 10 p.m.

Saturday, September 15th

Skip Martin

Skip Martin. Courtesy photo

The main Jazz and Blues Festival is on Saturday, September 15th, and runs from 4:30-9 p.m. at the Grand Wailea in the oceanfront Molokini Garden. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online. VIP tables for 10 are also available for $1000. The tables are located in the front row on the side of the stage and have access to waitstaff for food and beverage orders. Grammy Award winner Skip Martin of Kool and the Gang will be appearing, alongside Grammy Award winning saxophonist Eric Marienthal, Grammy winning blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker, Na Hoku winner Brother Noland Blues, and many others.

Power Up Comedy

Power Up Comedy. Courtesy photo.

Stella Blues celebrates the first anniversary of the Power Up Comedy group. Power Up Comedy features five Maui-based comedians and entertainers that joined forces a year ago to create a comedy scene on the island. Also on hand will be the Vince Esquire Band, another regular feature at Stella’s. Esquire has been featured with and opened for such music luminaries as Willie Nelson, the Gregg Allman Band, The Allman Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, Little Feat, Journey, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, The FIXX and Aerosmith. The Vince Esquire Band will perform a warm up set, and following live standup comedy, will close the night with a longer headline set. Tickets are $15 online at door; $20 at the door. The show starts at 8 p.m.
David Starfire

David Starfire. Courtesy photo.



David Starfire, a producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ based in Los Angeles and San Francisco will be playing at Casanova’s in Makawao. Starfire’s eclectic sound incorporates rich, textured world music sounds and fuses then with dance, hip hop, and electronic music. Also appearing will be DJ Sweet Beets. Tickets are $20 at the door and the show starts at 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 16th


Lahaina BanyanTree

Lahaina Banyan Tree. Photo Courtesy US Tropics.

Festivals of Aloha is presenting Ho’olaulea 2012 this Sunday at the Lahaina Banyan Tree Park. The day long celebration include entertainment, crafts, and activities, as well as featuring the winners of the 11th annual Richard Ho’opi’i Falsetto Competition. The events start at 9am and are free to the public.
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