Hawaiian Music Artists Brother Noland and Tavana Team Up for MACC: Maui Now Concert

Brother Noland. Photo courtesy: MACC

The Maui Arts & Cultural Center brings to the Valley Isle for the first time two of Hawaii’s award-winning musical artists, Brother Noland and Tavana.

They will fuse their sounds with some of Maui’s finest musicians at a concert on August 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the McCoy Studio Theater.

Tickets will go on sale online only to MACC members on July 22 at 10:00 a.m. and to the general public on July 26.

Born and raised in O’ahu, Brother Noland has had a profound influence on contemporary Hawaiian music for nearly 40 years, filling the airwaves with original compositions that have become local classics and island treasures.

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His most famous original song, coconut girlis often credited with the birth of contemporary “Jawaiian” style music (fusion of Hawaiian and reggae).

It has won numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards, including Best Reggae Album, and its music has been featured in several films, including Pineapple Express and Snakes on a plane.

Brother Noland is a regular live performer who brings his classics to his fans and audiences, along with traditional Hawaiian music, slack key and Hawaiian swing music.

Brother Noland was honored in 2014 by the State of Hawai’i with a “Lifetime Achievement in Music” award and is the recipient of the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts’ highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award for year 2019.

Tavana. Photo courtesy: MACC
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Tavana is a multi-instrumentalist from Honolulu who uses his feet to create a variety of grooves while simultaneously playing guitar, banjo, lap steel or ‘ukulele’. He sings rock and blues inspired by the islands.

The result of his own musical exploration and improvisation became his album, Kicking and screamingfeaturing irresistible hits such as Mystery, wise and county line while offering softer, more melodic tunes such as baby blue.

His next album, Aloha Spirit, was nominated for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Best Contemporary Album of the Year in 2018, and features Leon Mobley, Chris Chorney, Mike Lewis and other world-class musicians.

The album shows off Tavana’s versatility with crossover pop songs SMH, Aloha Spirit and Island dayswhile showcasing some of his traditional, hard-on rock style walk my way and glass castle.

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Tavana has been the supporting act for Alabama Shakes, Shakey Graves, Xavier Rudd, Jenny Lewis, Julian Marley and Kaleo. Tavana has spent a lot of time on the road visiting the Americas, Japan and Canada. He had the honor of playing with legendary musicians such as Henry Kapono, John Cruz, the late Willie K, The Doobie Brothers, Lily Meola and Leon Mobley.

Tickets are $35, $45 and $65 plus applicable fees. MACC members receive a 10% discount. Prices increase on the day of the show.

The MACC box office is not open for box office, but is available for ticket inquiries only Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, people can also call 808-242-SHOW (7469) or email [email protected]

William N. Fernandez