Tavana is incredibly excited to be welcoming guitar virtuoso - Tommy Osuna - back to the stage on Tuesday, May 2nd at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's.
"Tommy the Swami" has a long and storied career having performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, and Jamaican Reggae legend, Earl "Chinna" Smith. On third album, 'Trippin,' Tommy enlisted rock/blues/funk legend Buddy Miles who was Jimi Hendrix's drummer in Band of Gypsies, as well as legendary bassist and film score-composer John Piscitello. The resulting album is nothing short of magic - smoking-hot guitar riffs and an almost too-solid bottom end. Tommy and Buddy were making plans to tour together when the legendary drummer unexpectedly passed away at age 60, making Trippin' the last album of Buddy's career.
Tommy now lives on Oahu where he runs the Osuna School of Music which focuses mainly on mentoring young people through music - teaching children musical theory, composition, and self-expression in lyric, rhythm, and overall music development. He has also been known to give music lessons to adults on a case by case basis, so if you're feeling lucky, drop him a line and you might just get yourself a lesson from the Swami himself!
Tommy regularly performs all over the island solo, with his band 'Roxotica', and with his wife, Brenda (...who plays a mean dulcimer!) and continues to work as a music producer having recorded over twenty independent releases for other artists.
You can check out his mean chops below on his song I E BO BO:
The last time Tavana and Tommy played together it had the audience absolutely on their feet, tearing their hair out with excitement!...This show is not to be missed!
Go to any Tavana show on Oahu - or any other major Rock show for that matter - and you are bound to see legendary Rock & Metal photographer - Bill Hale - camera in hand - contorted in whatever body position necessary to get 'that shot.' That shot that can make all the difference in an artist's career. And it's what Bill has been up to since the early '80s when he was the Chief Photographer for 'Metal Rendezvous Int Magazine' (which he co-founded) in the Bay Area from 1981-1989.
Tired of the rock magazines of the time turning a blind eye to some of the upcoming bands out of the UK and locally - the harder rock and metal groups - Bill and his circle of musicians, journalists, photographers, and friends came together to help build a scene that would benefit all, and one major part of that was sharing images, music, and stories with fans - all of which would help to inspire a generation of rockers and give up-and-comers a shot at getting the necessary attention to continue to grow their following.
As a result of these efforts, Bill - and by extension, the magazine - gave some of the very earliest photo media coverage to no lesser groups than Metallica, Anthrax, W.A.S.P, L.A. Guns and Armored Saint - to name just a few.
Metallica in the early days. Photo: Bill Hale
From 1982-1984, Bill captured Metallica in their early days having known Lars even before he formed the band. When closer friend, Dave Mustaine got fired from Metallica, Bill would follow him, turning his focus to Megadeath from 1984-1987.
With a huge volume of photographs of these two bands, Bill decided it was time - over the course of a few years - to curate his extensive collection, the result of which was the two classic books, 'Metallica: The Club Dayz, 1982-1984' and 'Megadeath, Another Time, Another Place.'
Over the course of his career, Bill also shot Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Riot, Freddie Mercury, Bon Scott, Phil Lynott and so many more.
In the 1990s, Bill moved to LA and took some time to focus on other things, including turning his lens towards travel images, landscapes, and even products. But it wasn't long before he was back to his old passions, moving to Oahu, and spending much of the 2000s photographing and collaborating with the legendary Hawaiian musician - Henry Kapono.
In this current decade, Bill continues to practice his passion, taking photographs of both up-and-coming and already renowned rockers, and supporting the growing Rock scene in Hawaii. He attends nearly every Tavana concert and produces astoundingly good photographs of both Hawaii's 'Rock Star' as well as the guest performers that Tavana features as part of his 'Tavana Tuesdays' at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's.
Tavana @ Crossroad's Hawaiian Brian's - Photo: Bill Hale
This dynamic seems incredibly synonymous to the scene that Bill helped to support and build in the Bay Area in the '80s. Where there are talented musicians who are just about to make it big, you'll find Bill Hale, camera in hand, ready to capture those moments on the way to super stardom.
Says Tavana, 'Bill Hale is a rare animal. It's not often you find his kind of passion and commitment. Someone who's walked with lions but would rather run with the underdog. He's been supporting me from empty bars to packed showrooms. And he's so much more than just a photographer. He gets involved with the artists on a deeper level...just really lives to help build the scene here in Honolulu. And without a doubt, he has helped make me the musician I am today. '
You can check out Bill's photos in the books mentioned above, on his Instagram, on Twitter, and on album covers he shot as a freelance photographer for RCA Records, Polygram Records, and Zoo Records, among others. In fact, just Google 'Bill Hale' and you'll find a treasure trove of some of the great Rock & Metal musicians of a generation captured just before and during their prime.
"Thanks for all you do for the music scene here in Honolulu, Bill - You Rock!!!!" - T.
Tavana is excited to announce he will be featuring Chris Chorney on Tuesday, April 18th at 9 p.m. at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's.
Chris Chorney is native of Honolulu, having attended Punahou School before heading to NYC to study music at Colombia University. Following Colombia, Chris returned to Honolulu and helped found the hit group, 'Mano Kane.' He has recorded with various artists including Kanye West on whose album, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' Chorney performed cello on six tracks.
Tavana and Chris have been recently collaborating on Tavana's soon-be-released 4th album 'Aloha Spirit' on which Chris is lending his masterful cello skills.
Check out the below video for a taste of Chorney's hauntingly beautiful cello work:
Tavana is excited to announce he will be featuring The Hydrolites Duo on Tuesday, 3/28 at 9 pm at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's.
The Hydrolites was founded in 2013 as a Roots, Rock, & Reggae band on Oahu and is made up of Bryce Lau, Ryan Trujillo, Chris Llarenas, and Ronson Shiigi.
Tuesday night the band-founding duo of Bryce Lau and Ryan Trujillo will be joining Tavana on stage on guitar and ukulele, respectively.
Check out their latest video - 'New Eyes' - below.
And another sneak preview from Tavana's upcoming 4th album that will be released later this Spring - 'Island Days.'
Enjoy and hope to see you all there!
Tavana talks story with HI*Sessions in Episode 115.
The video below features Tavana discussing his rig including his use of Roland Drum Triggers, a bit of background on 'Tavana Tuesdays' at Hawaiian Brian's in which he features a new artist each week, and more...
Tavana is pleased to announce that he will be re-featuring - by intense popular demand - the iconic Barry Flanagan from HAPA on April 4th at 9 p.m. at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's.
Barry Flanagan is the founder of the internationally acclaimed and award winning World Music group HAPA. The group's self-entitled first release in 1994 still remains the number one selling recording by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music, sweeping all six categories it was nominated for at the 1994 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy's.
The L.A. times has called Barry Flanagan and HAPA's music, 'Powerful, urgent, compelling, muscular, hypnotic!' Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Stephen Stills has said, 'Flanagan is Masterful!', and the San Francisco Chronicle wrote that, 'Flanagan and Hapa explore the rich possibilities of Hawaiian music and then some, blending a variety of pop and world music styles.'
Tavana is incredibly excited to announce he will be featuring Shawn Pimental AND Lehua Kalima on April 11th at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's at 9 p.m.
Shawn Pimental has performed and toured around the world with the likes of Fiji, Kalapana, Janet Jackson, and Hoobastank among others on guitar, drums, bass, and vocals. He is also a Hoku Award winning producer and the co-owner of Studio Ala Moana, a top recording studio in Honolulu.
Lehua Kalima formed the famed group Na Leo Pilimehana with two friends while still in high school and the group went on to win 20 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards! Then, in her career as a solo performer, she has received 3 more Hoku Hanohano Awards for Best Song of the Year in 1996, 1999, and 2001.
P.S. Check out the title track from Tavana's upcoming album 'Aloha Spirit'
New Album Coming in June 2017!!!
Tavana is excited to announce he will be featuring John Ridgeway on Tuesday, 3/21 at 9 p.m. at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's.
John Ridgeway is a guitar player, songwriter, and singer who grew up in the Blue Ridge notch in Lynchburg, Virginia. His early musical influences in Appalachia have led to a love of bluegrass, folk, blues and rock. His band - Discord & Rye - released their most recent album 'Punch it, Son' in January of 2013.
Tavana and John have played together in the past to great acclaim!
Please check out John and Discord & Rye below!
Hope to see you all there!
Tavana is incredibly pleased to announce he will be featuring Johnny Helm on Tuesday, March 14th at Hawaiian Brian's.
Johnny Helm is a singer songwriter based out of Honolulu, Hawaii and is a three time Na Hoku Hano Hano Award Nominee. Johnny is also a veteran Broadcaster and Production Director for many of Hawaii's top radio stations.
His latest EP, Banyan Tree, has been nominated for the 'EP' of Year in 2012 at Hawaii's Na Hoku Hano Hano Music Awards.
Listen to Banyan Tree and watch video performances and more at his website.
Come celebrate AND be part of history - the Opening Party of the inaugural Honolulu Biennial at The Hub, a new 60,000 square foot gallery located in the heart of Ward Village! Meet local and international artists and curators, enjoy a specially commissioned performance piece by HB artist Al Lagunero, "The Nature of Nature," and a fashion show by HB artist Marques Hanalei Marzan. There will also be a musical performance by Tavana, a variety of delicious food trucks, drinks and a Mori by Art + Flea pop-up shop.
Tavana is live on the Main Stage from 7-9 p.m.
Tickets reserved in advance by 3/7/17 are FREE, otherwise pay regular ticket prices at the door the day of the opening party.