Drumroll...Due to overwhelming demand, Tavana and Dave Edery are bringing back to life their thunderous rock duo - Loco Mojo - on Tuesday, July 18th at 9:00 p.m. at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's.
The pair grew up and graduated together from Kaiser High School in Hawaii Kai and have been performing off and on together ever since. Since 2011 Tavana and Dave have played under the name 'Loco Mojo' that had its last concert at King's Pub several years ago in a farewell show that is still talked about in the Honolulu underground music scene.
When these two are together, magical things happen!
This is definitely one show not to miss! See you all at the Crossroads on Tuesday! Aloha!
Tavana is incredibly excited to be releasing 'Aloha Spirit' - his 4th Album - on Maui & Oahu this coming weekend!
Building on his previous albums and refining his one-man band style, in 'Aloha Spirit' Tavana sings and plays his heart out, producing hit-after-hit with his signature blend of island inspired Rock & Blues.
The title track - 'Aloha Spirit' is an up-and-coming island anthem and features Leon Mobley, the legendary percussionist of 'Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.
(See below for an unaccompanied version!)
'Island Days' is another upbeat radio-friendly jam featuring widely-renowned harmonica ace Garrett "Ane" Pessin, and 'SMH' is a fun ditty about people's over-reliance on cell phones and the decline in face-to-face interaction. Funny enough, Tavana wrote 'SMH' after just learning what the acronym meant - and like you'd expect - could do nothing but shake his head.
Things get a bit heavier with the driving Blues-Rock on 'Walk my Way' which also features Leon Mobley on the djembe, and on 'Believe' which includes the hauntingly beautiful sounds of Chris Chorney on the Cello. (Mr. Chorney also owns and operates Analog Rock Machine Studios where some of the album was recorded and was recently featured on 6 tracks on Kanye West's recent album, 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.')
Adding to this eclectic mix is one of Tavana's most complex and mesmerizing songs to date: 'Sparrow.' The song features the muted trumpet work of Mike Lewis, Ken Likens on Piano, Chris Chorney on Cello, and Mark Lindberg on drums.
Rounding it all out is the ballad of 'Glass Castles' featuring Tavana's super-intricate banjo work, the love song 'Sink or Swin', and the groovy, relaxing 'Peaceful Place.'
With sound by ace engineers Demetri Marmash and Steven 'Lock' Lynch, photos by legendary rockphotographer, Bill Hale, and graphic design by award-winning album artist Scott Johnson of Dogtowne Design, this is without a doubt Tavana's very best album yet and is already starting to generate major buzz!
Check out CD Release Party Dates and Locations below, and come on out and join the fun!
The album is also now available for online order!
Tavana is absolutely thrilled to be featuring the sensationally good Paula Fuga on Tuesday, June 27th at 9 p.m. at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's!!!
Paula Fuga began playing ukelele in High School, studying under master instructor Roy Sakuma. It wasn't long before she released her debut Album 'Lilikoi,' for which Fuga was awarded the Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist.
A chance meeting with Jack Johnson near his home of the North Shore led to a dear friendship and collaboration, with the two writing and recording songs together for the Mana Moali Collective. Fuga would go on to open for him in Australia and New Zealand, as well as play alongside Jack at Madison Square Garden! It was no surprise then that her 2010 EP - 'Misery's End' - features both Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley!
She has also recorded with Mike Love, Trevor Hall, and Nahko Bear to name just a few, and even performed for and met President Obama at the White House!
This is one show that is absolutely not to be missed!!!
Check out Paula below performing her song 'Misery's End' with island superstar, Mike Love!
Tavana is incredibly pleased to welcome Root Hub to the stage on Tuesday, June 20th at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's at 9 p.m.
Root Hub is a singer songwriter that has been described as "1 part Kerouac, 2 parts Dylan, 1 part Tom Waits, and a dash of salt water."
Root Hub has spent years splitting time between Hawai'i, LA, and NY finding and refining his voice and writing countless songs, each one a story. He has entertained audiences around the globe at venues and festivals including Wanderlust, Burning Man, Hawaii Yoga Festival, Kalu Yala, and many more.
He has also traveled the world holding his LIFE MUSIC workshops engaging and supporting the exploration of music in participants of all ages.
Check him out below!
Tavana is super excited to be featuring Guy James on Tuesday, June 13th at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's at 9 p.m.
Born Oct 7, 1991 and raised throughout Southern California; Guy James started playing music in high school after a friend loaned him his first acoustic guitar and taught him a basic 12 bar blues lesson. The blues opened the flood gates and in poured influences from a variety of genres like Jazz, Classical, progressive rock and many other sounds he discovered through his studies.
"My vision as a musician is to be versatile, open minded and to always keep growing through practice and performance."
It's this fundamental vision guy learned early on that led him to studying music in school, then joining the United States Air Force band to step into the role of becoming a professional musician.
Guy currently lives and works in Honolulu, HI.
SPECIAL UPDATE!!!: Tavana will also be featuring his great friend and outstanding acoustic guitar player, Max Blake!
Max is back on island visiting from his current home in Seattle. His sound is similar to Don Ross & Andy McKee. You can check out his wicked skills on ReverbNation!
Tavana is excited to announce he will be featuring tenor saxophonist Reggie Padilla at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's on June 6th at p.m.
Padilla is recognized as one of the finest and most creative young players in Honolulu's vibrant jazz scene. He earned his degree in Classical Piano Performance from Long Island University at C.W. Post and his Master's of Music Education from NYU.
Relocating to Honolulu in 2007, Reggie has since produced his hit debut album 'Almost Home,' perfomed alongside such diverse artists like Japan's Eric Miyashiro and Yasuko Hayakawa, Canada's Dan Hill, Stephen Bishop, Yvonne Elliman, as a member of Honolulu's internationally acclaimed and award winning jazz group, Bop Tribal, and most recently with international voice sensation, 'Asia's Nightingale' Lani Misalucha.
The combination of Tavana and Reggie jamming out is going to be seriously off-the-charts good! Hope to see you all there!
Check out Reggie below:
And for a bit of fun, here he is surfing with a saxophone!...
Get on down to Luibueno's in Kapolei on Friday, June 2nd at 9 p.m. to hear a double header featuring both Tavana and Mike Love!!!
Two of the Oahu's most beloved musicians, Tavana and Mike graduated together from Kaiser High School and even toured on the mainland together many years ago. It's been a long time since they've performed together back-to-back, so this is one show you definitely don't want to miss!
Check out Mike Love below:
QUESTION: What's better than watching Tavana LIVE while eating Mexican food on a Friday night after a long week of work?
ANSWER: You guessed it - Absolutely nothing!
...Come on down to Luibueno's on Friday, May 26th at 9 p.m. to hear Tavana perform Live.!
His new album is set to be released in early July and this is the perfect opportunity to catch a sneak preview of some of his newest songs (including 'Aloha Spirit' and 'Island Days!')
Tavana is super excited to be featuring Yoza on May 23rd at 9 p.m. at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's!
Yoza began learning to play the ukulele at age 5 and by the time she turned 10 had performed with world renowned ukulele master, Roy Sakuma. Not being bound by one instrument she began playing saxophone at age 12, which eventually led to a full musical scholarship to Hawai'i Pacific University.
In 2013 Yoza released her highly anticipated debut album, self-titled 'Yoza.' For the album she received 3 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, taking home the award for 'R&B Album of the Year!'
In 2016, Yoza released her second album, 'Prologue,' which was recorded and mixed at the historic Carriage House Studios. Since then, Yoza has been performing at the Blue Note in Waikiki, headlining the Blue Mountain Ukelele Festival in Australia, and wowing her audiences with her rich, sultry vocals and groovy guitar licks.
Check her out below!
Tavana and Leon Mobley continue to take the island of Oahu by storm as they will again be collaborating on Friday, May 19th at Luibueno's in Kapolei at 9 p.m.
Leon Mobley is the percussionist for Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, as well as the founder of Da Lion and Djimbe West African Drummers and Dancers. In recent weeks he has twice joined Tavana on stage at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's and the results - as anyone who was there for either show can attest - were nothing short of epic!
Come on out on Friday night and catch what is sure to be another scorching hot show!!!