TAVANA is incredibly excited to be featuring legendary, powerhouse musicians - Brother Noland and Leon Mobley - on Tuesday, November 6th at Hawaiian Brian's in Honolulu, HI!
Brother Noland has had a legendary career that has influenced the Hawaiian music scene forever. Known to many as the "Father of Jawaiian Music," Brother Noland is perhaps most widely-known for his song, "Coconut Girl" which many believe is the first true example of the fusion of Hawaiian and Reggae music and was featured in the comedy film, 'Pineapple Express.' He is fluid on both Slack Key and standard guitars and is the winner of the State of Hawaii's "Lifetime Achievement in Music" award in 2014, as well as numerous Na Hoku Hanohano Awards including Best Reggae Album.
Leon Mobley is a percussionist and drummer, a member of Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, and is the founder and artistic and musical director of Da Lion and Djimbe West African Drummers and Dancers. He has also worked and recorded with Damian Marley and Nas, and was a child actor on the PBS Television show 'Zoom' (1973).
There will also be a number of other special guest artists at this one-of-a-kind POWERHOUSE showcase of some of Hawaii's very best musicians. Come on down for an incredible night of music after casting your ballots and let's all celebrate on November 6th!!!
Cover is $10 at the door or online PRESALE for $5: Click Here
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LABOR DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION!!!
Friday, August 31st marks the beginning of Labor Day Weekend - no work 'til Tuesday. Time to raise a glass, toast a fantastic summer and revel in the glow of one of the most festive holiday periods of the year. What better place to get your spirit soaring than The Lanai at Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach? Big, beautiful deck perched high above Waikiki, the sun, moon and stars beaming above and Tavana immersing all in soul-stirring sounds. A musical / community experience that's as good as it gets in our book. And there's a cherry on top. Singer-songwriter / playwright / actress, Lucie Lynch, joins Tavana on-stage this Friday.
About Lucie: Raised in Germany, Lynch's theatrical background is readily apparent in her music. Having studied both theatre and music at Schauspiel Studio in Hamburg, Lynch went on to write, produce and perform a one-woman musical, 'Gabrielle's Universe' (the story of a neurotic secretary who marries her typewriter in search of true love), across Germany before landing in Honolulu where she co-wrote, produced and performed the award-winning musical, 'Money Talks: But What The Hell Is It Saying?' This theatrical immersion has served Lynch well in her music with her sweet voice telling stories in beautiful, captivating fashion.
A soaring pau hana Friday is just around the corner. We've had lots of big crowds throughout the summer. Looking forward to another full house overflowing with energy. Come get your holiday weekend started off right!
As always, admission is free. Plus, there's free valet & self parking with $20 food and/or beverage purchase.
Then, on Saturday, September 1st, Tavana will be playing a double-header in Kailua at both Lanikai Brewing Company's all-day 1 year Anniversary Party of craft brew pub 'Tap & Barrel' at 7 p.m. in the outdoor festival lot, and then goes on for a full rock show at 9:30 p.m. at nearby Boardrider's Bar & Grill!
In what will undoubtedly be one of the hottest shows of the year, Tavana will be returning to his old stomping grounds at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's on Tuesday, August 7th and will be featuring a tremendous line-up of some of the island's very best musicians including: Stephen Inglis, Taimane, Thunderstorm Artis, Chris Chorney, Keith Batlin, Tommy Osuna, Zach Gray, and more!!!
Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins promptly at 8:30.
Tickets are $10 at the door or can be purchased online (here) for a special presale price of $5!
About the Featured Artists
Tavana is a multi-instrumentalist from Honolulu, HI who uses electronic drum triggers to lay down a variety of grooves with his feet to accompany himself while playing guitar and singing soulful, island-inspired Rock and Blues.
Tavana has performed and recorded with Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, Henry Kapono, John Cruz, and Leon Mobley (Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals), and has been the supporting act for Alabama Shakes, Shakey Graves, Xavier Rudd, Jenny Lewis, Julian Marley, and Kaleo to name just a few. His 4th album, 'Aloha Spirit' was recently nominated for a Na Hoku Hano Hano Award for Best Contemporary Album of the Year. Tavana is on tour this Summer excitedly sharing his musical aloha on the US Mainland, Japan, and Canada.
About the Featured Artists
Tavana returns to Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach this Friday, June 29th for a special edition of his weekly ‘Soul Sessions’ residency. After spending last weekend performing on the east coast at Wanderlust Stratton, Tavana’s got the summer buzz and is amped to take it to 11 at this Friday’s ‘Summer Celebration’ in Waikiki.
Tavana will perform from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and feature guitar wizard Zach Gray as well as the wickedly good jazz saxophonist Jabari Prevost. The wading pool and hot tub are open throughout the night. After the show, there will be a summer fashion show and prize giveaways including round-trip inter-island airfare for two! To enter, simply walk in the door at Hyatt Centric this Friday between 6pm and 8:30pm. Every attendee 18 and over gets one entry and bonus entries will be awarded for showing off your best summer attire and spirit.
At 9 p.m., a Silent Disco takes over The Lanai at Hyatt Centric featuring mix masters DJ Mr. Nick and Jerome James, plus a Cosmic Playlist (three streams for listeners to choose from).
Admission is FREE and valet/self-parking is also FREE with $25 food and/or beverage purchase! $15 rental fee for Silent Disco headphones.
Summer is officially here. Time to kick it into High Gear with Tavana this Friday!!
About the Featured Artists
FREE ADMISSION / FREE VALIDATED PARKING / ONO EATS
● Free admission
● Free valet & self parking with $25 food and/or beverage purchase
● Silent Disco headphone rental: $15 rental fee for use of silent disco headphones
● Full dinner menu available at restaurant and lanai tables until 10pm + reserved seating available in restaurant via OpenTable.
Click link to make reservation: https://www.opentable.co.th/r/the-lanai-hyatt-centric-waikiki-beach-honolulu
Tavana is super excited to be featuring Alyssa Jacey at the Hyatt Centric on Friday, June 8th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Alyssa Jacey is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from San Diego, CA who has been living in Nashville since 2012. In her 14 years as a professional musician, Jacey has released 8 albums, performed over 2,000 live shows, toured internationally, performed for the San Diego Padres, and has opened for Bruno Mars, Andy Grammar, Lisa Loeb, Paula Cole, Shawn Colvin, PEPPER, Bob Marley's The Wailers, and many more.
Check out Alyssa below!
Tavana is super excited to be performing at Carlos de Almeida's 60th Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 2nd at Jazz Minds in Waikiki!
Carlos has been living in Hawaii for the last 34 years and surfing at Pipeline for nearly as long. He is also a die hard live music fan and strong supporter of local artists. This show is a chance for all to come and have a celebration that marries Carlos' interests in music and surfing while providing the public with an awesome show!
The show will include an acoustic performance beginning at 7 p.m. with Clay Campania and Tori Brooklyn, followed by Tavana who will be performing from 8:00-10:00 p.m. Afterwards, there will be a showing of a short film of Carlos and friends surfing 2nd reef Pipe back in '88! And then Clay Campania and Band will come on to finish the night out from 10:30-1:30!
...This is definitely one show you DO NOT WANT TO MISS!!!
About the Artists
Tavana A one-man band from Honolulu, HI who uses electronic drum triggers to lay down a variety of grooves with his feet to accompany himself on guitar, banjo, lap steel, or ukulele, while singing soulful, island-inspired Rock and Blues. Tavana has been the supporting act for Shakey Graves, Alabama Shakes, Xavier Rudd, and Kaleo (to name just a few) and has performed and/or recorded alongside Eddie Vedder,John Cruz, Barry Flanagan, Leon Mobley, Chris Chorney and others. Tavana's 2017 Album, 'Aloha Spirit' on which he features Leon Mobley (Djembe, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals), was nominated for a Na Hoku Hano Hano Award for Best Contemporary Album of the Year.
Clay Campania Originally born in Honolulu, Clay Campania is an absolutely unbelievable blues and rock guitar player who as a member of the hit band 'Friends of Adam' opened for AEROSMITH, Sheryl Crow, and Pablo Cruise on the way to a top 10 national ranking of Hard Rock Cafe's Battle of the Bands in 2010! Campania moved to Austin, TX in 2010 and performed with the eponymous group, the 'Clay Campania Band' for a number of years and is now back on Oahu between tours. John Heckathorn, editor of Honolulu Magazine wrote: "When Campania picks up his guitar, he channels Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn."
Tori Brooklyn Tori lives in Hawaii and has performed with the Hawaii Roots Reggae group 'Ashtafari Music'.
About the Guest of Honor
Carlos "I always dreamed to surf & live in Hawaii, and after a lot of hard work and persistence, the Good Lord provided me an opportunity & I have done all I can do to honor the privilege of the chance to live in this beautiful place with the good people that live here. I feel truly blessed and fortunate to complete 34 years in Hawaii where our family flourished & I was able to form lasting friendships.
I came to the Island in Jan of 1984 & first time I surfed in Hawaii was a small Pipeline day w/ a borrowed board from a guy I just met on the beach, who became a good fried, and together in 1988 we organized the 1st 10' Plus Brazilian Nuts Invitational at Pipeline, where the Hawaiians allowed an all Brazilian contest at Pipeline.
The short video here is one wave ridden by me, but there are better ones in the 4 minute intro I'll show at the party. Hope to see everyone there!"
The Henry Kapono Foundation has officially launched!!!
To raise funds for the foundation whose mission is "to support and strengthen our community through music and the arts and by giving with Aloha," Henry Kapono is in collaboration with First Hawaiian Bank (FHB) to release "The Songs of C&K" featuring Hawaii's rising musical stars on re-recordings of the classic songs of Cecilio & Kapono (C&K).
The album will be available in both CD - and vinyl! - at all First Hawaiian Bank branches throughout Hawaii, Guam, and Saipan beginning in July 2018 with net proceeds going to the Henry Kapono Foundation.
Tavana was honored and humbled to be a part of this project recording one of the classic hits alongside featured artists and local phenoms: Lopaka Colon, John Hawes, and Ethan Capone.
"I'm just blown away humbled and so grateful to be part of this project. Giving back is what its all about and per usual Henry Kapono is showing us younger musicians the right way to do things. He's been a hero of mine for as long as I can remember, so to be a part of this and to help support the Henry Kapono Foundation in this way is just truly touching." - Tavana
The CD Release will conclude with the 3rd Henry Kapono & Friends concert at the Waikiki Shell on Saturday, August 25, 2018. Tickets available at Ticketmaster starting in early June.
For more, see: The Henry Kapono Foundation
Tavana feels beyond honored to be performing at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show on Saturday, May 19th at the Hawaii Convention Center!
The Na Hoku Hanohano Awards are Hawaii's version of the Grammy's and are held once a year to honor and recognize Hawaii's top musicians and sound experts.
Along with Tavana you can expect to get to watch some pretty amazing live music from other nominated artists, as well as special guests, including Josh Totofi, Kimie Miner, and Kapena! Tune in to Live Stream the show or watch it Live on Hawaii's very own KFVE at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to his performance at the awards show, Tavana's 2017 Album, 'Aloha Spirit' has been nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year!
If you haven't yet listened to the album you can order a CD at www.tavana808.com or stream on iTunes and Spotify.
That's right Eastside!!!
...Tavana will be performing at Boardriders in Kailua on Saturday, March 31st at 10 p.m.!
Tavana: "This is the first time I've played on the Windward side for a public show in years and years! I'm so stoked! Can't wait to go all out for my Eastside Ohana!"
This will probably be the last chance to catch Tavana in Kailua until Fall '18 as he is off on tour this summer to Japan and the US Mainland!
Make sure to drop in around 9:30 to get a good spot. Place is fixin' to be packed!
Hope to see you all there!