Tavana & taimane - lei day celebration - double header CONCERT!
On Wednesday, May 1, Tavana and Taimane join forces to celebrate Lei Day at Blue Note Hawaii with a special double-header performance!
Taimane and her band perform at 6:30 p.m. with Tavana sitting in as a special guest. Then, at 9:00 p.m., Tavana takes over the stage with his full scale production featuring his wide array of stringed instruments (Hawaiian lap steel, acoustic guitar, ukulele and banjo) along with his arsenal of foot pedals (electronic drums). During Tavana’s concert, Taimane will join as special guest.
A lei maker will be onsite at both shows with beautiful floral creations of all shapes, colors and styles available for purchase adding a special vibrancy to the evening.
Yesterday & Today: May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii Nei, a nearly 100 year old practice that sees residents and visitors across the state make extra effort to share aloha through the giving of flower lei. This year, Blue Note Hawaii adds a new leaf to this long standing tradition by presenting two separate concerts in one special night by two of Hawaii’s fastest rising stars, Taimane and Tavana.
Both artists are Oahu residents (born and raised), of Polynesian descent (hapa Samoan) and recognized for their great virtuoso talents *and* big hearts. The cherry on top comes in the form of the energy that emanates whenever these two come together on stage. Kindred spirits, Taimane and Tavana have a longtime friendship that epitomizes the collaborative, fun loving spirit of Hawaii’s island culture and fills every room with light.
“Waikiki has a long history with Hawaii music and culture and continues to be a central
piece of every up and coming artist’s career,” says Tavana. “It’s the perfect place for a Lei Day concert, and I’m honored to be part of Blue Note Hawaii’s big celebration. Can’t wait to pull out all the stops for this one and turn up the heat with Taimane.”
“Waikiki is a special place for me, the birthplace of my career busking on the street starting at age 10 and by age13, performing with Don Ho every week,” shares Taimane. “Stoked to return to my Hawaii musical ‘home’ for Lei Day and excited about jamming some songs with Tavana!”
We hope you will all come out and join us for a very special Lei Day celebration, Wednesday, May 1st!
6:30 p.m. Show: Taimane with Special Guest Tavana
9:00 p.m. Show: Tavana with Special Guest Taimane
By age 13, Taimane landed a position in Don Ho’s show literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing. Fast forward to today, and you have an artist who tours the world and has carved out a unique niche in music merging a wide array of genres, from Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, summoning a seemingly limitless palette of emotions via an instrument previously viewed as a restricted device.
Tavana is back at Crossroads Hawaiian Brian's on Thursday, March 14th featuring drummer Mark Lindberg and bassist Ian Sheridan in a new concept group called 'Tavana Electric' where Tavana stands up - leaving his drum pedal board behind - and freely moves around the stage gathering momentum and energy as he goes, putting on a positively electric performance!
Mark Lindberg is originally from the Pacific Northwest, but moved to Honolulu to study classical percussion at UH Manoa in 2002. Since then he has since performed with numerous groups and artists across Hawaii including Willie K, Yoza, Blayne Asing, Evan Khay, and many others. He also recorded alongside Tavana on Tavana's 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award nominated album, 'Aloha Spirit.' When not performing, Mark teaches music and works as an audio engineer.
Ian Sheridan is a professional bassist, producer and mixing engineer who played bass with Jason Mraz for 8 years, touring the world and performing on multiple Grammy award winning tracks and albums. He is currently based on Oahu where he maintains a production studio that has produced and engineered award winning music for Left Hand Smoke and others. He also performs with his band, Richie Aldente, that tours regionally and has received national radio play.
Check out Mark Lindberg and Ian Sheridan below, and don't forget to get your tickets so you don't miss this rocking first unveiling of 'Tavana Electric!'
TAVANA is back at world-famous Charley's in Paia, Maui on Saturday, February 16th at 9 p.m. and will be featuring Pat Simmons, Jr. and Tom Conway in a special performance you won't want to miss!
Pat Simmons, Jr. who will be the night's opening act, was born and raised on Maui, and is the son of the legendary Doobie Brother, Pat Simmons. He has performed or opened for Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Jack Johnson, Mike Love, The Wailers, Chicago, Gregg Allman, Don Felder of the Eagles, Steve Earle, Dave Mason, and Trevor Hall. Pat performs several shows a week whether on tour or on Maui.
Tom Conway who will then be joining Tavana on stage for several songs together has performed with such legendary musicians as Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Willie K, and others, including Pat Simmons, Sr. Tom currently lives on Maui and between performances teaches music and guitar.
Check out Pat Simmons, Jr., Tom Conway, and Tavana below!!!
That's right folks!!! Tavana and Dave Edery are bringing back to life their thunderous rock duo - Loco Mojo - for a special one-off performance on Thursday, December 20th at 8 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 on and off together ever since. Beginning in 2011, Tavana and Dave began performing occasionally together under the name 'Loco Mojo' that quickly created a cult following and had a much-storied last concert at King's Pub several years ago in a farewell show that is still talked about in the Honolulu underground music scene. The pair joined back up for a single show in Summer of 2017 at Crossroads and the two rocked the place to the ground...the applause from which still echoes in Honolulu's much beloved live music venue.
And now, they are back to do it again - two of Hawaii's hottest guitar players and childhood friends - ready to share with fans their certain special kind of loco mojo.
When these two are together magical things happen and you definitely don't want to miss it!
Tickets are available online here.
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!