homepage logo

Free Hawaiian Music Series concert to feature tribute to the Cruz brothers

By Staff | Oct 20, 2016

John Cruz has performed for the president, is a favorite stage partner of Jack Johnson, and continues to perform with his musical siblings as well as the Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning group The Rough Riders with Henry Kapono and Brother Noland.

LAHAINA – Popular recording artist John Cruz and musician Tony Cruz, paying tribute to the music of their late brothers, Guy Cruz and Ernie Cruz Jr., will be featured at Lahaina Restoration Foundation’s free monthly Hawaiian Music Series concert on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in front of the Baldwin Home Museum at the corner of Dickenson and Front streets in Lahaina.

Born into one of the great musical families of Hawaii nei, John is a ki ho’alu (slack key) master known for his soulful vocals and unique acoustic style.

He has released two Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning albums, “Acoustic Soul” (1996) and “One of These Days” (2007).

He was named the Best Singer-Songwriter by Hawaii Magazine in 2008, and Honolulu Magazine recognized his second album as one of the Top 25 Greatest Hawaii Albums of the New Century in 2012. He is preparing to release a new CD.

Tony’s musical inspiration comes from his father, brothers and sisters. He has performed professionally with all of his brothers.

Ernie was a founding member of the Ka’au Crater Boys with Troy Fernandez. The duo recorded four hit albums in the 1990s, then Ernie went on to a successful solo career.

Between 1999 and 2001, Guy was a member of the band Coln along with ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, percussionist Lopaka Coln and bassist Andrew McLellan. Guy released a solo CD in 1998.

The brothers passed away in September within days of each other.

Get a “lucky I live Hawaii” moment during this laid-back outdoor concert.

Limited seating is provided; blankets, mats and low beach chairs are welcome.

The ongoing Hawaiian Music Series program is sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Maui Office of Economic Development and The Outlets of Maui with support from KPOA-FM.

For more information, call the Lahaina Restoration Foundation office at 661-3262, see LahainaRestoration.org/events or visit Facebook.com/LahainaRestoration.