Jazz fest planned in Lahaina mid-April
LAHAINA – The Maui Jazz Society presents the Second Annual Front Street Jazz and Blues Walk Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15.
Bill Burton, president of the Maui Jazz Society, said the 2012 expanded event will be held in conjunction with Second Friday in Lahaina.
“The inaugural Front Street Jazz & Blues Walk went unbelievably well, with around 3,000 people attending concerts during the three-day event.,” Burton commented.
Featured artists will satisfy all manner of jazz aficionados and includes Marion Meadows; Hot Club of Hulaville; Kelly Covington and David Choy with Slam; Willie K; Benoit Jazz Works; Fulton Tashombe’s Maui All-Star Jazz Band; Phil Smith and the “Gentlemen of Jazz;” R.E. Metoyer Blues, Rock & Soul Revue; Sam Ahia Quartet; Soul Congress featuring Clay Mortensen; Mike Buono, John Zangrando, Shiro Mori and Doug White; Ono Grimes; Bob Jones & The Drive; Latin Jazz Messengers; Sal Godinez and Bob Harrison; and Lahainaluna Jazz Band.
This year’s participating venues along the historic Front Street corridor include Longhi’s, Blue Lagoon, The Pioneer Inn, Captain Jacks, Campbell Park, Hard Rock Cafe, Kimo’s and Maui Grown Coffee.
The opening night lineup is smart and lively.
The Pioneer Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. features the Hot Club of Hulaville, the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning artists for their Jazz Album of the Year, “Django Would Go!”
Longhi’s has two shows on the 13th.
Mike Bouno, John Zangrando, Shiro Mori and Doug White are the featured performers for the early evening performance from 6 to 8 p.m.
David Choy & Slam play from 9 to 11 p.m.
The Latin Jazz Messengers play at Hard Rock Cafe from 8 to 11 p.m.
Bob Jones & The Drive are on stage at Captain Jacks from 8 to 10 p.m.
The Blue Lagoon performers, Benoit Jazz Works, will play from 4 to 6 p.m.
Willie K is the featured artist at Kimo’s, entertaining the crowd from 9 to 11 p.m.
Campbell Park musicians are Phil Smith and the Gentlemen of Jazz, performing from 6 to 8 p.m.
The bill of fare for Saturday night is equally appetizing.
Fulton Tashombe’s Maui All-Star Jazz Band will capture the audience at the Pioneer Inn from 6 to 9 p.m.
The lineup at Longhi’s includes Slam, Marion Meadows & After Party with Hot Club of Hulaville.
The Soul Congress featuring Clay Mortensen takes the stage at Hard Rock from 5 to 7 p.m.
On stage at Blue Lagoon from 4 to 6 p.m. are Sal Godinez and Bob Harrison.
The Lahainaluna Jazz Band will perform at Maui Grown Coffee Company from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
The Sunday night venue for all performances is at Banyan Tree Park with R.E. Metoyer Blues, Rock & Soul Revue and the Sam Ahia Quartet.
Most of the performances are free-of-charge.
For further information, contact Bill Burton, President of the Maui Jazz Society at Sir Wilfred’s in Lahaina.