Great music from here and beyond at Blue Note Hawaii

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The Blue Note Hawaii club at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort continues to offer an appealing mix of solid local talent and established national and international acts the Blue Note name can only attract.

This month's schedule favors Hawaii talent in the first half of May, followed by an interesting and eclectic mix of acts to finish out the month.

Shows are at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Here's our picks (to see the entire month's schedule, click here):

Keauhou and Friends / Thursday, May 11

An evening of traditional Hawaiian sounds anchored by the musicianship and vocals of Kamehameha School graduates Kahanuola Solatorio and the Lum brothers Nicholas and Zachary.

Danny and Nicholas Kaleikini / Tuesday, May 16

The veteran "Ambassador of Aloha" and his talented grandson return to the Waikiki showroom to play their collaborative work that's been released on two EPs "Aloooha" and "Mahaaalo" (said in the distinctive, friendly baritone of the elder Kaleikini). The combination of Danny's charisma with Nick's savvy, classically trained skills makes for a fun evening of island sounds.

War / Thursday-Sunday, May 18-21

The California street funk band has been a longtime island favorite with baby-boomers since the early 1970s, with hits like "All Day Music," "Slippin' Into Darkness," "The Cisco Kid," "The World Is a Ghetto," "Me and Baby Brother" and "Why Can't We Be Friends."

Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band / Wednesday, May 24

The singer kicks off her interisland tour with this Oahu date. Best-known for her sultry 1974 pop hit "Midnight at the Oasis," Muldaur is on the road in support of her latest album "Steady Love." She continues to mine her unique blend of blues, R&B and swamp funk straight from the Big Easy.

And now two veteran bands making their anticipated Hawaii debuts:

The New Mastersounds / Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27

Straight from the soulful hotbed of northern England comes this established fusion jazz 'n' funk band known for their killer live shows.


Living Colour (pictured) / Friday-Sunday, May 28-30

One of the more distinctive and versatile hard-rock acts of the late 1980s who won a Grammy for their blistering song "Cult of Personality." Labeled "funk metal pioneers" by Rolling Stone magazine, the original killer lineup remains intact with vocal frontman Corey Glover, the brilliant guitarist Vernon Reid and drummer Will Calhoun, and joined by veteran bassist Doug Wimbish.

For more information about Blue Note Hawaii, click here.

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