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ZEPTEMBER!

Spirited show returns to rock Wailea.

September 8, 2011
Trisha Smith

The courageous individuals transformed Mulligan’s On the Blue on Sept. 24, 2010, into a gritty, sonically-soaked rock club experience. Creative minds respectfully worked in sync to help a special friend in need, extend appreciation of Zeppelin’s ingenuity and maintain Maui’s heartbeat.

Personal finesse touched much of ZEPTEMBER 2010: guitarist Tom Conway’s thrilling dexterity and Zoso riffs; Erin Smith’s fiery gusto on D’yer Mak’er; Kanoa Kukaua’s merciful exhilaration on No Quarter; and a rockin’ couple’s Bron-Y-Aur Stomp.

Zeppelin’s drum machine, John “Bonzo” Bonham, “checked out early,” 30 years to the day of Maui’s inauguration in 2010. But his brilliance lives on, just like the band’s mystique and album-oriented rock concepts, and just as ZEPTEMBER! remains here. Pros left egos at the door, rising stars shined and new fans surfaced last year, and “thanks to you, it will be done” again.

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“Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you groove... ” A collection of Hawai‘i’s monster musicians return to rock out Mulligan’s On the Blue on Saturday, Sept. 24, during the epic concert experience, ZEPTEMBER! Music Director Shawn Michael (left) and drum wizard Josh Greenbaum provide the backbeat all night as they welcome a rotating lineup of vivacious talents, such as vocalist Joette Burke and guitarist Nils Rosenblad (right). Keep tabs on all the action at www.facebook.com/zepmaui.

Photo: Howerphoto.com

Hawai‘i’s own “golden gods” and goddesses will harmonize a Whole Lotta Love for Zeppelin on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Mulligan’s during ZEPTEMBER! Music Director Shawn Michael’s elusive charm and bass rhythms will steer the backbeat with drummer Josh Greenbaum’s marveled madness throughout the concert.

ZEPTEMBER!’s “monster” 2011 lineup includes over 30 musicians and vocalists, welcoming back forces such as rock god and organizer Murray Thorne and left-handed slayer Phil Ellison. Some fresh voices have joined the fun, including Sebrina Barron, Lia Live! and O‘ahu’s Kasi Nunes.

“It’s more like a Zeppelin concert by Maui musicians, paying respect to the classics and deep cuts,” said Shawn. “Witnessing the flow of this finely-tuned, quick-paced show is reason enough to attend.”

“We’re walking the talk, and putting on another killer rock show,” said organizer Scott Johnson of Dogtowne Design.

Epic Lighting will illuminate ZEPTEMBER!, while Rizzo Pacific Staging provides a new level. Village Audio steadies the sonic vibes, and presenter A Hui Hou Tattoo has some exciting ink packages.

A portion of the proceeds benefit 27-year-old Erin Fulton of Maui to help alleviate bills from her battle with breast cancer. Johanna D’Autremont describes her close friend as a “ray of light… a friend of everyone.” “Erin is sunshine… it’s hard to watch her struggle,” she said.

Organizers hope to shine a light Erin’s way on Sept. 24 at Mulligan’s during ZEPTEMBER! Doors open—and stay open—at 6 p.m., and we blast off at 7 p.m. And yours truly, Trish “da Dish” Smith, returns as emcee and “stage sister.”

“We considered original challenges, and have secured a better experience for all avid concertgoers,” said Shawn.

 
 

 

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