This week, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC) offers the Maui audience a smorgasbord of musical entertainment: a wide variety of tastes and interests not often offered at the same time and same place on this one small island! This is practically urban!
On Thursday, Nov. 14, a high-profile concert reigns in the Castle Theater--Boz Scaggs, a man of sizable talent and reputation as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Scaggs' unique voice and trademark sound reveal an abiding respect for the spectrum of American roots music, as heard throughout his explorations in blues and R&B, rock and jazz ("Lido Shuffle," "We're All Alone"). His career is marked by the ultimate triumvirate of success--critical acclaim, a loyal fan base and the respect of fellow musicians.
Call quickly for tickets! This one will sell out!
It’s is not your granny’s piano music! Enjoy Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, classical pianists with an edge, in the Castle Theater on Sunday, Nov. 17.
A different demographic will be pleased to hear about the concert with Odd Future on Friday, Nov. 15, also in the Castle Theater. Odd Future is described as "a 10-member cult rap collective" from Los Angeles. Core members Earl Sweatshirt, Mike G, Left Brain, Hodgy Beats and Tyler the Creator started making music with collaborators Taco, Matt Martians, Domo Genesis, Syd and Jasper Dolphin in 2007. Since then, the crew's sense of humor and confrontational subject matter has earned them a huge underground following. (This one carries a language advisory.)
Stepping off a different brink, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo are classical pianists with an edge. They offer exuberant interpretations of both classical works and contemporary songs, set with dramatic flair. They will perform on two pianos in the Castle Theater on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. This dynamic duo is something to watch, and a joy to hear. It's is not your granny's piano music!
On Sunday evening, a different set of musicians takes the stage in Yokouchi Pavilion at 6 p.m. Slightly Stoopid from San Diego, with guest star Barrington Levy. This band (with what might be the favorite name of the year) describes their music as a fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk. Jamaican reggae/dancehall artist Levy as been cited as an influence on the Slightly Stoopid oeuvre, so this concert may represent a collaboration of generations, as well as genres.
Although more than music, the performance by Slam Poetry Champion Marc Bamuthi Joseph on Wednesday, Nov. 20, incorporates narration, imagery, music and movement in the way the story unfolds in this performance piece, titled "The Spoken World." Through a method best defined as "choreo-poem," MBJ articulates the story of achieving manhood in the United States through the lens of hip hop, global travel, and urban environmental health, pulling in pieces of his work as seen in "red, black and GREEN: a blues and Word Becomes Flesh." If you missed Marc last time he was at The MACC, don't let the opportunity fly by again. It's powerful stuff!
Tickets for all of these shows are available online and at The MACC Box Office, book online at MauiArts.org or call 242-SHOW (7469) Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.