A cool collection of Hawai'i's "golden gods and goddesses" will once again present a "Whole Lotta Love" for legendary rock band Led Zeppelin during the ZEPTEMBER concert event on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Mulligan's On the Blue.
Experienced bass man Shawn Michael is back to steer the backbeat with gifted drummer Josh Greenbaum, and they'll welcome an assorted mix of island talents to the big stage in Wailea for ZEPTEMBER III.
"I get chills thinking of how awesome the show will be this year," said Shawn, the returning musical director. "From a vocals standpoint, we have some of Maui's most respected, capable, and in some ways, feared sing-ers--some well-known, while others are about to become the talk of the town."
“Then as it was, then again it will be… ” ZEPTEMBER has taken over the Valley Isle every September since its birth in 2010, and though the course may change sometimes, the extraordinary rock show never disappoints its sold-out crowds at Mulligan’s On the Blue. Join them for another fantastic voyage during ZEPTEMBER III on Saturday, Sept. 22. Keep tabs on the excellent Maui talents invited to celebrate all things Zeppelin this year at www.facebook.com/zepmaui. See “ZEPTEMBER III” on this page for complete details.
Photo: Jessica Pearl Photography
The exceptional pipes of songstresses Deborah Vial, Sebrina Barron and Jessica Rabbitt will once again dazzle attendees, and vocal forces such as Joy Fields and Tempa Singer will grace the stage for the first time.
"I'm honored to have these ladies on the bill, and if anyone has ever tried to sing a Zeppelin tune knows, it's no easy feat to duplicate the full-throated range of Robert Plant," said Shawn. "He didn't use falsetto, but belted notes in the range of a soprano at top volume and is a complete freak of nature."
With this being the third time around for the ZEPTEMBER rock show, organizers have had the pleasure of fine-tuning the experience for concert-goers. They guarantee an outstanding evening at Mulligan's in celebration of all things Zeppelin.
Dexterous axe men such as Nils Rosenblad, Phil Ellison and Chris Sendrey will return to honor one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Jimmy Page. Expect some double-neck guitar action within the show, and a few special string and singing surprises that will blow attendees away.
ZEPTEMBER III will also showcase the future of Maui's rock scene by welcoming bodacious teen talent such as Tristan Rucynski and Luke Broadbent.
"The guitarists and I have been exchanging tablature in an attempt to recreate the proper chord 'voicings' and the almost-subliminal riffs Jimmy Page was so well-known for," said Shawn. "Remember, on the albums there are multiple guitar tracks, and ZEPTEMBER's players onstage are discovering ways to recreate that with sometimes only one guitar."
Your energetic emcee for the evening is yours truly, Trish da Dish, and Village Audio & Lighting will provide the production aesthetics and sound.
"As musical director, what you see is the fun part onstage, which is getting to jam each one of these tunes on the bass with musicians I have the utmost respect for and am honored to perform alongside of," said Shawn. "What you don't see is the two months behind the scenes wrangling and mapping out of logistics, promotions, musicians and tunes. And then there are the rehearsals. Have you ever been able to get nearly 40 musicians on the same page doing the same thing at the same time?"
Besides rocking out in honor of Zeppelin, the best part of ZEPTEMBER is being able to give back to the Maui 'ohana each year. A portion of this year's proceeds will benefit such wonderful keiki organizations as the Kihei Youth Center and the Pa'ia Youth & Cultural Center.
"Seeing the tangible positive impacts the previous years have had on the individuals' financial needs has inspired us to reach even higher and benefit not just one individual, but the entire community," said Shawn.
"We're Gonna Groove" once again during an epic evening of Led Zeppelin music on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Mulligan's during ZEPTEMBER III, presented by KAOI FM, Scuba Shack, Cycle City Maui and Kiwi Car Care. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the show blasts off at sunset, around 6:30 p.m.
This is a 21-and-over only show, and attendees must present a valid identification upon entry. Tickets are $25 at the door. Presale tickets are now available for $20 at Mulligan's in Wailea; 808 Deli and Just Wing It in Kihei; Requests Music in Wailuku; Maui Coffee Roasters in Kahului; Alice in Hulaland in Pa'ia; and Westside Vibes in Lahaina. You can also grab presale online via www.zeptembermaui.com and keep up with all the "Zeptomaniacs" performing this year at www.facebook.com/zepmaui.
Listen to KAOI all month, as Penny Lane (Ruth O'Keefe) and I, Trish da Dish, will be giving away tickets to the biggest music event of the year--ZEPTEMBER III!