March 23rd - 25th • 2017 • Lahaina • MauiUncle Willie K is bringing his bluefest to "The Blues Capital of the Pacific", Lahaina, Maui!
March 23 – Free Concert in Lahaina Town
Free concert celebrating the blues – under the Banyan tree in Lahaina town
March 24 – VIP party
VIP Meet and Greet party at Fleetwoods on Front Street in Lahaina
March 25 – Main Event – Lahaina Civic Center
Outdoors at the Lahaina Civic Center will be the main event, featuring our 2017 lineup and special guests
2017 Uncle Willie K BBQ Bluesfest Lineup
Featuring Uncle Willie K and the Warehouse Blues band and special guests
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Eric Sardinas and Bad Motor
Kings of Spade
And more special guests to be announced
“Phenomenal and funky…soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” –Washington Post
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Night after night, Tommy Castro, a fierce and fiery road warrior, fervently delivers his driving, blues-soaked, soul-baring music to fans all over the world. The road is where he honed his guitar playing to a razor’s edge. It’s where he learned how to captivate an audience with his intensely passionate vocals and his memorable songs, licks and grooves. It’s where he learned to turn his band into a dynamic, high-performance engine, able to bring down the house with a soulful ballad and then bring fans to their feet with a blistering blues rocker. In the words of Blues Revue, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”
Over the course of his four-decade career, Castro has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. He has released 14 albums filled with original blues, soul and West Coast rock, each one standing alone. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers (currently featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and leave critics searching for new words of praise. Billboard says the band plays “irresistible contemporary blues-rock” with “street-level grit and soul.” Now, with Method To My Madness, the group turns the intensity up another notch.
Eric Sardinas and Bad Motor
Slide guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Sardinas has a reputation for packing intensity into his live performances. Since the late-90s’ Sardinas has taken the stage thousands of times across the globe, with audiences growing exponentially each passing year. His six albums have displayed a distinct style that musically pushes the boundaries of rock and blues, and the world has taken notice.
Now Sardinas has put his onstage lighting in a bottle for the new album Sticks & Stones, an 11-song powerhouse of his trademark slide guitar that is a vehicle to drive his inspiration from the roadhouse in to mainstream music. Sardinas’ unique mixture weaves his heavy blues and rock threads in to a flamethrower to the listener and takes them on a ride encompassing the past, present and future of what music is meant to be.
“Playing with intensity all over the world non-stop and loving every minute of it has been my inspiration,” Sardinas explains. “That’s why I get up in the morning and what I live for. Making music keeps me in the moment, allowing my heart to speak to people.”
More fans have heard that voice with each tour Sardinas and his band Big Motor have made, and with each of the previous six albums he’s recorded. Those discs include 2003’s live-in-the-studio Black Pearls, which was produced by Jimi Hendrix’s engineer Eddie Kramer, and 2009’s Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, helmed by Matt Gruber.
His instrument of choice is his signature electrified resonator guitar (pictured above). Sardinas modernized an instrument made famous by traditional Blues artists in electrifying the instrument, and expanding the usual spectrum of what these guitars historically deliver musically. It is Eric’s connection and homage to his roots, and in finding his own voice, comes the electrified resonator. His trademark expression and words to live by are “Respect Tradition,” and the resonator is a deep part of this.
Co-founder of the enormously successful band Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood has played on some of the most successful rock albums of all time.
Fleetwood started as a drummer in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. In 1967, with fellow Bluesbreakers John McVie and Peter Green, he formed Fleetwood Mac, who gained a reputation as one of England’s finest blues groups.
They won acclaim for their raw blues numbers and songs such as ‘Black Magic Woman’. In 1969, they reached number 1 with their instrumental ‘Albatross’. In 1974 Fleetwood hired English singer Christine Perfect and Californian singer-songwriters (and couple) Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Soon, they were back on form, with a more commercial sound.
Their 1975 album, ‘Fleetwood Mac’ was big, but nothing compared to its 1977 follow-up, ‘Rumours’.
Containing the classics ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Go Your Own Way’ and ‘Dreams’, it shot the band into superstardom. His band’s record became, and remained, one of the biggest albums ever.
Kapena, considered to be one of Hawaii’s premier island bands has more than 20 Island Music CD’s to their credit. Although the band has been through some changes, its founding member, Kelly Boy De Lima is still the band leader. Kapena continues to be an institution that embraces what islanders fell in love with when fans first heard the unique sound of their “electrifying” Kapena music. In the early 2000’s, Kelly Boy introduced Hawaii to the next generation of Kapena, his three children—Kapena, Kalena and Lilo. With the next generation came a new, fresh Kapena sound. Kelly Boy’s three children have gained success of their own, writing new original music and being nominated and winning multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards. This new Kapena band offers a diverse new package for the old diehard Kapena fans as well as a new generation of Kapena fans.
Kings of Spade
KINGS OF SPADE are a high-energy, shameless dancing, foot-stomping brand of Blues Rock’N’Roll. Fronting Kings of Spade is florescent-mohawked, Kasi Nunes, who’s fiery vocals recall a hybrid of soul queens Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. Always wanting to push the bar at live shows KOS is in constant collaboration with other performers including dancers, musicians, or niche visual artists. They won 1st Place in the 2014 & 2015 Honolulu Pulse Awards “Best Local Rock Band” category, but have always set their sights on National touring.
With music conceived in their hometown in Honolulu, Hawaii, KOS jumped at the opportunity to record in Nashville, TN with 2016 Grammy-winning producer, Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Rival Sons). With the help of a successfully over-funded Kickstarter project to raise funds to record with Cobb, KOS finished their 2nd self-titled album which has since been nominated for a 2015 Hoku award for Best Rock Album. In 2016 they completed multiple US mainland tours cris-crossing the country several times with prog icons King’s X.
The KINGS are no strangers to big audiences. Their energetic live show beat out 50 other competing bands to win the opening slot for Bon Jovi’s Circle Tour and has also landed them as the openers for other world-famous acts like King’s X, Deftones, Everclear, Pepper, and Mutemath. Their song “Boys In The Band” is featured on the film soundtrack for the Warner Brothers released Utopian Society.
Tavana is a multi-instrumentalist from Honolulu,HI with a bit more up his sleeve than your average one man band. Using electronic drum triggers, Tavana lays down a variety of grooves with his feet to accompany himself while playing and singing. This self-built pedal board looks like something out of Mad Max, and sounds as big as a stadium. Watching his feet is quite mesmerizing in and of itself. He switches between acoustic guitar, electric guitar, lapsteel, ukulele, banjo and a variety of effects and other gadgets with his hands. As if all of this wasn’t already enough to have you completely enthralled, he begins to sing. His voice is deep and smooth with rough edges in all the right places. The music is very bluesy with a hefty dose of rock but still somehow reminds you of Hawaii. He will often build the song to such a climax the terms “goosebumps” and “chicken skin” are often used to describe watching Tavana. To watch so expressively all these musical parts being played by one entity is what makes a Tavana show so different and so entertaining. Tavana has been the supporting act for artists like, Alabama Shakes, Shakey Graves, Xavier Rudd, Jenny Lewis, Julian Marley, Collie Buddz, Dead Prez, just to name a few. In 2009 Eddie Vedder, beloved front man of Pearl Jam, invited Tavana to sing “Hawaii 78”, a Hawaii anthem of sorts, with him at Eddie’s show at the Hawaii Theatre. “He’s more the exception than the rule, he is a great human and I’m glad to know him” says Vedder while introducing him to his audience. Eddie was so moved by their performance together he put it on a limited vinyl record given to 10,000 Pearl Jam fans. Tavana currently plays regularly at Hawaiian Brians and The Blue Note Hawaii while home in the islands. Tavana’s latest release “Kicking and Screaming” in 2014 is Tavana’s first release as a one man band/multi-instrumentalist. It was very well received in Hawaii garnering a “Nahoku Hano Hano Award” (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy’s)nomination for best Rock album of the year. Tavana is gearing up to release his upcoming album “Tavana live at Hawaiian Brian’s” by December 2016. “It’s definitely time to take the show abroad” says Tavana. “I just really enjoy what I do and I feel so lucky that I can feed my kids doing what I love and I think that sharing it will inspire other people to do what they love”.