Alice Cooper

Willie K Blues FestAn American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over five decades. Cooper is considered by music journalists and peers alike to be "The Godfather of Shock Rock".

Michael McDonald

Willie K Blues FestAmerican singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer. McDonald's music career spans more than forty-five years. His early career included singing with Steely Dan. He joined The Doobie Brothers in 1976 and remained an integral member until 1982, after which he released the first of nine solo albums.

Pat Simmons

Willie K Blues FestAmerican musician best known as a member of the rock band The Doobie Brothers and was the only consistent member of the band throughout their tenure.

Ray Benson

Willie K Blues FestFront man of the Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel, as well as an actor, and voice actor.

Alto Reed

Willie K Blues FestAmerican saxophonist best known as a long-time member of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

Gretchen Rhodes

Willie K Blues FestGretchen Rhodes is a singer/songwriter who has been musically inclined since she was a small child.

Gretchen has shared the stage alongside some of the most legendary Rockstars of all time. Included amongst these legends is country Superstar, Kenny Chesney. Rhodes was featured on his song “Happy on the Hey Now” and she stars in Chesney’s “Wild Child” video which has been viewed over 11 million times. Gretchen has been singing and performing with Mick Fleetwood for the past 12 years.

Kennedy Cantu

Willie K Blues FestKennedy Cantu has been playing musical instruments since the age of nine. He grew up in an environment listening to a wide variety of genre’s and artists, some including Jeff Buckley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lenny Kravitz, Norah Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Matthews, Annie Lennox, and many Hawaiian artists. Kennedy later discovered Chris Cornell along with SoundGarden, which has also carried a huge influence on him and his musical style.

After many years of playing, writing, and practicing, Kennedy had the opportunity to meet one of his top musical mentor’s…Uncle Willie K. Since that meeting, Uncle Willie K has helped further Kennedy’s talents and career as a performer/frontman, guitar player, singer, and all around musician/artist. Other top artists Kennedy has been able to play with include Alice Cooper, Michael McDonald, Brittni Paiva and Samantha Fish just to name a few. He has been on the same show bills alongside artists such as Steven Tyler, and Taj Mahal.

Kennedy has been on a spiritual, musical and life long journey to share his talents with audiences around the world. His goal is to help people through his music, if nothing more to put a smile on their faces. Whether playing solo, with a band, or sharing the stage with music legends, music is part of Kennedy’s very essence and he always brings nothing but his best!

K.D. Russell Band

Willie K Blues FestIt all started in 2015 when drummer Chris Dack and guitarist Kurt D. Russell met at a jam session and discovered a mutual love of the blues and classic rock. Within a year, they’d formed their own band and started playing shows around Maui, for parties & small gigs.

This year, they found themselves performing at the after party for the first Hawaii’s Voice competition, which quickly morphed into an impromptu jam session with Uncle Willie K.

For the Willie K & Friends BluesFest, longtime friend, Jon Cua, joins the band as bassist, excited to rock the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with his musical brothers.

The K.D. Russell Band may be relative unknowns in the Maui music scene, but all band members have versatility on their instruments and a passion for performing. You’ll be hearing from them again very soon.