HPR announces Blue Note: Virtually Live

  • Blue Note: Virtually Live kicks off Saturday with Henry Kapono and his band, with special guests Johnny Valentine and Alx Kawakami. The show celebrates the timeless classics of the legendary duo Cecilio & Kapono (C&K), and includes beloved songs from Kapono’s career, such as “Friends,” “Good Times Together,” “Highway in the Sun,” and “Home,” which have become anthems for the people of Hawaii. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • The Blue Note: Virtually Live June 6 show will feature Tavana, a one-man band who uses his feet to lay down a variety of grooves to accompany his soulful, island-inspired rock and blues. His Blue Note performance will be in tribute to Willie K. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii Public Radio and Blue Note Hawaii recently announced a new radio series to showcase local music talent on HPR-1.

“Blue Note: Virtually Live” features performances recorded live on the Blue Note Hawaii stage, along with backstage interviews with the artists. The show is hosted by Marco Olivari, General Manager at Blue Note Hawaii.

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The series will run for 10 weeks, airing Saturdays at 6 p.m. on HPR-1. It will also stream on Blue Note Hawaii’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Blue Note: Virtually Live kicks off Saturday with Henry Kapono and his band, with special guests Johnny Valentine and Alx Kawakami. The show celebrates the timeless classics of the legendary duo Cecilio &Kapono (C&K), and includes beloved songs from Kapono’s career, such as “Friends,” “Good Times Together,” “Highway in the Sun,” and “Home,” which have become anthems for the people of Hawaii.

The June 6 show will feature Tavana, a one-man band who uses his feet to lay down a variety of grooves to accompany his soulful, island-inspired rock and blues. His Blue Note performance will be in tribute to Willie K.

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Subsequent artists will be announced at a later date. Updates will be posted on the series web page.

The collaboration between HPR and Blue Note is one that has been in discussion for some time; the unique circumstances of the day have created the perfect opportunity to realize the vision.

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