Maui’s Jazz Fest 2013

Grand Wailea

At the Grand Wailea

It was a beautiful night for the finale performance of the 3rd Annual Maui Jazz and Blues Festival. While I’m a fan, I’m not knowledgeable enough about music to share in-depth insights, so when possible I’ve included links to the artist’s websites and Wikipedia if you’d like to learn more.



Hosted by the Grand Wailea Hotel, the festival was held outside on the lawn overlooking the beach. From the stage musicians looked out across the grass and toward the ocean, where they watched the sunset and later the small orange sliver of new moon drop below the horizon.

Hawaii’s own Brother Noland kicked off the show, followed by the soulful vocalist Paula Fuga  The Iguana’s played a great set then served as “house band” for the rest of the evening. It was an all-star lineup of Grammy Award winners and Jazz and Blues legends, including Benny Uyetake on guitar; the all-around percussionist and amazing bongo player Lenny Castro; Blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker; the incomparable trombone player Delfeayo Marsalis; Donald Harrison with his amazing saxophone skills; and Dwayne Dopsie brought us some really fun Zydeco on his accordion.

Brother NolanBrother Noland
Dwayne DopsieDwayne Dopsie on the Accordion
The Iguanas with Joe Louis Walker, Donald Harrison & Delfeayo Marsalis.The Iguanas with Joe Louis Walker, Donald Harrison & Delfeayo Marsalis.

The magic peaked during the last few songs when everyone came together for a final jam session. I feel so lucky to be able to see such a phenomenal show with top-notch performers. It was like a piece of New Orleans right here at home.

Everyone on StageEveryone on Stage

After a beautiful night we popped our new Dwayne Dopsie CD into the car stereo and rocked all the way home. 🙂

Did you attend this year’s Festival? Or in previous years? I hope to go again in 2014!


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