Happy President's Day! Tonight's show will feature yet more eclectic music... but I've got to throw in some James Brown in honor of Clyde Stubblefield who played the break on Funky Drummer.

It's finally here!  The 1st show at the new late night, but weekly time slot. It's also Valentine's Day so I'm filling the show with songs about love or possibly heartbreak.  Just in case you were looking for it you can find more information on the program realignment on our website.

Tonight's session of Bridging the Gap is the final Saturday night session, so I'm doing one last show in the original format.  The new timeslot will start Tuesday February 14th, and will be from 10-midnight on Monday thru Friday.  More information can be found on our website.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap we'll explore the world of film soundtracks.

G. Love
G. Love

Blues musician Garrett Dutton, better known as G. Love started his career as a teenage street musician in central Philadelphia. There he developed a unique style of mixing traditional Blues guitar and harmonica music with the “old school” Hip-Hop that was popular at the time. 

He and his band entitled “G. Love and Special Sauce” saw major commercial success in the mid- 90’s with their song “Baby’s Got Sauce”. He describes his sound as a party with Robert Johnson, The Rolling Stones, Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys…with Bob Dylan showing up at the end.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, we're listening to the music of summertime with new songs from Ursula 1000, The Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band and Quantic.

Since 1969, Kool & the Gang have explored jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock and psychedelia, at times, combining these varying music forms. A previous guest on ATC during their genre-mixing tour opening for the  2012 David Lee Roth Van Halen reunion tour, Robert “Kool” Bell returns to speak with local ATC Host Dave Lawrence ahead of their June 7th Honolulu show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.     


Al Jourgensen of the innovative rock group Ministry is back with another new project, Surgical Meth Machine. The legendary artist took time to discuss that and much more in a new interview with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.



Andy McKee has made a name for himself due to his impressive finger-style guitar playing, Youtube videos that have been viewed by millions and ongoing tributes to the late Michael Hedges, a guitarist whose name and innovative techniques McKee keeps alive.

Today news of the death of Prince is reverberating around the music world. The formative artist had an impact on a wide range of fellow musicians and performers, as well as everyday folks, who enjoyed and were touched by his work. In recording a new upcoming HPR All Things Considered music feature today, Dave Lawrence spoke with guitarist Peter Frampton, who also took a moment to reflect on the loss… both the innovators’ young age, and the sad reality of in this era, facing so many baby boomer artists passing on…

John Brothers Piano Company
John Brothers Piano Company


It’s not always easy for street musicians, but on rare occasions they get a break.  In many cities, busking is not only a tough way to make a living, it’s also illegal.

Thank you so much to everyone who pledged for my show during this Spring 2016 pledge drive!  The show was an incredible success and I couldn't have done it without your generous support!

Kaleiola Records

Hōkū Zuttermeister is from a family that is renowned in the world of Hawaiian music and hula. His great-grandmother Kauʻi Zuttermeister composed the classic ‘Nā Pua Lei Ilima.’ Hōkū’s debut album in 2007, ʻĀina Kupuna, won six Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. His latest release is called Kuʻu Pua Sakura. He wrote the title song for his mother, comparing her to a sakura, or cherry blossom. HPR’s Derrick Malama asked Hōkū why he chose that flower for his mother.


Tonight on Bridging the Gap, I’m doing a springtime session filled with dreamy jazz, sunny surf rock, and a small taste of the premiums that’ll be available next week during my show for the Spring 2016 Pledge Drive (Mark your calendar for NEXT Saturday April 9th, 6-8pm).

One of the first-ever teen idols is back in town. Neil Sedaka is a legendary name, an entertainer who goes back to the late 1950's and is still touring the world today. He spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence ahead of his Saturday show at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.


Hear the complete conversation with HPR's Dave Lawrence.

See a Neil Sedaka concert video:

Mark Kushimi
Mark Kushimi


There was a short window in the late 1970’s when Hawaiian music was mixed into psychedelic soul, and disco.

Tonight on Bridging the Gap we're i'm breaking out some old records to dig deep into classic Downtempo and Acid Jazz.

Chinita Tate
Chinita Tate

The Blind Boys of Alabama have spread their style of gospel music for more than seven decades.   

‘Ukulele virtuoso Taimane will make her Hawai‘i Theater debut this coming weekend.

After parting ways with Mountain Apple recording she’s set out to push her music into larger stage productions.

Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington may not be a household name, but he’s one of the most prolific collaborators in contemporary jazz and hip hop music.

The 35 year old Los Angeles based saxophonist has been a collaborator and studio musician for an array of different artists, most notably on Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed album “To Pimp a Butterfly”.  But with the introduction of his solo project, his career has taken on a much larger following.

The Pedrito Martinez Group performs authentic Afro-Cuban folkloric music, led by the ferocious and in-demand percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martinez. The Cuban artist is joined by Venezuelan bassist Alvaro Benavides, Peruvian percussionist Jhair Sala, and Cuban keyboardist Edgar Pantoja. In town through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i, the band took time for this conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

Jeroen Komen / Flickr
Jeroen Komen / Flickr

One of Cuba’s top percussionists is making a stop this week in Hawai‘i.

Pedrito Martinez is a percussionist and bandleader who blends complex percussion arrangements, his distinctive tenor, and the Afro-Cuban music of Santería.


The Hawaiian Islands are getting a taste of Ireland this week.

For more than nineteen-years, Lúnasa has been one of Ireland’s most visible musical exports.  Their music blends traditional Celtic instruments like fiddles and tin whistles with a non-traditional rhythm section of double bass and guitar.  During their three island tour they’re joined onstage by bluegrass artist Tim O’Brien who will add a feel of Americana to their sound.  Kevin Crawford plays flute and tin whistle in the band.

Update: Megadeth has canceled their Wednesday and Thursday performances at The Republik.

A statement released by Megadeth management said “Due to a last minute scheduling issue, the band regrettably has to cancel the shows on March 2 & 3 in Honolulu”.

Don Tiki
Don Tiki

“Exotica” is a style of music pioneered in the late 50’s by artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter giving birth to a style called “Tiki”.  For people outside the islands – the style painted a picture of what a tropical paradise could be.  Cocktails decorated with tiny umbrellas inside ceramic tiki mugs were paired with breezy jazz marked with an occasional bird call.

Legendary jazz vocalist and songwriter Dee Dee Bridgewater has earned impressive awards for her work in music and theater. She's touring the Aloha State now behind her Dee Dee's Feathers album through Sunday at the Blue Note Hawai'i.

Hawaii Opera Theatre
Hawaii Opera Theatre


Star-crossed lovers, fairies, and a weaver transformed into a half-donkey come together in an enchanted forest.

On February 14 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, Hawaii Opera Theatre opens a new production of Benjamin Britten's setting of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is the first Britten opera HOT has brought to Honolulu audiences.

Originally from Torino, Italy, Roberta Gambarini is a rising star in contemporary jazz. The vocalist, these days based in New York, is touring behind the collaborative effort "Connecting Spirits" she released with Jimmy and Tootie Heath.

Blues artist Marica Ball is touring the state right now.

Regarded as one of the finest guitar players performing today, Earl Klugh has a career stretching back decades. Just a teenager when first getting the chance to work with Yusef Lateef and George Benson, the jazz great has gone on to become a fixture of the genre himself, noted for his acoustic guitar playing, original compositions and interpretations of covers. Handpicked is his latest album.