Artists For Ocean Aid

 

 

CEELO GREEN

As an entertainer and businessman with many layers, CeeLo Green cannot be summed up in just one title. He is a five-time Grammy Award Winning singer-songwriter-producer, television personality, actor, entrepreneur, pop culture & fashion icon, and professional lady killer. In 2001, CeeLo received five Grammy nominations for his worldwide hit “Forget You” (aka “F—k You”), winning the category for “Best Urban/Alternative Performance.” The single is certified Gold in the United States and Denmark and achieved platinum status in Canada, New Zealand, and the UK; and multi-platinum status in Australia. In October 2012, CeeLo will release a new Christmas album as well as a solo album in 2013 entitled “Everybody’s Brother.” He’s made memorable appearances on Saturday Night Live (2011), Oprah (2011), presented at the ESPYs (2011), and Kids’ Choice Awards (2012) as well as making remarkable performances at the 2012 Super Bowl with Madonna, The Grammy Awards with the Muppets (2011), Brit Awards (2011), Billboard Music Awards (2011/2012), Soul Train Awards (2011), BET Awards (2011), and hit such mainstream status that even Gwyneth Paltrow covered “Forget You” on Glee (2011). CeeLo has also landed the cover of Fast Company’s 2012 “Most Creative People in Business” issue, Rolling Stone magazine as well as Jet magazine.

 

 

BOOTSY COLLINS

Bootsy (born William Collins, October 26, 1951, Cincinnati) is one of the all-time great funk and R&B bassists/singer/bandleader. He formed his first group, the Pacesetters, in 1968, featuring Phelps “Catfish” Collins (his brother; guitar), Frankie “Kash” Waddy (drums), and Philippe Wynne (later of The Spinners fame). From 1969 to 1971, the group functioned as James Brown’s backup band and was dubbed the J.B.’s. In 1972, Bootsy joined George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic. Collins and Clinton soon established a lifelong personal and musical friendship. He co-wrote “Tear the Roof Off the Sucker” with Clinton and Jerome Brailey. Bootsy’s Rubber Band emerged in 1976, a spirited ensemble that included Collins’ brother Phelps (“Catfish”), as well as fellow James Brown bandmembers Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker, Joel Johnson, Gary Cooper, Rick Gardner, and Richard Griffiths. In 2011, a conceptual album, The Funk Capital of the World, landed, featuring everyone from Ice Cube to Samuel L. Jackson on the guest list.

 

MAXI PRIEST

Only a handful of singers succeed in transcending their genre without losing the essence of who they are. Superstar Maxi Priest is one of those artists whose own unique vision has led him to tremendous international success, being the first reggae artist to have a No. 1 hit worldwide, including the U.S. Billboard charts.His new album, Easy To Love is as fine a representation of lovers’ rock as you could possibly wish for. The sophistication he brings to these tracks is the mark of true quality; his effortless blend of reggae, R&B and dancehall has universal appeal. Maxi Priest is the first British-born singer to graduate from the London reggae sound-system Saxon Studio International, introducing the sound of lovers’ rock to a global audience. Before joining Saxon, Maxi embraced Rastafari and served an apprenticeship with South London sound-system Negus Negast and the legendary Jah Shaka. Maxi has adhered to these principles his entire career by making conscious music of all kinds. While Easy To Love is essentially an album of love songs, it closes with a track first recorded by Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus in the 1970’s. Maxi’s version of “None A Jah Jah Children” is strikingly original. It is intended as a blessing to see us safely on our way as we’re transported to a Rasta grounation or Nyahbinghi – a gathering of the faithful where we receive affirmation that no matter the hardships, Jah Jah’s children will always triumph.

 

Henry Kapono

Henry Kapono, multiple award-winning vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and composer, is one of the most popular and highest-selling local recording musicians of all time.

Henry has been at the creative forefront of contemporary Hawaiian music throughout his career – from the phenomenally popular duo of Cecilio & Kapono (“C&K”) in the 1970s and 80s, to launching his solo career that has produced 17 albums to date and fans around the world. Most recently in early 2017, Henry was inducted in to the Grammy Museum.

Widely celebrated for his legendary “Dukes on Sunday” concerts, a 20 year strong weekly destination spot on Waikiki Beach for both locals and visitors, Henry is also know for his significant support of the community and other Hawaii musicians through a variety of community efforts and festival concerts including his “Henry Kapono & Friends” on-going concert series bringing together Hawaii’s entertainers in unique & creative collaborations.

Joining Henry onstage in support of Ocean Aid will be Hawaii Award Winner (and Bruno Mars uncle!) Johnny Valentine, 2016 “Hoku” (Hawai’i’s Grammy Awards) Most Promising Artist, Blayne Asing and Alx Kawakami from the Award Winning Hawaii group, Mano DNA!

 

Fishbone

Celebrating 25+ groundbreaking years, FISHBONE has been trailblazing their way through the history of American Ska, Funk, Punk, Rock Fusion and (so-called) Black Rock since starting their professional career in Los Angeles’ burgeoning, Alternative Rock music scene of the mid-1980s. Their sound has often been imitated, but never duplicated. They have toured worldwide with such bands as the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Roots, Les Claypool/Primus, Fela Kuti, George Clinton, The Dead Kennedys and many more. Angelo Moore’s ability to combine thought-provoking, humorous social commentary with FISHBONE’s frenzied, up-tempo music and frantic, euphorically entertaining stage show has cultivated their undisputed reputation as one of the best live acts in music history. They are now excited to be part of the Ocean Aid cause and do what they do for not only island preservation but to make people aware of Ocean Aid on a worldwide level.

 

Ron Artis II

“Music is meant to be lived, as life is meant to be lived.” Ron has enjoyed music since before he could walk, crawling across his father’s piano at age 1.
Ron’s new group ‘Ron Artis II & The Truth’ bring back real soul music.
Ron’s brother Stevon brings the ‘heartbeat’ to the the TRUTH on the drums, Riley Pa’akuala rounds out the trio, bringing the bottom to the TRUTH on bass. Musically, it’s Gary Clark Jr. meets Lettuce. Ron has always believed in being independent to be able to create and share the most pure music possible. Getting lost in the music, Ron and the truth create new songs on the spot while performing. Ron has worked with: Eric Krasno (Lettuce/Soulive), Booker T Jones, Mick Fleetwood, Jack Johnson, Jake Shimabukuro and more….
This groups NEVER holds back!

 

SAMOAN DYNASTY & WWE HALL OF FAMER RIKISHI

Professional wrestling’s most legendary family, the Samoan Dynasty, is coming to Ocean Aid. This historic show marks the first return to Hawai’i in a decade for WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi, who will be performing with other members of the illustrious Anoa’i family of Polynesian wrestling superstars, including Black Pearl (Reno Anoa’i). The Samoan Dynasty, whose family members also include the Wild Samoans Afa & Sika, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Yokozuna (Rodney Anoa’i), High Chief Peter Maivia and other household names in the wrestling community, are bringing this special exhibition to Ocean Aid to help show their support for Love the Sea’s initiative to remove plastic pollution from our oceans, starting with Mother Hawaii.

 

STEVE BYRNE

Steve Byrne has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innovative and sought-after performers. He has evolved throughout the years into an extremely versatile entertainer that delivers on a day-to-day basis. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA, Steve Byrne was born to a Korean mother and an Irish father. His unique background gave him the base comedic material for his first television show, Sullivan & Son, which aired for 3 seasons on TBS. Byrne is getting ready to release his fourth hour stand up special entitled “Tell the Damn Joke” in early 2017. A true international comedian, Byrne has performed to sold-out crowds around the world. Steve now calls Los Angeles home, working his nights off the road at iconic Hollywood clubs, The Comedy Store and The Improv. Byrne’s lack of ego and outstanding work ethic has helped him become one of today’s most respected comedians.

 

MAKANA

Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. He has been a TEDx talk presenter, and his guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, Makana’s song “We Are The Many” went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million collective views and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone Magazine. His performance of the song at an APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas also went viral and became the #1 news story on Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House.

 

TAIMANE

Performing in the spotlight in Hawaii since age 13 when she first joined Don Ho on-stage, Taimane has carved out a robust career by following her passion and committing to her vision of creating an original sound and style with her diminutive instrument of choice, the ukulele. From Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, Taimane takes her ukulele above and beyond boundaries and like her birthstone (Taimane means diamond in Samoan, the birthplace and heritage of her mother), radiates light – illuminating music’s ability to unite people and cultures. With four albums released, over 6 million video views, over 70,000 social media followers and the successful presentation of her own musical, ‘The Elements,’ at Hawaii’s most revered performance hall (the exquisite, 1,400-seat Hawaii Theatre), Taimane stands on a formidable foundation, poised to further grow her voice while continuing to embrace the power and joy of being an independent artist.

 

EKOLU KALAMA

The Kalama family is notorious for producing world-class watermen and Ekolu is no exception. In 2008 Ekolu became the world’s first professional stand-up paddle boarder and became world champion in 2009, winning the World Cup in Hamburg Germany in both the 2000m sprint race and the 10,000 meter distance race. A month later Ekolu won the prestigious 32 mile Kaiwi Channel connecting his home island of Molokai downwind to Oahu.

As a musician, in 2012 Ekolu released his debut album entitled “Dare To Dream,” which had been nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Contemporary Album of the Year. The album consists of 12 original songs all written by Kalama who’s musical dream of performing at the famed Waikiki Shell, is about to come true. On April 30, 2017, Ekolu will showcase his musical talents at Ocean Aid Hawai’i along with the likes of headliners Ceelo Green, Bootsy Collins, Grand Master Flash, Maxi Priest, Henry Kapono, and more.

Love the Sea… Plastic Free!