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Featuring the music of singer, songwriter Bob Rogers and the band from the Hawaiian Islands.
Fresh, contemporary, tropical rock, pop, light jazz & blues music from Hawaii for private concerts, weddings, incentive and convention performances.
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"If Don Ho and Bob Dylan had a kid, and let's say he was raised by Paul Simon , James Taylor and Ginger from Gilligan's Island...."
Coconut Joe features the music of singer/songwriter Bobby Rogers. Coupled with various musical rhythms and styles, the musical storyteller provides a view at life through his poetic, strange, and sometimes humorous eyes.
Bob was born on Oahu in the Hawai'ian Islands and raised on the Windward side in the small beach town of Kailua. A third generation kama'aina (local resident), he spent his youth enjoying the land and the ocean around him. His English/German maternal grandparents were missionaries who arrived in Hawaii in the early 1900 while his American father's family came to the islands in the 1930's.
For over twenty years Bob has been sketching musical poetry, combining his melodies and lyrics, reflecting on his childhood growing up in the Islands, his loves, family and the world and people around him. Several years ago, he chose to start sharing his interpretations of life with audiences, hopefully through out the world.
In 1994, after several of years of playing in cover bands, Bob formed the folk trio of Earthsong with his wife Barbara Ann and fellow songwriter Bill Whizenant. They performed at coffee houses and concerts throughout Oahu. They were the entertainment at Earthday 95's opening ceremonies at Honolulu Hale and gave a concert at the event's festivities at Kapiolani Park's bandstand.
In late 95, Bob and Barbara Ann formed Coconut Joe to focus on the sudden tidal wave of songs that were being written. In 97, with the inclusion of veteran musicians Frank Kam and Mace Campbell, the band took a giant leap forward. Since then, they've been playing weekly gigs at venues, conventions, private parties and benefits in the islands, providing them with testing grounds for new material, arrangements and their vocal harmonies. The gigs allowed Bob to tell the stories behind the songs and interact with audience.
Some of Bob's early song writing influences were Brian Wilson, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Hawai'i's Kui Lee. Along with growing up in a very musical family, he was also influenced by the vocal harmonies of the Mills and Everly Brothers, Beach Boys, S&G, CSNY and tons of Hawai'ian groups ranging from the Kahauanu Lake Trio to Cecilio and Kapono. He also developed an appreciation for artist like James Taylor, the Manhattan Transfer, Van Morrison, Michael Franks, Elvis Costello and others.
Bob is always looking forward to the next album. He also hopes to also publish a collection of short stories, and poetry and maybe even a play. Of course, this will all happen when he grows up,... someday.
Barbara Ann serves as inspiration and the groups even keel. Her backup vocals and harmonies are an important part of the Coconut Joe sound. Originally, she was the group's bassist, providing the steady, underlying groove that is present on several songs on the Two Waters album.
Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, but a Hawai'i resident since her childhood, Barbara Ann music background includes several years playing with many bands. Her first stint as bassist and vocalist was for the rock group, Sidewinder, a project born out of the Rock Works Music School. In 1994, she joined the now defunct 7 piece experimental band, Multiple Organisms. In late 1994, she became one third of the folk rock trio, Earthsong, playing professionally throughout the state. Affectionately know as the "Rockin' Mama," she continues to grow, expanding her range of musical styles and advancing her skills.
Barbara Ann enjoys all styles of music. You'll often catch her listening to Oldies, Country or Rock radio stations. Some of her favorite singers include LeAnn Rimes, Maria Carey, Art Garfunkle, Johnny Rivers, and the Everly Brothers.
Barbara and Bob have raised two kids, Christy and Michael. Barbara enjoys a good movie, a lite hike as well as arts and crafts. Check out Aunty Bab's Hawaiian Dolls at auntybabs.com
Guitarist/Vocalist Frank Kam blossomed as a musician in the Seventies with the popular Hawai'i based rock group, Shnazz, which put out an album and opened many concerts for artists like ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Deep Purple, Toto, and REO Speedwagon.
Later in the Eighties, he was with the Delta Band and with the Heebeejeebee Brothers which played the Honolulu club circuit for many years. His chops really show his many years of experience as a pro. Today, in the Nineties, this skilled musician is busy creating interesting interpretations and embellishing the sounds of Coconut Joe. From delicate ballads to cutting edge rock, you must experience his artful guitar etchings at CJ's live performances.
Frank's a fourth generation Hawai'i resident with a family history strong in islands roots. He orginally hails from beautiful downtown Kalihi on the island of Oahu and now lives in Kailua on the windward side of Oahu. Frank , a collector of vintage guitars, played a variety of instruments in the making of the Two Waters CD. They include a 1960 Gibson ES-335, a 1990 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24, a 1967 Vox Hurricane, and assorted Strats and Teles.
Self taught on guitar, Frank cites guitarists Freddy King, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Lowell George, Danny Gatton, Les Paul, Mark Knopfler, George Harrison, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix and The Ventures as major influences. He enjoys listening to all types of music, from Classical to Country to Jazz and Swing, and when not gigging with Coconut Joe, teaches guitar and works at Coconut Grove Music in Kailua.
When not gigging or working, Frank enjoys a round of golf with golfing buddy "Jack Nicklaus" Rogers, taking his two boys Ryan and Jono out for pizza and burgers, or surfing the Net.
Interested in Guitar Lessons? Frank is the resident pro at Coconut Grove Music in Kailua. If your interested in taking guitar lessons, give a him a call at 262-8420 or call Coconut Grove at 262-9977. Specializing in Rock, Blues, Pop and Folk. Develop skills in musical theory, ear training and improvisation. Accepting students of all levels. Beginners are especially welcomed. Call today!
"My firends call me Opa. Not Opie, Okra, O'Henry or Oh,oh! Just Opa. You can call me Opa."
Listening to his Uncle's band (Snappy Boy's Jazz Band) in old Paia Town, on the Island of Maui provided the spark that has made music a life long love for Peter Agustin. Played in his first band back in the early sixties using an old Kay student guitar to figure out bass lines. Then started playing with a band called The Funny Company, one of the first underage bands to play the Waikiki nightclub scene during the late sixties and early seventies. Yep, complete with ruffled tuxedo shirts and custom tailored suits. In eighties he moved on to playing the convention circuit before a tour of duty with the well received Hawaii group, Summer Salt.
Here are some of the influences to Peter's musical style, Ray Brown, Charles Mingus, Larry Graham, Miroslav Vitous, Jack Bruce, Rocco Prestia, Abraham Laboriel and the list goes on and on. Used to work at a music store called M.A.D. Music in the late seventies and got to meet and work with musicians like Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Jeff Beck, The Doobie Brothers, Earth,Wind and Fire, Elton John and the like.
Family and Friends: Son Stephen, daughter Sophia, loving and understanding wife Lisa. Peter enjoys trimming grass and searching for lost golf balls at local golf courses for stress relief.
"I've been told there have been 6 drummers before me. Wow, lau lau, these guys are really fussy. Especially the Elvis guy."
Scott Sato bio is coming soon. Stay tune to learn more about this versitle drummer/percussionist from Wahiawa. He's filled a void that we've had since brother Macy was with CJ back in 1999. He brings a unique blend of sensitivity, feel, time and great musical instincts to this tough position with the group. Plus he's a great hang.
First there was dirt, then fire. A few years later, Coconut Joe. (Oh, boy, I can't wait for the movie). Take a trip THROUGH THE AGES WITH CJ 1994...today
The band has evolved over the years. Here are a few of the key musicians and friends that help shape the music of Coconut Joe into the sound it is today.
Former New York drummer, Joey Holliday, career includes 10 years of classical training, 10 years of rock and 10 years of jazz . He's performed in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and other places around the world. He was with the Joes from 05-06
Joey Hollliday began playing drums at age 9. He has study with outstanding teachers that include Roland Kohloff (NY Philharmonic), Sonny Igoe (Benny Goodman), Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock), Charles Smith (Boston Symphony), Elden Bailey (NY Philharmonic), Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck), Kodo Dummers (Japan). He was a featured drummer in the "Legends of Drumming" concert video, a member of various jazz ensembles, big band and rock bands including The Backseat. He even was in a Motley Crue and Guns & Roses tribute band in Japan.
Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, drummer/percussionist Paul Perrone spent three years on the road and recording with world-renowned acoustic guitarist Willy Porter and played as a hired gun with various regional acts. “I’ve been in all kinds of bands,” he reflects, “Everything from straight-up country to psychedelic ethnic jazz.”
But by early 1992, he’d had enough of the “junior rock star” lifestyle and moved to Hawaii (a lifelong dream!). An extended musical hiatus, graduate school, and a professional career in the real world tragically ensued. Paul performed with the Joes '04- the beginning of '05.
Musician Fred Oshiro says Keoki Van Orden is a super quick learner, experienced, and has very solid chops, plus "he laughs at my jokes." So we just had to have him. Keoki has become Coconut Joe's drummer extrodinaire and boy, does he fit in like a glove.
Keoki also provide the beat for many Manoa Theater productions such as the Pasty Cline Show, Beehive and many other show bands. Keoki managed the skins from 2002-2004.
Percussionist, Mr. Robert Blok was in the group early in 2001 till 2003. He came to Coconut Joe originally from Holland and most recently New Zealand where he toured and cultivated his penchant for percussion instruments and groove. Robert then made the move to the Hawaiian Islands settling in on the Windward side of Oahu. Along with his wife, Aloha, he recently refurbished their home in Kahaluu. Robert brings an arsenal of sounds and rhythms to the group's live performances and their second CD Middle of the Ocean.
In 1999-2002, talented sticks and skins maestro, Herman Regal joined Coconut Joe. Herman has played with just about everybody in the Hawaii music scene for years and years. Hawai`i's prominent drummer for hire, Herman has played the circuit with the Island's well known Waikiki and convention band, the Ebbtides, backed recording artist Kelly Villeverde, and has sat in with Waikiki's showbands Society of Seven and Shari Lynn's Fascinatin' Rhythm to name a few. Herman was the primary drummer on the Middle of the Ocean CD. Today he's keeps the groove for the new Island music group, Huli`li.
A Hawaii resident for +20 years, Bob Frost began playing bass with various bands in and around his hometown of Los Angeles and continued throughout his college and Army days. Bob was with Coconut Joe from January of 1999 through October 1999. After 7 years of touring with the San Francisco show group The Joint Venture , he moved to Hawai'i. Within 2 weeks of his arrival, Bob began playing with Kauai's Lopaka Brown and continued with many different groups from duos to big bands at nightclubs, luaus and conventions. Years of experience and an innate sense of humor and timing have combined to make Bob not only a fine musician, but an engaging stage personality as well. Check our Bob at http://www.upyourassetsinc.com
An accomplished veteran musician and vocalist, Mace spent many years touring and recording with the Tommy D Band in Honolulu. Base out of the Outrigger Hotel's Mai Tai Lounge, they were also the opening act for many headliners performing in Hawaii, such as the Righteous Brothers, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Neville Brothers and more.
Prior to this he toured many mainland cities with various bands. From the West Coast, the Vegas circuit, to Chicago, he and his sticks earned him a reputation as a skilled percussionist with a wide range of styles. His recording credits include John and Randy's hit "Hawaiian Eyes", as well as two albums from the musical/comedy act "Blind Date", and "Blind Date Live."
This part native Hawai'ian also produced for Tommy D and the D Band, "The Sovereign Sovereignier" and was instrumental in the release of "The D Band" CD. He later joined up with The IBM Express, (Imai, Billy & Mace) where he recorded and produced their only recording, live at Waikiki's International Market Place. Mace brings his creative talents to the new music of Coconut Joe as he continues to explore and expand his musical gift's.
Back in 1996...
Drummer Brian Wells and guitarist Kevin Kaneta were the original musician's who played with what was once called The Coconut Joe Band. Along with Barbara and Bob, the band played the coffee house circuit on Oahu, with their favorite spot being the Red Ram Roaster in Kailua. They played there for about a year. Kevin has since rellocated to the mainland and Brian is back home in Hawaii and occasionally sits in with the band.
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