The time has come again to take a colossal journey of hard rockin' blues in honor of Led Zeppelin as ZEPTEMBER IV is set to soar on Saturday, Sept. 28.
"Then as it was, then again it will be," as we're bringing it on home to Mulligan's On the Blue from 6 to 10 p.m., with a new stage and sound setup to enhance the experience.
What began in 2010 as an anniversary celebration of the death of one of the greatest drummers of all time, John Bonham, ZEPTEMBER has grown into a full-fledged rock concert that takes over Wailea for one night of Zeppelin appreciation, presented by over 40 Maui talents.
ZEPTEMBER returns. Thanks to you, the fans of the annual tribute event, it will be done again, and this time with a more dark and deep appreciation of the Led Zeppelin catalogue. “Aside from the heightened production aspects, we’re proud of the skill level of the variety of performers and the versions of Zeppelin’s music… this event simply can’t be repeated or duplicated,” said music director Shawn Michael. “You don’t want to miss it.”
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Touring first as The New Yardbirds in Scandinavia in 1968, Led Zeppelin British bandits Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham were a ferocious force in that era, walking the line between the reckless underdogs of rock and the innovators of metal and glamorous sexuality.
Hard rockers idolize the iconic foursome for pioneering riffs and heavy rhythms, while others are attracted to Zeppelin for its allusive songwriting, blues vehemence and grandiose ballads. Whether you're a critic or a super fan, "the song remains the same," as Led Zeppelin made an epic impact in music history.
Musical director and bassist Shawn Michael is back to steer the rigid airship of Zeppelin's catalogue, taking a lighter load this year onstage and concentrating more effort into the set design and other aspects that he couldn't focus on before.
"I take it as an honor and a challenge to join the ZEPTEMBER team again," said Shawn. "I realized during last year's planning, that this year would be when we really mix it up."
On Sept. 28, ZEPTEMBER IV attendees will be floored with the fury of four of Hawai'i's most notable kit commanders as they endeavor the brilliant swing of Bonzo, including Josh Greenbaum, James Bowersox, Kai Kat-chadourian and Clive Tucker.
"We really want to stay to true to this being a community of musicians celebrating not only Led Zeppelin, but what has been known amongst past ZEPTEMBER talents as the 'Musicians' Christmas' on Maui," he said.
ZEPTEMBER IV presents over 25 new musical wonders to the stage, including global sensations such as bluesman Mark Johnstone and songstresses Gretchen Rhodes and Merika.
Over a dozen of the annual event's veteran rockers have returned to pay tribute, such as pickmasters Nils Rosenblad, Halemanu Villiarimo, Chad Kaya and Byron Townsend, and dedicated Zep heads such as KAOI personality and blues harp player Jack Gist.
ZEPTEMBER welcomes back some of the fan favorites, such as Murray Thorne and Pete Sebastian, both phenomenal musical advocates and definitive rock stars in their own right.
Vocal sensation Deborah Vial shares a few gems with her gifted guitarist, Caron Barrett.
"We're both so excited to be asked and feel so blessed to be a part of the ZEPT family," said Caron of The Deborah Vial Band. "The excitement and energy of the event is really overwhelming. We truly think it's the coolest event on Maui every year."
Join us "over the hills where the spirits fly" as we celebrate Zeppelin at Mulligan's during ZEPTEMBER IV, presented by KAOI FM, Scuba Shack Maui, Fleetwood's on Front Street, Cycle City Harley Davidson and Mulligan's On the Blue. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show begins around 6 p.m.
This is a 21-and-over show, with valid ID required. Mulligan's has added extra bars and staff to make the revelry flow until close, so hang out after and party with the stars in Wailea.
Door tickets are $30, and presales are now available for $25 each at Mulligan's in Wailea; 808 Deli and Scuba Shack Maui in Kihei; Requests Music in Wailuku; Maui Coffee Roasters in Kahului; Alice in Hulaland in Pa'ia; Maui Kombucha in Ha'iku and Fleetwood's on Front Street in Lahaina. Purchase presale tickets online at www.zeptembermaui.com.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Malama Maui Nui. Visit www.facebook.com/communityworkday.
Listen to win tickets on "The Weekly Dish" Friday show on 1110AM/96.7FM and from Penny Lane on 95.1/97.7Fm. Stay connected via www.facebook.com/zepmaui.