The Hawaiian Room, located in the famed Lexington Hotel, was an oasis of Hawaiian culture and entertainment in the heart of New York City. Between 1937 and 1966, hundreds of dancers, singers and musicians from Hawai‘i were recruited to perform at the entertainment venue. In this documentary, filmmaker Ann Marie Kirk shares interviews with over 20 former performers who speak candidly and fondly of their experience at the historic nightclub, and the culture shock of going from Hawai‘i to New York City.
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Hawaii International Film Festival, this film constructs a rich portrait of a colorful and controversial Hawaiian man. Born on Maui in 1890 during the reign of King Kalākaua, Luther Makekau was part philosopher and part outlaw, a chanter, singer and poet, as well as a fighter and a cattle rustler, known throughout the islands for both his passion and his rebellious nature.
Singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes performs at the Melrose Ballroom in New York City. Mendes first came into the public eye as a popular user of the social media platform Vine and at only 18 years old, became one of only six artists to have two No. 1 albums on the Billboard Top 200 all-genre chart at such a young age. Mendes performs some of his hits including “Treat You Better,” “Stitches” and “Mercy.”
Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert, featuring scorching renditions of signature songs including “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Moondance” and “Caravan.”
Known for his chart-topping hit songs “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do),” singer and songwriter Christopher Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album as the only artist to have won all four major Grammy categories: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Now, Cross returns to the spotlight with this concert special recorded live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. He is joined onstage by long-time friends Michael McDonald of The Doobie Brothers and Mike Love of The Beach Boys.
Regina Spektor has carved out a unique musical niche with her cross-genre, eclectic style. Her credits are not limited to recordings, but also include songs for the soundtracks of film and television projects. In this intimate performance, her engaging personality and soaring vocals make for a magical and memorable evening.
Celebrate legendary artists of the 1960s and 70s in a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ben E. King and The Drifters, Dionne Warwick, The Isley Brothers, Percy Sledge and more perform their most memorable soul classics.
Dig the best in modern rock with TV on the Radio and The War on Drugs. TVOTR showcases cuts from their latest album Seeds, while TWOD features songs from its most recent album Lost in the Dream.
Singer Melveen Leed is joined by her hula dancer daughter Kaaikaula Naluai at the PBS Hawai‘i studios. Best known for contemporary Hawaiian, jazz and country, Moloka‘i girl Melveen also has deep roots in traditional Hawaiian song.
Grammy-winner Alicia Keys performs in notable locations all around New York City, including the world-famous Circle Line, the Unisphere and Harlem’s Apollo.