Island Style! John Cruz featuring Max Ribner at ProArts Maui (December 15, 2021)

Early on in his set, John Cruz sings a sweet love song. One feels the depth of his writing with a beautiful analogy between the power of love and the forces of nature in the lyrics, “if it’s gray and cloudy outside, it’s still sunny inside with your love”. It’s a great start to the show!

After a few songs, John invites Max Ribner and his band to join him. The band features Ribner on flugelhorn, Sam Frampton on ukulele, and Stef on bass. They play a jazzy soulful type of instrumental music. The songs are from Ribner’s latest album, 1st Language, which features over 50 artists. John Cruz jams with them, adding in an island music flavor. They feed off each other really well and it makes for a great musical experience.

Catch Max Ribner and his band this weekend at their 4-day campout and celebration:

Later on, Cruz plays “Island Style”. He hears a great voice in the audience and invite him on stage. It’s a local who knows the song well. “On the Island, we do it Island style. From the mountain to the ocean, from the windward to the leeward side.” It’s another great moment in the show. The spotify version above features Cruz with Jackson Browne and Jack Johnson.

Catch John Cruz every Wednesday this month and next at ProArts Maui.

Cost of a ticket: $50

PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Worth It –

Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother

Quinn Delaney


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