Dave Lawrence

Reports and interviews from HPR's Dave Lawrence

Right now in the Aloha State, a band with an extensive history is back in town. Tower of Power are at the Blue Note Hawaii through Sunday, with just a handful of tickets left.

Guitar pioneer Stanley Jordan has returned to Honolulu. He'll wrap up a two-night engagement at 6:30 and 9:00 p.m. this evening at the Blue Note Hawaii.


While he spends a lot of time at his house on Kauai, musician Todd Rundgren is back in Honolulu for shows Saturday and Sunday at the Blue Note Hawaii, his debut there, and first live shows in the city since playing here with Ringo Starr on Election Day 2016. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with him about the visit and some of the highlights of his long career. 


Sergio Mendes has performed in the islands for over 50 years, since debuting in 1968 in Honolulu. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with the Brazilian music legend ahead of a pair of nights tonight and tomorrow at the Blue Note Hawaii.

Today HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back one of the all-time greatest guitarists, John McLaughlin, who our guest from last week, Pat Metheny, calls one of the greatest guitar players alive.

Today on HPR's All Things Considered, Host Dave Lawrence remembers a jazz icon who passed away a few days ago, and was a memorable guest on the show. During all the election news coverage, the passing of jazz trumpet icon Roy Hargrove didn’t get a lot of exposure.

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New research has emerged in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, in their Biological Sciences department, which suggests an animal brought to the edge of extinction by Asia Pacific consumers may be easier to save than previously thought.


Legendary musician Sergio Mendes returns to the Aloha State in November for shows at the Blue Note Hawaii. Ahead of his visit, he took time for a wide-ranging conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. This is a short excerpt of that interview, and listen for much more airing the week of his concerts.


Guitar pioneer Pat Metheny is wrapping up his first dates in Hawaii since 1985 this evening at the Blue Note, with shows at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. He took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence last night, and shared details of his incredible life of music.

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Livingston Taylor is starting a three show tour of the state tomorrow with a Friday show at the MACC, Saturday at the Palace in Hilo and Sunday at the Hapuna Prince Hotel. The gifted brother of James Taylor is also a noted educator at one of the most renowned schools, Berklee College of Music in Boston.


This week HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence is welcoming a pair of guests from the band Def Leppard, who have returned to play in the Aloha State for the first time since 1983.


If you were a 15 year-old in the audience when Def Leppard last played in Hawaii, you'd be 50 now. After three and half decades, with multiple music trends and fads having come and gone, the venerable rockers are still going, and are returning to the same place they performed a pair of shows in September 1983.

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Today Britain's Prince William spoke at a gathering of nonprofits, NGOs, and government officials from around the world who assembled at the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London, where they heard about efforts to save animals largely at risk due to consumers thousands of miles away in Asia.


An animal whose photograph has been featured on the wall in HPR’s pledge central all week, as seen in the photo of that poster above, has had a terrible last seven days in the news.


Legendary alternative rock act New Order are back in the Aloha State, with a show tonight at the MACC and Friday at the Blaisdell Arena. Ahead of the dates, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with long time member, singer/multi-instrumentalist Gillian Gilbert.

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Today tickets went on-sale to Hawaii residents for the return of The Eagles. They’ll play Aloha Stadium Friday December 7th, the first rock show at the stadium since U2 and Pearl Jam in 2006, and Jack Johnson will be their opening act.

Legendary entertainer Engelbert Humperdinck has arrived in the islands for a pair of shows at the Hawaii Theatre Saturday and Sunday which include the filming of a PBS TV special.

The rock world is buzzing over a new band from the Motor City area, Greta Van Fleet, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with their singer, Josh Kiszka.  This word-of-mouth, grassroots phenomenon don't just sound like Led Zeppelin; even Robert Plant credits these guys as being "Led Zeppelin One", a reference to their unusual energy and songwriting that evokes the feel Zeppelin had on their debut record.

Jamaican reggae group Third World is back in the Aloha State, with shows through this evening at the Blue Note. Stephen "Cat" Coore, the group leader, guitarist and occassional cellist, took time for a conversation, and performance, with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence, in the Atherton Performing Arts Studio.


Despite having a long career before and after the release of 1984's Ghostbusters, musician Ray Parker Jr. will likely forever be best known for writing the hit theme song from that film.



There’s a new report on how illegal wildlife is being trafficked by air, and how smugglers are exploiting commercial air transport to move critically endangered animal parts or live animals, usually from Africa to Asia, and the report slammed one country in Asia with evidence showing them to be-- by far-- the most common destination for all seized wildlife products between 2009 and 2017. 

Entertainer Marlon Wayans is in the islands for a pair of dates tonight and tomorrow at the Blue Note Hawaii at 10 p.m., before a Sunday 7:30 p.m. show at the MACC. He took time for some laughs and to explore his fascinating life with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.


Bruce Cockburn is a major name is Canadian music, but not nearly as well known in the US, where the talented guitarist/vocalist/songwriter has a smaller, but strong following, where he's almost a cult-classic artist. He spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence ahead of a two-night run of 7 p.m. shows at the Blue Note Hawaii tonight and tomorrow.


Nonprofit WildAid have been joined in their effort to end shark fin consumption by a leading TV actor in Thailand. Pong Nawat Kulrattanarak has recorded a PSA describing the painful way sharks have their fins cut off and are often thrown back into the ocean to feed an industry based around shark fin soup and other shark consumption.


Entertainment legend Engelbert Humperdinck is returning to the Aloha State August 25 and now August 26, just on-sale today, at the Hawaii Theatre. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence  spoke with him about a career that's intersected with some of the biggest stars, including Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Cary Grant and numerous other critical figures.



In the Asia Pacific, two countries are driving an epic and increasing slaughter of rhinos around the world – China and Vietnam – where consumers buy rhino horn for a variety of reasons, causing an extinction and poaching crisis for all rhinos despite the horn having zero medicinal value.

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A study released yesterday by the global wildlife NGO TRAFFIC suggests that most of Viet Nam’s online illegal wildlife trade does not take place on websites ending in .vn, as previously thought, and instead monitoring efforts should focus on .com sites, and social media. 

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about some work happening in South America that has tested some of Albert Einstein’s theories as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.