Dave Lawrence

Reports and interviews from HPR's Dave Lawrence

George Clinton is at the top of the list when it comes to funk. Next to the late great Godfather, James Brown, George can take credit as among the most influential musicians in the genre, for the groundbreaking sounds he helped make with his groups Parliament and Funkadelic, as well as numerous side, solo and spin-off projects.

Jeff Goldblum's acting credits are likely far better known to you than his musical background, but he's also an accomplished pianist and band leader. He spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about both aspects of his life, including his group, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, and their area shows later this month at the Blue Note Hawaii.

Legendary Indian percussionist Zakir Hussain is back in the Aloha State. He spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about the visit.


It's grim news for a tiny porpoise being inadvertently caught by poachers feeding a huge Chinese demand for another fish’s swim bladder, conservationists said today, with under two dozen of the little creatures left alive, and the AP reported if not for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the extinction would be here already.

Larry Carlton is back in the state. The guitarist took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his career that has included a vast number of gigs as a session musician. Among the artists Larry tells stories about in this interview are John Lennon, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jerry Garcia. He's in town through Sunday at the Blue Note.

Reggae musician Pato Banton is back in Hawaii. He took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about his fascinating upbringing in Birmingham, United Kingdom, and how he was working around live music by eight years old thanks to his stepfather.

The Manhattan Transfer is back in the islands, with shows tonight through Saturday at the Blue Note Hawaii. Longtime vocalist Cheryl Bentyne returned to All Things Considered to speak with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence about some of their adventures since they were last in town, and a few highlights from their 47-year career.


Today as we planned to offer a preview of a sobering Helping Hand segment we’ll have next Friday based around the world’s most trafficked mammal, a toothless, defenseless animal, unfortunately this most vulnerable creature has made news now on back-to-back days with unprecedented, record setting seizures of their body parts, both headed to the same Asia Pacific country, as conservationists say with these kinds of mind-boggling busts, extinction appears inevitab


A pair of Vietnamese nationals have been arrested with one of the largest illegal wildlife seizures ever in Uganda. The AP reported that Ugandan officials intercepted the two along with 750 pieces of elephant ivory and thousands of pangolin scales. Authorities believe the haul was coming from South Sudan, and originated in Congo. The AP said the Uganda Revenue Authority found the ivory and pangolin scales hidden inside timber that was packed into three freight containers.  



A year after China imposed a ban on the commercial sale of elephant ivory, surveys indicate Chinese citizens are simply traveling to neighboring countries to buy ivory, and now the Chinese government is working with wildlife nonprofits to launch a public awareness campaign to warn Chinese consumers they may end up in jail if they buy ivory abroad.

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This week on Helping Hand, it's a return visit from Hawaii Fido Service Dogs. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Executive Director Jim Kennedy, puppy raiser and member of their board, and Freedom, a white lab they’re training.


Al Jardine, a founding original member of The Beach Boys and longtime member of Brian Wilson’s band, is performing Saturday and Sunday in Waikiki at the Blue Note Hawaii. The legendary musician took time to share stories with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.



Guitarist Jonny Lang is back in Honolulu for shows through Sunday at the Blue Note. He took time to explore his early start to music and some of the remarkable experiences he's had with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.


In India’s Assam region, there is an increasing conflict between animals and people based around the encroachment into wildlife habitats by a variety of human endeavors. The Australian Broadcast Corporation reported this week on the issue in Assam of Asian elephants running out of places to eat, take shelter, and… find critical migratory passages.

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The health crisis affecting killer whales in the Pacific Northwest continues to expand, with reports now that two more of the orcas, including a matriarch member of the dwindling pod who suffered two traumatic losses last year, are now starving.


Judy Collins is back in the islands for dates tonight on Kauai, Friday on Maui and Saturday on the Big Island. As the tour gets underway, she took time to speak with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.


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Sheila E is playing at the Blue Note thru New Years Eve. Growing up in a musical family, daughter of Pete Escovedo, her career has included work with George Duke, Marvin Gaye and Prince, among many others.


Bill Maher is back. The TV host and comedian returns to the MACC December 30th and New Years Eve at the Blaisdell Concert Hall with special guests Natasha Leggero and Carol Leifer.


Sublime with Rome are back in town for a show tomorrow night at Aloha Stadium opening for a show called Dream Weekend, with Snoop Dogg and Cardi B. also on the bill. Singer/guitarist Rome Ramirez took time to return to All Things Considered with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence



Tonight and tomorrow at the MACC's McCoy Studio Theater, Valley Isle music fans get a chance to experience Doobie Brothers founder and Maui resident Patrick Simmons Sr. performing a pair of shows with his son, Patrick Simmons Jr., with a 7:30 p.m. start time each night.

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.