Bridging the Gap

Tonight on Bridging the Gap, we will be featuring songs from some of my favorite singer-songwriters. Also weaving in some indie folk and indie rock. 

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With legendary electronic music duo Daft Punk calling it quits, I figured it was time for an electronic music showcase. So this session of Bridging the Gap will be an assortment of Electro, House, Big Beat and a little Drum & Bass.


  This ʻōlelo noʻeau (#1625) tells of how the presence of ships at the Lahaina and Oʻahu harbors were so filled with ships it was like a forest at sea which is a good way for us to close out this month's Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi series with a show about the ocean, things that grow in the ocean, things we eat from the ocean, and the things that traverse the ocean. 

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Tonight we're going to meet Marc Ito, the new host of Bridging the Gap! He'll be taking over Friday evening's for now, and will bring his eclectc blend of Downtempo, Hip-Hop, Soul and Groove to the late night airwaves.

Doing it again... putting together a show that's anchored in tributes to people we've lost. With that said it's going to be an eclectic ride through Latin, Reggae, Indie, and Gospel.

"Kapu nā mauna" may not be an "official" ʻōlelo noʻeau, but it is true: our mountains are sacred. This is evident in our mele and moʻolelo, and why our tallest places are known as "wao akua" or "realm of the Gods," sacred spaces reserved for our natural deities and not meant for human habitation. Tonight's show honors our mauna, pali kuahiwi, and puʻu who are all famous in story and song.

Happy Mardi Gras to you and yours! Even though COVID has slowed the festivities this year, we can still celebrate the holiday with some high-stepping horns from New Orleans.

Sliding down the back end of Valentine's Day with a show filled with break-up songs and other beautiful, reflective songs about loss... just because there are so many good ones.

Taking early advantage of Valentine's Day and playing an assortment of love songs for this session of Bridging the Gap.

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Tonight on Bridging the Gap, we'll be featuring songs about love.. just in time for Valentine's Day!


Switching back and forth between feel good Soul, Rare Groove and R&B in this session of Bridging the Gap. I figure this is the type of show you do things to... like cook or shower or make love... whatever.

J. Kaineheikaʻiliʻili Chun-Lum

"E lei kau, e lei hoʻoilo i ke aloha" ('Ōlelo Noʻeau #332) reminds us that love is everlasting throughout all seasons, and that all lei - and it's components - should be made with love, protocol, and intention, both literally and metaphorically. Tonight we celebrate lei in all their forms, whether it be the lei of love worn around our necks like the embraces of our kupuna or keiki, or the lei that keep us warm through the coldest of nights.

Grace Fung
Grace Fung

Tonight we're going to meet Aisha Kadomatsu, the new host of Bridging the Gap. She'll be taking over Thursday nights, and selecting an eclectic blend of mellow and psychedelic Jazz, Soul and Groove.

Busting out the hits tonight, and creating a pure party playlist. Fun, positive and familiar. Dancing shoes recommended.

For this evening's show (and my final program for Bridging the Gap), we'll have a slate of Americana and all the many genres that word entails. Bluegrass, country, blues gospel and the like on display tonight.

Dan Wiebe
Dan Wiebe

Mellow and dreamy songs fill the late night air in this special session of Bridging the Gap almost entirely picked off a playlist by singer/songwriter Caoilfhionn Rose. They are her favorite songs for wandering, and each one is an individual pocket of mellow beauty. Slow down to this one.

Aloha Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi iā kākou! February is Hawaiian Language Month here in Hawaiʻi, and I'll be celebrating it by choosing an ʻōlelo noʻeau (Hawaiian proverb) to frame and theme each show this month.

Tonight's ʻōlelo noʻeau is number 2801 in Pukui's book: "Ua ka ua, kahe ka wai" or "When it rains, the waters flow." All of the mele in tonight's show will be themed around the rains, mists, dews, and freshwater.

Keeping the music mostly mellow for this Monday session of Bridging the Gap, and listening back to the sound of a few that we've lost in the last few days, and letting that steer the selection.

This session of Bridging the Gap is your typical case of eclectic musical ADD... where I couldn't settle on a theme, and decided to load the show with a bunch of different things. So expect a mix of remixed World Music, Surf Rock, and some tasty new songs.

Bridging the Gap ~ January 28th, 2021: World Music

Jan 28, 2021

You know how whenever you see a "world music" playlist, the tracks are 90% from Africa and Latin America? Well, this is definitely one of those playlists. Tons of excavated vinatage goodness on display, from psychedelic cumbia to Ethiopian disco - and more.

Slowing down and chilling out with a psychedelic selection of World, Bossa, Downtempo and new Indie rock.

Alex Mustard

Another year, another covers show! As many of you Bridging fans may already know, I love me a GOOD cover song.

If you have any covers songs you love that I can add to my running playlist of covers, shoot me an email with the link below. 

Owsley Stanley Foundation
Owsley Stanley Foundation

Sometimes a single song can make an entire show.

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farioff via Pixabay

Rushing into the weekend with rhythm. Kicking our heels up with an eclectic selection of remixed Bossa, Afrofunk, and Reggae for this session of Bridging the Gap.

Bridging the Gap ~ January 21st, 2021 ~ Upbeat!

Jan 21, 2021

No convoluted, complicated themes this evening. Instead, we'll hear some upbeat music to put a smile on your face - plain and simple. Expect alternative, vintage soul, world music and more.

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Caroline Amenabar/NPR

Celebrating the presidential changing of the guard, with a lot of feel-good Soul, Gospel and other hope filled favorites.

Nicole Namdar

Music that helps us look forward to sunnier days during inclement weather and inclement times. 

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Celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and taking a musical dive into the sound of progress and resistance.

For lack of a better title... this session of Bridging the Gap will be mostly new beat driven music to hop us into the weekend. Expect new sound from Kraak & Smaak, Diplo, Stereolab and more.