‘Livin’ on a Rock’ Features Island Musicians

December 7, 2017, 10:40 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:19 PM
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Free screenings of Livin’ on a Rock will be held at Kukuau Studio in Hilo on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, and at the Honoka‘a People’s Theatre on Tuesday, Dec. 19; both screenings at 6 p.m.

Some of Hawai‘i Island’s best musicians tell the story of the state’s music scene in their own words in the film Livin’ on a Rock.

Filmmaker Steve Roby of Snap Judgement Films interviewed 25 musicians and industry professionals for the new documentary, including North Kohala slack key master John Keawe, Grammy-winner Charles Michael Brotman and 40-year director of the Honoka‘a Jazz Band, Gary Washburn.

Also featured are the one-man band Bosco, Brad Bordessa, Dagan Bernstein, Mikey Fiyah, Chuck Gessert, Tomi Isobe, Hannah Kaplan, Lifeinpursuit, Bub Pratt, Lopaka Rootz, Ronnie V, Russell Ruderman, Richard Russell, Scott Reagan, Rachael Scott and Greg Shirley, co-owner of Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kailua-Kona.

Roby began production in January 2017, gathering interviews from Kona, Waimea, North Kohala, Ahualoa, Honoka‘a and Hilo. Many of the concert performances in the film come from the three-day ‘Ohana Fest in Waikoloa last August.


He curated the interviews with archival photos from North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center and spectacular aerial videos from the Island of Hawai‘i Visitors Bureau.


For more information and screening inquiries, visit or email
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