Charley's is my kind of place - Willie Nelson

 

Take a step back in time and find true Aloha.

Charley's Restaurant and Saloon, established in 1969, is an award-winning, Maui Landmark.

Charley’s is a reflection of the culture of Maui, the essence of its foods, and the warm spirit of entertainment and Aloha.

We welcome you to a favorite community gathering place and celebrated destination spot.

Charley’s is located in Paia, Maui, Hawaii; a former sugar-plantation town that serves as the crossroads to the North Shore of Maui.  Known for its large waves and ideal conditions for surfing, windsurfing and kite-boarding, the North Shore of Maui is a water playground. The North Shore is also known for its rainforests, waterfalls and hiking.

Paia maintains its small-town, old Hawaii charm, and is now a bustling destination with restaurants, bars, shopping, coffee and gelato.

At Charley’s you never know who might be sitting next to you. It’s long been a favorite hang-out for surfers, adventurers, writers, hippies, rock stars, artists, business leaders, celebrities, and all types, looking to get away and find the ultimate in Maui hospitality.

Willie Nelson’s Favorite Spot on Maui! See him at work at Charley’s here!

Mattie Safer​

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To only know Mattie Safer as the jazz school dropout turned bassist of iconic proto-indie dance band The Rapture of “House of Jealous Lovers” fame (and much more) is barely scratching the surface of his musical inspirations, which is to say you’re scratching the surface of his life. Aligning his personal evolution with a refreshed and freer approach to his music, Mattie’s latest material is incredibly powerful, honest and strikes the chords of the soul.
 
Recording for Safer’s current material has been a five-year process. Evolving from a hybrid club-friendly project into the current timeless, yet modern live R-&-B concept involved Wolf Tone Records founder Paul Epworth liking “the songs that were slower.” That wasn’t just a nod to enjoying their style, but to the idea that they “felt more like [him].” Epworth encouraged Safer to “stop worrying about trying to be cool,” and instead focus on being himself and making“the things that [he] really wanted to make.” These songs reflect Safer’s “greatest joy.”  He’s found himself more than ever through the catharsis of songwriting, which in his words   “put me in a better state of mind.” He continues, “I needed encouragement, and the best encouragement comes from yourself. Telling myself to keep on going when I didn't even believe everything I was saying or know that what I was feeling was important.  These songs helped me through some rough times… An ex-manager, an ex-girlfriend, an ex-wife.” Freeing himself from those resistant to the changes he was making in his music and in his life, the latest material showcases an artist who “rediscovered a joy for music and life that had been missing for years.” He continues, “I don't think that the things I went through are so unique. This is a record about growing and growing up, me looking in the mirror and talking to myself. If any of that speaks to others people’s experiences then I've done good work. If I can share through music and help other people, that's wonderful.”
 
Key to Safer’s development was his time spent with two unlikely creative forces, Timbaland and Daft Punk. While with The Rapture, Safer’s work with Timbaland allowed him to experience a less creatively restrictive situation than what the wildly popular Rapture had become. Being on tour with Daft Punk ultimately showed him that he “needed to make changes in [his] life and push [his] creativity and talent further in order to get to the musical world [he] wanted to live in.”
 
Influenced by his youth in the soulful surroundings of Washington, DC, Mattie held an early affinity for artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Clifford Brown, and more contemporary  groups like The Pharcyde and De La Soul. “I came off that Daft Punk tour and was just sick of everything I was doing and everything I was surrounded by. I would sit and listen to hours and hours of Stevie Wonder and Jay Z for like 3 months. There was no agenda but I felt reconnected to something I had lost, reconnected to what I really love. The songs just started pouring out of me.” The resulting work reflects it: A smooth yet powerful voice floats over top of songs infused with the spirit classic soul refracted through hip hop, heavily influenced by the sounds of artists like Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and D'Angelo.  An Impressions record produced by J Dilla, a bit of grit and a touch of class.
 
A strong-minded individual thriving in creating from a musical perspective wholly  his own, Mattie Safer infuses his soulful live R&B sound with a humanity that creates a connective, impacting and profoundly inspiring listen. His debut solo EP “All We Are” is due out May 27th (Dream City Sounds).
 

 

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