Join us for an upcoming show featuring some of Hawaii’s famous faces!
Jim Kimo West and Ken Emerson are both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. They strive for freshness and spontaneity in there duet shows, often performing without a set list or any idea of what comes next. Their diverse musical influences venture beyond the islands toward the land of blues, ragtime and even jazz and both have played on Grammy-winning records. Ken played on the first-ever winner in the Hawaiian category as well as Donald Fagen’s Grammy-winning “Morph The Cat”. His many other touring/ recording credits include Jackson Brown, Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop as well as Hawaiian slack key legends Gabby Pahinui, Moe Keale and Raymond Kane. Besides his solo slack key career, Kimo is long-time guitarist on CD’s and tours for the world’s most famous musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic whose recent CD, “Mandatory Fun” debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and won the Grammy for Best Comedy Recording.
Henry Kapono “Welcome 2 My Paradise” w/ Special Guest Johnny Valentine
Kapono is a performer who has it all – vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer, audience favorite—and multiple honors and awards, including a Grammy nomination. He has taken home 14 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s “Grammy”) including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.
His original songs with a rock vibe celebrate his love for his family, express his pride in his Hawaiian culture, and share his joy in his home in the Islands! He has been at the creative forefront of contemporary Hawaiian music throughout his career – from the laid-back island rock of Cecilio & Kapono in the 1970s and 80s, to launching his solo career that produced 17 albums and a world-wide fan base, to his groundbreaking collaborations that fused the power of Hawaiian traditions with driving rock rhythms and a soundtrack for the new century.
A multiple Hawaii Music Award Winner, Johnny has spent most of his life entertaining in the heart of Waikiki. From shows to nightclubs, Johnny has become known as Hawaii’s most versatile singer, and his nephew Bruno Mars debuted at Johnny’s popular show. Notes Mars, “He is one of my inspirations”.
GUIDANCE BAND is a powerful force in the new movement of modern roots reggae. Based in Hawaii, their unique brand of reggae with island and rock influences has gained the attention of audiences worldwide. Superstars Pato Banton, Half Pint and Winston Jarrett all gave incredible special guest performances on GB debut album “The Trinity.” Childhood friends Keith Batlin and Ryan Brandvold are the creators and songwriters of Guidance Band. Keith and Ryan began performing together with several groups during high school in Hawaii. After graduation they both attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. They later moved back to Hawaii.
Two 50 min Sets 7-9 pm
Kahulanui (The Big Dance) is an inspiration passed down three generations from Grandfather Robert Kahulanui Naipo, to Dad Rodgers L.L. Naipo Sr., to Grandson and Kahulanui band leader, Lolena Naipo, Jr. Lolena remembers stories of his Grandfather who was a member of the Royal Hawaiian Band during an era when horns and drums were a part of Hawaiian music.
“Throughout Hawai‘i in the 1920s and 1930s, one could find orchestras playing Hawaiian Swing and the house would be jumping.”
Kahulanui borrowed from these influences and performs classic Hawaiian songs in a syncopated style making Hawaiian Swing vibrant and alive in Hawai‘i today.
Born and raised on the island of Maui, Anuhea was the oldest of four children. She is of Hawaiian, Chinese, German, Welsh, and Native American descent. She attended Chapman University in Orange County, California but left college to pursue her career as a musician.
Anuhea’s self-titled debut album Anuhea was released on April 21, 2009. Her fifth album Follow Me was released on October 6, 2017.
Right Love, Wrong Time, a single from her album, was picked as iTunes (USA) single of the week. In May 2010, Anuhea recorded and released on iTunes a remake of Estelle’s “Come Over Love” which hit number one on many Hawaii and Pacific Island radio stations.
On May 30, 2010 Anuhea won her first 2 Na Hoku Hanohano awards for Most Promising Artist and Contemporary Album of the Year.
She has performed and toured with artists such as SOJA, Kimie, Cas Haley, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Taj Mahal and Jake Shimabukuro.
Keola Beamer is a Hawaiian legend who has stretched the boundaries of slack key guitar music while remaining true to the soul of its deeply Hawaiian roots. Says Willie Nelson, “There’s no better slack key player than Beamer.”
Jeff Peterson is a rising star of the next generation of slack key players, who uses the style’s open tunings to explore multiple genres with ease and flair.
Together, they present an evening of superb guitar, accompanied by Beamer’s rich and soulful vocals, as they explore the beauty of Hawaiian music as it reflects its native land and the range of Hawai‘i’s many cultural influences. Their styles feature the complexity of technique that has shaped the distinctively resonant sounds of Hawai‘i, slack key guitar or ki-ho‘alu, with playing encompasses classical and jazz guitar as well.
They are joined by lovely dancer Moanalani Beamer, who brings hula and Hawaiian chants to the stage, and adds musical texture with ancient Hawaiian instruments.
The open tunings of Hawaiian slack key guitar give these guitar masters the incredible ability to play almost any kind of music, with a many-layered sound that belies the fact that each is playing only one instrument.They also have charts for guesting with orchestra.