Stephen Inglis Fall Tour
One of my favorite slack key guitarists is coming to Southern California for several performances in September. If you live in the area, don’t miss the opportunity to experience this immensely talented singer/songwriter and guitarist. Stephen plays great slack key, but also performs his own compositions in more contemporary styles.
I’m looking forward to George’s Workshop once again this year and, as the 20 year anniversary of the workshop, it’s going to be a special one.
Over the course of the eight-day workshop week, we’ll have a total of 170 classes – instrumental classes for slack key guitar, ukulele, and steel guitar, and cultural classes that will include Hula, Hawaiian Language, Hana Kapa, Lei Making, Hawaiian Cooking, Lauhala Weaving. Hawaiian Language, Voice, and Hawaiian Fishing.
And once again, we’ll have an amazing faculty that will include the top slack key guitar and ukulele masters from the islands, along with renowned cultural and craft instructors.
The Workshop goes from Sunday, June 18th to Sunday, June 25th. There is still time to register and a few spaces left. For any student of Hawaiian music and culture, this is an experience that should not be missed. Truly life-changing.
I was fortunate to be asked to photograph and video this Masters of Hawaiian Music Concert for George Kahumoku. It was held at Campbell Hall, on the campus of UC Santa Barbara on April 9th, and featured George, Kawika Kahiapo, and Nathan Aweau. On the same bill was “Na Lei Hula I Ka Wekiu” under the direction of Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakane. Assisting me on the shoot was Kevin Ayers, also a talented photographer. I’ll be posting video clips soon. Below is a shot of George, Nathan, and Kawika at the sound check.
Slack Key Guitarist Stephen Inglis was joined by Shawn Jones at a house concert in Manhattan Beach Last Tuesday. These talented musicians play a range of musical styles, from Hawaiian Slack Key to Blues to acoustic folk/pop, with a selection of their original material included. It was a great concert – catch either or both of these fine musicians when you can!
Up-and-coming young slack key guitarist Danny Carvalho was in town from Oahu, and gave a house concert at Nancy Cook’s place in Manhattan Beach last evening. Danny is a student of Ozzie Kotani’s and a clearly talented slack key guitar player. He treated the audience to some slack key standards, as well as some of his original material. Nani Edgar and her mom, Sylvia Puanani Edgar, danced hula to several songs. Danny is a great example of the next generation of slack key guitarists, and has already begun to establish his own unique style… definitely an artist to watch!
Stephen Inglis, with his cohorts in the Lowden Players Global Guitar Greats, will be in SoCal to promote their new EP, and will be doing a house concert at Nancy Cook’s home in Manhattan Beach on April 14. For information email email@example.com
George Kahumoku’s Slack Key Show – Masters of Hawaiian Music is taking the show to the mainland from September 12 through October 24. Slack Key guitar Grandmaster, Led Kaapana and falsetto legend, Richard Ho’opi’i are joining Hawaii’s Renaissance Man, George Kahumoku on a 6-week tour. Together, these Masters share the delightful experience of ki-ho’alu (slack key guitar) – the distinctly Hawaiian style of open tunings – ‘ukulele, and Hawaiian vocals. See them near your hometown: Continue reading
Kimo at the Coffee Gallery
For you Southern California Slackers, Jim “Kimo” West will be giving a slack key workshop at e Hula Mau in Long Beach. As part of the annual E Hula Mau Festival, Kimo teaches a two-hour workshop in beginning and intermediate slack key guitar. Please reserve early as this event always fills up fast! He will cover some Drop C tuning material as well as Taro Patch tuning.
Location: West Long Beach Hotel, August 30 10AM-12PM.
For sign-up detail, see the Calendar.
This year’s George Kahumoku Jr. Slack Key Guitar & Ukulele Workshop just wound up on Maui and, by all accounts, it was one of the most successful workshops to date. The workshop staff included George Khumoku Jr., Jeff Peterson, Paul Togioka, Ledward Kaapana, Kevin Brown, Herb Ohta Jr., Derick Sebastian, Garrett Probst, Jason Jerome, Wainani Kealoha, Joel Katz, and Wende Keaka Stitt.
Classes included beginning to advanced slack key guitar and ukulele instruction, Hawaiian steel guitar, hula, and Hawaiian kapa making. The workshop was held this year at the Napili Kai Beach Resort, where evening kanikapilas concluded each day’s activities. On the final Sunday of the workshop, students performed on stage at the Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar Festival at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului. The 2014 workshop saw record attendance, with new folks accounting for almost half of the participants.
4-time Grammy Award winner Slack Key Guitarist George Kahumoku will be performing at the Irvine Barclay Theater in Southern California on Saturday, April 12. Appearing along with George will be slack key guitarist Stephen Inglis and, representing the next generation of Hawaiian music, Waipuna, with David Kamakahi.
Tickets: $39, $34, $29; patrons under 30: $32, $27, $22, $100 Gold Seats include vip seating, admission to the Gold Bar, and complimentary beverages
Phone: (949) 854-4646