Friday, March 27, 2009

KXCI Presents - Hawaiian Guitar Masters in Tucson

KXCI is excited to present a rare opportunity to hear several of the best Hawaiian slack key guitarists in the world, right here in Tucson. The show is this Saturday, March 28th, 8pm, at the Rialto Theatre. This Masters of Slack Key Guitar concert features George Kahumoku Jr., Dennis Kamakahi and Richard Ho'opi'i.

George Kahumoku Jr. is bringing his Grammy Award winning show to Tucson on March 28th. There is plenty to celebrate after winning the Grammy three straight years for “Best Hawaiian Music Album.” Kahumoku, considered by many as the greatest solo sack key guitarist alive, was also one of the albums producers. These three CDs: Masters of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Legends of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, and last year’s release Treasures of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar were actually live shows that were recorded and hosted by Kahumoku in Maui. His reason for recording these CDs, is same for organizing this tour, and that is to present the greatest Hawaiian artists performing today. Also accompanying Kahumoku on this tour will be:

Dennis Kamakahi is one of Hawaii’s most prolific composers having written such famous Hawaiian standards such as Wahine Ilikea, Pua Hone and Koke’s among many others. At the early age of 19, his rich voice and superlative guitar skills led him to be honored to replace the preeminent Gabby Pahinui in the acclaimed band The Sons of Hawaii. Now after 40 years as a professional musician, he too can claim to be one of Hawaii’s most renowned artists.
Richard Ho`opi`i is a living legend of Hawaiian music and master of the traditional art form of Hawaiian falsetto. For many years he performed with his brother Sol as the Ho`opi`i Brothers. He has received the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Heritage Fellowship, America’s highest honor for traditional artists. Charismatic on stage, his lively music, thick white hair and infectious smile, make him one of the most recognizable Hawaiian musicians.

All three Grammy winners will be playing solo sets with some accompaniment and hula. Then all three musicians will perform together in a big finale to end the show. Including intermission this will be a two and a half hour program. Reserved seats are available at he Rialto Theatre box office for $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets are also available at Bookmans. Info: 740-1000.


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