Kanekoa, Ukulele Jam Rock from East Maui.
Sailing in on a wave of blissful sound, Maui’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning band Kanekoa has become a global phenomenon. Powered by electric ukuleles and exotic rhythms, these ukulele masters ride the wave of Hawaiian roots with jam band energy, creating a sound they call Hawaiian jam-rock. For the last 25 years audiences never fail to swoon over their soulful originals and crafty covers interpreted with pure originality. The Grateful Dead’s drummer Bill Kreutzmann goes so far as to call them, “the Hawaiian Grateful Dead.” David Hidalgo of Los Lobos says, “These guys scare me. They are that good.” The group — soulful singer/rhythm ‘ukulele player Kaulana Kanekoa, ‘ukulele phenom Vince Esquire, and Uncle Don Lopez, exceptional on the U-Bass, recently graced the cover of Ukulele Magazine and were referred to as “Hawaiian Trailblazers”. They are joined by percussionist Lopaka Colon (who also plays with Mick Fleetwood’s Island Rumours Band) Once you hear Vince Esquires lead ukulele, you’ll know why he was invited to play with the Allman Brothers Band by his good friend Gregg Allman.
“Kanekoa‘s live shows are legendary throughout the islands and beyond – anyone that has had the privilege of seeing Kanekoa perform can attest to a live experience unlike any other.”
— Kala Brand Music
“I’ve been jamming with Kanekoa for years now and whenever I get over to Maui we share the stage. Hawaiian style roots music at its best.”
“Wow…They are really tight, and do very interesting arrangements of our songs.”
—John Densmore, The Doors
Steve Berlin will be Kanekoa’s special guest musician. Steve became famous as one of the founding members and driving forces of Los Lobos, and continues to tour the world with them. But when he’s at home, it’s in the the Portland area. We are always blown away when he graces the Alberta Rose stage.
$30 At the Door
Minors ok with parent/guardian