The annual celebration of Hawai'ian music returns with a new line-up of award-winning and internationally acclaimed musicians and performers. The featured artists will include HAPA, John Santos, Makaha Sons, Ho'okena, and other notables. As one of the only venues on the mainland to consistently showcase the arts of the Pacific Islands, the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts invites everyone to relive, or experience for the first time, Hawai'ian culture and music during the 2009-2010 season. Performers typically play two shows at 3 and 8 p.m., Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90608. Subscription sales are currently available and single ticket sales begin July 16. For more information contact www.shannoncenter.org or call 562.907.4203.
August 29: George Kuo, Bobby Ingano, Aaron Mahi & Martin Pahinui
We are proud to present George Kuo (6 and 12 string slack key guitar), Martin Pahinui (6 string slack key guitar), Bobby Ingano (Steel guitar) and Aaron Mahi (bass guitar), who bring us the traditional folk art of Hawaiian slack key guitar and vocal melodies. They are known for their deep soulful delivery projected in a language and feeling that anyone can understand and appreciate. Their performance features the breathtaking intimacy of solo slack key guitar followed by a rousing trio jam session, trading spontaneous instrument solos and unique vocal harmonies, recreating the atmosphere of a Hawaiian backyard party. Each of them are highly accomplished and recognized Hawaiian musicians that have been performing together many years, for the pure enjoyment of perpetuating traditional music and reciprocating and embellishing each other's talents, to where these feelings become instilled in all audiences.
September 26: Jerry Santos
Best known for his work in the musical group Olomana, singer/songwriter Jerry Santos has been a familiar presence on the Hawaii music scene for almost four decades. From his first solo professional gig at the age of 18, Jerry has gone on to establish himself as a singer and song writer. After a few years of playing the clubs in Honolulu and a brief stint in California, he returned home to team up with Robert Beaumont in1974 to form the group Olomana. He helped to create a unique and easily recognizable musical style, blending Hawaiian music with contemporary rhythms. Over the years he has had the opportunity, as a soloist or with Olomana, to perform his music all over Hawai'i, the continental USA, Canada, Japan and other Pacific Island Nations. He has performed his music with The Honolulu symphony, The Honolulu City Ballet and The Hawaii Youth Symphony.
November 7: Cyril Pahinui with Peter Moon Jr.
The son of musical legend Gabby Pahinui, Cyril Pahinui is, in his own right, one of Hawai‘i's most gifted guitarists and singers. Cyril Pahinui has twice played at Carnegie Hall, contributed to two Grammy Award-winning albums, received several Hoku Hanohano Awards, and recorded on more than 25 Hawaiian musical releases. As a slack key guitarist, Pahinui's technical virtuosity, rhythmic adaptations, and instrumental harmonics impart the soul of Hawaiian music, and his beautiful, emotive, and well-recognized voice renders an intimate picture of his Pacific island home.
Up-and-comer Peter Moon Jr. (son of legendary Peter Moon) will accompany Pahinui on the ukulele.
December 6: Ho'okenawith special guest Maila Gibson
Ho'okena has been performing together since 1986 and is one of Hawai'i's most enduring music groups. Their most recent recording, Cool Elevation, was nominated for a 2005 Grammy Award in the Hawai'ian music category. The group is known for blending intricate arrangements, instrumentation, and new compositions. Maila Gibson is a dynamic, emotive performer with confident yet down-to-earth presence that captures all audiences.
April 10: HAPA
HAPA has been hailed as "virtuoso," "masterful," "Hawai'i's supergroup," and "the sound of Maui." Founded in 1983 by guitarist Barry Flanagan, HAPA is a musical troupe consisting of musicians who play contemporary Hawai'ian music, a traditional Polynesian chanter and hula dancers. Hawai'ian born Nathan Aweau joined the group in 2003 as a guitarist. O`ahu native Charles Ka'upu has been a member of HAPA since 1993.
HAPA has released more than a half-dozen CDs including their latest,Maui, the first to feature Nathan Aweau. Maui was honored with four awards at 29th annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards including album of the year and contemporary album of the year. Aweau won awards for his solo efforts, Hawai'i Classic Series Vol. 1 Vintage, on which he sang, and Bass Etude.
January 16: The Makaha Sons
Considered to be one of Hawai'i's premiere musical groups, The Makaha Sons have been performing traditional Hawai'ian music worldwide for more than 30 years. Over the years the line-up has consisted of five members but is currently a trio featuring Louis "moon" Kauakahai on six-string guitar, John Koko on upright acoustic bass, and Jeromo Koko on the 12-string guitar.
May 29: The Brothers Cazimero
The Brothers Cazimero burst onto the Hawai'ian music scene along with the resurgence in popularity of native culture in the islands in the 1970s. Considered masters of their craft, The Brothers Cazimero merge the past and present with their renditions of chants, dances and songs of the native Hawai'ians.
The group consists of Robert, bassist, and Roland who plays guitar. Together they have released more than 30 recordings, including the Grammy-nominated album, Some Call It Alohaâ€¦Don't Tell. The duo has brought the sounds and culture of Hawai'i to sellout audiences worldwide.