Kanekoa

Kanekoa

October 17th 2022, 8:00 pm

Ukelele-powered Hawaiian Jam Rock
Doors
: 7:00 PM  //  Show: 8:00 PM
All Ages 
Dinner Tables in Stage Room

“Kanekoa takes the ‘ukulele and uke-related music to another place…Vince has a much different and  funkier pocket than any other uke player I’ve heard or have played with.” 

— James “Hutch” Hutchinson, Bass Player for Bonnie Raitt’s band 

Kanekoa is one of Hawaii’s premier live music experiences, consistently selling out shows wherever  they perform. Playing what is described as “ ’ukulele-powered Hawaiian jam-rock,” their sound is based  on the untapped potential of the electrified Hawaiian ‘ukulele. Kanekoa is riding the wave of renewed  interest in the instrument most closely associated with Hawai‘i, guided by its culture and land. Kanekoa  is right at home playing any genre from traditional Hawaiian to 80’s Pop to Jamband Blues, uniquely  offering their signature electric ‘ukulele sound to everything they play. They have caught the ear of  some of the biggest names in music including Mick Fleetwood, Los Lobos, and the Grateful Dead’s Bill  Kreutzman who called Kanekoa, “The Hawaiian Grateful Dead”. With every show they play, Kanekoa  continues to gain new loyal fans.  

Kanekoa was founded in the early 1990’s by soulful and soothing singer/rhythm ‘ukulele player Kaulana  Kanekoa, ‘ukulele virtuoso Vince Esquire and the talented pace-maker percussionist Travis Rice. Uncle  Don Lopez, a virtuoso on the U-Bass, is a more recent addition and completes a full-flavored sound to  round out the band. Kanekoa has uniquely taken the ‘ukulele sound into new territory—like local legend  (and occasional collaborator) Jake Shimabukuro. Though Kanekoa has been at it for close to 25 years,  the band continues to surprise and delight unsuspecting audiences, pushing the envelope of this 4-string  instrument in a jam band with eclectic roots and a sound that embraces flavors of reggae, blues, funk,  jazz and island music. Esquire’s fluid, liquid runs on the ‘ukulele sometimes recall Jerry Garcia’s tonal  lyricism. Wherever this band plays people are mesmerized, they’ve never heard anything like Kanekoa  before.