Led Kaapana - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Led Kaapana - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar

Fran Guidry

Thu, August 27, 2015

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)

Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub

Sacramento, CA

$15 Adv - $20 Day of Show

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is all ages

Led Kaapana
Led Kaapana
Led Kaapana is a masters of the Hawaiian style of music known as slack key guitar (Ki Ho'alu). Led is the NEA National Heritage Fellow and one of the best slack key players alive today. He has a style that comes from his family in the days before TV, radio, internet -- it's down-home and real. His finger-pickin' style extends to autoharp and 'ukulele as well, and his vocal range encompasses baritone to Hawaiian falsetto singing (leo ki'e ki'e).

A master of the slack key guitar, Led Kaapana has been one of Hawai'i's most influential musicians for four decades. His mastery of stringed instruments, exceptional picking style on slack key guitar and 'ukulele, and extraordinary baritone to leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) vocal range, have made him a musical legend. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of "Led Heads" from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawai'i. In 2011, he was honored with an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for his artistic excellence and his contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage.
Fran Guidry
Fran Guidry
After playing old time rock'n'roll for 20 years, Fran experienced a musical rebirth when he turned on the TV in a Waikiki hotel room. He saw and heard Keola Beamer playing slack key, and he fell in love with Hawaiian music at that moment. Since then Fran has immersed himself in slack key and Hawaiian music. He has collected CDs and LPs, attended concerts, studied books and videos, taken lessons, and played slack key guitar nearly every spare minute. He has performed at various venues around the San Francisco Bay Area, in solo shows and as an opener for Hawaiian music stars like Dennis Kamakahi, Cyril Pahinui, and Patrick Landeza. He has also played with masters like Ledward Ka`apana, Mike Ka`awa, and Kevin Brown on his trips to Hawai`i.

Slack key guitar is a folk style that demonstrates the beauty and power of simplicity. Created over 150 years ago by Hawaiian cowboys herding cattle on volcanic slopes, it has endured and grown, inspiring new devotees generation after generation. Now this charming music seems to have transcended the boundaries of its island home, with slack key guitarists blossoming all across the mainland of the United States, in Japan, and in Europe.

Slack key seems to capture listeners like magic. The stresses and strains of the fast paced modern world fade as the ebb and flow of slack key transports them to that idyllic island paradise locked in their imagination. Like the traditional Hawaiian songs, Fran's originals are inspired by personal relationships, joyous life events, and the wonders of the world around us.
Venue Information:
Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub
2708 "J" Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816
http://harlows.com/