Legends: Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono, with Moanalani Beamer
Thu Jan 19 2023 at 07:00 pm
Freight & Salvage | Berkeley, CA
Advertisement“[Keola Beamer]…The Quintessential Hawaiian Slack-Key Guitar Master” —The New York Times
“Henry Kapono has clearly become the most prolific and profound island entertainer of his era – and there’s no stopping him.” —Wayne Harada, ShowBiz, Entertainment Writer, July 2021
Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono are two legends of Hawaiian music. Each became an icon in the 1970s, both at the creative forefront as Hawaiian music reinvented itself. They have continued to lead the way for over 4 decades.
Keola Beamer’s contributions to slack key guitar during the 1970s began to spark public interest in “kī-hō‘alu”, launching a statewide revival of the tradition, and his 1978 release, Honolulu City Lights, is the biggest selling recording in the history of Hawaiian music. Today he is one of Hawai‘i’s premier singer-songwriters, arrangers, composers, and masters of Hawaiian slack key guitar. “He’s an exceptional musician, a very good player, and beautiful singer. He’ll bring the spirit of the island to the concert.” –-Paul Simon
Henry Kapono rose to immense popularity with the phenomenon Cecilio & Kapono (aka C&K) as half of the duo with Cecilio Rodriguez. They helped forge the sound of 70s Hawaiian music, with laid-back contemporary island rock that voiced the feelings of an entire generation in Hawai‘i. Today as a solo artist, Henry is a Grammy-nominated and award-winning singer and songwriter. Winner of 20 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawai‛i’s “Grammy’s”), he was honored with two awards in 2021: peer-voted Best Contemporary Album of the Year and, by public vote, Favorite Entertainer of the Year.
Despite their common history, Keola & Henry only performed together for the first time in 2014, when Henry invited Keola & Moanalani Beamer to be part of Back in the Day performances. This successful annual show featured Hawai‛i’s musical greats who shaped Hawaiian music from the ‘70s forward, as part of the “Hawaiian Renaissance” — the seminal movement in Hawai‛i’s cultural history that brought language, music, hula, art, and all aspects of Hawaiian culture back to their central place in the life of the Islands.
Touring together, Keola & Henry, with Keola’s wife Moana performing hula, have been greeted by wildly enthusiastic audiences, celebrating their original songs that have become beloved contemporary Hawaiian classics. Share the spirit of the Islands with these Legends!
Photo Credits: James Kimo Garrett, Mark Modeen
Where is it happening?Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley, United States
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