Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters at Yoshi's Oakland
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The last date listed for George Kuo, Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi was Thursday April 7, 2011 / 10:00pm.
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GEORGE KUO – Known for perpetuating traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar styling (kiho`alu), George started playing slack key in the ‘70s at garage jam-sessions, bars, concerts, and parties with friends and old-school slack key masters. George shares the feelings and enjoyment of a by-gone era in Hawaii that he was fortunate to have been a part of. George formed a group in 1980 named the Kipapa Rush Band, and later joined Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii in 1986. He currently performs steadily at the Waikiki Marriott Hotel and in concerts across the United States and Japan.
MARTIN PAHINUI** – Martin is known for his out-of-this-world singing and legendary family musical tradition. Martin’s incredible voice range from a low deep bass to a rich high and haunting falsetto is reminiscent of his legendary father, Gabby Pahinui. Martin grew up listening and watching his dad and other legendary performer friends gather at their home for rehearsals and memorable jam sessions that sometimes lasted for several days. Martin performed at nightclubs on Maui for many years before coming home and playing with the Peter Moon Band in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
AARON MAHI **– Aaron is one of Hawaii’s living legends in traditional Hawaiian music. He has a tremendous repertoire and knowledge of the hidden meanings of traditional Hawaiian songs, and combines traditional Hawaiian with formal music arranging, and has achieved the highest accolades in classical music circles. Upon graduating with distinction from the Hart School of Music, he performed as a bassist and later became the assistant conductor for the Honolulu Symphony. Vurrently, Aaron has been the conductor of the City and County of Honolulu’s Royal Hawaiian Band since 1980. Aaron is also fluent in Hawaiian language and perpetuates many of the old ways that he spent time learning from his family and from many elder Hawaiians that were famous musicians, arrangers, and songwriters. As Hawaii’s musical ambassador to the world, he performs with various Hawaiian shows and was the conductor for 24 years with the Royal Hawaiian Band.
About the Ticket Supplier: Yoshi's OaklandYoshi's began in 1973 as a small, North Berkeley sushi bar owned by a trio of struggling students with plenty of dreams. Its founder and namesake, Yoshie Akiba, orphaned during World War II, came to the U.S. to study fine arts, dance and dance therapy. She opened Yoshi's Japanese Restaurant with her two best friends Kaz Kajimura, a journalist and carpenter, and Hiroyuki Hori, a painter and Japanese cook. The original North-Berkeley, 25-seat restaurant quickly became successful and by 1977 the three partners moved to a larger space on Claremont Avenue in Oakland and began introducing live music in their restaurant. Over the next 20 years, Yoshi's built itself into one of the world's most respected jazz venues and won a reputation as the Bay Area's premier location for people who were looking for great food and the best jazz. Yoshi's has hosted legendary jazz greats such as Betty Carter, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Diana Krall, Branford Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Harry Connick Jr. and Oscar Peterson among hundreds of others.
In 1997, Yoshi's was invited by the Port of Oakland to relocate to Jack London Square as part of a plan to revitalize the area. Together with Morimoto Architects, Yoshi's built an award-winning 330-seat jazz club with a state-of-the-art sound system and design. Occupying 17,000 square feet in the heart of Jack London Square, the club is in it's tenth year in that location which has become one of the East Bay's greatest destinations. The restaurant and lounge have a combined capacity of 220. In 1998 Peter Williams was hired as the club's artistic director. Under his leadership, the club has continued to present the finest in jazz music, as well as world music, blues, neo-soul, latin jazz and afro-cuban music. In fall of 2006, Kajimura decided that it was time to elevate the menu to the quality of the jazz by recruiting Executive Chef Shotaro 'Sho' Kamio, one of the Bay Area's top chefs to make the change. Chef Kamio (formerly of Ozumo) brought a whole new generation of modern Japanese cuisine to Yoshi's, which instantly put it on the map as a destination to dine in addition to the best place to hear great live music.