Jim “Kimo” West - Slack Key Sunday Afternoon! Music and Hula

Jim “Kimo” West - Slack Key Sunday Afternoon! Music and Hula

From September 17, 2017 3:00 pm until September 17, 2017 5:00 pm

At Coffee Gallery Backstage

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JIM “KIMO” WEST.......Slack Key Sunday Afternoon! Music and Hula.

Treat yourself to a relaxing Hawaiian vacation - without the cost of airfare!

Award-winning Hawaiian "slack key” guitarist, JIm “Kimo” West brings his refined playing style and captivating compositions to Coffee Gallery Backstage, performing selections from his CD’s, “Coconut Hat”, “Slack Key West”, “Kimo-Style”, “Maui Skies” and “Guitar Stories”. Special guest Diana Tanaka will sing and dance her enchanting hula!

Having never even seen Waikiki, Jim “Kimo” West came right to Hana, Maui in 1985 and spent much of his time there for many years. It was in Hana where he first heard the music of Gabby Pahinui, Sons Of Hawaii, Sonny Chillingworth and Atta Isaacs. Already familiar with alternate tunings, the sound of ki ho’alu became his favorite “soundtrack”.

Best known as long-time guitarist for the worldʻs most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Kimo is regarded as one of the world’s foremost “ki ho’alu” or Hawaiian “slack key” guitar artists. This warm and engaging acoustic guitar style has it’s roots in 1840’s Hawaii, when Mexican vaqueros first brought guitars to the Big Island of Hawaii. If you saw the Oscar-winning film, “The Decendants” you have experienced this great acoustic guitar tradition.

Kimo is a 2008 winner of the Hawaii Music Awards and three-time Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian ‘Grammy’) nominee. He is also a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his efforts in keeping this important acoustic guitar tradition alive.

He is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals as well as the So Cal Slack Key Festival every year from 2008 through 2013. He has shared the stage with almost all the world’s top slack key players at one time or another.

Jim “Kimo” West just returned from many months and moons of touring all over America. He is in huge demand and we are lucky to get him. Do not miss. Several times headlining at The Coffee Gallery Backstage.

Sunday, September 17. Show at 3:00 P.M. (Matinee). Tickets: $18.