If you’re one of the worldwide contingent of “Led Heads”, of course you already have your tickets for Ledward Kaapana‘s only Southern California appearance this Sunday as part of the Kala Koa “Wire and Wood” solo acoustic guitar series. Everyone else? Here’s your chance to see the multiple Grammy-winning slack key master who was instrumental in the Seventies Hawaiian Renaissance and has played with Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Sonny Landreth, Chet Atkins, Leo Kotke, Taj Mahal, Ry Cooder and Tal Farlow, among others.
Yes, the man is a living legend.
Now celebrating his 47th year as a performer, Kaapana spent his formative years (musically and otherwise) in a black sand bay village on the Big Island with no electricity and very little radio. The entertainment void was filled with days-long backyard parties of continuous music in the Hawaiian tradition of ohana (family) with musicians taking over as their fellow players took breaks.
Oh, to have been a fly on those palm fronds…..
Immersed in this world of all music, all the time, Led became proficient in steel guitar, ukulele, autoharp, and bass guitar as well as slack key and started performing professionally at 14 with his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, and his uncle Fred Punahoa, a rarely recorded slack key master. Led also became renowned for his leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) and baritone voices and famous (infamous?!) for his kolohe (rascal) charm. ‘Cause really, who can resist a charming rascal?
As a teenager, Led’s occasional experimentation with rock ‘n roll riffs was viewed with amused tolerance and encouragement to “play what you feel and play with aloha”.
It’s such a good idea to listen to your elders.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….
Fran Guidry (SF Bay Area) opens
Sunday, October 3 @ 6:30PM
(Doors open at 5:30)
68 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach 90254
$20, $25, $28
For tix: http://kalakoa.tix.com/
For further info: http://wire-and-wood.com/
For food and drink info: http://sangriahermosa.com/
(NOTE: Food and drink not included in ticket price)