Hawaiian slack key guitar festival coming to South Jersey

 Ikaika Brown (left) performing with his father Kevin Brown (right). (Screen capture from YouTube video)

Ikaika Brown (left) performing with his father Kevin Brown (right). (Screen capture from YouTube video)

Acoustic music lovers will want to catch the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival at Camden County College’s Dennis Flyer Theater on Thursday, April 13.

The festival is among Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s top “must see” events.

Featured will be some of Hawaii’s most prominent musicians, including Ikaika Brown (performing in the video), Blayne Asing, Michael Keale, Chris Lau, Harry Soria and Stephen Inglis, plus local artists Bill Wynne and the Aloha Boys.

Hawaiian slack key guitar, or Ki-ho’alu, is a fingerpick style of acoustic guitar that originated on the pacific islands in the 19th century. Ki-ho’alu means “loosen the [tuning] key” in the Hawaiian language.

The festival got its start 35 years ago in Honolulu as a tribute to one of the genre’s legends, Philip “Gabby” Pahinui. Pahinui helped elevate Ki-ho’alu as an art form unique to Hawaii during its “Hawaiian Renaissance”.

Tickets range from $20 to $35 and can be purchased at www.mainstage.org, or by calling (855) 936-2467. ext 3.

Thursday, Apr 13, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. – 200 College Drive, Blackwood, N.J.

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