Island Contemporary - 'Ukulele Masters

Kanekoa - 'ukulele-powered Hawaiian jam band


“The Hawaiian Grateful Dead” —Bill Kreutzman, The Grateful Dead

“These guys scare me, they are that good” —David Hidalgo, Los Lobos

“The band is amazing…stepping out of the traditional ‘ukulele approach” —Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac

Kanekoa is one of Hawai’i’s premier live music experiences, consistently selling out shows wherever they perform. Playing what is described as “ ’ukulele-powered Hawaiian jam-rock,” their sound explodes with the untapped potential of the electrified Hawaiian ‘ukulele. Kanekoa is riding the wave of renewed interest in this instrument of Hawai‘i, guided by its culture and its land. From traditional Hawaiian to 80’s Pop to Jamband Blues, they offer their signature electric ‘ukulele sound to everything they play. With every show they play, Kanekoa continues to gain new loyal fans.

Kanekoa was founded in the early 1990’s by soulful and soothing singer/rhythm ‘ukulele player Kaulana Kanekoa, ‘ukulele virtuoso Vince Esquire and the talented pace-maker percussionist Travis Rice. Uncle Don Lopez, a virtuoso on the U-Bass, completes a full- flavored sound to round out the band. Kanekoa has uniquely taken the ‘ukulele into new territory. Though Kanekoa has been at it for close to 25 years, the band continues to surprise and delight, pushing the envelope of this 4-string instrument in a jam band with eclectic roots and a sound that embraces flavors of reggae, blues, funk, jazz and island music. Esquire’s fluid, liquid runs on the ‘ukulele sometimes recall Jerry Garcia’s tonal lyricism. Wherever this band plays people are mesmerized.— To hear this band, and the music that comes from their four strings…is to love this band.–


Tour Schedule


Thurs, Jun 30, Anchorage AK


Past Tours Dates

Thu Sep 16  Center for the Arts, Grass Valley CA

Sat Sep 18  Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA

Sun Sep 19  Myron’s Cabaret Jazz, Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas NV

Tue Sep 21  Alberta Rose, Portland OR

Thu Sep 23  The Triple Door, Seattle WA


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