Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar FestivalApril 13, 2017 Blackwood, NJ
DetailsTime : 7:30 PM
Venue : Dennis Flyer Theatre at Camden County College
Address : 200 College Drive, Blackwood, NJ
State : NJ
Zip : 08012
Phone : 856-227-3091
Contact Email : email@example.com
Contact Website : http://www.mainstage.org
Hawaiians are famous for sharing their islands’ riches — the incredible beaches, the dazzling reefs, the torch-lit luaus, etc. — but for generations islanders held back one treasure for themselves alone. Their secret pastime? Slack key guitar. Now, after years of obscurity — the first slack key recording wasn’t made until 1947 — an amazing musical showcase celebrates both this unique style and its gifted practitioners, the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival. Featuring four prominent Hawaiian guitarists and two local artists, the festival has been dubbed a “Must See” event by Acoustic Guitar. Simply put: If you haven’t heard the guitar played in this ancient Hawaiian style, you haven’t heard the full potential of one of the world’s most versatile instruments. Experience it yourself when the Festival brings the Aloha Spirit to the Dennis Flyer Theater.
Presented by the Mainstage Center For The Arts, the festival will feature 4 of Hawaii’s prominent artists in the genre (Stephen Inglis, Michael Keale, Blayne Ahsing, and Ikaika Brown) along with 2 local artists in the genre (Andy Wang and The Aloha Boys). The festival has been dubbed 1 of 50 “Must See” events in America today by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. There are 6 of these festivals in Hawaii (one on each of the islands and 3 on Oahu) and many more on the continent (California, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, etc). Slack Key Guitar is a 186 year old guitar art form that began in Hawaii around 1830 and has evolved over the decades. Today, Slack Key can also be found in Asia and Europe as well. The festival started in Honolulu in 1982 as a tribute to one of Hawaii’s iconic slack key guitar musicians—Gabby Pahinui. For more information on the slack key guitar or the festival you can visit www.slackkeyfestival.com.