Brother Iz Meets the Doobie Brothers

I hope you are well and enjoying some good music this week in the car, at home or live at the club! I wanted to share about a musical adventure I had last week performing with the hyper-talented Pali Ka’aihue!

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Pali Ka’aihue! Band Leader, Composer and all-around gifted musician!

He has just released his new CD “All In” and we had a string of gigs to celebrate the release with all-star heavy hitters in the Hawaiian Music community performing on the same bill. I have lived in Hawaii for 13 years now but still learn so much about Hawaiian music, language and culture every time I have the honor to perform with those that embody Aloha in music.  Not only can Pali’s fingers move almost faster than the speed of sound, his musical sense and compositional creativity are in a class of their own. He successfully fuses Hawaiian, Rock, Jazz and Latin into his own genre. Our performances were electric and audiences were astonished hearing this fresh, upbeat sound for the first time.

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Candice and Matt Tape on their honeymoon!

The first night I performed with Pali and his band, we played at Koaloha Ukuleles and I met this lovely young couple who were on their honeymoon and came to the store because they wanted to do something different for their last night in Hawaii before going home. They had no idea that it was to be a special night of music, food and new friends. They even had an ukulele engraved with their wedding date. Such a cute couple with great energy and enthusiasm for life!

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The uber-talented Nathan Aweau! He sounded just like a recording. No Autotune needed here!

Then there was Nathan Aweau who performed after us. OMG this guy is so amazing as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and bass player! I just hope he doesn’t play drums too or we’ll all be out of work! 🙂  I remember the first time I performed with him at the Don Ho show about 10 years ago and when I heard him sing and play bass, I just about dropped my drumsticks and lost the beat. He is someone to watch as his career continues to blossom.

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Kamaka Fernandez singing superb falsetto.

The final performer for the Koaloha evening was Kamaka Fernandez. Boy can this guy sing and groove on the uke in the traditional style. I like how he jokes about being African American raised on Maui and that when people look at him, they can’t believe such incredible Hawaiian music is coming from his mouth. Hawaii is like that though, we all kind of poke fun at each other but at the end of the day, it’s about where your heart is. His heart is definitely Hawaiian through and through.

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The legendary Ledward Ka’apana performing at our Corner Kitchen CD release concert.

Ledward Ka’apana also performed on different nights and had crowds cheering for more! Can I get a Hana Hou?!!! He is legendary and has influenced and inspired many young musicians to continue the Hawaiian music tradition. What a gem!

So that was my music-filled week! I thank my lucky stars that I get to perform with such amazing human beings and share it all with you!  –Von

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The drummer’s view! Also in Pali’s band are Jenn Wright – Percussion/Vocals (to the right in the pic), Kapono Na’ili’ili – Guitar/Vocals, Will Yokoyama – Bass/Vocals, and Josh Kaye – Keyboards