The Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) presents two masters of distinctly Hawaiian music this week: Steel guitarist Bobby Ingano is the special guest of Slack Key Masters, and 'Ukulele ambassador Jake Shimabukuro is the star of the next Moonlight Series concert.
Ingano, who comes from an extremely musical family from Honolulu by way of Lana'i City, taught himself how to play the 'ukulele and guitar. Once he was introduced to the steel guitar as a young man, he perfected his technique on the instrument. He is now recognized as one of Hawai'i's finest steel guitarists. Ingano has performed and recorded with many of Hawaiian music recording artists, including Amy Hanaiali'i, The Ka'au Crater Boys, The Brothers Cazimero, Martin Pahinui, Willie K and Kekuhi Kanahele.
He has recorded two solo CDs-Steel Reflections, which is no longer available, and Stranger Here. His steel guitar artistry is featured on the still-available Dancing Cat release, Ho'olohe, and on three of the Grammy Award-winning Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar compilation albums. Catch him and George Kahumoku Jr. in the McCoy Studio Theater on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy music and entertainment by steel guitarist Bobby Ingano and event host George Kahumoku Jr. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Centers Slack Key Masters concert in the McCoy Studio Theater on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Shimabukuro will shine under the moon- and star-lit shimmer of Yokouchi Pavilion with his signature strumming and picking on the 'ukulele. In his hands, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold musical force. Shimabukuro and his "'uke" appear to effortlessly mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian and folk music, creating a sound that's both technically masterful and emotionally powerful, not to mention, utterly unique in the music world.
This month, CBS Records released a soundtrack to its hit television series Hawai'i Five-0, which features Shimabukuro's original instrumental aptly titled 'Ukulele Five-0. It's another example of his renowned ability to merge the gap between traditional Hawaiian and contemporary pop.
Standard tickets to Slack Key Masters monthly at the MACC go for $25; $45 for VIP, which includes a sound-check at 6:30 p.m. and talk-story with artists.
Tickets to see "Jake by Moonlight" are $30 for standard seating and $45 for premium (plus applicable fees).
For tickets, call 242-SHOW (7469) or order online at MauiArts.org.