St. Joseph’s Cultural Center will present the acoustic Hawaiian music of Walt Keale, Stephen Inglis, Bill Grifiin and Chris Lau at 8 p.m. Friday.
Keale speaks and sings of continuity and progress. He advocates for Hawaiians and their culture in both word and deed, in Hawaii and wherever he travels. A contemporary, multicultural bard, his two CDs and performances throughout the U.S. have stimulated comparisons to his uncle, Moe Keale of the Sons of Hawaii, and to his cousin, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Though he does carry the same family talent, Keale has unique gifts. He is making his own musical mark through his astute lyrics and soulful voice.
Stephen Inglis is recognized as one of the premier slack-key guitarists in Hawaii today. His composition “Redwood Slack Key” was featured on the 2009 Grammy-nominated and Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning album “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings, Vol. 2.”
In 2012, he won another Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year for his duo project with the legendary Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, “Waimaka Helelei.” Inglis’ guitar work can be heard on albums by many of today’s top Hawaiian recording artists.
Bill Griffin has been playing the mandolin for more than 40 years and has appeared on recordings by a wide variety of artists in folk, Americana, bluegrass and Hawaiian music.
From 2006 through 2012, he was master luthier at Kanilea Ukulele company in Hawaii. His love of Hawaiian music led him to create the mandolele, a mandolin with 4 nylon strings and a tone more like that of an ukulele.
Chris Lau is a Grammy- and Na Hoku Hanohano-nominated record producer, owner of Rhythm and Roots Records and bassist from the windward side of Oahu. He has produced and appeared on numerous albums by a long list of Hawaiian artists.
Along with his father, Milton Lau, Chris produces the Slack Key Festivals that celebrate Ki-ho’alu (slack key) annually on every major island in Hawaii.
Tickets to Friday’s concert are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and can be purchased at BriarPatch Co-op, the Cultural Center office in Grass Valley and online at http://brownpapertickets.com.
For information, call 530-272-4725 or visit http://saintjosephsculturalcenter.org.