Don’t miss musicians who have made their marks on the world |

Don’t miss musicians who have made their marks on the world

What a lineup! Tonight are the hotpicking Waybacks. Friday is a leading performer of Hawaiian slack key Patrick Landeza. Saturday is the dramatic local jazz fusion group Objects in the Mirror with the famous Michael Manring on bass. Hard to choose, so maybe do them all.

What they share in common is starting time, 8 p.m.; cost, $18; and, of course, venue, The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley.

Get tickets at Yabobo and Love Shack Records in Nevada City; at Briar Patch and The Book Seller in Grass Valley; and at Cherry Records in Auburn; call the center at 274-8384 for more information or go on their website at

The Waybacks have blossomed into one of Norther Califorina’s premier acoustic music bands. They are now headling major festivals across the country but they got their start in the Bay Area. They’ve played in town 2 or 3 times in the past but this will be their first visit to the Center for the Arts.

Possessed of dazzling instrumental chops and an absolute mastery of acoustic musical styles, The Waybacks are an eclectic acoustic quintet, steeped in a wide array of Americana idioms. Whether mesmerizing audiences at intimate venues or creating a sensation at major festivals, the band has brought its onstage alchemy to enthusiastic fans far and wide.

Eclectic in both their influences and approach, The Waybacks embrace multiple genres and put their unique stamp on the lot, rendering them all with turn-on-a-dime precision and characteristic charm, wit, and virtuosity. In so doing, they transcend genre altogether, conjuring up musical landscapes that defy boundaries but always find their center at the crossroads of fun and fascination.

From newgrass and western swing to jug band and gypsy jazz, from folk and fingerpicking to alt-country and improvisational excursions that defy categorization, Waybacks music is wild, energetic and unpredictable. At full tilt, they take on the force of an acoustic rock band. With their stellar musicianship and innate sense of adventure, they stand in good company with the few bands at the forefront of New American acoustic music.

The success of the group’s approach is evident in its broad appeal to audiences of all ages, shapes and tastes, whether they sit enraptured, stand drop-jawed at breathtaking flights of fancy, or just plain get up and dance. This is a populist band in the best sense of the term, one whose ardent fan base spreads the word like wildfire.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, The Waybacks are Stevie Coyle, James Nash, Warren Hood, Chuck Hamilton, and Joe Kyle Jr. Fleet-fingered and muddy-booted, they can play like nobody’s business.

Their ability to engage and delight audiences across multiple genres is a testament to their strength as musicians and performers. As a result, they gain new fans whenever they play.

All told, The Waybacks is a band far greater than the sum of its parts – intrepid travelers following their muse, looking to chart new territory and bringing everyone along for the ride. It’s a trip well worth taking. Don’t miss it!

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“Some of the best slack key I’ve heard…” – Islands Magazine

“Patrick is without doubt a slack key chameleon and we have only begun to see his many musical abilities.” – San Diego Slack Key Society

Hawaiian musician, songwriter, producer and educator Patrick Kahakauwila Kamaholelani Landeza is considered to be a leading performer of Hawaiian slack key guitar, or ki ho’alu, one of the world’s great acoustic guitar traditions.

A few years after being first introduced to slack key at age 15 by two uncles, Patrick discovered the ki ho’alu recordings of slack key master Raymond Kane. “He was my idol,” said Patrick. “I listened to him religiously.” The two would soon meet at one of Raymond’s concerts in Berkeley, only two blocks from Patrick’s house.

Taken by Patrick’s passion for slack key, Raymond took the young man as student. Patrick would travel to Hawai’i and pick up pointers from Raymond, as well as other slack key masters such as George Kuo, Dennis Kamakahi and the late Sonny Chillingworth. “Patrick is a fine slack key player!” beamed Kane.

Nineteen-year-old Patrick started playing solo in 1992, opening tours for

Hawaiian artists like Israel “Bruddah Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole, Cecilio & Kapono,

Keali’i Reichel and HAPA. Patrick would join backstage jam sessions with

slack key masters who were also on tour. Known simply as “The Kid,” he would

often be mistaken for an underage fan and prevented from entering venues.

“They had to remind the venue that I was a performer,” recalls Patrick.

One of the few mainlanders accepted into the close-knit circle of Hawaiian slack key artists, “many people believe that Landeza is on his way to becoming the mainland’s leading players of ki ho’alu,” wrote Sandy Miranda of the San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle in 1998.

Although a slack key artist for more than a decade, ki ho’alu has been more of a passion than a profession for Patrick, a former middle school vice-principal. Now, at 31, Patrick tours the nation regularly with other slack key artists such as Cyril Pahinui and Dennis Kamakahi. “A true innovator of Hawaiian Music and a vocalist of pure nahenahe (sweet sounding) quality,” Kamahahi says. Patrick also teaches ki ho’alu through workshops and private lessons. “Trying to get a lesson with Landeza is like trying to get admitted to Stanford,” joked the Oakland Tribune’s Harrington.

As a producer, Landezapresents continues to bring slack key to different markets introducing a variety of artists. From “Hawaiian Music’s Next Generation”, (Keoki Kahumoku, Herb Ohta Jr., David Kamakahi, Patrick Landeza) to “The Slack Key All-Stars” (Landeza, Kawika Kahiapo, Mike Kaawa, Jeff Peterson, Milton Lau) and this year introducing “The Women of Slack Key”.

“I am so grateful for the privilege of learning ki ho’alu from the masters and being able to entertain so many people with that gift,” said Patrick. “Now it’s time for me to share the mana’o, or knowledge and understanding, with others.”

“Solid musicianship” – Christian Kiefer, Sacramento News and Review

“Objects in the Mirror reflect their passion for creativity and commitment

to their musical journey as a band…a quintet of wonderful musicians having

way too much fun!!!” – Frank Martin

Following the successes of previous tribute shows at the Center for the Arts (Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon), Objects in the Mirror return with exciting and beautiful new original material, a new line-up, and a few suprises. Objects in the Mirror play a passionate and dramatic brand of jazz fusion that is rock-rooted, jazz-schooled, and often latin-infused. Their debut CD Drive has been praised for its creative originals seething with improvisation and spontaneity set in a grooving background.

Objects in the Mirror are:

Mark McCartney – drums

Perry Mills – guitar

Kit Bailey – percussion

Bob Villwock – keyboards

Alan Kuehne – bass

Inspired by his teacher Jaco Pastorius, Michael Manring has taken the electric bass into new territory. A native of the Washington, DC, area, he played classical bass in high school chamber groups and orchestra while also working in local Top 40 bands. From 1979 to 1982, he honed his chops in the DC fusion group Natural Bridge and also started performing with guitarist Michael Hedges. Manring played on Hedges’s Windham Hill debut Breakfast in the Fields. Since then, the bassist has become the Windham Hill session man, recording on albums by Will Ackerman, Ira Stein, and Russel Walder in addition to his frequent tours with Hedges. Manring is a also a key member in the label’s all-star band, Montreux.

Official web site for Michael Manring: and Objects in the Mirror:

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