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Kala Koa Presents The 2010 Southern California Slack Key Festival

United States
The third annual showcase of the best Hawaiian slack key guitarists anywhere in the world gather together on one stage in Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo Beach, CA (November 25, 2009) Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Southern California Slack Key Festival at www.kalakoa.com. In January 2008, the Festival - the first one of its kind anywhere outside Hawaii - set a major milestone for Hawaiian music events on the mainland. The annual event has already garnered a huge loyal following - creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music.

Kala Koa Entertainment will present the highly anticipated 3rd Annual Southern California Slack Key Festival on January 24, 2010 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. The lineup of GRAMMY, Hawaii Music Awards and Na Hoku Hanohano award winners will feature Cyril Pahinui and the Pahinui Hawaiian Band, Ledward Kaapana, Jeff Peterson, Makana, Jim “Kimo” West and John Cruz as well as local hula dancers.

What is Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Music?

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar (ki ho’alu) is truly one of the world’s great acoustic guitar traditions, considered to be one of the oldest music traditions to still be a viable (other than just historical) part of a modern culture.

There are different theories about the beginnings of slack key guitar in the islands: European sailors who possibly introduced Hawaiians to the gut string guitar around the beginning of the 19th century; Mexican and Spanish cowboys hired by King Kamehameha III around 1832 to teach Hawaiians how to handle an over- population of cattle; Whatever its origins, ki ho’alu - as it’s called in the Hawaiian language - has evolved into a highly developed instrumental art form in both solo and group formats. When played solo, the beautiful and unique intricacies of the slack key guitar can be most fully appreciated, as the music of each master has great depth and individuality.

“Spirit of Aloha” Benefit Drawing

Hawaii and Hawaiian music touches people; it seems to create within them a longing for a more joyous life, being at peace with Self and Mother Nature, and a deep-seated need to feel connected to others, as part of a family - or ʻohana - as itʼs said in Hawaiian. It is in this “Spirit of Aloha” that the Festival will hold its benefit drawing, the proceeds of which will help benefit the Museum of Making Music and the California Acoustic Music Project to assist in their outreach endeavors. Entrants need not purchase a ticket to the Festival to be able to enter the drawing.

WHEN: January 24, 2010 WHERE: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach CA 90278 TIME: 2pm - 5pm (Island Marketplace featuring island-themed food and gifts opens at 11am).

2010 Media Sponsors: Easy Reader, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Amoeba Music, Hawaii Magazine
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