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Southern California Slack Key Festival

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About Southern California Slack Key Festival

Kala Koa Entertainment celebrates 10 years of bringing the biggest and brightest names in Hawaiian music to the mainland when the Southern California Slack Key Festival returns to the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:00pm.

One of the most acclaimed Hawaiian concerts to ever leave the islands, the Southern California Slack Key Festival takes fans on a Hawaiian musical journey that showcases GRAMMY-winning slack key guitarists, the best hula dancers in the world, special guest performers and an Island Marketplace.

The Southern California Slack Key Festival - the first of its kind anywhere outside of Hawaii - set a major milestone for Hawaiian music events on the mainland when it debuted in 2008 and has garnered a huge loyal following - creating, cultivating, and renewing interest in Hawaii and its music.

This year’s Southern California Slack Key Festival’s line-up includes The Lim Family, Jeff Peterson, Jim “Kimo” West, Ken Emerson, Keao Costa, Ledward Kaapana, George Kuo, Jerry Santos, and Kamuela Kimokeo.

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. Ki ho'alu, which literally means to "loosen the key," is the Hawaiian language name for the solo finger-picked style unique to Hawaii. In this tradition, the strings (or "keys") are "slacked" to produce many different tunings, which usually contain a major chord, or a chord with a major 7th note, or sometimes one with a 6th note in it. Each tuning produces a lingering sound behind the melody and has a characteristic resonance and fingering, with the thumb playing the bass while the other fingers play the melody and improvise in a finger-picked style.

How does the distinctive sound of slack key music fit into the fabric of Hawaiian music and culture? Watch this video and learn more about this beautiful generations-old art form –

In addition to the concert, an Island Marketplace – free to the public – takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., complete with Shave Ice, Hawaiian food, and great Hawaiian products and crafts.
The Southern California Slack Key Festival and Island Marketplace takes place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center located at 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd (at Aviation Blvd.), Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Free Parking. For more information and tickets to the concert please visit Tickets for the concert range from $20 - $55 and the Island Marketplace is free.

SKF9 2016 Promo Reel

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Jim "Kimo" West - Aloha Kauai - KVIC-TV3 [Music]


Jeff Peterson demonstrates Slack Key Guitar

video:Jeff Peterson demonstrates Slack Key Guitar
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