Taj Mahal & Peter Rowan to Headline Hawaii’s Debut Kauai Folks Competition – Billboard


The occasion’s mission is to deliver collectively Hawaiian and North American traditions.

The debut Kauai Folks Competition has introduced Taj Mahal and the Hula Blues Band and Peter Rowan as headliners for the two-day occasion taking place Sept. 28-29 at Hawaiian plantation Grove Farm Museum in Kauai, Hawaii. With over 30 performers, the competition’s mission is to deliver collectively Hawaiian and North American traditions with performances from roots and nation artists like Jonny Fritz, Tim O’Brien, Blaine Sprouse and Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms.

The Kauai Folks Competition may also characteristic conventional Hawaii music such because the Latin/Hawaiian dance music known as “kachi kachi” that will likely be carried out by Wally Rita y Los Kauianos.

Hawaiian reggae star Sashamon will likely be backing up Molokai singer Uncle Isaac Kamaile Jr. on old-school Hawaiian nation songs. Hawaiian slack key and metal guitar will likely be represented by Na’ Opihi with Pancho Graham, Kirby Keough, Norman De Costa and Meles of Molokai with ukulele participant and singer Puka Asing additionally featured on the lineup.

Competition director Matt Morelock explains that 19th century royal Hawaiian courts inspired musical collaborations throughout cultures and genres, and he hopes the Kauai Folks Competition will showcase the heavy affect Hawaiian music has had on practically each style of standard American music.  

“[Hawaiian King] Kalākaua understood the significance not solely of selling Hawaiian language, tradition, and dance overseas, but additionally the optimistic affect that world tradition might have in Hawaii,” Morelock tells Billboard. “He hosted events and carnivals with all types of musicians and dancers from all around the world. We hope that we’re following on this spirit with the Kauai Folks Competition.”

Along with musical acts, the competition will embrace workshops on guitar, fiddle, banjo, ukulele and mandolin, in addition to dance instructors instructing hula, sq. dance, swing and two-step. Jam stations and loaner devices will likely be accessible all through the weekend and attendees are inspired to deliver devices.

“As a consequence of its geographical separation and the ever-increasing expense of journey and lodging, Americana music and musicians haven’t gained a lot foothold in Hawaii,” Morelock continues. “’Conventional’ tour budgeting is confounded by this place. Our crew of competition manufacturing professionals, a handful of beneficiant sponsors, a cooperative historic web site, and naturally, these beneficiant performers have teamed as much as enable such an uncommon occasion to happen on this tropical paradise.”

The competition will characteristic native food and drinks from a curated number of native favorites like Maui Brewing Firm, Kauai Juice Co, Ya Quddus Bagels, Po’okela Sausage, Uncle D’s Vegan BBQ and wholesome meals, amongst others. 

Each day, weekend and VIP passes for Kauai Folks Competition can be found now.



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