Welcome to Bluegrass Hawai`i!!

If you're looking for bluegrass and traditional music in the Hawaiian Islands, you've come to the right place. Our little community of music lovers from all over Hawai`i and the rest of the world is growing bigger every day. We're now offering paid memberships for only $10/year! Use your PayPal account or mail a check. Become a member today and support bluegrass and traditional music in the Aloha State! Or add yourself to our mailing list - it's FREE. CLICK HERE.

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NEWS

TRICKY BRITCHES and WASHTUB RENDEZVOUS

Surfer the Bar, Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kawela Bay
Friday February 5, 2016 9:00 pm
Ages 21+; cover charge $10

It's going to be a great fun night of music, fun, and dancing as we welcome back our friends TRICKY BRITCHES, that amazing bluegrass/Americana quartet from Maine, and bid a fond farewell to WASHTUB RENDEZVOUS, the North Shore's favorite popup stringband! The cover charge for this 21+ event is just $10.

TRICKY BRITCHES, a fantastic band of musicians from Portland, Maine, will open the show at 9PM. They'll be making their fourth visit to Hawai'i this year, wisely escaping the brutal winters of Portland for a month each time. With banjo and fiddle driving every song, this band offers fantastic vocal harmonies and some of the coolest, cleverest, most irresistible original material you've ever heard, reminiscent of the best music of John Hartford. They've recorded two wonderful albums of original material, Hard Fought Day and Good Company, and they're bringing a new EP to Hawaii to share with us. It's called Comin' In Hot, which is a backwoods Maine term for "approaching a little faster than anticipated." You will want to catch these guys at every single show they play, but especially THIS ONE, because it's the WELCOME BACK BRITCHES event! (Here's a tune that will tickle your memory.)

Tricky Britches:

  • Jed Bresette: Guitar, bass, vocals
  • Seth Doyle: Mandolin, guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Tyler Lienhardt: Fiddle, washboard, vocals
  • Richard Bicknell: 5-string banjo

Next, WASHTUB RENDEZVOUS will take the stage. This motley crew of musicians came together in support of the annual visit of musician Mike Racky, a brilliant scoundrel and pedal steel player who escapes Chicago every year to winter in the Hawaiian Islands. Consisting of Racky, several former members of the North Shore's legendary Bathtub Gin, and their pal Caroline Wright, the Rendezvous covers everything from Bill Monroe to Led Zeppelin. As Racky is leaving for Kauai shortly, this will be his last Oahu performance. The show will also be a big sendoff for Max Golopol, who leaves the islands in March on a walkabout of Southeast Asia. Come say aloha and dance off a dollar's worth of shoe leather!!!

Washtub Rendezvous:

  • Max Golopol: Bass, guitar, vocals
  • Brook Boogie Parlow: Guitar, vocals
  • Mike Racky: Pedal steel, guitar, vocals
  • Kevin Richards: Mandolin, harmonica, guitar
  • Jeb Wiemer: Guitar, bass, vocals
  • Caroline Wright: Vocals

ADDITIONAL TRICKY BRITCHES APPEARANCES IN HAWAI'I:

Check with venues for times! Check here or the Bluegrass Hawai'i Facebook page for changes and additions!

February 5: Surfer The Bar
February 9: Hard Rock Cafe
February 16: Hard Rock Cafe
February 20: Downbeat Lounge

SALOON PILOTS

Big City Diner
108 Hekili Street, Kailua, 808-263-8880
Friday February 5th and 19th, 8:00pm - 10:30pm

JUSTIN MURATA and KELA

The Willows
901 Hausten Street, Honolulu, 952-9200
Friday February 5th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Our favorite guitar (finger) picker Justin Murata will be playing Hawaiian music with his band Kela at The Willows on Friday February 5th from 6:30 to 8:30. If you plan on being in the area or just want to get out for some excellent food and drink in a relaxing, open-air environment, you will not want to miss it. The Willows is located in lovely Moili`ili.

TONY TRISCHKA

Atherton Studio
738 Kaheka Street, Honolulu, 808-955-8821
Saturday, February 6th, 7:30 pm

Hawai'i Public Radio hosts Tony Trischka, considered to be the most influential banjo player in the roots music world, on February 6. Trischka's imaginative stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument. In his solo banjo show in HPR's Atherton Studio, he will explore that same expansive range of music, from originals to those composed by others. Bluegrass will be well represented, with medleys featuring the sounds of Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and John Hartford. He will also interpret the music of Pete Seeger, J.S. Bach, John Phillip Sousa, and the Beatles. Opportunities for audience participation are guaranteed.

Tickets to this lively evening with consummate banjo artist Tony Trischka are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. Reservations may be made at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawai'i Public Radio, 738 Kaheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

THE LI'L BLUEGRASS SHACK BAND

Kahumana Farm Cafe
86-660 Lualualei Homestead Road
Waianae, HI 96792 808-696-8844
Saturday, February 20th, noon - 2:00 pm

Click HERE for more information about the farm!

SAM and the SUMO NINJAZ

Jerry's Pizza
67-292 Goodale Avenue, Waialua, HI 96791, 808-637-8866
Saturday, February 20th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

The Ninjaz will be playing at Jerry's this month. Jerry's has great pizza, sandwiches, and a store across the parking lot which has a nice selection of beer and wine. Come out to the country for some good music, food, and friends!

BLUEGRASS IN THE KO'OLAU

Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Kaneohe, Oahu
April 8th through April 11th, 2016

The next Bluegrass in the Ko'olau is right around the corner!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!

ALL ISLANDS

DON'T MISS THESE OTHER COOL EVENTS!

Don't miss these OTHER cool recurring events, with focus on traditional music, here and there all over the Hawaiian Islands! Some happen monthly or even quarterly. Others have gatherings several times per month! All are listed on our RECURRING EVENTS page.
  • First Monday of each month, Waihuena Farm, Sunset Beach (O`ahu)
  • First Tuesday of each month at Big City Diner Jam in Kailua (O`ahu)
  • Second Tuesday of each month at Ruby Tuesday's, near the Navy Exchange
  • Second Saturday of each month at Rainbow Park, Makawao, Pickin' with the Chickens!
  • Third Tuesday of each month at Surf and Sea, Haleiwa
  • Fourth Sunday of each month, Bluegrass Hawaii Half-Fast Bluegrass Philharmonic Society,
    Please contact Larry Hind at divefish343@comcast.net for information.
  • Contradancers Of Hawaii (O`ahu)
  • Traditional Music Jam (TradJam)--O`ahu
  • First Saturday Pickin' & Potluck (Big Island)
  • Maui Singalong Circle, contant Phil and Cris Peacock at philandcrisp@gmail.com
  • Contradancing on Maui

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