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Tiki Central Forums Tiki Music Looking for a slack key player (or other Hawaiian musicians) for Hermosa beach party
Looking for a slack key player (or other Hawaiian musicians) for Hermosa beach party
spycygrl
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Joined: Aug 08, 2005
Posts: 70
From: El Segundo, CA
Posted: 2010-07-12 5:33 pm   Permalink

Hi Tiki-Centralites!

My office is hosting their annual beach party in Hermosa on August 13. We are renting 2 rooms at the Beach House and then spilling out onto the sand. We're thinking of doing a "Brady Bunch - Hawaii Bound" theme this year and would love to have some LIVE ENTERTAINMENT (last year, we had a steel drum player). Technically, Hermosa has a "no amplified music on the beach" law which lets out the full surf band experience. But, the guy last year played along with a kind of karaoke machine and we didn't get in trouble.

We were thinking of getting a slack key player, but I have to admit I don't know any personally. We also can't pay HUGE amounts of cash for this...probably in the $300-ish range (plus booze).

UPDATE: Thanks to Lucas and Mitch, I've expanded my options...doesn't HAVE to be slack key (just my original thought), but the budget doesn't get much larger. I might have a little wiggle room with the finance guys, but not much. I do plan on making mai tais, however!

Any recommendations?
Thanks!

[ This Message was edited by: spycygrl 2010-07-13 11:58 ]


 
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lucas vigor
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Joined: May 12, 2004
Posts: 3985
From: SOCAL
Posted: 2010-07-12 7:21 pm   Permalink

For future reference, when it comes to the whole "brady Bunch goes to Hawaii" feel, there really is only one choice:

http://www.myspace.com/thesmokinmenehunes


Contact me via PM, and I will direct you to the Ukelele player, Pat Enos, who specializes is playing solo ukelele performances. Trust me, if you liked the song that Don Ho sang (Sweet someone) on that classic brady episode, you are gonna want Uncle Pat.

[ This Message was edited by: lucas vigor 2010-07-12 19:26 ]


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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
Posts: 2706
From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2010-07-12 8:03 pm   Permalink

Here Hear...Pat is the man

 
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kalakoa
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Joined: Jun 17, 2009
Posts: 19
Posted: 2010-07-13 11:20 am   Permalink

Hi! This is Mitch Chang and I produce the annual SoCal Slack Key Festival in Redondo Beach (Jeff/BigTikiDude always attends). I play slack key guitar and my good friend Jim "Kimo" West does as well. I live in Redondo Beach and I'd love to do it! Hopefully Kimo (who also lives in LA) will be available too (he's currently on tour with "Weird" Al) and if he is, he can also play steel guitar and I can also play ukulele and we can trade off. We do a lot together and can even bring a sound system if that will help.

If it's slack key that you originally wanted, we are pretty much the only ones around who play slack key professionally and we are here for you! Looking forward to hearing from you! 562-556-4824


 
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spycygrl
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Joined: Aug 08, 2005
Posts: 70
From: El Segundo, CA
Posted: 2010-07-13 11:55 am   Permalink

Thanks for the replies, everyone! I sure wish our budget would allow the Smokin Menehunes to play...but, alas, we have to save budget for drinks (read: mai tais).

Mitch and Lucas: I've sent you both PMs! Looking forward to chatting with you about this potential gig.
Hmm...maybe Mitch and Uncle Pat can play together??? Then you both get the gig!


 
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msteeln
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Joined: Mar 24, 2008
Posts: 280
From: Ka'a'awa, HI
Posted: 2010-07-13 12:48 pm   Permalink

The Smokin Menehunes are a good bet as they have a steel guitarist, and everybody knows the party goes up a notch when steel guitar is in the mix.

 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2010-07-13 12:53 pm   Permalink

Mitch and Pat know each other, and they both know Kimo West. I suggest you try and hire both Mitch AND Pat, that way you have the best of both worlds. Mitch is an outstanding slack key player, and Pat specializes in weddings, corporate events, etc....plus, it's a different type of Hawaiian music that Pat plays (More like old-school Hawaiian).

PS, Mitch has played with the Smoking Menehunes before, at the Catalina Fish Kitchen. The Hawaiian groups are all a small community, and we basically all know each other (or at least have heard of each other).
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spycygrl
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From: El Segundo, CA
Posted: 2010-07-13 1:23 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2010-07-13 12:53, lucas vigor wrote:
I suggest you try and hire both Mitch AND Pat, that way you have the best of both worlds.



If I can, I WILL!


 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 8865
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-07-14 10:28 am   Permalink

I wish more tiki people would get into Slack Key Guitar.
just as relaxing as Exotica and Lap Steel in my book.

Jeff(btd)


 
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Bau
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Joined: Jul 27, 2010
Posts: 40
Posted: 2010-07-28 08:15 am   Permalink

I love playing Ki ho 'alu, it very beautiful and fun music, very healing and good for the soul.

Unfortuntely I'm on the East Coast.


 
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