The Sammy Davis Jr. Festival Plaza in Lorenzi Park will be filled with music from the Hawaiian Islands on Saturday, September 17, from 8 to 10 p.m. Headliner Keloa Beamer, one of Hawaii’s premier singer/songwriters, composers and slack key guitarists, and the Makaha Sons, perform traditional and contemporary island songs. Guest artists Raiatea Helm and Robi Kahakalau will add their vocal interpretations. Tickets are $10 advance or $15 at the gate. Discounts of 15% are available for groups of fifteen or more. Call 229-6383 for information.
Keola Beamer, a member of one of Hawaii’s most illustrious musical families, can trace his roots back to the 15th century. His great-grandmother was a prolific and accomplished singer/songwriter and dancer, and his grandmother and mother were noted chanters and composers. His own musical career began in his mother’s hula studio where he played guitar to accompany the dancers. Although Beamer has been on the vanguard of Hawaiian contemporary sounds, he has also helped drive the Hawaiian cultural renaissance. He’s recorded many of the songs written by his ancestors and has been among the first recording artists to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments into his compositions. His albums have been awarded several Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaii’s Grammy) awards.
Louis “Moon” Kauakahi, Jerome “Boogie” Koko and John Koko, who are the Makaha Sons, have been performing together for nearly thirty years. They have recently released their twentieth CD, a compilation of some of their most requested songs. The winners of numerous Hoku awards tour extensively, have played for President Clinton, and have appeared on television.
Robi Kahakalau, who released her first solo CD in 1995, shows her multi-cultural, multilingual roots in her music, which ranges from the soft rhythms of her native music to funky reggae beats. Raiatea Helm burst onto the music scene in 2000, when she just eighteen years old. The 2005 recipient of a Hoku award has already released two CDs. Both she and Kahakalau tour regularly with the Makaha Sons and other well-known Hawaiian musicians.
Gates open at 7 p.m. Enter on Twin Lakes Drive, south of West Washington. Bring blankets or sand chairs for seating on the grass; lawn chairs for patio seating. Chairs may be rented for $1 each. No coolers are allowed. Hawaiian food concessions are available at additional cost. The concert is presented by the Cultural Affairs Division of the city of Las Vegas Department of Leisure Services.
The annual Ho’olaule’a festival, cosponsored by the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club, brings the sounds, scents and cultures of the Pacific Islands to Lorenzi Park. On Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. explore island crafts, boutiques, games, traditional dances, exotic foods and hands-on demonstrations. No glass containers or pets are allowed. Admission is $2 for adults; free for children age 14 and under. Call 229-1087 for information.
Ho’olaule’a is also sponsored by Cox Communications, Hawaiian Airlines and L and L Hawaiian Barbecue.
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