The Blue Note Hawaii Presents Artist 2 Artist Series Season 3 with Henry Kapono
The Blue Note Hawaii Presents
Artist 2 Artist
Four Concerts Continue the Artist 2 Artist Series with Henry Kapono
Artist 2 Artist concerts feature special guests Sean Na‘auao, Blayne Asing, Jerry Santos, and Alx Kawakami
Concerts are August 22, September 10, October 8 and November 12 in the Blue Note Hawaii Theatre
The Blue Note Hawaii presents the continuation of the Artist 2 Artist series with four added concerts. Each show is hosted by Henry Kapono with a special guest each night and involving a combination of talk-story about their careers followed by a live jam session. The series, taking place in the intimate Blue Note Hawaii Theater, allows audiences an up close and personal experience with the artists. The series, all on Friday evenings, continues August 22 with Sean Na’auo, September 10 with Blayne Asing, October 8 with Jerry Santos, and November 12 with Alx Kawakami in a concert celebrating the music of James Taylor. All shows are at 7:00 pm.
Henry Kapono is a performer who has it all – vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer, audience favorite—and multiple honors and awards, including a Grammy nomination. He has taken home numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album & Rock Album of the Year. Henry has been at the creative forefront of contemporary Hawaiian music throughout his career – from the very successful duo of Cecilio & Kapono in the 1970s and 80s, to launching his solo career that produced 17 albums, to his groundbreaking Wild Hawaiian collaborations that fused the power of Hawaiian traditions with driving rock rhythms and a soundtrack for the new century.
The first concert is with Sean Na‘auo. Sean Na’auao is a musician and vocalist, composer and producer and has won Hawaii’s prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards multiple times including Island Contemporary Album of the Year for his popular “Fish and Poi”. Recognized for his exceptional vocal ability, he made Frank Hewitt’s traditional Hawaiian composition, “Kapilina,” a famous hit.
Born and raised on the island of O‘ahu, singer/songwriter Blayne Asing started playing the ‘ukulele at the age of eight and guitar by the age of nine. Blayne is self-taught “by having a good ear for learning and watching YouTube videos”. In addition to playing a variety of instruments, Blayne is a prolific songwriter with a distinctive voice complimented by his own unique country/folk/island style. Releasing his 1st album in 2015, at the age of 27, Blayne won Most Promising Artist at the 2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards and again for Single of the Year in 2017.
Best known for his work in the musical group Olomana, Jerry Santos has maintained an influential presence on the Hawaii music scene for over four decades. Born and raised on the windward side of O‘ahu and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Jerry established himself early on as one of Hawai‘i’s most prolific song writers. As a founding member and lead singer of the legendary group, Olomana, Jerry helped to create a unique and easily recognizable musical style, blending Hawaiian music with contemporary rhythms. Over the years, Jerry has performed all over the world and his work has been recognized by the Hawai‘i musical community with numerous Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
Born on the island of O‘ahu, Alx Kawakami has enjoyed a successful career as a singer/songwriter and producer for the past 15 years. With six albums and over 40 original compositions under his belt, Alx has worked with and written for many major commercials, TV shows and feature films. After several years performing with his father & brothers in the group, Manoa DNA, a long time Hawai‘i and Japan favorite, Alx spread his wings in 2014 and embarked on his solo career.