Tuesday, February 03, 2009

FREE L.A.: The Grammy Museum Goes Hawaiian

Hawaiian Eye/Aloha Friday Radio may be long gone, but the vibrant Hawaiian music scene lives on. This Friday, L.A. Live's Grammy Museum is offering a free program featuring this year's Grammy nominees in the Hawaiian category.

"Hawai'i Goes Grammy: A Tribute to Hawaiian Music" takes place this Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Not only will the event give you an opportunity to check out the museum -- which we gave a good review back in December -- but you'll also get what promises to be a good show. Details:

Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Hawaiian music with The GRAMMY Museum! Join us as 2009 GRAMMY Nominees in the Hawaiian Music category perform on our GRAMMY Sound Stage. Program will also include an onstage interview and musical history lesson with Chief Curator Ken Viste. Admission is free to the public. Museum members receive priority admission. Doors open at 7:30 pm. To reserve tickets, call 213.765.6830 or e-mail programs@grammymuseum.org.

This year's nominees -- yet another group heavy on the slack key guitar, shutting out other subgenres -- include "Ikena" by Tia Carrere & Daniel Ho; "Aumakua" by Amy Hanaiali'i; "Force of Nature" by Led Kaapana & Mike Kaawa; "Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Masters Series, Vol. II," compiled by Chris Lau and Milton Lau; and "The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar," compiled by Daniel Ho, George Kahumoku Jr., Dennis Kamakahi, Paul Konwiser and Wayne Wong.

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