Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR, 97202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer was raised on Hawai‘i Island, born into one of Hawai's most illustrious and beloved musical families. He established himself early as the family's youngest standard-bearer. A child of the rock & roll era, he was at the vanguard of Hawaiian contemporary sound. Yet he also helped drive what became the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance, recording many songs written by his ancestors, including his legendary great-grandmother Helen Desha Beamer and his mother Nona Beamer.
Keola studied classical guitar, and went on to publish a slack key method book using a 16th-century lute tablature system as his starting point. He was one of Hawai'i's first recording artists to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments, like the tiny gourd whistle and nose flute, into contemporary forms of music. Keola has recorded and produced more than a dozen albums, has won numerous Na Hoku Awards, Hawai'i's “Grammy”, and appeared on Sesame Street and NBC’s “Today Show”. Says Willie Nelson, “There’s no better slack key player than Beamer.”
Despite their common history, Keola & Henry only performed together for the first time in 2014, when Henry invited Keola & Moana Beamer to be part of Back in the Day. This wildly successful show featured Hawai‘i’s musical greats who shaped Hawaiian music from the ‘70s on, part of the “Hawaiian Renaissance” -- the seminal movement in Hawai‘i’s cultural history that brought language, music, hula, art, and all aspects of Hawaiian culture back to their central place in the life of the Islands. Keola & Henry will each perform a set, and then come together onstage to celebrate their original songs that have become beloved classics of contemporary Hawaiian music.
Henry Kapono Ka'aihue is a performer who has it all – vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer, audience favorite. He is an award-winning and Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter. He has taken home numerous Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards (Hawaii's “Grammy”) including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and Album of the Year. He is also the author of the award winning children's book, A Beautiful Hawaiian Day, has appeared in the films, and has made many television appearances.
Henry soared to the forefront of Hawaiian music in the 1970s with the duo Cecilio & Kapono, the first Hawai‘i group to achieve a national recording contract (Columbia Records); together they recorded 13 albums, giving contemporary and folk rock a new perspective. Always musically adventurous, Henry launched a solo career in 1981, with 17 albums to date—and 6 Na Hoku (Hawaiian “Grammy”) awards, including most recently in 2015, Best Rock Album. Henry touches the soul with the simple honesty of his lyrics and music, and the gift of an evocative, plaintive balladeer's voice that haunts you long after he leaves the stage.