“Atmospheres: Songs in the Key of Slack” brings together two of Hawaiʻi’s slack key innovators, Kamuela Kahoano and Michael Tanenbaum, with the local indie folk band Lucie & the Perfect Wave. HPR’s Atherton Studio is the setting for their textured guitar soundscapes and unique sound on Saturday, May 26.
Reservations may be made online or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $25 general, $20 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID; online service fees apply. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.
About the artists
Kamuela Kahoano comes from a family of entertainers and started playing music at six years-old on an ʻukulele given to him by his grandmother. He blends acoustic, folk, indie, and alternative music with Hawaiian influences to create a sound reminiscent of The Script ("Falling to Pieces"), Train ("Hey Soul Sister"), and The Plain White T’s ("Delilah"). Kahoano won a Nā Hōkū award for Best Rock Album in 2011.
Lucie & The Perfect Wave features slack-key guitarist Michael Tanenbaum, electric guitarist Nick Gertsson (Masters of Oz), vocalist Lucie Lynch (Money Talks: But What the Hell Is It Saying?), and, the band's most recent addition, bassist Blake McMillen (Jai the Band, Roots Odyssey).
The name was given to them by local music legend John Cruz, who saw Tanenbaum and Gertsson performing at a Kailua coffee shop and described their sound as "the perfect wave." The band has opened for international cult band Marillion and is a regular at many of Oʻahu's favorite venues. Gertsson has played with some of the world's greatest metal guitarists and Tanenbaum's slack-key compositions have been featured in several documentary films.