The Saloon Pilots return to Hawaiʻi Public Radio’s Atherton Studio on Saturday, August 26 with an evening of American Roots Music and Bluegrass. With several new band members, the Saloon Pilots’ performance will be infused with exciting new material that crosses the borders of musical genres and promises a musical journey from traditional Americana to blues, jazz, and rock.
Reservations for the Saloon Pilots may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID. 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.
This progressive bluegrass band is comprised of Lesley Kline (fiddle and vocals), Paul Sato (five-string banjo and vocals), Matt Milette-Winfree (guitar and vocals), Mark Ransom (electric bass and vocals), and Spencer Lathrop (percussion).
About the artists
Lesley Kline is originally from Oklahoma and spent a decade in Paris playing professionally in bluegrass and mariachi bands before settling in Hawaiʻi. She is adept at playing in a number of styles, including Irish and early American fiddle tunes, as well as bluegrass.
Paul Sato was born and raised in Honolulu. His eclectic banjo-playing style tends to reflect his exposure and openness to the many forms of music present in Hawaiʻi.
Matt Milette-Winfree on guitar brings his multi-genre musical influences to the Saloon Pilots’ mix of eclectic and diverse songs that they are planning for this special performance.
Mark Ransom’s electric bass is an unusual feature for a bluegrass band, but his approach on the instrument provides the Saloon Pilots’ music with a unique vibrance. He is also the band’s specialist for Chuck Berry songs.
Spencer Lathrop is the drummer that keeps the steady beat for the band. Versatile and musically knowledgeable (he used to own a CD store in North Carolina), he is the “anchor” for all of the band’s musical arrangements.