The Cedar's annual February showcase of slack key emissaries from Hawaii this year features the father-and-son duo of George Kahumoku Jr. and Keoki Kahumoku, both of whom have been key activists in the preservation of slack key traditions as musicians, teachers, and impresarios. Both are masters of the definitive Hawaiian instruments, ukulele and slack key guitar. Slack key refers to unusual guitar tunings derived from Spanish and Mexican cowboys who took their guitars to the islands. The lilting sounds, sometimes reflecting traditional Hawaiian singing, uniquely evoke Hawaii's spectacular natural beauty. The Kahumokus are fourth- and fifth-generation musicians. Multiple Grammy winner George Jr. favors the rich sound of 12-string guitar, and is renowned as a renaissance man who paints, sculpts, and farms along with songwriting and storytelling. The younger Keoki sometimes laces his own music with elements of blues and contemporary influences. Together, the Kahumokus' aloha spirit is a lush as the islands' landscape and as intoxicating as a tropical breeze.
Fri., Feb. 24, 7 p.m., 2012