Jim Kimo West and Ken Emerson are both living legends in the world
of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. They strive for
freshness and spontaneity in their duet shows in keeping with the true
Hawaiian “kanikapila” style. Their shows often feature world-class hula
dancers and special guests.
Their diverse musical influences venture beyond the islands toward
the land of blues, ragtime and jazz. Both Ken and Kimo have a number
of Grammy, recording and touring credits. Ken was composer/guitarist
on Hawaii's first Grammy-winning album “Slack Key Guitar Vol 2” and
also featured guitarist on “Morph The Cat” by Donald Fagen (Steely
His many other touring and recording credits include Jackson Brown,
Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Todd Rundgren, Darryl Hall and Elvin
Bishop as well as Hawaiian slack key legends Gabby Pahinui, Moe
Keale, Genoa Keawe and Raymond Kane.
Besides his solo slack key career, Kimo is long-time guitarist on CD’s
and tours for the world’s most famous musical satirist, “Weird Al”
Yankovic whose recent CD, “Mandatory Fun” debuted at #1 on the
Billboard charts and won the Grammy for Best Comedy Recording, his
fourth Grammy award. Kimo’s seven slack key CD’s have garnered him
much praise and well over 75 million streams on Pandora and Spotify.
Tickets available online until 4 pm day of the show.