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Kanekoa, The ultimate Hawaiian ‘ukulele jam band returns to the Central Coast!  “The Hawaiian Grateful Dead” —Bill Kreutzmann, The Grateful Dead
Sailing in on a wave of blissful sound, Maui’s Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning band Kanekoa has become a global phenomenon. Powered by electric ukuleles and exotic rhythms, these ukulele masters ride the wave of Hawaiian roots with jam band energy, creating a sound they call Hawaiian jam-rock. For the last 25 years audiences never fail to swoon over their soulful originals and crafty covers interpreted with pure originality. They recently graced the cover of Ukulele Magazine and were referred to as “Hawaiian Trailblazers”. The Grateful Dead’s drummer Bill Kreutzmann goes so far as to call them, “the Hawaiian Grateful Dead.” David Hidalgo of Los Lobos says, “These guys scare me. They are that good.”  Once you hear Vince Esquires lead ukulele, you’ll know why he was invited to play with the Allman Brothers Band by his good friend Gregg Allman.
“Wow…They are really tight, and do very interesting arrangements of our songs.”
—John Densmore, The Doors

“I’ve been jamming with Kanekoa for years now and whenever I get over to Maui we share the

stage. Hawaiian style roots music at its best.”


“The band is amazing…Completely stepping out of the traditional ‘ukulele approach”

—Mick Fleetwood, Fleetwood Mac

“Kanekoa takes the ‘ukulele and uke-related music to another place…Vince has a much different and funkier pocket than any other uke player I’ve heard or have played with.”

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