Enjoy Music from Hawaii with Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono

Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono give us a taste of Hawaiian–inspired music.

Escondido Center for the Arts

We all love listening to music and attending performances, but sometimes we get stuck listening to the same type of music and going to the same type of shows. Spice things up while expanding your musical taste with the sounds of Hawaii this year—go see Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido on February 5th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $30–$45. These two musical icons are coming together to celebrate contemporary Hawaiian music. Not only will these award–winning artists perform together, but they will have hula master Moanalani Beamer on stage with them to help bring the audience the festivities of the Island Nation. 

Beamer is a Hawaiian slack key guitar legend, singer/songwriter, arranger and composer. He composed the best–selling “Honolulu City Lights,” which established him as a leader in contemporary Hawaiian music. It became one of the best selling recordings in the history of Hawaiian music.

Kapono is a Grammy–nominated singer/songwriter and 12–time award winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano award, which is the equivalent of the Grammys in Hawaii. He has won for male vocalist of the year, song of the year, single of the year and album of the year. He is also the author of a award–winning children's book called A Beautiful Hawaiian Day. He was born and raised in Kapahulu, a small town located outside of Waikiki, Hawaii. With no formal music training, he taught himself how to play guitar after hearing a friend play. He learned musicality from singing in a children's church choir at age five.

As an adult, Kapono started playing at small music joints around Waikiki with a band called “Pakalolo." Eventually, he played for troops in Vietnam and crowds in Thailand. His experience there influenced his music and gave him a new appreciation for life. When he returned to Hawaii, he formed a duo with Cecilio and became a phenomenon, blending genres like contemporary and rock. The pair got a contract with Columbia records, making them the largest recording artist to come out of Hawaii. He now tours with Keola Beamer around the United States.

There are discounts available at the ticket office for Aficionado level members. Groups of 10 or more receive 15% off. Buy tickets online, at the California Center for the Arts in Escondido ticket office or by calling 800-988-4253. The ticket office is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12–6 pm, and Sunday 12–5 pm.