Saturday, June 12 @ 6:30pm HST - $25
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“Cecilio and Kapono were Hawaii’s answer to Simon and Garfunkel…for several generations of listeners, those songs embody the sound of Hawaii...” - New York Times
All C&K Songs, All Night Long! Grammy-nominated Henry Kapono Presents: THE SONGS OF C&K. Celebrate the laid-back island rock of Cecilio & Kapono (affectionately known as C&K), the group that rocketed into fame in the '70s and remains influential in Hawai`i’s music scene. Henry will be performing the songs with Special Guests, Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winners; Alx Kawakami and Johnny Valentine, and the Kapono band; Matt Krahula on Bass, Konrad Kendrick on Drums, and Lopaka Colon on Percussions! Join Henry as he pays tribute to the music of C&K, sharing the personal stories and anecdotes from this special time in his life.
C&K was founded in 1973 by Henry Kapono Ka’aihue (known as Henry Kapono) of Kapahulu, Hawaii, and Cecilio David Rodriguez (Cee) of Santa Barbara, California. The duo released nine albums over two decades. They incorporated various genres such as; Top 40 pop, modern soul, funk, disco, rock, and traditional Hawaiian in their own, distinct hook-based music which allowed both voices to weave countermelodies around a catchy tune and a strong beat. An island-inspired template still followed by many island artists today.
They quickly became well-loved with pop audiences, and an iconic part of the island music scene in Hawai`i. Their popularity lead them to a contract with Columbia Records, where they catapulted to the forefront of the folk-rock renaissance with artists Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Loggins & Messina, Hall & Oats, James Taylor…with their first three albums: Cecilio & Kapono (affectionately known as the Green Shirt Album), Elua and Night Music. “Those songs reflected a time in our life when we were living what we wrote. Living it with friends and family in the islands.” Henry reflects, “I listen to them every so often and they still rock my soul.” Honored recipients of multiple Hawai'i Academy of Recording Arts Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award for their work as a duo, their music has transcended generations for over 48 years and remains in the heart of Hawaii’s people. The music of Cecilio & Kapono continue to be a relevant folk-rock phenomenon enchanting listeners all around the globe.
“Kapono is one of the great island songwriters of his generation.” – Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Henry Kapono is a performer who has it all – vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, composer, thrilling performer, audience favorite with multiple honors and awards, including a Grammy nomination. He has taken home 18 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawai`i’s version of the “Grammy”) including Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, Compilation of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. He was also honored for his work as a musician at the Grammy Museum in 2017.
Henry’s original songs are a unique blend of Rock and Americana genres that celebrates his love for his family expresses his pride in his Hawaiian culture, and shares his joy for his home in the Islands. From the beginning of the Cecilio & Kapono phenomenon in the 1970s and 80s to launching his solo career, Henry has been at the creative forefront of contemporary Hawaiian and Island-inspired music. He has produced 25 albums, appeared in various tv shows and films, developed a loyal worldwide fan base, and created groundbreaking collaboration projects offering soundtracks for the new century. In 2018 the Henry Kapono Foundation (HKF) was founded Henry, as an opportunity to give back and perpetuate his life-long passion for music and his Home in the Islands. Henry says “I am grateful for the love and support I have had through the years and even more grateful that I can give back to Hawai‘i and future generations. I am truly blessed!”
This 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner for Hawai'i's Favorite Entertainer of the Year, Johnny Valentine has spent his life focused on making people happy through the power of music and constantly sharing his talent across the state at a variety of venues. As he continues his prestigious solo career, Johnny is known as one of Hawaii’s hardest working musicians and is highly sought after to perform with many local, national, and international musicians. While he loves entertaining, Johnny is equally passionate about working in the recording studio as a producer and has produced 22 CDs to date. Johnny is honored and excited to share the stage with the legendary Henry Kapono, Alx, and the band. Teaming up with these great musicians is an incredible opportunity to share the classic music of C&K.
Alx has made a name for himself with his songwriting and energetic live performances. His ability to compose and sing catchy jingles and theme songs for companies locally and in Japan and has garnered him several Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards. When working with Producer Ken Caillat (of Fleetwood Mac), he likened Alx’s voice to that of a national legend, and began to call him the “Hawaiian James Taylor.” Along with Taylor, Alx’s music has been associated with the musical style of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Crosby Stills and Nash, and the Eagles. Having been raised in a musical family, he was mentored by his father Lloyd, who was a professional musician, and a member of the original C&K band. Growing up listening and singing the iconic duo’s music, Alx’s unique, uplifting style complements the songs of C&K and he is honored to be included in this tribute to C&K. In a way, it is bringing his family’s musical career full circle.
It’s Been a Good Time Together & the Best is Yet to Come!
Henry Kapono and the Songs of C&K at the 2017 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards.
Courtesy of: the Hawaii Academy Recording Arts