2 sets: 6:30PM (Doors 5:00PM) & 9:00PM (Doors 8:30PM)
The music of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Weldon Kekauoha has been turning heads in Hawaii's music scene since 1998. Whether he's belting out soulful ballads or plucking bright riffs from his guitar, the gutsy songster from Kaneohe puts a fresh spin on the classics and brings a melodious candor to his own tasty tracks.
Lauded by the Hawaiian Academy of Recording Arts, Weldong grew up with an instrument in his arms and a head full of inventive lyrics. His lifelong training makes for gentle, rich and innovative music that's as musically nuanced as it is addictive. If you put a mid-career Richard Kauhi album in a room with Kenny Rankin's coloring, Lena Machado's lyric poetry, and a dose of Mahi Beamer's sharp wit - then added a couple decades of rigourous musical education - Weldon Kakauoha might come strolling out. Vivid, nostalgic melodies materialize out of Weldon's musical arrangements, alternating between achingly soulful and seductively alluring. Weldon's songwriting combines ranging acoustic textures with an anecdotal knack. His lyrics are novel and rhapsodic, cutting through the cliches and trivia to deliver something honest and truly perceptive.
He's performed throughout Japan, and the continental US at many illustrious venues - as well as pretty much every noteworthy club in Hawaii. Recently, Weldon has shared the stage with such diverse artists as Kealii Reichel, and Natalie Ai-Kamauu.
His accolades include a Grammy nomination in 2014 and numerous Na Hoku Hanohano awards that include Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Favorite Entertainer.
Weldon lives on the windward side of Oahu. He plays regularly with guitarist Jack Ofoia and bassist Alika-boy Kalauli IV developing his signature genre-defying sound. The trio continues to pair contagious melodies with crafted musical arrangements and to tell the kind of emotionally resonant stories you'll remember long after the song is over.