Twang Jam finale
to benefit
Bluegrass Hawai`i


Tickets $7 at door;
kids 12 & under FREE!
Active-duty military personnel--
plus one guest--
admitted FREE with valid military ID!

Kapono's, Sunday, November 28

The fourth and final TWANG JAM of the year, presented by Bud Light and Bluegrass Hawai`i, will take place on Sunday, November 28 at Kapono's. Doors open at 12:30; the concert portion of the event will begin at 1:00 pm.

Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Bluegrass Hawai`i, a society dedicated to the growth and promotion of bluegrass and traditional music in the Aloha State. All five featured bands have agreed to contribute their performances to the benefit!

Local musicians of all abilities are invited to bring traditional stringed instruments and start or join a jam session after the concert is over. (A secure area for instruments will be provided during the concert.)

Click here to see photos of past Twang Jam events--guaranteed to delight!

TIME: Doors open at 12:30 PM; onstage entertainment from 2:00-6:00 PM; offstage community jamming starts at 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Kapono's at Aloha Tower Marketplace, Honolulu
TICKETS: $7 at the door; kids 12 and under get in FREE. Families welcome! Half of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Bluegrass Hawai`i. Mahalo plenty to our friends at Excite Entertainment!
WE LOVE THE MILITARY! All active-duty military personnel with valid military ID plus ONE guest will be admitted FREE to Twang Jam!

November Program

For the first time onstage at Kapono's, let's welcome this raucous, rocking, folkabilly band! Listen for their covers of "Blue Suede Shoes", "Me and My Uncle," and a variety of cool original tunes. The Full Steppers are Carl Barton on guitar and lead vocals, Adam Kyser on harmonica, backing vocals and occasional lead vocals, Alex Morrison on upright bass and backing vocals, and Kilin Reece on mandolin and backing vocals!

The Wild Orchids are a seasoned O`ahu band, and they've opened for bluegrass legends Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum for many of their Honolulu performances. Eric Petersen joins the Orchids on guitar and lead vocals, with strong country-rock roots and a powerful delivery! Angelika Veach adds tremendous spirit and sunshine to each performance, taking turns on guitar, banjar, and mandocello. Her husband Joel plays Dobro, lap steel, harmonica, and he's one of the very best doghouse bassmen in Hawai`i! Jay Linskey adds rollicking fiddling to the mix! The Orchids will be joined by a few very special guests for their Twang Jam appearance!

The CHRIS CERNA QUINTET (2:50--3:30)
You won't believe your ears! If you're a big fan of newgrass, jazzgrass, jamgrass, and Dawg music, you'll be blown away by this ensemble. Chris is a serious concert pianist who lets his hair down with bluegrass music--aren't we lucky? He also plays tuba, vibraphone, harmonica, accordion, samisen, Indian drum, flute, guitar, laud, banjo, recorder, and lap steel guitar! Tonight Chris will be playing the mandolin, so listen for tunes by David Grisman, Sam Bush, and Chris Thile, all mandolin masters who blazed the trail for guys like Chris. This band will serve up a fine and astonishing blend of some red-hot picking, and some traditional tunes thrown in for a well-balanced musical feast!

GORDON FREITAS & LOCAL FOLK: The Acoustic Tradition Edition (3:45--4:25)
The music of Gordon Freitas reflects a sincere joy in the spirit of aloha, and deep pleasure in sharing his island culture with the rest of the world. He can invariably be caught flying solo, in a duo or with close musical friends in a group he calls Local Folk. Gordo swings from traditional Hawaiian to classic folk & rock, but he loves bluegrass and welcomes any opportunity to kanikapila (play music) with the "acoustic tradition edition" of Local Folk, which consists of Lisa Gomes on fiddle, Eric Peterson on bass, Steve Hady on banjo, Chris Cerna on mandolin, and Gordon on guitar!

The SQUIRREL HUNTERS (4:40--5:20)
The Squirrel Hunters bring a unique mix of traditional & contemporary bluegrass and acoustic music to their delighted Hawai`i audiences! They are all phenomenal musicians, and together they deliver some of the finest music that you will hear this evening. The Squirrel Hunters are: Lesley Kline on fiddle, Paul Sato on banjo, Doug Toews on guitar, Kilin Reece on mandolin, and Alex Morrison on bass.

GREAT BIG CONCERT JAM with members from all five bands! (5:20--5:30)

Caroline's Invitational (5:30--6:00)
A note from Caroline-- I'm turning 40 on December 5, and I'm craftily taking advantage of my Exciting New Middle-Aged Status to ask a few friends to play a tune or two onstage! These are configurations and/or tunes that have intrigued and delighted me for some time. Mahalo to all of these folks for their willingness to share their music with us all!

Offstage Community Jamming (6:00 till whenever)
Everybody jams! Bring your traditional stringed instrument (guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, resophonic guitar, autoharp, ukelele, upright bass) and join a jam, or start one of your own! We will provide a secure, guarded place to stash instruments while you watch the concert portion of Twang Jam. When the concert's over, come claim your instrument and join the jam! We'll have a special area especially for jammers to congregate. Non-pickers are welcome to sing along or just listen.


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  • Curtis Vandeloop, Doug Toews, Paul Sato, Lesley Kline, Kilin Reece, and Lisa Gomes for the terrific instrument workshops
  • Jane and Samantha Fyrberg for the clogging workshops--what fun!
  • Rene Berthiaume for being a terrific emcee, and Gordon Freitas for agreeing to handle the job in October
  • Rear Admiral Gary Engle for helping to spread the word
  • Steve Hady, Kilin and Gordon for pickin' for our cloggers
  • Maggie and the Trad Jam gang for sharing their music
  • All of you folks in Bluegrass Hawai`i who provide encouragement, helpful suggestions, and--most importantly--your presence at our jams and events! Thank you, so very much, for your aloha!