Is it ironic that we'd have a Hawaiian guitar fest in mid-winter in Hamilton, Ohio? Or is that just Alanis Morissette-irony? We don't even know anymore.
But we digress. The Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Fest features three masters of the slack key style -- George Kuo, Dennis Kamakahi and Martin Pahinui -- who, along with hot, rising ukulele star (yeah!) David Kamakahi, formed the quartet Hui Aloha (pictured), releasing a self-titled debut on Dancing Cat/Windham Hill last year. The slack key style -- brought to the islands by Spanish and Mexican cowboys -- is achieved by tuning down the strings, playing the bass with the thumb and finger-picking the other strings to provide melody and improvisations. And a hula dancer (we kid you not) will also be on hand to further warm things up.
At Miami University Hamilton on Saturday.