Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii’s stars could have taught Jimi Hendrix a lick or two

February 9, 2015 - Picnic Time

Has a stringed instrument ever sounded so good?

With a trade winds blowing, a palm trees swaying, a object roasting and a trim ice during palm . . . acquire to Sunday’s seventh Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii 2015.

OK, so we substantially missed it. But we didn’t, and we can always go subsequent year.

The giveaway unison of some of a best ukulele players in a universe took place during a Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on Hawaii Island, a Ukulele Picnic in Hawaii 2015. we was there for a initial half, though had to shelter out of a object after in a afternoon. Oregonians only aren’t utterly adult for so most such liughtness in February, nor such good ukulele playing.

The tiny fibre instrument has prolonged been compared with hula music, that is utterly OK, generally when accompanied by dancers in a Islands.

But, wow, how a younger players are creation that “guitar” sing these days. Jimi Hendrix contingency be holding notice from his grave.

In a concomitant video, Kris Fuchigami of a Big Island plays one of a good American adore songs of a past half-century, “Can’t Take My Eyes off You.” Frankie Valli and a 4 Seasons would be proud, and envious, since did they ever get to play it on a grass during a hotel on a South Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island?

There were copiousness of other performers, expected some of a best in a world, by a time we has headed behind to a hotel shade during Kailua-Kona.

But we also saw Aldrine Guerrero play a chronicle of “Blackbird” that would have had Paul McCartney station and entertaining from his box chair during a Super Bowl. Then, Guerrero (watch video) mimicked a fibre play off maybe Jimi Hendrix when he played Breezin’ by George Benson.

Wow, how timber and strings can talk.

Find a music: for Fuchigami and for Guerrero.

— Terry Richard
503-221-8222; @trichardpdx

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