The Kauai Folk Festival gears up for debut event
LIHUE, KAUAI - A new musical event on Kauai is not your average music concert. There's a broad range of music genres with a goal to showcase Hawaii's influence on the music around the world today.
It's the Kauai Folk Festival and it celebrates two days of folk music, dance, food, drink, and craft, featuring multiple Grammy-winning artists, and more than a dozen international acts, on five stages. Held at the historic Grove Farm Museum centrally located on the Garden Island Kauai, the Kauai Folk Festival blends traditional music and dance from all over the world.
Continuous live music will be performed on multiple stages. The lineup includes: "continental” folk music legends Taj Mahal, Peter Rowan, and Tim O’Brien; popular artists Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms, Austin
Derryberry, and Jonny Fritz, local players Puka Asing, Kirby Keough, and Wally Rita's Los Kauaianos, along with an eclectic mix of acts like local blues legend Vic the Barber, African rhumba band Boma Bango, and French folk duo The Montvales.
“The striking similarities and historical connections that link Hawaiian music with traditional musics of the world have yet to be explored in full. We've assembled some of the greatest living traditional practitioners in one place to celebrate, dance, eat, and drink together on the most
beautiful island in the world. I can’t imagine a better party!” says Matt Morelock, Kauai Folk Festival director.
“Kauai Folk” workshops are a unique addition to the festival format. Performers will share in workshops on guitar, fiddle, banjo, ukulele and mandolin. Dance instructors will teach hula, square dance, swing, and
two-step. Voice instructors will teach harmony singing, ballads and Hawaiian song. Jam stations and loaner instruments will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring instruments.
This year’s Kauai Folk Festival will be on September 28 and 29 at the historic Grove Farm Museum in Lihue, Kauai. Tickets for the Kauai Folk Festival are on sale now at www.kauaifolk.com.