Matinee concert will precede “Weird Al” evening show Sept. 17
Hawaiian Slack Key Summer’s End Concert with Jim “Kimo” West
Best known as long-time guitarist for the worldʻs most successful musical comedy artist, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jim “Kimo” West is regarded as one of the world’s foremost “ki ho’alu” or Hawaiian “slack key” guitar artists.
West will display his talents, and the unusual beauty of ki ho’alu, in a Hawaiian Slack Key Summer’s End Concert, Underground at Proctors, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17—preceding a MainStage evening concert by Yankovic.
The warm and engaging slack key style has its roots in 1840s Hawaii, when paniolos, Mexican cowboys, first brought guitars to the big island. The form, named for its open tunings lower than standard pitch, adapted the music of the vaqueros to Hawaiian harmony and dance, resulting in a breezy, lilting sound popularized by artists like Gabby Pahinui, Atta Isaacs, Sonny Chillingworth, Ledward Kaapana and Keola Beamer.
West’s work with Yankovic has earned four Grammy Awards® (and nine more nominations) and garnered appearances on nearly every late-night talk show; Yankovic’s latest disc, Mandatory Fun, with West again in the guitar chair, debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart.
West is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals and has shared the stage with many of the world’s top slack key players. He’s a Hawaii Music Awards winner and has been twice nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian ‘Grammy’).
West has also worked as a composer for film and TV, and maintains a sophisticated private studio in Los Angeles. He has composed music for feature films; network and cable TV shows and specials; and many documentaries.
His latest release, Guitar Stories goes beyond slack key, exploring other genres like West African guitar, Middle Eastern Music and Americana.
2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Underground at Proctors
432 State Street, Schenectady
$15 advance; $20 day of