Brian Pi`ikea Vasquez – `Ukulele Madness

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Brian first appeared at Pono 3 Summers ago coming over from Kailua-Kona.¬†¬† We missed him last Summer but have got him locked in this year. He is yet another representative of the “Big Island Connection” Pono seems to enjoy.¬† An energetic `ukulele player who plays ’em all.¬† All types of music, that is.¬† Whether it be Hawaiian traditional or contemporary, rock or blues, reggae or mainland oldies, Brian is the guy to play `em.¬† Here’s a brief bio from his website:

¬†¬† ¬† “Brian and his “Pupule Picking” Style!

The dictionary defines “pupule” as crazy, wild, insane. Which is exactly how he plays his ukulele!¬†

Brian Vasquez,¬†master ukulele player¬†was born with an ukulele in his hand and music running through his veins. His career began at age 5, when his father, Phillip Vasquez asked Brian to share¬†his stage at the Kona Inn, in the heart of Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Brian has been entertaining ever since. Brian’s unique `ukulele Pupule (crazy) Picking style has touched many visitors and locals of Hawai`i alike. Brian’s music is unlimited in style, but shares a common thread of intense energy. It ranges from traditional Hawaiian music, Contemporary Island Sounds, Oldies, Latin, Reggae and even a touch of Rap, all played Brian Style! ”

Brian’s newly released (April of this year) CD,¬† “KONA DAZE” will be available for sale and signing.

Tho we won’t be requesting a cover charge for entry, we do hope you can help out with a $10 donation at the door to help the musicians with travel and lodging expenses.