Garden Island Blend & Friends

  • 26 May 2017 6:30pm

GARDEN ISLAND BLEND aka GIB is back in “da house” at PONO Hawaiian Grill, Friday, May 26 starting at 6:30 pm. After 3 ½ years of absence from this venue, GIB and front man Rick Rasay, have gone through some changes and a little revamp.

During this period of change with GIB, a group member moved out of area, others moved on to start a new music group. Nothing surprising, it’s just part of the music scene. Rick then began performing as a Solo musician, and was joined regularly by brother Mark playing 2-piece ensembles at various venues and private events. Joining these original GIB Boyz is Jon Kennedy, keyboard extraordinaire. He is an established musician with groups in the Santa Cruz area and most recently a monthly regular on the Piano at Zizzo’s Coffeehouse & Wine Bar. Jon has become a fixture with Rick, and even has some GIB gigs already under his belt. Jon’s “hawaiian” connection is his love for the hawaiian music and culture. Gordon Sausa from O`ahu, born and raised in the plantation town of Waipahu, played with various groups there, and is a humbly skilled guitarist. He freelances in the Bay Area because he still can bring it. GIB is fortunate to have these Bruddahs be a part of this evening and hopefully more.

The signature sound GIB has provided over the years has changed little even with a few new additions. Bringing the island style sound is a signature GIB still maintains while their music genres and song selections are even more diverse. With island style and some hawaiian favorites, GIB also blends Contemporary, Classics, Oldies and R&B songs into their mix. The most important and key aspect is the love GIB has for “spreading Aloha” through music. So after a long absence, for this evening and beyond, GARDEN ISLAND BLEND will maintain their “ID” as…GIB & Friends. We just want to express and shout out a huge MAHALO to all who support live music…”island style”.