Raised on Maui, Willie Kahaiali`i (aka Willie K) has been entertaining audiences with his music since the age of 10. He has evolved into an eclectic and charismatic singer, songwriter, entertainer, and actor. One of Hawaii’s most versatile talents, Willie performs a myriad of musical genres, including Hawaiian, jazz, blues, Reggae, rock, country western, and even opera!
On Friday, March 15, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Alex and Faye Spanos Theatre, Cal Poly Arts presents WILLIE K and his band, with special guests The Kalama Brothers.
“(Willie’s) an amazing guitar virtuoso, a Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix; he’s Gabby Pahinui, Andres Segovia and Eddie Van Halen rolled into one. Willie can mimic seemingly any style, moving easily between screaming Stratocaster, sweet slack key & jazz almost baroque, acoustic 12-string.” (The Honolulu Weekly)
Willie has been nominated for a Grammy and has earned multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards (Hawai’i’s “Grammys”) for his many CD recordings. He has played with or opened for musical giants, such as B.B. King, Santana, Al DiMeola, Willie Nelson, Prince, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, George Benson, and Jimmy Buffett; in 2009, he toured Germany with Simply Red.
His musical collaborations are legendary – most recently, performing with Steve Tyler at the Opening of Mick Fleetwood’s restaurant-club on Maui; as a duo with Amy Hanaiali‘i; the comic-music team of Barefoot Natives with Eric Gilliom; the huge hit Away in a Manger with Willie Nelson; original member of Mick Fleetwood’s Island Rumours Band; and Lima Wela, his jazz-inflected guitar trio with Avi Ronen and Joe Cano, interweaving Hawaiian, Latino, and Middle Eastern influences.
Willie released his first DVD, Uncle Willie K: Live at Mulligan’s on the Blue, in 2009. His 2nd Christmas CD, Willie Wonderland, won a Na Hoku award in 2011, and his Willie K’s Warehouse Blues CD won for Best Rock album in 2012.
He also launched his acting career with a leading role in the film comedy Get A Job! (2009), premiering at the Honolulu Film Festival followed by screenings at international film festivals.
Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $38 and $44 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.
TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.
Sponsored by QUALITY SUITES HOTEL.