The Grammy Museum will present “Aloha Spirit, Koaloha Style,” an ukulele workshop with TJ Mayeshiro and Pali Ka’aihue and live performance by Mayeshiro and Tony Conjugacion, on Thursday, Aug. 29. Workshop is at 6 p.m. and performance is at 7:30 p.m.
Traditionally known as a Portuguese instrument that has gained popularity in Hawaii, the four-stringed, guitar-like ukulele has found a niche in Hawaiian, jazz, folk, contemporary, and world music. Its unique sound brings an instant island tone to any piece of music.
Back by popular demand, KoAloha Ukulele artist partners Mayeshiro, Ka’aihue and Conjugacion, will be sharing their mana’o (Hawaiian for thoughts or knowledge) on their different ukulele styles.
An up-and-coming young ukulele talent, Mayeshiro will delight everyone with his edgy ukulele playing. Later, multi Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning recording artist/composer and kumu hula Conjugacion will showcase his classic style of both traditional Hawaiian and contemporary music.
Prior to the performance, join Mayeshiro and Nā Hōkū Hanohano award-winning recording artist and president of HARA (Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts) Ka’aihue for a one-hour workshop titled “Ukulele 101.” This informal class is a fun and educational way to learn more about the various styles of ukulele playing.
In the Hawaiian “talk-story” style, Kaneshiro and Ka’aihue will share their love and knowledge of this special instrument.
Although not required, guests are welcome to bring their own ukuleles with them to learn and strum along.
For the performance, doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. For reservations and more information, go to www.grammymuseum.org/programs.
The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd. (at Figueroa) in the L.A. LIVE district. The entrance on Figueroa Street.