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Upcoming "Aloha by the Bay™" Music Series
On Saturday, March 11, the Nihonmachi Street Fair will welcome Kalei Gamiao, Jon Yamasato, Justin Young & Patrick Landeza at the Hotel Kabuki, Imperial Ballroom in San Francisco's Japantown.Performances by San Jose's Hālau Nā Wai Ola. Your MC for the evening is Bruddah Derrick DeMotta.

 

Kalei Gamiao - With 3 completed nominated albums to his name Kalei Gamiao been at the forefront of today’s ukulele revolution since 2008 when his debut album, “Contemporary Ukulele,” kicked up the demand for performances in the U.S market. After the release of his second album entitled “Redefined” in 2012 a greater demand for more of his music and performances exposed Kalei to hundreds of thousands of ukulele enthusiasts from around the world as he continues to tour countries such as Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and the U.S mainland. When his third album “Merry Ukulele Christmas” released in 2013 as a seasonal project it propelled and broadened Kalei’s repertoire to new levels as many web and social media sites provide instant access for his fans to stay connected to his music and the explosive world-wide popularity of the ukulele. With the release of his 4th latest album “These Moments” in 2016 he has already traveled and performed in different parts of the world to share his passion for music.

As a true ukulele virtuoso he sums it up by saying…“My ukulele expresses every word and emotion. I love to create and share my musical journeys for everyone to enjoy”.


 

Justin Young - Born and raised in Hawai’i, Justin Kawika Young first found success in the islands. He accumulated eleven number-one hits on Hawai’i radio and four Hawaiian Music Awards before relocating to Los Angeles. He quickly established a following in the local music scene there and connected with other singer/songwriters including Colbie Caillat, eventually joining her band. Justin toured with Caillat as her acoustic guitarist/background vocalist for four years and became Music Director of her band. After traveling the world and co-writing two songs on Colbie’s All Of You album, Young decided to re-focus on his own music and has recently completed an album which includes collaborations with Producer Jairus Mozee (Anthony Hamilton), Producer Keith Harris (Black Eyed Peas) and one of his songwriting heroes, David Ryan Harris (John Mayer). The new music, which he describes as “R&B influenced, singer/songwriter,” will be released under his middle name “Kawika Young” to delineate this music from his previous island music sound. The first glimpse of this new sound comes in the form of a three song EP entitled, Million Breakers. Justin’s original music can also be heard most recently on the soundtracks of Point Break, Wild Horses and The Walking Dead TV series.





 

Jon Yamasato has been part of the Hawaii music industry for over half of his life. Jon began his career as the lead singer for the award winning trio Pure Heart and has performed throughout Hawaii, the West Coast, Texas and Japan with acts such as Herb Ohta Jr., Na Oiwi and with guitarist/singer Justin Young. Jon has accumulated 5 Na Hoku Hanohano awards and has recorded with many Na Hoku winning bands such as `Ale`a, Keali`i Reichel, Keahiwai, and David Kamakahi. Always down for a good time, his laid back vocals and rhythmic guitar playing will bring you back to sandy beaches and cool trade winds everytime.





 

Patrick Landeza made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. The Hoku’s is considered to be Hawaii’s equivalent to the Grammy. Landeza is a Hawaii Music Award winner and was recently awarded Listen for Life’s “Musician of the Heart Award”. Listen for Life was the organization that produced a world music concert for peace at NY’s Carnegie Hall which Patrick was a part of. Born and raised in Berkeley, California to Hawaii-born parents, Patrick studied slack key from masters like Cyril Pahinui, Ray Kane, and Dennis Kamakahi. Landeza is not only one of the top slack key performers around, he is also a musical bridge between Hawaii and the Mainland.





 
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