Straight from the sandy shores of the Pacific Islands to our own backyard here in Orange County, Irvine Barclay Theatre is bringing an abundance of ‘Aloha’ to SoCal in 2018 with the finest in live Hawaiian music. Performances by Hawaii’s most acclaimed artists, both traditional and contemporary, are a perfect opportunity to experience a mini tropical getaway and a memorable evening of music. The artists in the Barclay’s Hawaiian Music Masters performance feature Hawaii’s cultural traditions while showcasing the amazing range and diversity of Hawaiian music played in the islands today. As you sit back, relax and take in the sounds of the Islands, it reveals that Hawaiian music culture is not just about notes played, but also about the greater “Aloha Spirit” that the music evokes about the bonds of community, nature, love and beauty.
The 2017-18 series features the return of several Barclay favorites, who are acclaimed ambassadors of traditional Hawaiian culture and legends of Island music. Hawaiian music greats, 4-time Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr., along with music legends Led Kaapana and Jeff Peterson, bring the best of classic Hawaiian slack key to the stage on March 16. True hula royalty, Halau O Kekuhi, is one of the Island’s most revered cultural treasures, sharing traditional hula and chant handed down by a succession of eight generations of kuma hula (hula masters). The acclaimed company brings their brand of Aloha to the Barclay on April 21. The series wraps up on May 23rd with two of Hawaii’s shining vocal talents. The “Golden Voice” of 2015, Island Music Album of the Year and Slack Key Album of the Year winner Kawika Kahiapo joins forces with Nathan Aweau, whose accolades include 3-time Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
This popular series is one of the centerpieces of the Barclay’s 2017-18 season, and we are honored to provide incredible talent to loyal Hawaiian music fans from across the southland, as well as introduce new generations to Hawaiian culture through these truly unforgettable evenings.