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November 6, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Slack key masters Ledward Kaapana & Cyril Pahinui headline Seattle fest | Concert preview

Hawaiian slack-key fests are an annual affair in Seattle, but before you go all ho-hum, note that both Cyril Pahinui and Ledward Kaapana are on the bill this year. That’s a whole lotta slackin’.

Pahinui, 64, is, the son of slack-key legend Gabby Pahinui and approaches this sweet, slow-motion traditional music with much of the same ringing, full-bodied gusto on guitar and smooth-sailing falsetto on vocals as his father. Pahinui the younger has appeared on three Grammy-winning compilations.

Kaapana, who occasionally shows a peppy jazz influence and also relishes telling silly jokes on stage, is a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. He appeared on an album recorded at the 1993 Seattle Folklife Festival, “Ki Ho’alu Seattle Style.”

Pahinui and Kaapana are joined by Mike Kaawa, Kamuela Kimokeo, Jeff Peterson, Peter Moon, Kenneth Makuakane, John Cruz, Jeff Au Hoy, Nathan Aweau, Patrick Landeza, and others. The evening also features hula dancing by Halau Pulamahiaikelikolehua.

Seattle Slack Key Festival

2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $35-$125 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).

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