50 years later, Garden still growing

KALAHEO — The National Tropical Botanical Garden has announced it is bringing together a host of top musicians from Hawaii with a Grammy-winning artist in celebration of the Garden’s 50th anniversary.

Tickets to the Saturday, April 5 “Musical Legends in the Garden” are now on sale for the four-hour concert set in NTBG’s open-air Southshore Visitors Center in Poipu.

 Ledward Kaapana, Dennis Kamakahi, and Mike Kaawa will offer solo, duo, and trio performances as The Hawaiian Legends. The Legends garnered the 2013 Na Hoku Hanohano award for Music Video/DVD of the Year. The three stars are well-known for performing island music at its very best, as individual artists and together as a group.

 Thirteen-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas, considered the world’s leading dobro player, will perform for the first time in Hawaii. The dobro is a resonator guitar that is heard primarily in bluegrass music today but is derived from the Hawaiian lap steel guitar of the 1920s, so it is extremely fitting to have it come home for the event.

 Joining in the lively show will be the Nathan Aweau, Jeff Peterson, and Benny Chong Trio. Nathan has received the Male Vocalist of the Year award three times, Jeff is recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile guitarists, and Benny is widely hailed by his fellow musicians as the world’s leading jazz ukulele master.

 Popular Kauai artists Ken Emerson, Pancho Graham, and Kirby Keough will perform as The Hanalei Bay Trio. The trio’s style reflects the Hawaiian guitar’s grassroots origins of a century ago. Rounding out the afternoon of great Hawaiian music will be the children’s choir of Ke Kula Niihau O Kekaha.

 Special early bird prices, good through Feb.14, for general admission is $35 and for $85 for Golden Circle tickets. Tickets are $45 and $95 after that date.

 Tickets can be purchased at ntbg.org/concert or in person at the Visitors Center 742-2433; The Wine Shop, Koloa; Scotty’s Music, Kalaheo; Kalaheo Cafe & Coffee Co.; Pictures Plus, Kukui Grove; Kauai Music & Sound, Kapaa; Hawaiian Music Kiosk, Coconut MarketPlace; and Hawaiian Music Kiosk, Princeville.

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