Musician Aldrine Guerrero has created a name for himself in the music business as one of the most well-known ukulele players in the world.
It’s a road he embarked down thanks to his upbringing.
“I started playing music because my family was involved in church,” said Guerrero, who will perform at Scotty’s Music House In Lihue on Saturday. “They are the inspiration for my music.”
The free concert will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 3-3319 Kuhio Highway across from Walmart. Guests will be greeted with a potluck dinner, although no alcohol is permitted as the performance is a family event. Guests are also welcomed to bring their own lawn chairs to watch the performance.
Having played music for 17 years, Guerrero has experience in many different genres, including jazz, flamingo, pop, reggae and classical. He has released three albums including the popular “Suite 409,” and “I’m a Dreamer,” with 90 percent of the songs being his original work.
“He has become one of the greatest ukulele players in the world,” said Scott Shapiro, owner of Scotty’s Music. “It’s a community event that we are honored to have him play, and hopefully it helps the community.”
Guerrero has also performed in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Thailand and Korea. He plays clarinet, saxophone, bass and guitar and some of his work has been featured on radio, television and in the animated movie, “Hotel Transylvania.”
“Playing ukulele is a pretty happy feeling,” said Guerrero said. “It’s always a positive experience.”
Wanting to teach others to play the ukulele, Guerrero created the website www.ukuleleunderground.com, with the help of his friends Aaron Nakumura and Ryan Esaki. It features a video tutorial library with instructions on how to play the instrument, a song lesson library with diagrams to help students learn different parts of songs to strengthen their skills, and improvement systems to help students.
“We wanted to grow the next generation of ukulele players,” Guerrero said.