International Jazz Ukulele Artist Benny Chong headlines this one of a kind event at the Aloha Theatre, 79-7384 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kainaliu, The Big Island of Hawai’i, accompanied by University of Hawai’i Professor of Music Byron Yasui on Bass, at 7PM on Friday January 22 2010.
Benny Chong was once the guitarist for the famed Ali’i s the band that backed up Don Ho, a self taught musician widely respected by his peers, Benny Chong first picked up & plucked away on a ukulele when he was eleven years old, only to put away the instrument nine years later. After a thirty five year hiatus, Professor Yasui reintroduced Chong to the ukulele in 2000, requesting Chong be one of four artists in ‘The Art of Solo Ukulele’ a concert series that rekindled Chong’s interest leading to a CD and a Public Television Special.
Chong’s CD ‘Ukulele Jazz’ is a rarity, an eclectic mix of Jazz standards, pop favorites and musical musings marking Chong as a truly original Jazz & Ukulele Artist. The opening act is a Big Island favorite, “Mili Nanea” featuring Randy Lorenzo, Darrel Aquino, and Christy Lassiter.”
Tickets are $25 presale or $30 at the door, open seating. Tickets available at apachawaii.org, Aloha Theatre Cafe from 7am-2pm, or at the door 1 hour prior to showtime. Or, call 808-959-8869.