SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (10AM-10PM)
-Festival Greeting and Square Dance! (Big Tent)
-Na’Opihi with Pancho Graham, Kirby Keough, and Ken Emerson (Cannons Stage)
-Square Dance and Hula Workshop (Big Shade Tree)
-The Montvales (Old Shed)
-Old Time and Bluegrass Instrument Workshops - banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin (Chicken
-Soulgood Family (Big Tent)
-Norman DeCosta and Meles of Molokai (Old Shed)
-Square Dance and Hula Mashup Party with SLO County Ramblers and Puka Asing (Big Shade
-Sashamon with Uncle Isaac Kamaile (Cannons Stage)
-Island Grass (Old Shed)
-Peter Rowan’s ‘My Aloha’ Bluegrass Band (Big Tent)
-Jordy (Cannons Stage)
-Waltz, Two Step, and Swing Dance Workshops (Big Shade Tree)
-Vic and The Victimz (Old Shed)
-Hawaiian/Blues Instrument Workshops - ukulele, guitar, harmonica, steel guitar, slack key
guitar (Chicken Coop)
-Malama Pono Allstars (Cocktail Tent)
-Ed Poullard and the LaFayette Noise (Big Tent)
-Kyle Campbell (Old Shed)
-Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms (Big Tent)
-Island Grass (Old Shed)
-Jazz with Serena Jewkes and Kirk Smart (Cannons Stage)
-Ian Moore (Old Shed)
-Taj Mahal’s Hula Blues Band (Big Tent)
-SILENT Square Dance with the SLO County Stumblers and Guests…Dance caller the
Reverend Stan Sharp (Big Tent)
-Hawaiian Music Jam (Big Shade Tree)
-End - Hard Curfew —see you Sunday morning!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (10AM-10PM)
-Hawaiian/Appalachian Gospel Singing: Hymns and Mele of Praise and Togetherness - hosted
by festival performers. (Big Tent)
-Waltz, Two Step, and Hula Dance Workshops (Big Shade Tree)
-Kid’s Songs for Grown Ups with Jonny Fritz (Old Shed)
-Hawaiian Instrument Workshop - ukulele, slack key guitar, steel guitar (Chicken Coop)
-Uncle Shuffelo and his Haint Hollow Hootenanny with Square Dance Caller the Reverend Stan
Sharp (Cannons Stage)
-Pine Hearts (Old Shed)
-Surprise Performer (Big Tent)
-Puka and the Konatokaz (Big Tent)
-Roundhouse Ramblers (Old Shed)
-The Lins (Cannons Stage)
-Grown Up Songs for Kids with Jonny Fritz (Old Shed)
-Boma Bango Dance Band (Big Tent)
-Singing Workshops - harmony, song, and breath (Big Shade Tree)
-Ronnie Velveta and the Family Band (Old Shed)
-Tim O’Brien and Jan Fabricius (Big Tent)
-Caroline Pond’s Rainbow Stringband (Cannons Stage)
-Paul Lee Kupfer (Old Shed)
-Old Folk Telling Stories and Singing Songs with Taj Mahal, Peter Rowan, and Choke Kupuna (Cannons Stage)
-Wally Rita y Los Kauaianos DANCE PARTY (Big Tent)
-Dub Dance party with JAH Mantraband and Festival Performers
-Open Mic Song Contest (Old Shed)
-Artist Meet n Greet and Farewell Singing (Big Tent)
-End — Aloha and Mahalo—see you at the next Festival!
Five Stages of Live Continual Music
Blues legend Taj Mahal has a long history in Hawaii. As a historian, he has studied the nuances of Hawaiian history and culture. As a resident performer, he has come to know, play with, and record with countless Hawaiian artists. His Hula Blues Band is a rotating cast of Hawaiian musicians fusing blues, folk, and Hawaiian music in the inimitable Taj Mahal style!
Peter Rowan is largely known for his role in Bill Monroe’s legendary Bluegrass Boys and as a bandmate in ‘Old and in the Way’ with fellow legends Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Vassar Clements, and John Kahn. There is no one in folk/bluegrass history who has played with more ensembles, recorded more legendary albums, or explored as many musical landscapes. Rowan's ‘My Aloha’ Bluegrass Band is formed around his 2017 release “My Aloha” - a fun fusion of bluegrass, folk, and Hawaiian musical styles.
As a founding member of the band ‘Hot Rize’, Wheeling, West Virginia native Tim O’Brien is lauded as the greatest multi-instrumental songwriter in folk music. He has recorded several albums, played with countless ensembles, and brings his powerful voice and instrumentalism to the Kauai Folk Festival in his very first appearance on Kauai alongside his life and musical partner, Jan Fabricius - a singer perfectly matched to O’Brien’s signature sound.
There is no way to categorize Jonny Fritz. His status among songwriters and the country and folk music elite is something of a phenomenon that has to be seen, heard, and experienced to be believed. His songs and captivating stage presence are the stuff of legend. You will not forget what you’ve seen and heard…whether you want to or not! “Dad Country” makes its debut appearance on Kauai at the Kauai Folk Festival.
Blaine Sprouse is a fiddler who learned his craft at the feet of the legendary bluegrass fiddler Kenny Baker. He will be appearing at the Kauai Folk Festival as fiddler for a number of the performing acts. He is also a teacher. Fiddle and violin players are encouraged to bring their instruments along, as Blaine will be teaching tricks and tips to enhance your bluegrass fiddle technique and repertoire!
Ed Poullard is a master fiddler, accordionist, and Cajun accordion builder. The creole fiddling tradition in Southern Louisiana is one of the many unusual styles of folk music represented at the Kauai Folk Festival. He will be performing with a full band as well as teaching creole fiddle styles at the Kauai Folk Festival.
Half of the legendary Foghorn Stringband, Reeb Willms and Caleb Klauder have been touring the world as a country, folk, old time, and bluegrass duo for over a decade. Pitch-perfect harmonies, original songs that seem like they’re 100 years old, and instrumental prowess that will knock your socks of. They’ll also be teaching harmony singing, mandolin, and guitar workshops to festival attendees who want to learn more about their unique and traditional styles.
Read the liner notes on just about any classic bluegrass album and you’ll see Mike Bub’s name listed as bassist. His omnipresence in the bluegrass and honky tonk scenes has earned him the nickname “Sir Bub” among many. He’ll be performing with several ensembles at the Kauai Folk Festival and teaching an upright bass workshop.
Paul Lee Kupfer is a creator of honest music — damn beautiful, deeply rootsy, honest music. Originally from the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, Paul has spent much of his life traveling, drawing inspiration from the road, tuning his organic approach to music. Writing and performing with several bands, he recently released his solo debut Album, “Where the Wind Goes” which is a beautiful collection of songs recorded analog to tape. It's a cool, rich, unreconstructed folk album in the style
Specializing in the ‘Congolese Rhumba’ sound. Central-African dance music par excellence!
Hands down the most powerful old time stringband in the world. The Shuffelo and Derryberry families hail from rural Middle Tennessee.
Pacific Northwest-based acoustic trio…original and traditional songs.
Champion fiddler Casy Meikle’s mid-country old time quartet. Hot fiddle and banjo numbers for dancing!
A French-Appalachian folk duo performing in Hawaii for the first time!
Luthier, historian, and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist performing with a number of acts and presenting his groundbreaking research on the undiscovered or long-forgotten links between global musical styles and their Hawaiian counterparts. He is our soul brother and the link that’s holding this whole concept together.
North Carolina native fiddler/singer and her FUN band from Honolulu!
The greatest living square dance caller and impresario….he’ll make you dance and you’re gonna like it.
Kauai’s reggae hero teams up with Molokai-based ukulele/guitar virtuoso and singer…songs of the old country.
Oahu-based singer/ukulele BOSS….bringing the family band and dancers.
Ronnie V. and The Family Band are an American Roots Music group based out of Kona on the Big Island Of Hawai’i. They are keepers of the tradition of storytelling history through acoustic music. Our sound infuses Blues, Gospel, Soul, Bluegrass, Old Time and Americana music to showcase the stories of the working class, from the darkness of hard times, to the triumphs of finding the light. Perpetuating positivity in the face of darkness is the moral at the core of all of their original music.
Playing ‘kachi-kachi’ music…a Puerto Rican/Hawaiian hybrid dance music that will blow your mind.
Kauai-based acoustic band playing folk hits with energy.
Hawaii’s bluegrass banjo hero, performing with a number of festival acts.
Kauai-based slack key guitar and singing duo.
Fronted by local songsters Jeremy and Amy Brown - sing-along songs for the whole family!
Molokai-based singer, 12-string guitar master, and storyteller.
The incomparable bluesman Vic the Barber and his big blues dance band!
Over 20 years of fun-filled pickin’, singin’, and aloha from these awesome dudes.
Dub like you’ve never heard it before! Festival artists join Jah Mantra for what is sure to be an exciting set of folk/dub fusion.
18-year-old Kauai-based songwriter and her magnificent band.
Jazz singer and her hot band formed of local and California-based jazz hotshots. Kauai’s top guitar hero. SWING TIME!
The Lins is a Kailua based singer-songwriter group. Drawing from their bluegrass/country/folk backgrounds Cait Ellis and Kilin Reece have written beautiful, thought provoking songs about loss, love and life. Bassist, Alex Morrison of Gypsy 808 joins them for their Kauai folk fest debut.
Heralding from Knoxville, Tennessee, Kyle Campbell is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the frontman for The Bearded, who's repertoire includes old-time Appalachian dance tunes, jugband, vintage blues and bluegrass. A large part of the band's setlist consists of Campbell's originals as well. All of these sundries come together resulting in a "uniquely East Tennessee sound."
Sweet Beets & YumYum are a truly original Americana Folk Roots Duo featuring Lush Harmonies residing on the island of Maui, Hawaii.YumYum (aka Matt Del Olmo), a member of Brown Chicken Brown Cow String Band, can be found performing weekly all around the valley isle solo and along side many other bands. Sweet Beets (aka Christina Boyden) can also be found performing around the island solo and with other local acts and is a professional DJ as well. She recently recorded her first full length albu
The Malama Pono Allstars are Kaua‘i’s only “String-pickin,’ saw-bowin,’ washboard-rubbin,’ harp-blastin,’ Americana and mountain blues band,” that is “Americana and ‘maukabilly,’ and made up of several radio personalities and eclectic mix of raw talent from around the Islands.
The All Star players are: Jimmy Trujillo, dobro; Joe LaMore,guitar; Paul “Polihale” Crowe, guitar; Doug Gates, mandolin; MikeCosmann, banjo and mandolin; Doug Gates, Stever “xman,” sound;Steven “Red Brick” Meredith, cajon;
Bring your instrument! Performers will be conducting workshops on how to play in the traditional style. Guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, steel guitar, ukulele, and more. Loaner instruments will be available at the Kauai Folk Festival from the Hanalei Strings booth.
In addition to ‘how to play’, performers will be conducting group workshops on ‘how to play together.’ Listening, understanding, and finding the right place to fit in are crucial skills to understand to play this music. Even a rank beginner can find a pocket to fit in! Loaner instruments will be available at the Kauai Folk Festival from the Hanalei Strings booth and bring your own instrument too!
The Kauai Folk Festival performers were especially chosen for both their performing and teaching abilities. Singing workshops will cover traditional songs of the old country both here on the Islands and abroad on the continent. No instrument is necessary but feel free to bring one of your own!
Kauai is home to one of the greatest living blacksmiths and cowboy poets, East Tennessee native, Ted Shanks. His ability to turn raw metal into useful tools and mind-blowing art is renowned worldwide. At the Kauai Folk Festival, he’ll be demonstrating his techniques and teaching you how to become a blacksmith, too!
A variety of old time and local Hawaii arts and crafts will be shared and demonstrated throughout the Festival that include visual arts, craft, farming and more.
Square dancing and hula, swing dancing and old-timey flatfoot cloggin’ will be afoot at the Kauai Folk Festival. Traditional music is best appreciated with dance that accompanies it. You’ll hear the music with different ears once you’ve learned to dance to the music on your own two feet. Every performance at this event has accompanying dance, and KFF instructors will share the basics.
Healthy food at a festival?!?! Who knew!? Mahalo to Kauai Juice Co for bringing a mighty supply of fresh made juice and healthy foods! Gluten free options too.
Sausage and strings. The more you say it the more delicious it becomes. The masters at Po'okela will be cooking their famous foods at the festival.
Uncle D brings it! This BBQ maniac is putting aside the meats to bring us VEGAN grinds! Yes, we said if Vegan BBQ slathered in Uncle D's ridiculously good sauce!
Who said there's NO BAGELS on Kauai?!! The maestros at Ya Quiddus will be rolling some serious dough for you folks at the festival to enjoy circular steamy goodness.
Only KFF can bring together Mexico and Aloha under one umbrella. A pink umbrella. Aloha Oaxaca are our friends bringing special Tequila cocktails to adult sippers.
We are excited for local-made bevies from our friends at Kupu Spirits whose new line of Craft Cocktails will be ice cold featuring WhiskeyCola, WhiskyGinger, and Gin and Tonic!
Big Mahalo to Maui Brew Co! Our marquee sponsor and drink provider are one of the key people who make this festival possible. The Maui Brewing Company is the exclusive beer, spirit and soda provider of the Kauai Folk Festival. Founded in 2005, Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii's largest craft brewery, operating 100% in Hawaii and they constantly are involved supporting community events like these! Expect a full range of delicious ice cold beers and sodas from the good people at Maui Brew Co.
The Kauai Folk Festival is a fundraiser for the preservation efforts for the Grove Farm Museum. Kauai Folk Festival will be held on theGrove Farm grounds in Lihue providing a fascinating glimpse into the island's past. Founded in 1864, this 100-acre, historic site showcases life during Kauai’s plantation era more than a century ago. Grove Farm Museum is centrally located in Lihue (Google map).