with Ken Garcia
Mon May 20
with Ken Garcia
|Age:||Ages 21+ Only|
This renowned Hawaiian entertainer captivates audience around the globe with his astounding performances & remarkable array of musical styles as heard on his hits You "Ku'uipo" and "Good Morning"!Buy Tickets
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Ticket Price: $30 advanced / $32 day of show / $53 reserved loft seating (loft seating is available over the phone or in person at our box office)
Raised on Maui, Willie Kahaiali`i (a.k.a. Willie K) has been entertaining audiences with his music
since the age of 10. He has evolved into an eclectic and charismatic singer, songwriter, entertainer,
and now actor. One of Hawaii’s most versatile talents, Willie performs a myriad of musical genres,
including Hawaiian, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Rock, Country Western, and even Opera. He has played
with or opened for musical giants, such as B.B. King, Santana, Al DiMeola, Willie Nelson, Prince,
Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, George
Benson, Jimmy Buffett and more. In 2009 he toured Germany with Simply Red, and in 2013 held
his first Uncle Willie K’s BBQ Blues Festival in Maui featuring Elvin Bishop, Angela Strehli, and
Steven Tyler. During his 2nd Annual Blues Fest, Willie brought Billy F Gibbons, Mick Fleetwood,
Pat Simmons and legendary bluesman Robert Belfour to the stage.
Willie released his first CD, “Kahaiali’i” in 1992 and has since earned multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards for his many CD recordings and was also a Grammy Music Awards nominee. His latest
CD “Warehouse Blues” was finally released in October 2011. The long-awaited Blues album,
full of all original songs won Rock Album of the Year at this year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
Willie’s latest CD recorded in Berlin Germany has hit the airwaves with popular tunes “With or
Without You”, “Have I Told You” and “Sarah Smile”, all with an ukulele twist, hence the name
Some of Willie’s other activities include his annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, now in its 10th
year, that benefits the Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Oncology Department to assist patients
with hardships. This year, he has partnered with the National Kidney Foundation as Hawaii’s
spokesperson to help inform and educate the community about Kidney Disease and early detection. He has also started his movie career in 2009 acting in “You May Not Kiss the Bride”, as well
as another film shot in 2010 called, “Get A Job” that has won numerous awards at Film Festivals
across the US and worldwide.
Ken Garcia grew up in San Bernardino, California and was surrounded by diverse musical influences, from Hispanic to Polynesian. By the age of five, Ken’s uncles frequently encouraged him to play his guitar at family gatherings. Recognizing his strong desire to perform and musical potential, his parents eagerly invested in his future by providing him with guitar and piano lessons. Yet, formal lessons could only take Ken’s raw talent so far. He began teaching himself the art of guitar playing with assistance of books and hands on experience. As his talent and confidence developed, Ken began playing school functions as well as private concerts for friends and family. Ken often fondly notes a smile that his most rewarding performances of this era were those for his father, Ramon, and his construction buddies after a hard day’s work and a few cold beers.
Around age of twenty Ken was faced with the difficult decision of pursuing a career in music, or following in his older brother’s footsteps and becoming a dentist. Recently married and wanting to start a family, he opted for dentistry. Upon graduation from Loma Linda School of Dentistry, Ken started a successful practice in Fontana California, close to where he grew up, which he sold prior to opening another new office, Island Dentistry, in Laguna Beach California in 2002. Now a new and third office is just starting in North County this year in 2019. All the while Ken retained his passion for music playing lead guitar with various bands in clubs throughout Southern California and especially in Laguna Beach where he has resided with his family for over 20 years.
Ken differs form other artist in numerous ways. Not only has he maintained an impeccable dental career spanning nearly three decades as well as compiling an impressive body of work musically, including 5 CD’s, and live performances that legends are made of.
His new CD will be coming out this summer: “Otra Vez Padre”
Ken has always sustained a solid reputation in whichever community he has called home. Ken’s contagious love and zest for life shines through in whatever task he undertakes. Whether he’s performing dentistry, playing music, surfing or spending time with his wife Jody of 38 years or his children Lea & Tayber. Ken gives no less than 100% of himself, 100% of his time. Ken’s multifaceted lifestyle is easily recognizable in his music, be it a soothing melody to provide a healing touch, a rocking jam to lift the spirit, or a simple strummed lullaby to put his daughter Lea or son Tayber to sleep.
Ken’s music is a combination of soulful folk rock with a Latin and Hawaiian flavor. The lyrics, written by Ken, bask in the warm memories of family and friends, often giving thanks to GOD for the opportunity to take part in such an amazing life…. a life that he would like to share with the rest of the world through his music.