"Dr. Banjo" and Kauai steel guitar wiz
in concert at Kapono's, Sunday, March 28
Call 545-2820 for tickets!

One performer is a world-renowned bluegrass banjo virtuoso; the other, an acclaimed master of Hawaiian steel guitar. Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick and guitarist Ken Emerson will find common musical ground on March 28 at Kapono's, in the first concert of a unique series called "Bluegrass Beat Meets Hawaiian Heat," a Tim Bostock Production.

Advance tickets are available for $18 for adults and $10 for children 11-16. Children 10 and under will be admitted free. Tickets may be obtained by calling 545-2820 between 7:00 AM and 5:00PM weekdays. Tickets will also be available at the door for $23 for adults, $12 for children 11-16.

After a short set by the Squirrel Hunters, an O`ahu bluegrass band, Kauai slide guitarist Ken Emerson will perform a rare Honolulu set. Emerson's portfolio includes appearances with Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Auntie Alice Namakelua, Atta Isaacs, and Sol K. Bright. Over the years, he has pursued adventures in a variety of musical genres, touring with blues legends like Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop, and Boz Scaggs. He's also worked with rock artists Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, and Graham Nash.

Colorado musician Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick, a founding member of bluegrass supergroup Hot Rize, will be joined onstage by his wife, Joan, in a performance of white-hot bluegrass instrumentals and traditional duets. Wernick has performed and recorded with an impressive roster of bluegrass stars, including Chris Thile (Nickel Creek), Jerry Douglas (Alison Krauss + Union Station), and Peter Rowan (Old And In The Way).

After the Wernicks' duo set, Ken Emerson will join them onstage for some cross-cultural musical conversation. A big jam session, with the Wernicks, Emerson, and the Squirrel Hunters, will complete the evening.

Bluegrass Beat Meets Hawaiian Heat is a concert series from Tim Bostock Productions. The second concert, scheduled for April 25, will feature bluegrass flatpicking guitar master Dan Crary and Hawaiian slack-key guitar legend George Kahumoku. Plans for the third and final concert in the series are being finalized. Sponsors for the series include Bud Light, Wild Turkey, Thomas Kemper, Excite Entertainment, and Bluegrass Hawai`i.

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JAM WITH DR. BANJO! An exclusive JAM WORKSHOP and MASTER JAM with Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick has just been announced! This event will be held at The Arts At Mark's Garage, on Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 PM. The workshop is open to all amateur pickers; the Master Jam will feature some of O`ahu's best acoustic musicians in a jam led by Dr. Banjo himself! Click here to learn more!

Read on to learn more about Pete & Joan Wernick, Ken Emerson, and The Squirrel Hunters!

Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick is a bluegrass banjo virtuoso, renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music. He took up banjo as a teenager in his native New York City, studying Earl Scruggs records. After completing B.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Columbia University, he began working as a sociologist at Cornell University. In 1971, he founded Country Cooking, whose innovative recordings helped usher in a new wave of contemporary bluegrass. Seven years later, he helped found bluegrass supergroup Hot Rize, which went on to perform throughout the U.S. and three continents, on national television and radio. His instructional books, CDs and videos include Bluegrass Banjo, Bluegrass Songbook, and How to Make a Band Work. He has recorded and performed with some of bluegrass music's top artists, including Chris Thile, Peter Rowan, and Jerry Douglas. Pete's current performance schedule centers around appearances with The Live Five, Hot Rize and with his singer/guitarist wife Joan as a duet ("Dr. and Nurse Banjo").

Ken Emerson, slide guitar master, is one of America's better-kept musical secrets. Born in San Francisco and raised on Kauai, Ken began playing guitar as a small boy, and by the mid-1970's, he was performing with legends like Gabby Pahinui, Ray Kane, Auntie Alice Namakelua, Atta Isaacs, and Sol K. Bright. His career includes 30 years of writing, recording, and touring with America's premiere blues artists, including Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop and Boz Scaggs. He's worked with Albert Collins, Jackson Browne, Todd Rundgren, and he tours part-time with San Francisco's Pablo Cruise band. A versatile and eclectic performer, he is equally at home playing Hawaiian, Delta slide, electric blues, and rockin' slide guitar. Presently, Ken is completing several blues projects, including his "Live in London" sessions, and a current acoustic recording featuring Charlie Musselwhite.

The Squirrel Hunters consist of Lesley Kline on fiddle, Paul Sato on banjo, Doug Toews on guitar, Kilin Reece on mandolin, and Alex Morrison on bass. Though the band is recently formed, each member has played bluegrass and other forms of music for many years. The Squirrel Hunters have begun to develop some impressive credits, including an opening performance for Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum in February. They bring a unique mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and acoustic music to their Hawai`i audiences.