Tuesday, July 28, 2015

31/52: Saturday Night with the Hawaiian Rough Riders

John Cruz and Henry Kapono

Brother Noland

Awesome experience to meet Henry Kapono

I love John Cruz!

Brian and I had a special "date night" in Seattle on Saturday night.  I recently saw a Facebook post about the Hawaiian Rough Riders, a trio of Hawaiian musicians, John Cruz, Henry Kapono and Brother Noland heading out on a summer tour.  As luck would have it, they booked to play in Seattle at Benroya Hall last Saturday night and Brian and I just couldn't resist going.

The Rough Riders name is inspired by the 1908 Hawaiian Rough Riders (Ikua Purdy, Archie Ka'aua and Jack Low).  They were three paniolo (cowboys) who combined their skills, determination and style to become World Rodeo Champions.  

Today's Rough Riders have come together to create an exceptional musical style.  From their vast catalog of hits to some of Hawaii's treasured classics to their new sound and collaborations, the Rough Riders offered an intoxicating experience of music, legacy and culture.

Our $45 VIP ticket included preferred seating (we sat in the front row) and a meet and greet after the show.  We bought the new Rough Riders EP and Henry Kapono's new and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning CD Live at Duke's 2 (he plays at Duke's on Oahu on Sundays). The Rough Riders EP was signed by all three and will be a treasured keepsake!

Its was an amazing evening and it was a wonderful experience to hear these three wonderful Hawaiian artists in person.

Our amazing summer of fun continues.......