Hapa

The man who gently revolutionized Hawaiian music three decades ago is actually a guitar marvel from New Jersey, of Irish descent, Barry Flanagan. He's had several native Hawaiian partners over the years in the groundbreaking little band HAPA, which at its core is an acoustic duo, or trio with electric bass, often augmented by spoken word artists and hula dancers. Flanagan's mission has been to contemporize and popularize Hawaiian sounds, without unduly diluting them, and he's done a bang-up job. HAPA features typically gorgeous vocal harmonies in addition to always dazzling guitar licks. It's slack key pop, for sure, with nods to singer-songwriters of the James Taylor/Kenny Rankin school, and to crossover jazz. But as fusions go, HAPA's music is consistently quite good, inspiring loyal fans around the globe. Tom Surowicz

Price: $35

Where

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet MallMinneapolis, MN

When

Date: Ended 03/10/14

Upcoming events

01/27 – Dianne Reeves
01/30 – Kelley Hunt
01/31 – Steve Cole
02/04 – Tower of Power
02/14 – Nachito Herrera
02/17 – David Sanborn
02/22 – Hepa
02/25 – Scythian
02/27 – Alison Scott
02/28 – Black Violin
03/03 – Rene Marie
03/09 – David Sanchez
03/14 – Nikki Hill
03/16 – Sofia Rei
03/23 – Steve Tyrell
03/27 – Storm Large
04/03 – Wayne Krantz
04/06 – James Hunter
04/11 – Jorma Kaukonen
04/16 – Bettye LaVette
04/24 – Tuck & Patti
05/01 – Emily West
05/20 – Red Molly

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