Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Slack Key Master at Hula Girl

From our friends at Hula Girl Bar & Grill...

Every Wednesday, Hula Girl Bar and Grill located at 4044 Campbell Avenue at the Village at Shirlington presents the Ukulele stylings of Ramon Camarillo along with Hula dancing.

This Wednesday, April 12, special guest Kevin Brown, who will appear at Wolf Trap on Friday, April 14th, will appear as a special guest, with a little concert preview performing Slack Key. Slack key guitar (ki ho’alu) is a traditional Hawaiian way of tuning and playing the guitar or Ukulele. In 1832, Hawaiian King Kamehameha III hired Spanish and Mexican cowboys to teach Hawaiians how to deal with cattle. These vaqueros brought guitars to Hawaii and the natives developed their own fingerpicking style that incorporated Hawaiian rhythms and harmonies and magically evoked the natural beauty of the islands. The music that the locals played became known as ki ho’alu (translating loosely as “loosen the key”), after the slack key, or lowered open tunings, they preferred.

This music is a great backdrop to go with Hula Girl’s Hawaiian comfort food including SPAM mitsubi; Waialua Root Beer sticky ribs; Kalua pork crispy gau chee; Kalbi, Huli-Huli chicken and more. Might as well eat and drink one’s feelings, and gain some comfort on this Tax Day where one can.

Hula girl is located in the Village at Shirlington, 4044 Campbell Avenue. The restaurant is open Sunday and Monday from 11:30 am to 9 pm; Tuesday-Thursday from 11:30 AM -10 PM and Saturday from 11:30 AM -11 PM. Live Ukulele music on Wednesdays and Sundays. For reservations and further information, call (703) 998-4853 or