Friday, December 11, 2015, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

multi-talented Hawaiian household name

$34 adv / $36 door

December 11 8:00 pm

Tonight's show has been cancelled. If you purchased tickets online, you will automatically receive a refund. If you purchased tickets in person or over the phone, please contact the Freight box office at (510) 644-2020.



Willie K – that’s “K” for Kahaialii – is, in the words of the Honolulu Weekly, “an amazing guitar virtuoso, a Hawaiian Jimi Hendrix; he’s Gabby Pahinui, Andres Segovia, and Eddie Van Halen rolled into one. Willie can mimic seemingly any style, moving easily between screaming Stratocaster, sweet slack key, and jazzy, almost baroque, acoustic 12-string.” Besides being a guitar wizard, he also sings and writes gorgeous originals, from rocking blues to tender ballads in the traditional Hawaiian style.Since releasing his debut album in 1992, he has won more than a dozen, Na Hoku Hanohano awards, the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammy.


Willie grew up in a big family – the second of nine boys and four girls – and played just about every possible instrument in the family band. “My father was a great influence,” he says. “He groomed me to be where I am today. He was just as diverse as I am—the guy knew how to play everything: jazz, blues and Hawaiian.” Willie is a music lover who plays everything, including the occasional Italian aria. “You want to taste it, you want to try it and give it a shot and see what will happen,” he says. His fans include Prince, Steven Tyler, and Barack Obama – and, if you give him a listen, you too!

visit the Willie K website

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