Waikiki Steel Guitar Week will feature more steel guitar playing this year. An Open Stage has been added to the festival's Saturday programming. The preliminary schedule provides opportunities for up to eight performances beginning at 11 AM. The Open Stage program will be held on July 20, 2019.
The Open Stage, similar to the Open Mic, provides performance opportunities for steel guitarists to showcase their talents, overcome their performance anxieties, perfect their stage persona in front of a performance-friendly audience, and build performing confidence.
Dr. Kris Oka from San Francisco performs on the Open Stage at the 2018 Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival.
Each program is about 30 minutes in length, sufficient for several songs and "talk story" between songs if the performer is so inclined. Many performers also include vocal selections in their presentation. Some performers use prerecorded backing tracks, while others rely upon available backup musicians to assist with their presentation.
Open stage programs at outer island festivals have previously featured steel guitarists, steel guitar groups and music schools from Hawaii, the mainland U.S., and several countries including Germany, New Zealand, and Japan. At least two such groups and several steel guitarists from the mainland U.S. and Japan are expected to participate on the 2019 open stage.
Open stage performance slots can be requested at the festival website.WSGWF
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
February 16, 2019 — Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
March 1-2, 2019 — Courtyard Kaua‘i at Coconut Beach, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD — Maui site
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
April 12-13, 2019 — Outlets of Maui, Lahaina, Maui
April 14, 2019 — Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Mini-Expo at Windward Mall
June 1, 2019 — Windward Mall, Kaneohe
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 — Windward Mall, Kaneohe
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 15-20, 2019 — Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Monday-Thursday — Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday — Festival Ho‘olaule‘a Performances
AISGC Winchester Convention
July 18-20, 2019 — Winchester Towne Centre, Winchester, IN
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall — Keiki Kine
August 17, 2019 — Kahala Mall, Honolulu
HSGA Ft. Collins Festival
September 17-19, 2019 — Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO
Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 13-15, 2019 (tentative, rescheduled) — Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island.
Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
February 28-29, 2020 — Sheraton Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i
Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
October 9-10, 2020 — Nightly Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
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