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Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz

Geri's Vintage Steels
1935 National Cast Steel
April 17, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The body of this early period steel guitar was made by a method called "slush casting." Molten [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1947 Gibson Model BR-9
May 13, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

In 1947 Gibson unveiled a keenly priced student model set. The model BR-9 steel guitar with [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1936 Harmony Sears Golden Jubilee
June 21, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

This model was made for only one year and was sold only through the 1936 Sears [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1939 Epiphone Electar Zephyr
July 17, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

In 1937, Herb Sunshine, principal designer of electric instruments at Epiphone, introduced [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1957 Gibson Skylark EH 500
August 7, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The Gibson Skylark lap steel shares the same futuristic look and vibe of the famous Flying V [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1946 Kiesel Bakelite Lap Steel
September 20, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

Lowell C. Kiesel is a steel guitarist and builder. In 1946 he founded the L.C. Kiesel Company [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1940's Oahu Tonemaster
October 16, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

Along with the huge popularity of Hawaiian music came the demand for [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1937 Rickenbacher Silver Hawaiian
November 16, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

This hollow metal body guitar was chromed silver and is a favorite among players and [...]

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2023 Festivals and Workshops
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
February 18, 2023 – Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei

Kona Steel Guitar Festival
March 23-25, 2023 – Outrigger Kona Resort and Spa, Keauhou, Hawai‘i

Kaua‘i Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium *
May 3-4, 2023 – Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Hawai‘i

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 4-6, 2023 – Sheraton Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Hawai‘i
May 7, 2023 – Kukui Grove Center, Lihue, Hawai‘i

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 10, 2023 – Windward Mall, Kāne‘ohe

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 10-15, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 14, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
July 15, 2023 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kāhala Mall
August 19, 2023 – Kahala Mall, Honolulu

2023 Northern California Hawaiian Steel Guitar Symposium *
September 24, 2023 – Odd Fellows Lodge, Cupertino, CA

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
October 14, 2023 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Hawai‘i
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST
October 15, 2023 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Hawai‘i
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST

2023 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Livestream Broadcasts

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All broadcasts originate from the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Showcase Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Festival broadcasts may also stream from the respective festival's Facebook Page.


Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
January 28, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
February 18, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Kona Steel Guitar Festival
March 25, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 12:00 Noon - 3 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM HST

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday - Live from Molokai!
April 22, 2023 (tentative) – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
May 6, 2023 – Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 12:00 Noon - 3 PM and 5 PM - 8 PM HST

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 10, 2023 – 11:30 PM - 4:00 PM HST

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
July 14, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 4PM - 6:30PM HST


Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
July 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – 11AM - 2PM and 4:30PM - 6:30PM HST
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall
August 19, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
September 9, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST

Maui Steel Guitar Festival
October 15, 2023 Ho‘olaule‘a concert – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM HST

Livestream Steel Guitar Saturday
November 19, 2023 – 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM HST


Other Events
HSGA Virtual Festival 4
February 4, 2023 Facebook LiveYouTube

2023 AISGC Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival *
July 27-29, 2023 – Towne Square Community Center, Winchester, IN
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association (HSGA) 2023 Festival *
September 21-23, 2023 – Odd Fellows Lodge, Cupertino, CA
* Registration Fee Required

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