This Friday PineCone presents another show which assembles three major acoustic artists, this time a trio of extraordinary Hawaiian guitarists with their Aloha! Slack Key Guitar Festival. The slack key style, which involves tuning down to achieve open chords, swept the States 80 years ago, influencing blues and country music. The music came back with a vengeance during the 1970s, led by the late Gabby Pahinui. His son Martin Pahinui, George Kuo and Rev. Dennis Kamakahi will demonstrate that slack remains a vibrant contemporary musical style incorporating elements old and new. PineCone brings this extraordinary roots music event to Stewart Theatre in NCSU's Talley Student Center for an 8 p.m. concert on Friday, Feb. 4. Tickets (515-1100) are $20 for the public, $16 for PineCone members, and $8 for students.
A couple of years ago in Memphis, Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records reportedly heard a unique and exceptional gospel group. The next day he signed the band and booked studio time. Three days later he recorded them. That ensemble, the Campbell Brothers (pictured left with vocalist Katie Jackson), has finally made its way to Durham, after Hurricane Floyd canceled a September date, with the highly energetic sacred steel music of the Keith Dominion sect. The Campbell Brothers praise Him to the rafters with a pair of steel guitars, two female vocalists, electric guitar, and drums. The Triangle Blues Society presents the rare and wondrous music of the Campbell Brothers at the Bud Powell Center in Durham's Shoppes at Lakewood at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 5. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door (please call 834-8667 or visit www.triangleblues.org). --Art Menius