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Performing as a trio, this group features Kaulana Kanekoa on rhythm ukulele and lead vocals, Travis Rice on cajon, and Vince Esquire on lead uke and background vocals. Esquire, in particular, has been performing since his early teens, a virtuoso taking the ukulele into new territory—just like local legend (and occasional collaborator) Jake Shimabukuro.

When the guys are flying high, it’s easy to imagine Kanekoa as a Grateful Dead-inspired jam band with eclectic roots and a sound that embraces flavors of reggae, blues, funk, and island music.


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Watch as the trio of two ukes and cajon jams on their reggae-fusion ukulele take on Pink Floyd’s hit “Another Brick on the Wall,” as well as emotional performances of their tune “Ever Since” and an early, extended version of “Dos Amantes” with a long jam in this video, recorded in 2015 in the Ukulele Magazine studio.