influences dominate Book 'em Danno's music
By ANNA MARIA BASQUEZ
Kennison was Hawaii-Five-O'd in the 1970s. "It just came to me,"
Kennison said of the name of his band, Book 'em Danno. "I used
to live in Hawaii and we would go down and watch Hawaii Five-O being
filmed at the time. At the end of every show, Steve McGarrett would
say 'Book 'em Danno. Murder one,' and the show would be over."
It was the
right phrase for Kennison, who lived in Hawaii for four years in the
1970s. Two years ago, when he started to jam Hawaiian style with other
musicians, he turned the phrase into the band's name.
He and his
four-piece group will be hula rocking the Beach Party by the pool today
at the City Park Center, crashing the regular swing night with some
is a longtime player for Rounder, which has been in the Northern Colorado
area for some time. He started giving his sound a Hawaiian spinoff when
he picked up a steel guitar two years ago.
wanted to learn to play Hawaiian steel," said Kennison, a Hewlett-Packard
infrastructure manager by day, Hawaiian steel guitarist by night. "My
friend Stuart Yoshida purchased a custom-made ukulele when he was visiting
his family in Hawaii a few years ago. We always said we'd jam with uke
and steel sometime."
Danno was born.
plays a variety of music in the old Hawaiian swing/country swing style
of the 1930s and '40s, with a mix of Hawaiian "Hapa Haole"
songs, country swing songs and some blues, folk and "Hula Rock."
more of an acoustic jazz swing sound," said Kennison. "It's
a sound people haven't heard for close to 70 years unless you go to
Hawaii frequently. The sound is very much like what you might have heard
if you were in Hawaii in 1935. The electric steel guitar, the ukulele
guitar and bass were a common format for Hawaiian music of that era.
It's a blend of acoustic and electric."
their influences include Sol Hoopii, Bob Wills, Jerry Byrd, Junior Brown,
Hank Williams and The Hula Monsters.
is a walking history lesson of the guitar origins in Hawaii.
itself was brought from Portugal to Hawaii in the 1800s. The guitar
also has been credited to the Portuguese and other European influences,
of the steel guitar is more hotly debated, with at least three stories
outlining how it was born.
theory goes like this: "Steel guitars were originally invented
and popularized in Hawaii," according to http://www.well.com/user/
wellvis/steel.html. "Legend has it that Joseph Kekuku, a Hawaiian
schoolboy, discovered the sound while walking along a railroad track
strumming his guitar. He picked up a bolt lying by the track and slid
the metal along the strings of his guitar. Intrigued by the sound, he
taught himself to play using the back of a knife blade."
lot of that can be debated," Kennison said. "I'm sure there
are lots of different influences that fold in on time."
steel guitar made its official entrance into the mainland via an exposition
in 1915. At the same time many other cultures had various instruments
they were playing with strings.
too many people hear ukulele and Portuguese music anymore," Kennison
said. "The guitar ... it was developed in Europe and probably came
from the Mid East many centuries before. By the time it got to Hawaii,
it was a well-developed instrument and they made up their own way of
published Friday, April 11, 2003
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by Annie Hundley
of Northern Colorado student Saree Hoopii, middle,
originally from Maui Hawaii, demonstrates hula dancing to twin sisters
Kelly Estes, left, and Kathy Estes, 11, while in front of the band named
Book ’Em Danno during the 15th annual A Taste
of Weld County at the Island Grove Exhibition Hall in Greeley.
published Thursday, April 11, 2003