Guitarist Greg Douglass, who’s played with the Steve Miller Band, Hot Tuna, Greg Kihn Band, will headline on Sunday, May 16 at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar in Kona for two shows 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Ticket info below.
While Greg is still blowing the roofs off venues everywhere with his rock band Greg Douglass and the Sidewinders, his first love is acoustic fingerpicking. His acoustic playing has been praised by Leo Kottke, David Lindley, and blues legend John Hammond Jr.
“My show at Gertrude’s is a top-of-the-food-chain bit of my career. Picking for people in paradise? It gets no better. I’ll see you there!” – Greg Douglass
He’s performed in Kona several times with various bands, but this is his acoustic debut on his favorite island. “I’ve been working with an incredible Fishman amplifier and a couple of effects, used tastefully to give me a unique sound. I try to do it all, from delta blues to ‘Cast Your Fate to the Wind’ to a tsunami of slide guitar licks with my take on Bob Dylan’s ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’”
Greg will also be sharing some tales from his 50 years of traveling on the road. “It’s tough when your role model is Keith Richards,” Greg smiled. “I’ll be sharing some PG-13 stories onstage with the nice people of Kona. I’m busier than ever so I have to stay in shape.”
Greg Douglass became hooked on guitar after hearing Dick Dale play “Misirlou “and immediately got his first six-string. After seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, he bought a Fender Duo-Sonic that never left his hands.
The next 20 years were a whirlwind. Greg toured or recorded with Hot Tuna, Van Morrison, Steve Miller (where he co-wrote and recorded the hit “Jungle Love”), Greg Kihn (he played guitar on the #1 hit “Jeopardy”), bluegrass great Peter Rowan, blues legend Paul Butterfield, the post-Janis Joplin Big Brother and the Holding Company, Doobie Brothers’ Tom Johnston’s solo band (with the Memphis Horns) and The Electric Flag, where Greg filled the very large shoes of the late, great Michael Bloomfield. Recently, Greg toured with the Monsters of Classic Rock, an all-star band with a rotating line-up including AC/DC drummers Chris Slade & Simon Wright, drum legend Carmine Appice, bassists Mario Cippolina and Carmine Rojas, and Great White vocalist Terry Ilous.
If You go… Have A Good Show!
Event: Greg Douglass – “The Natives are Restless!”
When: Two shows: May 16, 2021, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.00 online plus service fee
Where: Gertrude’s Jazz Bar, 75-5699 Alii Drive, Kailua Kona
Buy Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. show: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5120962
Buy Tickets for the 8:30 p.m. show: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5120967
Venue website: https://www.gertrudesjazzbar.com