Kahilu Theatre, Waimea
December 19, 2017
What should you expect from an “alternative folk pop” band whose members play violin, cello, and….. accordion?!
Streetlight Cadence, which played to a sold-out crowd at Kahilu Theater on December 19, was started by lead singer and virtuoso violinist Jonathan while a student at Hawaii Pacific University. He was broke, and started playing on the streets of Honolulu for spare change. That went pretty well, and he recruited fellow HPU student Brian, cellist, also classically trained. The band is rounded out by Hilo homeboy Jesse, whose family and community hardly expected (or wanted!) an accordion player, but he unexpectedly fell in love with the instrument and went intensive with it.
So what to expect? Expect the unexpected. We loved the simple sweet waltz(!) from Jesse called “I Like You,” Christmas carols with a driving Celtic rhythm – you wouldn’t know there’s no percussion, the energetic tenor vocals from Jonathan, the informal banter with the audience, and the unusual and tight arrangements. Sharing time with these three talented and personable musicians made it a truly fun night.
Did I mention that they won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for Alternative Album of the Year? Given the sold-out performance, they will probably be back next year. Don’t miss it!
Find out more about Streetlight Cadence on their website: https://www.streetlightcadence.com
BIO Streetlight Cadence is an alternative folk pop trio. Jonathon (violin), Jesse (accordion) and Brian (cello) began as street performers in 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii, playing for tourists while earning grocery money as college students.
Press photos courtesy of Roy Nuesca.