Andy is a vocalist, acoustic guitarist and ukulele player who performs traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music. He can perform solo or in a band that can include guitar, ukulele, Hawaiian lap steel guitar, and/or bass guitar. Additionally, packages may include Polynesian dancers (Hawaiian hula, Tahitian, or Samoan fire dancer.)
With family ties to the island of Oahu, Andy developed an insatiable love for Hawaiian music and the fingerstyle tradition of kī hōʻalu (slack key guitar.) For many years, he has returned to Hawaii to study with a host of Hawaiian slack key guitar masters including Ozzie Kotani, Keola Beamer, George Kahumoku, Jr. and Raymond Kāne. Andy's Hawaiian name, Kūlana, was given to him by songwriter, hula teacher and Hawaiian cultural authority, Auntie Nona Beamer.
His performances in Hawaii include Pakele Live! at the Willows, Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Theater, and the Japanese Cultural Center. On the East Coast, he appeared as a special guest with "Hawaii's super group" HAPA at Highline Ballroom (NY), Narrows Center for the Arts (MA), Kaye Playhouse (NY), and Tin Angel (PA) and twice opened for the legendary Mākaha Sons. He has provided musical accompaniment for respected hula groups including Hālau Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima O Nuioka (under the direction of Master Hula Teacher Vicky Holt Takamine.) Whether it's Staten Island Stadium, the Fire Island Dance Festival or a private home, Andy's music is authentic, rooted in tradition, and transports listeners back home to the islands.
Andy is a member of the Hawaiʻi Academy of Recording Arts and board member of Hālāwai, a New York not-for-profit corporation, whose mission is to foster and support a community of individuals who share a common interest in the heritage, culture, history and future of the people of Hawaiʻi and other Pacific Islands.
Keola Beamer, HAPA, Raymond Kane, Makaha Sons, Ozzie Kotani, George Kahumoku, Ledward Kaapana, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Ka'au Crater Boys, Pure Heart, Brothers Cazimero
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 240 minutes
From backyard jams to the big stage, Andy Kūlana Wang plays traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar, ukulele and sings Hawaiian music from the heart. His performances feature the gentle sounds of the Hawaiian islands, the stories behind the songs, and honor a culture rooted in chant and hula.
When desired, the show can include a Polynesian Revue where dancers take the audience on a trip that includes Hawaii, Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Samoa. Dancers often teach audience members a hula and/or Tahitian dance.
Andy Wang is an experienced performer who has worked with well-known artists from Hawaii and has been hired by Hawaii-based clients (Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Hawaii Restaurant Association, Kohala Coast Resort Association, Punahou School, University of Hawai'i Alumni Association, Kona Brewing Co.) to provide authentic Hawaiian music at their events in New York.
Whether it's Staten Island Stadium, the Fire Island Dance Festival, or a private home, Andy's music is authentic, rooted in tradition, and transports listeners back home to the islands.
Andy Wang Music can provide high quality sound amplification. The venue needs to supply a power outlet. In cases where electricity is not available; let us know, and we can use battery powered amplification.
Past Booked Dates:
09-08-2012 — Ramscale Lofts (New York, NY) - Wedding
08-11-2012 — United States Merchant Marine Academy (Great Neck, NY) - Wedding
07-07-2012 — Long Beach Island, NJ - Surprise 60th Birthday Party
06-20-2012 — Jacob's Pillow (Becket, MA) - musician for Pua Ali'i 'Ilima dancers
06-19-2012 — Millennium Stage at Kennedy Performing Arts Center (Washington, DC) - musician for Pua Ali'i 'Ilima dancers
06-19-2012 — La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club (New York, NY) - Musician for Pua Ali'i 'Ilima dancers
04-08-2012 — Flushing, NY - 60th Anniversary Party
03-27-2012 — Highline Ballroom (New York, NY) - Opening act and special guest with HAPA
03-14-2012 — James Beard Foundation (New York, NY) - Flavors Under the Hawaiian Sky with Chai Chaowasaree (Chai’s Island Bistro and Singha Thai Cuisine/ Honolulu)
01-12-2012 — Pakele Live! at the Willows (Honolulu, HI)
09-10-2011 — PUA ALI`I `ILIMA O NUIOKA presents Hawaiian music and dance/11BC community garden 626 East 11th St (Bet. Aves B & C), NY/NY
03-20-2010 — The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (New York, NY) - Special guest with HAPA
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Anniversary Party, Baby Shower, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Party, Birthday Party, Bridal Shower, Christmas Party, Concert Venue, Corporate Event, Fundraiser, Holiday Party, Private Party, Restaurant, Sweet 16 Party, Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception
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