Popoki House is the guitar and ukulele duo made up of two crazy cat ladies who thoroughly enjoy entertaining their fans in Southern California with their unique and skillful blend of Americana, folk, blues, jazz, country, and Hawaiian music they call Hawai'icana, a kind of Island Americana hybrid.
It only takes ten strings and two hearts (and a couple of crazy cat ladies!) to create beautiful Hawai’icana music!
Popoki House is LGBTQ-affirming, socially-conscious, and welcoming of all people no matter where they come from, and we love performing as much for our community as we do any other! Let us set the tone for your special event!
Katie (guitar) and Taeri (Ukulele) are two multi-talented seasoned musicians and singers. They rocked the house with a variety of great acoustic music from Over the Rainbow to Fat Bottomed Girls and more. Although a duo, their melodic vocal harmonies made them sound like more. They not only sounded good but they looked good with colorful outfits. I would recommend them to liven up any party or performance.
I have booked these ladies for three different gigs, and never been disappointed. You will hear nice vocal harmonies over tight instrumental arrangements. They perform a range of Americana and Hawaiian songs, all with their unique twist. The audience loves them.
Price Range: $150 - $500
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
From classic covers to folksy originals, Popoki House's lush harmonies and brilliant instrumental work creates a rich tapestry within dynamic arrangements that remind listeners of a cross between the Indigo Girls and the Grateful Dead, harkening back to folk singers and songwriters of the '60s.
Popoki House — using ten strings and two hearts to make beautiful music!
Born into a family of musicians, singer-songwriter Katie Blanchard’s relationship with song began with the vinyl records that were played by her family to pass the time as they waited for prematurely-born Katie to grow well enough to leave the hospital. Her mother loved musicals and jazz, while her father preferred country music, and her brothers playing those albums in the hospital helped to settle the crying baby enough that she was soon healthy enough to go home.
By age three, Katie was singing pop songs from memory, and performed at school functions, choirs, and her brothers’ garage band rehearsals, where she was further introduced to a wide range of influences including The Beatles, Nat King Cole and Roger Miller. For her fifteenth birthday, Katie was presented with a guitar. “Never forget, your guitar is a drum,” her brothers reminded. The rest, as they say, is history.
Katie has performed in venues ranging from road houses to concert halls. She has studied opera and classical voice technique, with her vocals described as, “soaring, with an Ann Wilson quality.” Katie’s guitar playing reflects the eclectic nature of her family’s musical tastes while developing her own style of performing. Her dreadnought acts as her second voice, thundering and roaring, moaning and singing while pounding out the groove and exploring her unusual interpretations of melody, riffs and chord inversions. Think Brian Setzer meets Ricky Skaggs, with Bonnie Raitt and Indigo Girls as the opening act.
In her other life Katie is an accomplished concert, theater, and nightclub audio engineer and sound designer who has worked with everyone from Debbie Reynolds to Ann Margaret; from Jake Shimabukuro to Albert Lee.
Singer-songwriter Taeri Schiffman is what happens when a classically trained, queer deadhead musician rediscovers her Hawaiian roots. Born on O’ahu but raised in the homeland of Napoleon Dynamite — the wilds of Cache Valley, Utah and environs — Taeri applied her skills as a multi-instrumental band and musical theater geek to her Native ukulele. “I was horrified at the prospect of playing one note at a time on a horn the rest of my life! And the spit! Ugh! With the ukulele I get actual CHORDS! Imagine, four notes - at the same time - with no spit! Six strings seems extravagant, and since I’ve got four fingers...”
Not content with playing to a cliche’ — a Hawaiian woman strumming her uke — Taeri brings her training as a sight reading devotée of music theory to bear, covering multiple styles including jazz, folk, blues and rock. Her voice is a lush lyrical contralto whose influences range from Amy Winehouse and Billie Holliday to Indigo Girls. Taeri delivers cover songs and original compositions with equal passion and a sincere depth born of her devotion to the art form.
Whether performing a bluesy Grateful Dead jam or adding a touch of jazz to Americana roots music, Taeri joyfully uses her decades of experience to bring her love of music to appreciative audiences.
Taeri’s eclectically diverse musical influences range from the Grateful Dead, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Weird Al, Tom Lehrer, John Prine, Robert Hunter, John Perry Barlow, Sting, George Harrison, ELO, the Indigo Girls, Doobie Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Billie Holiday, as well as Bach, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.
In addition, Taeri earned her bachelors degree in psychology from Cal Poly-SLO, and her masters degree in social work from USC (Fight on!). Today she chooses to devote herself to music full time, following her bliss and utilizing her experiences as both a social worker and student of human behavior to influence her songwriting writing and performing.
Additional Booking Notes
Popoki House is an acoustic duo consisting of two vocalists playing ukulele and guitar. Two vocal microphones, and two direct inputs are all we need. One monitor mix is our minimum requirement for foldback.
Past Booked Events
|March 22, 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Royal Cup Featured Artists|
|July 13, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||The Pick N Purple Show|
|July 13, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Pic 'n Purple Show Online (link hidden)|
|July 10, 2018 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm||SOM Featured Artists|
|July 10, 2018 • 9:00pm - 10:00pm||Sevilla Open Mic FEATURED ARTISTS|
|June 30, 2018 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Pirate Invasion|
|June 30, 2018 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm||Pirate Invasion @ Pirate's Cove Shoreline Village|
|June 28, 2018 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm||Los Altos Neighborhood Library - Long Beach|
|June 21, 2018 • 5:30pm - 9:00pm||Make Music Day / Belmont Shore Stroll and Savor|
A pirate looks at 40
Across the Universe
Always look on the bright side of life
Angel from Montgomery
Bury My Heart at Bowling Green**
Cheeseburger in Paradise
City of New Orleans
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Donald Trump Club March**
Fly me to the Moon
For What It’s Worth
Friend of the Devil
Johnny B Goode
Ka Leo ‘o ka Manu Nanakuli
Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian
Life in a Mixed Drink*
Little Red Rooster
Mele Kalikimaka Blues
Monkey and the Engineer
Moon Over Bourbon Street
More than Words
Not Fade Away
Popoki House Blues*
Rains of Castamere
Rock and Roll Music
Roll Over Beethoven
Skin Too Few*
Somewhere Over the Rainbow / Wonderful World
Stairway to Heaven
Standing on the Moon
Sweet ‘Okole / Fat Bottomed Girls Mashup
Teach Your Children
That’s the Hawaiian in Me
They Love Each Other
This Land Is Your Land Today
Touch of Grey
USC Fight Song
Walk on the Wild Side
When You Wish Upon A Star
White Sandy Beach
Yoho Yoho A Pirate’s Life for Me
|Katie Blanchard||Guitar/Vocals/Baritone Ukulele|
Influences & Inspiration
Because Popoki House's music is described as "Hawai'icana," their influences are eclectic and numerous. Obviously the big two, Hawai'ian and Americana artists, are huge influences, including Bruddah Iz, Ciril Pahinui, Ledward Ka'apana, Willie Nelson, The Grateful Dead, Indigo Girls, and Bob Dylan, but also Jesse Fuller, Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, The Eagles, CSNY, Janis Joplin, John Prine, Tiny Tim, George Formby, etc. etc. and everything from folk, swing, jazz, country, blues, big band, and rock to classical composers and modern instrumentalists.
Katie approaches music from her position as a long-time country-bar band guitarist and vocalist who has been performing in bands since a young age and is influenced by musicians such as the Rolling Stones and Ricky Skaggs, while Taeri's approach to music comes from years of classical training as a young cello and symphonic brass player, including euphonium, French horn, and tuba, and is influenced as much by ELO and the Beatles as Tchaikovsky and Beethoven.
Put it all together and they create the Popoki House sound we call "Hawai'icana!"