Our two players opened for Jorma Kaukonen. Here are more details:
Ben Diamond: “I’ve been playing guitar since 1981 and I started playing Ki ho'alu (Hawaiian slack key or "open" tuning) in 1996. Over the years, I've studied Slack Key with Hal Kinnaman and Keola Beamer.
I've recorded seven albums of Hawaiian slack-influenced original music and standards. I founded the Long Island Hawaiian Slack Association, a non-profit group of Long Island-based Hawaiian slack key guitar players (lihsa.org) and I'm a board member of the Long Island Fingerstyle Guitar Club. On my new CD, "Out of Eden", you'll hear influences ranging from Hawaiian Slack Key finger-style, to Leo Kottke / Americana, to Mississippi Delta Blues bottle-top slide.”
Long Island native Jeff Brody plays bass for SpiralEye, a band that recreates and expands on the Hot Tuna music experience....electric jams, tasty pickin', and cosmic blues.