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Slack, Steel and Song
Ft. Stephen Inglis, Barry Sless & Rob Barraco!

Thursday, June 6 / 8:00 pm-11:00 pm

/ $20

We are honored to present this trio of master musicians taking us on a unique journey through the songbooks of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, traditional Hawaiian originals and more!

In April 2024, Stephen Inglis had the great honor of playing with Rob Barraco during his opening set for Darkstar Orchestra at the Hawaiʻi Theatre. One song into their soundcheck, both Barraco and Inglis decided that they needed to get together for some trio shows with their mutual friend, the amazing Barry Sless.

Longtime friends and musical collaborators, Barry and Rob had already talked about Inglis and Slessʻ recent duo shows where they set sail with traditional Hawaiian songs, Inglis originals, favorites from the Grateful Dead and Dylan songbooks and much more, to rapturous reception of music loving crowds in California and Hawaiʻi. After the Hawaiʻi Theatre show, it was clear that adding Barracoʻs keyboard virtuosity to this delicious musical stew, was an idea too good to pass on. Donʻt miss the debut of Slack, Steel and Song with special guest Rob Barraco!

Rob has been a professional musician all his adult life. He’s probably most known for his work touring with Phil Lesh & Friends, The Dead, and his current band Dark Star Orchestra, who he’s been touring with since 2005. Rob has one solo CD co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, titled “When We All Come Home”. Barry has been making frequent trips to the islands over the past few decades as a member of The David Nelson Band and other acts, which has kindled his love of Hawaiian music. He was a frequent member of Phil Lesh’s touring bands from the early 2000’s and currently tours as a member of Bobby Weir and Wolf Bros, Moonalice, and continues in his 30th year with David Nelson Band.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Stephen plays Grammy-nominated Hawaiian slack key and is equally at home playing improv-rock on the electric guitar. He is the 2021 recipient of the Ki Hōʻalu Legacy Award (Honoring those who perpetuate the art if Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar) giving him his third nod at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards; Hawaiʻiʻs highest musical honor. One of those is for the duet album with the legendary Dennis Kamakahi; Waimaka Helelei, which is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

Barely out of his teens, Stephen formed a group with legendary Grateful Dead drummer, Bill Kreutzmann. Thus setting the course for his lifelong passion of infusing island vibes into the Dead’s illustrious songbook. We will all be whisked away to Hawaiian shores as his slack key stylings wash over us.


Thursday, June 6
8:00 pm-11:00 pm