Apr 14, 2023 • 6:00 PM
– 9:00 PM
Join us every second Friday for the latest installment of The Vibe, a monthly live music series held at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, in partnership with the Dae Han Ensemble. Bar and food vendors will be available on the Grand Lanai, and watch live art happening with the Pau Hana Painters.
About the Artists
Kelsea Armstrong is a queer soul/rnb artist based in Honolulu. With poetic and sonic influences from Amy Winehouse to Hiatus Kaiyote, their songs present something between emotional complexity and raunchy humor; (un)seamlessly styled by soulful vocals and vintage melodic choice. Armstrong’s expansive music career stretches from the niche of chart–reading big band jazz vocals to solo setlists of their original music that has earned a cryptic interest throughout urban Honolulu. She is well known for her background as a jazz vocalist in Hawai‘i working alongside ensembles like Honolulu Jazz Quartet and Mike Lewis’ big band. These foundations have well–prepared them for both jazz and funk/soul–influence in their original music that has maintained the artistic flexibility to perform alongside DIY groups like Ragamuffs and The Mauve.
Dae Han’s swift, technical style on the drums compliments every situation, from jazz and funk to R&B, reggae, and hip hop. Dae Han is the unsung backbone behind progressive Honolulu acts and international artists. He’s the go-to drummer whenever Japanese rapper Shing02 tours the US and Asia with a full band. In 2019, Takuya Kuroda tapped Dae to organize a band to support the Brooklyn-based trumpeter’s gig at Blue Note Hawaii. Dae also recently teamed up with guitarist Gilbert Batangan and bassist Mark Tanouye to open for Khruangbin. Every year he organizes an always impressive jazz-forward tribute to the late J Dilla.