Proctors Announces New Concert


Way back in February, we announced that Weird Al Yankovic was bringing his Mandatory World Tour to Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, September 17.

That hasn’t changed, but there’s been a new development. As it turns out, Weird Al’s longtime guitarist Jim “Kimo” West is one of the foremost Hawaiian slack key guitarists when he isn’t applying his fretboard work to the superbly silly song parodies of his boss.

So while he’s in Schenectady playing the Weird Al concert, he’s going to play a solo guitar concert of his own earlier that same day. West will perform his Hawaiian Slack Key Summer’s End Concert at 2pm on Saturday, September 17 at Proctors’ Education Center. Tickets are on sale now, priced at $15 in advance; $20 at the door.

West is a veteran of Hawaii’s famed slack key festivals and has shared the stage with almost all the world’s top slack key players over the years. He’s a Hawaii Music Awards winner and has been twice nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian Grammy).

His latest album, Guitar Stories, goes beyond slack key, exploring other genres like West African guitar, Middle Eastern Music and Americana.

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