So in Hawaii, we went to the Kokua Festival, a benefit that Jack Johnson and his wife throw together. They did it on Maui and again on Oahu, the latter being the one we went to. It was at the Waikiki Shell, the sea of mostly youngins clutched their Jack towels like blankies and the air was thick with the smell of smoke. Hey, Willie was on the bill. As I stated before, Willie Nelson was great, really lively, his band was equally kicking and the set far too short. I missed Ben Harper (although saw him on the beach on the North Shore the day before with his kids and the lovely Ms. Laura Dern, what a handsome couple they are, geez.) And as I mentioned earlier, Jack was Jack, quite unassuming and charming enough, the kids dug it, and we had a big bushel of kids around us. The crowds, mostly there for him I'm quite sure, went nuts, especially when the sky opened up and dumped buckets of rain on the concertgoers. Not much of a review, I know. But I felt I should share a few songs, a few words, since it is a lovely cause and I did travel something like 2000 freaking miles with a four year old. The Ben track is from his latest. I think it's truly a wonderful song for a lullaby CD in both sound and sentiment. The Jack track is live from 03 from KCRW. And the Willie? Well it's all good. It's all good.
Ben Harper, "Happily Everafter In Your Eyes"
Jack Johnson, "Mud Football" (Live)
Willie Nelson, "On the Road Again"
Willie Nelson, "Georgia"
More about: Kokua Festival & Foundation
Okay that's it on Hawaii for now.