Stephen Jay and Jim West are original and continuing members of "Weird Al" Yankovic's band, having recorded and toured with the legendary musical satirist for over three decades. They are currently touring with Weird Al on his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent Ill-Advised Vanity Tour throughout North America. This one-time appearance at Red Light Cafe as part of their "parallel" tour is a rare opportunity to experience their unique musical voices and master musicianship as shape-shifting solo artists.

Stephen Jay's bass-driven funk is an exotic blend of world influenced polyrhythmic grooves seasoned with elements of jazz and rock. His combination of ethnic and modern instruments and styles results in unique, richly textured musical images. Steve's songs assault you with intricate complexity, assuage you with timeless melodies, and offer an oasis for the soul. Stephen has been voted one of "Today's 20 Top Bassists" by International Musician and Recording World magazine.

Jim "Kimo" West is recognized as one of the world's top practitioners of the art of traditional Hawaiian "slack key" guitar. Based on a variety of open tunings, slack key, like the waters of his second home of Hana, Maui, washes over you. He is a recent winner of the Hawaii Music Awards, a nominee for the Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian "Grammy"), and a two-time winner of the LA Treasures Award for his contributions toward the perpetuation of ki ho'alu (Hawaiian slack key music).



May 16, 2018  Sacramento, CA  Harlow's  6:30 PM


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Slackers In Paradise


You are invited to an evening with slack key masters Jim "Kimo" West and Ken Emerson - both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. Enjoy a warm and relaxed atmosphere as they enchant with music that equally invigorates and relaxes.

Jim "Kimo" West has enjoyed a unique career for nearly two-decades while simultaneously performing as the lead guitarist for the world’s most famous and multiple Grammy-award winning musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic for over forty- years!

Ken Emerson played on the first-ever winner in the Hawaiian category as well as Donald Fagen’s Grammy-winning “Morph The Cat”. His many other touring/ recording credits include Jackson Brown, Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop as well as Hawaiian slack key legends Gabby Pahinui, Moe Keale and Raymond Kane.


June 14, 2018 - 7:30 PM | SOhO - Santa Barbara   

June 15, 2018 - 7:30 PM | Lord Of The Strings Concert Series - Dana Point, CA

June 16, 2018 - 7:30 PM | Lord Of The Strings Concert Series - Mission Viejo, CA

June 18- 24, 2018 | George Kahumoku Jr.’s  Maui Slack Key and Ukulele Workshop

July 7, 2018 - 2:00 PM | Slack Key and Steel Guitar Workshop - Beatrice Woods Center For the Arts, Ojai, CA

July 7, 2018 - 7:00 PM | Performance with special guest, kumu hula Rona Koe - Beatrice Woods Center For the Arts, Ojai, CA

July 8, 2018 - 2:00 PM | House Concert at Hale Kipa, Long Beach, CA (please call 562-760-3620 to reserve)

July 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM | Blue Note, Napa, CA

July 14, 2018 - 7:00 PM | House Concert at the Post Home, Granite Bay, CA  (please call 530-304-6966 to reserve)

October 13, 2018 - 7:30 PM | Wooden Hall Concerts at the Alhecama Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA