Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association... encouraging the study, teaching and performance of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar


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The 28th Annual Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival was held Oct 23-25, 2014

This year's festival will be held in Fort Collins, Colorado, home of Colorado State University and gateway to the northern Rocky Mountains. For the last 27 years, HSGA has held an annual gathering where members showcase their musicianship, teach each other, jam, and listen to world class Hawaiian Steel guitar. The festival is open to the public.

Featuring Festival Guest of Honor Jeff Au Hoy and Concert Headliner Sally Van Meter

jeff au hoyJeff Au Hoy Largely self-taught, Au Hoy has mentored under the likes of local Honolulu steel guitarist Bobby Ingano and brings an "old soul" feeling when he plays his "Frypan." His playing style reflects those of steel legends David Kelii, Billy Hew Len, Pua Almeida, and Benny Rogers. Jeff has recorded with the Brothers Cazimero, Jeff Teves Quartette, Pueo Pata, Aaron Sala and others. In 2004 he received a call to perform at Carnegie Hall with the cast of the Hawaii Calls show. Currently he performs regularly with Cyril Pahinui at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel. Jeff is a vocalist and a trained pianist and he can also play guitar, bass, ukulele and steel guitar. Although he is fluent in a number of genres, his interest lies primarily in Hawaiian music of the 1940s and 50s.




sally van meterSince 1977, Sally Van Meter's slide and steel guitar work has gained respect and recognition among peers and audiences for her commitment to staying true to playing music with heart and soul. She is well-known for her performances & recorded works ranging from solo work to collaborations with artists that include Jerry Garcia, Chris Hillman, Led Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui, Jerry Douglas, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Alison Brown, Taj Mahal, Jerry Douglas, Peter Rowan & the Rowan Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Rice, Kathy Kallick, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Gerry O'Beirne, Maura O'Connell, Leftover Salmon and more.

On the Sugar Hill label, Sally's work on The Great Dobro Sessions (producers Jerry Douglas/ Tut Taylor) earned the 1994 GRAMMY AWARD certificate for Best Bluegrass Recording from NARAS as a featured performer; in addition, Sally's solo album All In Good Time was a finalist nominee for IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year. Film, television and radio credits include the film Gather at the River, the celebrated CBS' Northern Exposure and TNN's Texas Connection. Sally has also been invited to perform for nationally acclaimed NPR show A Prairie Home Companion, and Nick Forster's popular NPR radio show, E-Town.

In 1995, Sally joined with David Grisman and Jerry Garcia for a special project, The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers-A Tribute produced by Bob Dylan for Columbia Records. From 1977 -1996, Sally was a member of the Good Ol' Persons, a much-beloved San Francisco-based band. She has been an IBMA Finalist Nominee for Dobro Player of the Year from 1990-1997 and in 1996 won two IBMA awards, Best Instrumental Recording and Recorded Event of the Year (The Great Dobro Sessions). For over three decades, Sally's musical journeys have taken her from the US to the United Kingdom, Europe and Japan.

These days Sally resides professionally in Colorado. Alongside touring, Sally is an independent filmmaker, and you can find her wearing the Producers Hat producing recordings for national touring acts that include The Yonder Mountain String Band and the Open Road Bluegrass Band; as well, Sally's love of teaching music has kept her a mainstay at festivals, music workshops & camps throughout the US/UK and Europe.  

Hilton Fort Collins Hotel, 425 W Prospect Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526

Schedule (subject to change)




Steel guitar showcase - 9am to 4pm
      9am - Opening ceremony
      3pm - Expert Q&A Panel: Strings, tunings, equipment, history, etc.

8pm: "Talk Story" with Jeff Au Hoy
Evening jam sessions

Steel guitar showcase - 9am to 4pm.
Evening jam sessions

Steel guitar showcase - 9am to 4pm.
Steel guitar and ukulele workshops led by Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association members.
7pm concert at the Rialto Theater in nearby Loveland featuring Jeff Au Hoy and Sally Van Meter.



$45 buys you a complete festival pass, including all stage performances, talk story, jam sessions, and admission to the Saturday Night concert at the Rialto Theater. This does not include meals or lodging. You can register in advance or buy tickets at the door. Daily admission of $20/day at the door.

Steel Guitar Showcase
Musicians sign up to play a 25 minute set of steel guitar. It's kind of like an open stage - but pre-planned with assigned playing slots each day. HSGA members get priority on all showcase stages. All styles are welcome, but you will hear a lot of Hawaiian music. We want you to share your music. This is typically not a pedal steel showcase. The art of Hawaiian style steel playing on electric lap steels, resonator guitars, and acoustic instruments is the main focus of our event and organization.

Stage Playing Schedule (view schedule on its own web page (great for phones) updated 10/19

Thursday, Oct. 23

Opening Ceremony
Kamaka Tom
John Mumford
10:30 Tony Fourcroy
11:00 Chris Kennison
11:30 Mark Kahalekulu

12:00 - 1:00 PM

1:00 TBA
1:30 Roberto Alaniz
2:00 Jeff Kearns
2:30 EP Davis
3:00 Expert Panel/ Q&A: Strings, Tunings, Equipment, History
4:00 Jeff Au Hoy
8:00 "Talk Story"
Informal Q & A with Jeff Au Hoy in the main room.

Friday, Oct. 24

Membership Meeting
Ed Punua
Gary Vanderlinde
10:30 Jim Newberry
11:00 Ivan Reddington
11:30 Dick Lloyd

12:00 - 1:00 PM

1:00 TBA
1:30 EP Davis
2:00 Mark Roeder
2:30 Jack Aldrich
3:00 Jamie O'Connell
3:30 Frank Della-Penna
4:00 Jeff Au Hoy
No evening

Saturday, Oct. 25

Rick Aiello
Al Horne
10:30 Dave Kolars
11:00 Jeff Au Hoy
11:30 Gerald Ross

12:00 - 1:00 PM

1:00 TBA
1:30 Robbie Daniels Band
2:00 Book 'em Danno
2:30 Kay Das
3:00 Ed Punua
3:30 Chuck Lettes
7:00 Concert Night
Jeff Au Hoy and Sally Van Meter. Rialto Theater, Loveland.

Playing slots are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. We'll take preferences into account. All Saturday slots are filled by the festival committee based on past performances at HSGA. We try and put our best foot forward on Saturday! This schedule may change as we approach the festival date.

If you want to do a set on stage during the weekend please sign up as you purchase your ticket online, or use the form included with your HSGA newsletter Winter 2014 Edition. All players will have 25 minutes to perform, and must bring at least two sets of charts for the backup musicians. You will need to round up your own backup folks from volunteers at the festival. There will be many folks willing to play guitar, uke or bass for you. You can bring your own backup folks. However, all performers will need to purchase either a day or weekend pass.

The Saturday Seminars

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location: Salon II


Beginning C6 Hawaiian Steel with Kay Das.

Using the bar, picking, basic blocking (muting), and chords. Bring your steel, picks, bar and small amp.


Ukulele Roots with Stuart Yoshida.

Discover the music and history of the ukulele in traditional songs and Hawaiian language.


12:00 - 1:00 PM


Intermediate to Advanced Ukulele with Gerald Ross.

Add spice to your uke playing with new chord forms, rhythms and styles.


Intermediate to Advanced C6 Steel Techniques with Denver steel guitarist Chuck Lettes.

We will focus on some methods to improve your sound, and I will illustrate some techniques to create steel guitar arrangements of your own. Bring your steel/ amplified headphones if you wish, or just enjoy the ride!

Concert at the Rialto Theater in Loveland featuring Jeff Au Hoy and Sally Van Meter!!!


The Saturday Night Concert
A steel guitar concert will be held at the Rialto Theater in Loveland featuring Jeff Au Hoy and Sally Van Meter. Admission is included to all who buy a full weekend festival pass. The show will be open to the public and will start at 7:00pm.Tickets for those not attending the festival are available at the door. Adults $15 / Students and Seniors $10

Hotel Reservations
Call the Hilton Fort Collins at (970) 482-2626 - mention the HSGA Hawaiian Festival in Oct for special block room rates. OR reserve your room online. NOTE: THIS EVENT IS OVER.

DIA in Denver is the fly-to location. Many options exist out of DIA for transport to Ft. Collins. There are shuttle services, and rental cars.

Green Rides Airport Shuttle
Transportation to and from the airport to the Hilton. Reserve your ride online now or call them at 970-226-5533 and mention the HSGA Steel Event.

Can I join HSGA?

Please consider becoming a member of HSGA if you are not. Membership gets you a regular quarterly newsletter and price breaks at convention hotels and events.