Hawaiian-bluegrass music makes more sense when you consider the source. Songwriter Ben Gaskin lived in Colorado for 10 years and Kauai, Hawaii, for nine years before moving to Ashland and forming his band Sweetgrass.
Living in those locales resulted in a sound rooted in bluegrass with a breezy island twist.
Sweetgrass — Gaskin on ukulele, Ras Cricket on lead guitar, Frankie Hernandez on djembe and trumpet, Chari Weatherford on washboard, Jacob Ackerman on bass and Mia Chiaromonte on kazoo — will perform its original musical blend at 9 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Caldera Tap House, 31 Water St., Ashland.
In addition to Gaskin's influences, Hernandez brings Brazilian and dancehall grooves to the project, and Cricket plays flamenco-style, nylon-string guitar.
"You would think it was The Gypsy Kings without Ben's vocals," Hernandez says.
The Frankie Hernandez Trio will open the show. The cover is $5. Call 541-482-4677.