World-class fiddler and surf guitar master ERIK HOKKANEN plays every first Thursday starting in April 2015. In 1984, at age 21, Erik moved to Austin, TX and joined Gary P. Nunn’s band and toured throughout the Southwest. He was voted a three time winner of the Kerrville Folk Festival Music Awards’ “Instrumentalist of the year” (1993-1995) and was inducted into the Kerville Festival’s Music Hall of Fame in 1996. This year also saw John Travolta dancing to Erik’s fiddle music (“Erik’s Two Step”) in the movie “Michael.”
Two of Austin’s great world music projects join forces on this bill. NORI is the collaboration of Akina Adderly and Adam Beaudoin among others…finding it’s place somewhere firmly in jazz, but drawing its power from all types of music traditions. LEY LINE celebrates the music of Brazil- taking familiar South American folk music to beautiful and exciting new highs.