Ken and Phil Emerson – Saturday, August 7, 2021

OPTIONAL POTLUCK SOCIAL HOUR: 6:00-7:00pm. Please bring a DISH (enough to feed four) and a DRINK to share. We put the “luck” in potluck and do not assign dishes.

CONCERT: 7:00pm

*SUGGESTED* DONATION:$15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musicians. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.

RESERVATIONS: – Please email (preferred):

Marianne Decher (email is preferred, as I do send confirmations via email).


Location info in Lake Oswego will be given when you make a reservation. We like to keep a head count so no one ends sitting in your lap! (Make sure that the number of seats on your confirmation matches the number of people in your party 🙂

COVID PROTOCOL: We trust that the numbers will keep dropping. We also trust that everyone who attends is vaccinated. Please know that if you attend, and are not vaccinated, you do so at your OWN risk. The plan is to have the concert and potluck outdoors. If you feel more comfortable with a mask, please wear one – but it is not required. Surfaces will be cleaned but keep in mind that covid-19 is a *droplet* hazard and not a contact hazard.


The Emerson Brothers, Phil and Ken, are master musicians of many genres, with a special affinity for vintage Swing & Jazzy Hawaiian music. Born into a musical family, the brothers grew up listening to their father’s extensive record collection of 30s, 40s & 50s Pop, Jazz, Swing, Hawaiian and World music. Living in the San Francisco Bay area, they picked up finger style folk and blues in the early ’60s, and electric surf, rock jazz and blues in the later ’60s.

In 1968 the family moved to Hawai’i. Ken and Phil studied Hawaiian music and language, and began emulating the players of the ’20s and early ’30s by listening to vintage 78 RPM Hawaiian records, focusing especially on the music stylings Sol Ho’opi’i , Andy Iona and Sol K. Bright. Soon they were playing alongside legendary performers including Gabby Pahinui, Genoa Keawe, Ray Kane, Sol K. bright and Auntie Alice Namakelua. The brothers recorded their landmark album “The Emersons” in 1979, wherein they played vintage instruments and recreated styles not heard on the islands for half a century.

In 1980 they backed up Moe Keale on his “South Sea Island Magic” album. Ken Emerson went on to win Na Hoku Award, the Kahili Award for perpetuating Hawaiian culture, and was one of the artists on the GRAMMY Award winning album “Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2”. Phil went on to run a guitar shop in San Francisco and play local blues and Jazz clubs with guitarists like Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin) and Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) and then moved his shop north to Seattle and Bellingham, Wa. He now devotes more of his time to recording original jazz music.

In the last 40 years Ken has toured the world, performing and recording with artists Charlie Musselwhite, Donald Fagan ( Steely Dan), Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, Boz Skaggs, The Rowan Brothers, Taj Mahal and Leo Kottke, to name a few.

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