A live show featuring steel guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, and dancers. We've been established since 2007 performing a variety of hapa-haole standards, Hawaiian-ized pop hits, and original compositions to the Greater Houston area.
The Tropidelic Sounds of The Grass Skirts is our first full length album of original material (and one public domain classic).
Christopher Daniello - ukuleles, xylophone, tenor banjo
Mateo Rhodes - lead vocal, steel guitar
Karl Sweet - the drum kit
Alfred Tam - the bass guitar
with Poopy Lungstuffing - gang vocal
all songs written by C. Daniello except
by M. Rhodes: Huha, Mariah's Paintbrush, Ha'ina
and S. Cunha: Hapa Haole Hula Girl (public domain)
all arrangements by The Grass Skirts™
recorded 2011-2013 in Houston, Texas
produced and mixed by C. Daniello
℗ © 2013 Fierce Pancake Productions
Thanks to our stage performers: Adam Crimmins, Byron Dickens, Laurel Downs, Olivia Dvorak, Lisa Braddick Kenton, Kylie McBroom, Mitch Matthews, Sage Rose, and Russell Solomon.
Review of live show courtesy of Jeremy Hart at Space City Rock:
"And now, for something completely (and I mean completely) different... Like their name suggests, The Grass Skirts play cheery, sunshiney, ukulele-heavy (duh) island-pop, like The Beatles gone Don Ho; some of the tracks are classics, some of which even I know, like Ho's own "Tiny Bubbles," but it's the original (or at least, more obscure) stuff like "Peaceful Pearl Harbor" that really gets me. And no, these guys aren't from Hawaii themselves - the two main guys behind the band are apparently both natives of our sweaty, landlocked city - but hey, I can't fault 'em for wanting to escape from our urban-sprawl environs and imagine themselves someplace greener and more "island" tropical than "heatstroke on pavement" tropical. Beyond that, I've got a blind spot when it comes to steel guitar; can't help but like it, ya'll."