Sound Garden — Hawaiian Memories
During the warm summer months, the rhythms and sounds of the Sound Garden will once again resound around the pavilion in the park of the Fondation Beyeler. Every Wednesday evening, you can enjoy music by regional and national artists over cool cocktails. From jazz to samba and hip-hop to neo-soul and Afrobeat—the Sound Garden's multifaceted music program invites you to let the midweek summer evenings come to a relaxed close in the Museum Park and to discover new favorite music. Enjoy the evening breeze as you lay back in the beautiful setting of the serene park and enjoy great music for free.
While the line-up and band name have changed over the years, the unmistakable twang of the Hawaiian guitar has remained the Hulas’ signature sound. These days Basel’s Hula Club band goes by the name Hawaiian Memories, and their spectrum ranges from Hawaiian hits to pop songs and pieces influenced by the then relatively new genre of rock ‘n’ roll. Even after several decades on the Swiss music scene, the “Hawaiians with Basel roots” still have it in them to thrill people of all generations as much with their music as with their positive vibes. Basel guitarist Walter Roost caught his first whiff of Hawaii when he heard the Dutch Kiliman Hawaiians on the radio in 1945. Fascinated by their Hawaiian pop, he and three friends spontaneously founded a group of their own, the Hula Hawaiians. With their dynamic arrangements of South Seas sounds, the Hulas even made it into the German charts in the early 1960s. What made the band popular, however, was not just their catchy tunes, but above all their memorable live concerts both at home and abroad—to say nothing of their radio and TV appearances.
This event is free and no advanced booking is required.