Jeff Smith 4 p.m., Aug. 28
Semisi & FulaBula Live
Semisi Ma'u performs traditional Tongan rhythms with an ever-changing line-up of musicians. When Ma'u mixes Polynesian rhythms with any style of music he takes a liking to, he calls it “Bula Music” The word “bula” is a greeting from Fiji.
The San Diego-based musician feels that combining traditional elements of his native music with other styles adds new vitality and depth. The songs that have undergone this transformation are diverse: rock, reggae, calypso, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, and folk songs have all been used. The idea is open to any style, and the trial and error involved in superimposing them is half the fun.
- Cost: Free