"With their solid musicianship, large and interesting repertoire, and great sense of humor, Popoki House has become one of our favorite groups." - Geo. McCalip, Hellada Art Gallery
"A great open mic, and a stellar performance by our Featured Act Popoki House. They nailed it!!!" -Sean Gallagher, Fox Coffee House
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PO Box 4495 Long Beach CA 90804
Popoki House formed in 2015 in Long Beach, California, the unlikely love child of multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Katie Blanchard and Taeri Schiffman, partners in both life and music. Popoki House is the alchemical magic that occurs when two old crazy cat ladies with completely different experiences of music and their quirky senses of humor merge to create the unique and entertaining blend of music we call Hawai’icana.
“Hawai’icana” is Popoki House’s raw, unfiltered blend of acoustic rock, blues, jazz, folk, classical, and Hawaiian covers and original music, peppered liberally with their unique humor and razor-sharp political satire, all rolled into one memorable musical melange. Imagine Jake Shimabukuro touring with the Grateful Dead, Tiny Tim joining up with Woodie Guthrie, or Don Ho playing with The Indigo Girls. That’s Hawai’icana.
Popoki House's energetic and entertaining performances will make your feet move and your heart rejoice, proving once and for all that it only takes ten strings and two hearts to create beautiful Hawai’icana music!
Born into a family of musicians, singer-songwriter Katie Blanchard’s relationship with song began with the vinyl records that were played by her family to pass the time as they waited for prematurely-born Katie to grow well enough to leave the hospital. Her mother loved musicals and jazz, while her father preferred country music, and her brothers playing those albums in the hospital helped to settle the crying baby enough that she was soon healthy enough to go home.
By age three, Katie was singing pop songs from memory, and performed at school functions, choirs, and her brothers’ garage band rehearsals, where she was further introduced to a wide range of influences including The Beatles, Nat King Cole and Roger Miller. For her fifteenth birthday, Katie was presented with a guitar. “Never forget, your guitar is a drum,” her brothers reminded. The rest, as they say, is history.
Katie has performed in venues ranging from road houses to concert halls. She has studied opera and classical voice technique, with her vocals described as, “soaring, with an Ann Wilson quality.” Katie’s guitar playing reflects the eclectic nature of her family’s musical tastes while developing her own style of performing. Her dreadnought acts as her second voice, thundering and roaring, moaning and singing while pounding out the groove and exploring her unusual interpretations of melody, riffs and chord inversions. Think Brian Setzer meets Ricky Skaggs, with Bonnie Raitt and Indigo Girls as the opening act.
In her other life Katie is an accomplished concert, theater, and nightclub audio engineer and sound designer who has worked with everyone from Debbie Reynolds to Ann Margaret; from Jake Shimabukuro to Albert Lee.
Singer-songwriter Taeri Schiffman is what happens when a classically trained, queer deadhead musician rediscovers her Hawaiian roots. Born on O’ahu but raised in the homeland of Napoleon Dynamite — the wilds of Cache Valley, Utah and environs — Taeri applied her skills as a multi-instrumental band and musical theater geek to her Native ukulele. “I was horrified at the prospect of playing one note at a time on a horn the rest of my life! And the spit! Ugh! With the ukulele I get actual CHORDS! Imagine, four notes - at the same time - with no spit! Six strings seems extravagant, and since I’ve got four fingers...”
Not content with playing to a cliche’ — a Hawaiian woman strumming her uke — Taeri brings her training as a sight reading devotée of music theory to bear, covering multiple styles including jazz, folk, blues and rock.
Whether performing a bluesy Grateful Dead jam or adding a touch of jazz to Americana roots music, Taeri joyfully uses her decades of experience to bring her love of music to appreciative audiences.
Taeri’s eclectically diverse musical influences range from the Grateful Dead, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Weird Al, Tom Lehrer, John Prine, Robert Hunter, John Perry Barlow, Dan Fogelberg, Sting, George Harrison, ELO, the Indigo Girls, Janis Ian, Loreena McKennit, the Doobie Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Billie Holiday, as well as Bach, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.
In addition, Taeri earned her bachelors degree in psychology from Cal Poly-SLO, and her masters degree in social work from USC (Fight on!). Today she chooses to devote herself to music full time, following her bliss and utilizing her experiences as both a social worker and student of human behavior to influence her songwriting writing and performing.
The Music of Popoki House
Ka Leo ‘O Ka Manu (Nanakuli) Multi-Camera Video
The Popoki House Blues (original) Multi-Camera Video
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World (cover) with bassist Carrie Kumabe
The Popoki House Blues (with special guest Carrie Kumabe on bass)
Fat Bottomed Girls/Sweet ‘Okole Mashup
Hail Asphalta (original)
Desert Valley (original)
For more videos showcasing Popoki House’s unique Hawai’icana performances and to view our social media presence, please visit our YouTube, Facebook, and related pages by clicking on the buttons below!
Contact Popoki House
To book Popoki House to perform for your festival, venue, or event, contact us at the links below!
Phone Taeri or Katie
Popoki House is based in beautiful
Long Beach, California
PO Box 4495 Long Beach CA 90804
Popoki House has been featured and performed in numerous Long Beach, California venues including Fox Coffee House, Hellada Art Gallery Saturday Concert Series, Qué Será, Shoreline Village Pirate Invasion, Pagan Pride Festival, First Fridays Bixby Knolls, Make Music Day Long Beach, Orange County Songsalive!, Sevilla Nightclub, the Long Beach Public Library system, and more!