Riff On This: How Hawaiian culture inspired this ukulele-strumming Ormond Beach musician - lanikai-beach.net

Brad Yates was 8 years old when he was gifted a piano that began love for music and he was a teen when the Beatles took the music world by storm.
Beatlemania was a turning point for the young, aspiring musician.
“The Beatles came on the Sullivan Show and the next day, every boy in America bought a guitar,” said Yates, smiling ear--ear.
From the guitar, he graduated the trumpet in junior high, and then, inspired by the rock band The Doors, Yates started playing keyboards. professional music career kicking off at the of 14.
Yates spent several years on the road all over the country. In 1980, he joined a band called Sons of the Beach that took him paradise.
“I went Hawaii for a gig that was supposed to be a month long and turned into six months,” Yates recalled. “While I was there, my girlfriend came out and we ended up getting married and staying for 5 years.”
When asked what genre Yates specializes in, the musician, who now lives in Ormond Beach, had a different kind of answer.
“I call what I play seaside soul. It encompasses everything from rock ‘n’ roll reggae with a jazzy, blues, funky, soul feeling to it,” Yates said. “The name just seems to cover the whole gamut.”
While in Hawaii, Yates learned yet another instrument add to his talented repertoire—the ukulele.
Yates fell in love with the Hawaiian culture, saying his favorite part about the music is the love the locals have for family.
“They were hugely focused on family. Nobody was excluded from parties,” Yates said. “Everyone from grandmas little babies would be there and I was really appreciative of that strong family value.”

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