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Kirk Smart

WEDDINGS, EVENTS, CONCERTS.

Anytime. AnykIne.

 
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WEDDINGS, EVENTS, CONCERTS, PRIVATE PARTIES

Everything from jazz trios to eight-piece dance band...

Ukulele, Classical Guitar, Jazz, Latin and Hawaiian. 

 

We do it all!

 

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SONG LIST


 

JUST THE beginning...

So, the problem with song lists is there is just too much stuff! We are experienced, good musicians (ahem) and we can play pretty much anything.

Our jazz repertoire is vast. Kirk also sings in Portuguese and Spanish (as well as Italian, Brazilian & German) so there is an entire repertoire of those tunes as well!

If you'd like to add a female vocalist the choice of songs expands even more.

The best approach is to check out the partial song list and then request specific songs.

If it is beyond our ability (Handel's Messiah, for instance) we will let you know... 

 

Current Songs:

Happy - Pharrell Williams

1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's

Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's

Marry You - Bruno Mars

Marry Me - 

Bubbly - Colbie Caillat

I Do - Colbie Caillat

From This Moment On - Shania Twain

Island in the Sun - Weezer

Make You Feel My Love - Adele

Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse

Skinny Love - Bon Iver

Happy - Pharrell Williams

1,2,3,4 - Plain White T's

Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's

Marry You - Bruno Mars

Marry Me - 

Bubbly - Colbie Caillat

I Do - Colbie Caillat

From This Moment On - Shania Twain

Island in the Sun - Weezer

Make You Feel My Love - Adele

Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse

Skinny Love - Bon Iver

Pumped Up Kicks - Foster The People

and more!

Classical:

Canon in D

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Hawaiian:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

What a Wonderful World

White Sandy Beach

Waikiki

Hawaiian Wedding Song

Hanalei Moon

and more!

50's: 

Elvis (Blue Hawaii, Jailhouse Rock, Little Sister, Hound Dog, etc....)

Rockabilly

Early Blues

Louis Jordan

T-Bone Walker

New Orleans

60's through 80's:

Beatles (Imagine, Across the Universe, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Jealous Guy, With A Little Help From My Friends, etc....)

Doors (Touch Me, People Are Strange, Light My Fire, etc...)

David Bowie (Changes, Ziggy Stardust, etc...)

Jimi Hendrix (Come On, Hey Joe, Little Wing, All Along the Watchtower, etc...)

Journey (Lights, Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin')

Van Morrison (Moondance, Brown Eyed Girl, Tupelo Honey, Into the Mystic, Crazy Love, etc...)

James Taylor (Fire and Rain, Sweet Baby James, Steamroller, Bartender's Blues, etc...)

Led Zeppelin (Ramble On, Good Times, Bad Times, etc...)

Bob Dylan (Like a Rolling Stone, etc...)

Santana (Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va?, Evil Ways, etc...)

Rolling Stones (Honky Tonk Woman, etc...)

Surf Music/Ventures (Walk, Don't Run, Wipe Out, etc...)

Twist and Shout

La Bamba

Talking Heads (Psycho Killer, Burning Down the House, etc...)

Elvis Costello (Alison, Watching the Detectives, Abracadabra, etc...)

R&B: 

Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters

Respect - Aretha Franklin

You Send Me - Sam Cooke

A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

Al Green (Let's Stay Together, Love and Happiness, etc...)

Otis Redding (These Arms of Mine, Dock of the Bay, Hard To Handle, etc...)

Marvin Gaye (What's Going, Mercy Mercy Me, Sexual Healing)

Stevie Wonder (I Wish, Superstition, Higher Ground, Boogie On reggae Woman, etc...)

Prince (Purple Rain, Kiss and many more)

Parliament/Funkadelic (Red Hot Mama, Sexy Way, etc...)

George Benson (On Broadway, This Masquerade, etc...)

Sly and The Family Stone (Thank You, Everyday People, etc...)

James Brown (I Feel Good, Sex Machine, etc...)

Latin:

Buena Vista Social Club (Dos Gardenias, El Quarto de Tula, Aqui Como Alla, etc...)

Disco: 

Any songs you request!

Reggae, Ska...


We also do songs by the following artists (in no particular order):

Bob Marley, Steely Dan, AC/DC, Willie Nelson, Allman Brothers, RadioHead, U2, Dave Mathews, The Raconteurs, Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter, Tom Waits, Crowded House/Neil Finn, Ray Charles, Donny Hathaway, Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Terence Trent D'Arby, Percy Sledge, Bill Withers, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Patsy Cline, Junior Brown, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, The Cult, Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam, Maxwell, Kansas, Indigo Girls, Bonnie Raitt, The Meters, etc...

 

YOU WANT IT, WE GOT IT!


 

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About Kirk

 
 

 

Kirk Smart was born in Japan and grew up in Europe. He speaks (and sings in) English, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese and German. He has been playing guitar professionally since his teens.

After studying at the prestigious Musicians Institute in Los Angeles he began "paying his dues" while working in California, New Orleans, Europe and South America. He was hired as a teacher at Musicians Institute and began focussing on playing high end events in the greater Los Angeles area, working at the Academy Awards, the Emmy's, countless corporate events as well as long running residencies at the best clubs (The World Cafe, Rix, Monsoons, Mandalay, etc). 

Upon relocating to Kauai in 2004, Kirk has concentrated on bringing professionalism and fun to private events, while continuing to teach and record. He also tours Italy on a regular basis, playing clubs, castles, mountain huts and weddings...

His radiant wife, Tora Smart (aka Serena Jewkes), is a Jazz singer/songwriter and has recently released a Jazz record that she recorded with her father, Noel Jewkes, called The Carriage House Sessions. Their son, Eli, is also incredibly musically talented and he too has recently released his first solo record entitled Victim Of My Nature. There isn't a day that the Smart household isn't filled with music and magic.

The Smart family owns the grooviest music shop in the Heart of Hanalei called Hanalei Strings where they sell everything from Island-made ukuleles to Hanalei Hand Dyed yarn and teach group ukulele lessons. Stop by the shop if you ever find yourself in beautiful Hanalei town. 


KIRK HAS STUDIED WITH: Joe Pass, Ted Greene, Robben Ford, Ron Eschete and Noel Jewkes.

HAS PLAYED WITH: Donavon Frankenreiter, Jason Mraz, Graham Nash, Donald Fagen, Taj Mahal, Dean Parks, Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren, John Oates, Shawn Colvin, India.Arie, Lady Ipo, Amy Gilliam, Sheldon Gomberg (Rickie Lee Jones, Warren Zevon, Kenny Wayne Shepard), Noel Jewkes (Jon Hendricks), Laurence Cottle (Eric Clapton, Bill Bruford, Black Sabbath), Buffy St. Marie, Michael Ruff (Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks), G Love, Brett Denon, and many more…

Destinations

 

 

KAUA'I

 
 

Kauai is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and hosts many wonderful wedding celebrations. Kirk has been involved in special events on Kauai for the last ten years and has close working relationships with all of the best musicians, caterers, venues, photographers and wedding planners. If you need assistance finding the right people for any aspect of your planning, contact us.


 

ITALY

 
 

Italy is another world class wedding destination that Kirk knows well. Kirk has played high-end events from Rome to Venice and has many wonderful musicians on call in Italy. From 15th century Villas in Florence to castles in the Prosecco region on Veneto, Kirk can put you in touch with the best caterers, beautiful venues and great musicians. 

 

 
Kirk Smart organized the band for my sister’s wedding in June 2015 in Stresa, Italy. They were nothing short of phenomenal and true professionals. They played in multiple formats for different phases of the festivities. During the aperitivo, their style and song selection was perfectly balanced with the beautiful setting – I cannot under-emphasize their intuitive ability to create exactly the right atmosphere for guests. But when it came time to get the party started and get guests dancing, that is when the music really came to life! All of the guests had so much fun and were blown away. Guests who hadn’t danced in 20 years were on the dance floor. Many guests agreed that they were the best band that they had ever heard play at a wedding. I am grateful that they were able to play at this wedding, and I highly, highly recommend Kirk’s help for any event in Italy!
— Samantha Hamilton
 

Testimonials

Hear what satisfied clients and students have to say!

 
 
 
We’re from Atlanta, we got married this afternoon on Kaua’i, and we were so fortunate to have Kirk Smart as our guitarist. He was brilliant and kind and generous and a beautiful presence with us. So, invite him to participate in any service you have! He really fit into the spirit of our wedding. He was like one of the invited participants. We loved his presence with us today.
— David & David.
Kirk added a dimension of fun and soulfulness to all our wedding festivities. His positive vibe, can-do attitude and earnest enjoyment of the entire process was a major driver in the overall tone of our wedding... Without a doubt, Kirk should be your go-to guy for any type of music festivities on the island of Kauai!
— Mia R. || Santa Monica, CA
Kirk played acoustic for our ceremony in Kilauea and was terrific! Cool, laid back, and easy to work with. He is an amazing musician! Wish we had used him for the reception as well. Amazing Kauai wedding!
— Douglas F.
Kirk always displays professionalism combined with his talented musicianship, which encompasses all genres...
— Paul K.
What a joy it is to have a world class musician like Kirk on the island! A talented, educated music connoisseur and one heck of a singer and guitarist...
— Michael Ruff || Producer, Songwriter, Musical Director (Chaka Khan, Rickie Lee Jones, Stevie Nicks, etc.)
Kirk has ignited an excitement in learning jazz guitar technique and harmony theory which I wish had been available to me as a teenager! As a 70 year-old novice guitar student, I’ve never been more challenged or had more fun. Practicing an hour a day and working with Kirk is pure joy!
— Adrian B.
Kirk is a gifted musician who plays great party music!
— Pierce Brosnan, Keely Brosnan
Kirk is inspired and you will be too... His music has a positive motion, just like a wave. He’s more than just a guitar player, he’s a force of transportive power.
— Tony K.
This guy can play anything. I gave him a list of things and he said he could play any of it. He was so nice and laid back and went above and beyond. I would totally use him again.
— Ashley C.
On behalf of the Academy we would like to thank you Kirk for pulling out all the stops and helping to make this years show a resounding success!
— Cheryl Cecchetto || Ball Coordinator, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Aloha Kirk, Mahalo nui loa for your aloha, time and kokua for our Anahola ‘ohana. Thanks so much for sharing your talent along with Kupaianaha at our first Benefit Concert in February. We so appreciate you...
— Kukulu Kumuhana 'O Anahola
Kirk Smart is magic; his ability to connect with his students is uncanny. His easy going manner and musical expertise is a perfect combination to get students to succeed. Our boys have thrived working with him.
— Todd H.
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