Kioea Music Psychedelic Surf Jazz Jonathan Blakeslee Jim Rioux Elizabeth Burnet

Kioea is an instrumental band based in Kittery, Maine.  Members include Carand Elizabeth Burnet (guitar), Jonathan Blakeslee (double bass) and Jim Rioux (drums). Kioea’s soundscapes are created from intricate guitar solos, melodic bass grooves and rhythmic drums.  Their songs blend American surf psychedelia with the global styling of Ethio Jazz, Anatolian rock and Dub.

Named after an extinct bird that lived on the Island of Hawaiʻi, Kioea (pronounced kī’-ō-ē’a) translates to mean “stand tall” — much like the uplifting musical passages that bring listeners on an imaginative journey.  Learn about the bird that inspired this project.

Upcoming Shows

September 21st // Exeter, NH – Fall Equinox Festival

September 21st // York, ME – Surf Re-Evolution Festival

December 7th // Dover, NH – Flight Coffee Company

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