Who are we?

Street-performing folk-rockers from Honolulu, HI.

Now based in Los Angeles.


2x Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winners.

The Story of Streetlight Cadence

as told by Ben, the newest guy in the band

It all starts with a boy named Jonathon. Yes, it's spelled with an 'o'.

Hailing from Katy, TX but looking for better surf than Galveston, Jon unexpectedly landed in Hawai'i, where a chance meeting and three days of not eating led to the beginnings of Streetlight Cadence.

With not much more than his violin and some pants, Jon did the only thing he could do - play some tunes from Suzuki and pray he'd have enough money for a sandwich by evening's end.

Surprisingly, it happened.

Soon after, Jon posted an ad on Craigslist seeking "interesting musicians", and that's how he met literally probably the only accordionist on the island of Oahu. Jesse. The dudes began to play on the streets of Waikiki for food, fun, friendship and more food. The food's really the important part. And it was fun, but certainly not a career. (oops)

As budding musicians with degrees to study for, both Jon and Jesse made do with recreational, school-related music programs as formal training for what almost certainly would be an indefinite hobby. There are advantages to participating in collegiate orchestras. Being recruited as a street performer is not one of them. But that's exactly how Brian, alongside his cello and deep voice, joined in the mix. 

Two Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) awards later, the group made the monumental decision to leave Honolulu and pursue music full-time, in Los Angeles.

Fast-forward a couple of years. Jon finally manages to convince his brother-in-law, Ben, to join the band as the drummer. Ben's a bit of an enigma because he can and has played every instrument ever thrown at him. Except drums. Still, he decided to leave his day job, and with wife and baby in hand, moved to Los Angeles with dreams of superstardom.

LA provided the kick in the a** that the group needed to really dedicate their livelihoods to music making. As friends first and band second, they wrote songs, toured around the world, and made friends in ways that wouldn't have been possible without the band. Somewhere on the way, they produced a local TV show called Will Play For Food, that was (definitely accidentally) nominated for a regional Emmy® Award for its first (and so far only) season.

As 2020 arrived in unexpected bits, the group has ever prospered, writing songs and making noises that deeply reflect on their decade-long experience as a band, one which has encompassed marriage, tragedy, childbirth, and yes, lots of surfing.

We can't wait to share them with you.