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An Evening with Makana

Lazar Bear is proud to announce that Guitarist, Singer, Composer and Grammy-award nominee, Makana will be performing a special one night only concert Friday April 7 at The Aloha Theater on the Big Island.

Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, along with the Hawai’i’an Slack Key Masters Albums and also including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants.” Makana is considered to be one of the greatest living players of the rare and complex art of slack key guitar. A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana is perpetuating and evolving the art of slack key to new frontiers. His “Slack Rock” style infuses the traditional slack key sound with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga and his playing has garnered critical acclaim. Guitar Player Magazine ranked him as one of the top 3 guitarists in America, and the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts recently gave him the Slack Key Guitar Legacy Award.


Makana’s unique blend of Hawaiian, folk and rock influences and the passion and energy of his performance engages his audience like few entertainers on the scene. As a child Makana was recognized for his talent, soon learning/honing his craft under the guidance of local legends such as Sonny Chillingworth and Raymond Kane, he began his professional career in 1993 at the age of fifteen performing at Duke’s Canoe Club. Once billed as ‘Ki Ho’alu Kid’ before adopting the entirely apt Makana a word meaning ‘gift.’  Makana feels music is a gift and it is a gift he gives in turn to audiences around the planet.


He has performed worldwide in venues ranging from Tianjin Opera House to Bumbershoot in Seattle to WOMAD in England to The White House. Makana has shared the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello.

Don’t miss him at this one night only special concert April, 7 at The Aloha Theater. 

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Tour Date:

April 7, Friday  

Aloha Theater - Kainaliu      

79-7984 Mamalahoa Hwy. Kainaliu, Hi. 96750

Information: 808-322-9924  

Tickets: $25.  $35. Gen. Adm.   $48.00 Gold Circle

Doors: 7:00 pm. Show: 7:30 pm. 

For Tickets, Gold Circle Premium Seating and more information Go To: www.lazarbear.com or 808-896-4845

Ticket Outlets: Kiernan's Music, Aloha Theater - Old Town Kainaliu; Kona Music Exchange, Sound Wave Music - Kailua-Kona; Waimea General Store - Parker Square, Kamuela; Taro Patch Gifts - Honoka'a; Hilo Guitars, CD Wizard, Hilo Music Exchange, Hilo


Bio:

Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy” movement, Makana’s song We Are the Many went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million views and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone Magazine. His performance of the song at an APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas also went viral and became the #1 news story on Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House.

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikiki amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Elvis-impersonator Bruno Mars. Makana- whose name means “a gift given freely”- began singing when he was seven years-old, took up ‘ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at eleven. By fourteen, he was performing professionally, and before long playing five nights a week. His reputation as the youngest virtuoso of slack key spread like molten volcanic lava throughout the islands.


A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form. Slack key or Ki Ho’alu, nearly 200 years old and indigenous to Hawai’i, was created by ‘ohana (families) on the different islands as a very personal folk music expression of their beautiful surroundings and way of life. The style is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords, thus freeing the hands to alter the sound whilst self-accompanying with a triad of alternating bass patterns, faux rhythms and sweet melodies evocative of island atmospheres. Think “three guitars in one!” 


From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock”: slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga. Makana’s playing has garnered praise from such guitar luminaries as Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Pepe Romero (Spanish Flamenco Master). A contributor to the 2007 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol. I” and 2009 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol II”, Makana is considered one of the “greatest living players” (Esquire Magazine) whose “instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” (Maui News). The focus of Makana’s art is to celebrate the beauty of tradition while exploring new, relevant perceptions, sounds and themes. In his music he often honors his forebears, the vintage Hawaiian music legends as well as the rock poet idols of the 60s, paying homage to the kupuna (elders) who carry within their Beings the cultural wisdom passed down through generations. 2014 marks Makana’s 25th Anniversary of playing guitar. To celebrate, Makana performed at summer festivals in Holland and France, toured to New Zealand and Australia twice, performed in concert with Grammy-winning artist Gotye and opened for Leon Russell, sold out shows from LA (Vibrato) to Seattle (Benaroya Hall), completed a year of sold-out concerts at the prestigious Kahala Hotel, released “RIPE” (fully funded by fans via Kickstarter and produced by legends Ron Nevison [Led Zeppelin • The Who] and Mitchell Froom [Crowded House • Elvis Costello]) AND “25” (a double album of 25 songs, captured fully in analog and only available at live performances), headlined concerts with two different symphonies, gave lectures and workshops on being an indie artist + the art of slack key, sang at countless environmental rallies in Hawai’i, funded and launched the brand “GOT KULEANA!” with accompanying PSAs to encourage higher voter turnouts, raised money for numerous non-profits including Surfrider, the ACLU, and The Thin Green Line Foundation (who support park rangers), started a new side project Hawaiian band honoring Gabby “Pops” Pahinui & The Sons of Hawai’i (named on the spot: “Palaka Pops”), and most memorably, got heckled by the Princess of Thailand, who brought her entire court to see him perform.


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