Monday, February 1, 2010

Makana w. Jerry Joseph: Sunday, January 31, 2010 - Monday, February 01, 2010 - 8:00pm - 1:00am Presented By: Saint Rocke

The March 1, 2003, Esquire Magazine notes, “Makana is considered the greatest living player” of Slack Key Guitar. Many others agree. In April of 2009, The National Geographic Society (NGS) presented Makana in concert and the event was recorded for the NGS Music Channel series “Geo Sessions”. On their Web site, the NGS wrote, “With five albums to his credit [now 6], he has taken this centuries-old tradition and blasted it into the 21st century, fusing it with influences from Bob Marley to the Smashing Pumpkins, and opening for Sting and Santana. See why this young guitar hero is poised to break out.” In September of 2009, the San Francisco Chronicle said, “His transfixingly agile slack-key technique and genre-crossing music have relit a fire for live music in Waikiki.” With such accolades, it‟s hard to believe that Makana is only 31.

Early on, Makana was recognized as a child prodigy and he studied with Hawai'i slack key legends Raymond Kane and Sonny Chillingworth. He began performing professionally at Honolulu‟s Duke‟s Canoe Club at age 15 and has since produced his own shows in many of Hawaii‟s other significant venues.

On August 27, 2009, Makana with his band and dancers concluded a successful two-month engagement, reopening the renovated Royal Hawaiian Hotel‟s Monarch Room and inaugurating the hotel‟s new “Curators of Hawaiian Music” series. The legendary venue had been dark for 14 years and the headline of the August 14, 2009, Honolulu Advertiser review by veteran Hawai'i Entertainment Reporter, Wayne Harada read, “Makana proves he's a master of the showroom.”

Support: Jerry Joseph
Where: Saint Rocke, 142 South Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
Price: $10.00
Genre: Progressive / Hawaiian / Fusion