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Keola Beamer & Jeff Peterson, with Moanalani Beamer
Oct 14, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 6:30

One is a Hawaiian legend who has stretched the boundaries of slack key guitar music while remaining true to the soul of its deeply Hawaiian roots.

The other is a rising star of the next generation of slack key players, who uses the style’s open tunings to explore multiple genres with ease and flair.

Together, they present an evening of superb guitar that explores the beauty of Hawaiian music as it reflects its native land, the range of Hawai‘i’s many cultural influences, and the complexity of technique that has shaped the distinctively resonant sounds of Hawai‘i.

Both Keola & Jeff are featured on the soundtrack of the film The Descendants, starring George Clooney.

They are joined by lovely dancer Moanalani Beamer, who brings hula and Hawaiian chants to the stage, and adds musical texture with ancient Hawaiian instruments.

$25 Advance
$30 At the Door
Ticket sales ended Oct 14, 2019 6:30 PM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
Keola Beamer | 7:30 PM
“Keola Beamer’s [slack key] style is the best there is on the planet”, says Willie Nelson. Keola Beamer has breathed new life into slack key guitar music yet stays true to its deep Hawaiian roots. He is a Hawaiian legend: singer-songwriter, composer, guitar master, with an impeccable, gorgeous style that is featured on The Descendants soundtrack and his 17 CDs. Keola was one of the first to use Hawaiian slack key techniques to create contemporary music that is also at home on jazz or classical stages. His wife Moanalani Beamer joins Keola in performances with her beautiful hula and the exquisite sounds of traditional Hawaiian instruments.

Keola Beamer?s well of talent springs from five generations of Hawai?i's most illustrious and beloved musical families. Keola's mother was revered Hawaiian cultural treasure, Aunty Nona Beamer. His great-grandmother was one of Hawai?i's most illustrious composers, Helen Desha Beamer. The Beamers trace their roots to royal families of the 14th century and have been cultural practitioners through generations.

Keola established himself early as a leader of the wave of contemporary Hawaiian music when he wrote the classic Honolulu City Lights - which is still one of the absolute all-time best selling recordings in the history of Hawaiian Music. Keola was also the author of the very first written instruction book for the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, published in 1972. more >>>
Jeff Peterson | 7:30 PM
JEFF PETERSON, was born on the Island of Maui and grew up on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music and to guitar by his father, a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) on Haleakala Ranch. At an early age, he began to pick up influences from such Hawai‘i slack key greats as the Gabby Pahinui Band, Leonard Kwan, and Sonny Chillingworth. As he began studying on his own, he delved into a wide variety of musical genres for guitar and went on to study jazz and classical guitar. Five of Jeff’s songs are featured in the award-winning George Clooney film The Descendants. A two-time Grammy winner, Jeff was featured on Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 which won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian recording, and received his second Grammy in 2010 for his contribution to George Kahumoku’s Masters of Slack Key Guitar vol. 2. He has recorded 6 solo CDs to date, winning Best Slack Key Album at the 2010 & 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Awards and a Grammy nomination for Maui on My Mind. Jeff has worked with a wide range of artists including Eric Clapton, Led Kaapana, James Galway, Michael Feinstein, and the Honolulu Symphony, among others. more >>>