November 2, 2013 @ 8PM
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Makana is a composer, singer, slack key guitar master and pioneer of the SLACK ROCK guitar style.
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 unexpected 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. Makana's captivating and wide-ranging performance style has lead him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, as well as open for music legends such as Sting, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, and more. His sound, while rooted in the tradition of Hawaiian slack key guitar, encompasses multiple genres to include folk, pop, world and his own unique style coined “slack rock”. Makana's latest album Ripe was produced by multi-platinum producer Ron Nevison (The Who, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), along with Grammy-award winning keyboardist, composer, arranger Jeff Bova (Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton) as well as renowned producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt). With music ranging from Hawaiian classics to sexy love ballads to songs of resistance, Makana is not only keeping Hawaii’s musical traditions alive–he’s evolving them.