By Wendy Osher
The intimate installment of MACC Solo Sessions brings music to Maui in a brand new light: up close and unplugged. The Maui Arts & Cultural Center will feature musician Makana on Saturday and Sunday, January 29 and 30, 2011, and Jeff Peterson on Friday, February 4, 2011.
Jeff Peterson, Slack Key Sophistication: Feb. 4, 2011
Maui Son, Jeff Peterson takes the stage in February for a taste of slack key sophistication. Peterson was introduced to Hawaiian music by his father who was a paniolo on the slopes of Haleakala. To date, his slack key music has b
een featured on two Grammy Award winning records and his latest recording, Maui on My Mind is a 2011 nominee for the 53rd Grammy Awards. Peterson plays in a Feb. 4, 2011 Solo Session for Maui music fans.
Makana, Guitar Hero of Hawaii: Jan. 29 & 30, 2011
If his name speaks to his talents, Makana is truly a gift. Litteraly translated as “gift” in Hawaiian, Makana shares his diverse style of music with audiences far and near. From slack key to folk, rock, jazz and Hawaiian, Makana has created a style all his own, “transcending typecasting,” according to the MACC. With 20 years of concert experience under his belt, and a half dozen releases to his credit, Makana is the gift that continues to give. His innovative stylings come to the McCoy Studio Theater stage for two nights–Jan. 29 & 30, 2011.
After successful Solo Sessions with Maui’s own Keali`i Reichel and Barry Flanagan, the Maui Arts & Cultural Center found an attractive niche that both artist and audience can appreciate.
“I’m a firm believer that all artists, no matter their culture, have a story to tell … It really depends on the artist, how much they are willing to expose,” said Maui Musician and Kumu Hula, Keali`i Reichel..
“For myself, this was the equivalent of my first ‘no safety net’ show – naked. It also gave me the opportunity to talk about the whole music journey,” said Barry Flanagan.
Solo Session Ticket Info:
Tickets to Solo Sessions are $25 for standard, or $45 for VIP seating, which includes a meet-and-greet session with the artist. Tickets are available at the MACC Box Office, by calling (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or ordering online at MauiArts.org.
Solo Sessions’ are supported by KPOA-FM and the Maui Coast Hotel.
***Makana and Peterson videos courtesy MACC.