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Makana Performing in Grass Valley on April 9
Makana Performing in Grass Valley on April 9
WHO: The Center for the Arts presents

WHAT: Makana

WHEN: Concert: Saturday, April 9, 8:00PM

        Slack Key Guitar Workshop:
        Sunday, April 10, 11:00AM      
        Limited to 15 participants
        $20 members, $25 non-member

WHERE: The Center for the Arts
        314 W Main Street, Grass Valley, CA  95945

TICKETS: $20 members, $24 non-member
        The Center Box Office - 530-274-8384 ext 14
        BriarPatch Co-op Community Market - 530-272-5333
        Tickets online at www.thecenterforthearts.org

WEBPAGE: www.thecenterforthearts.org
Hawaiian slack key singer/songwriter Makana returns to Nevada County for an intimate concert on Saturday, April 9 at The Center for the Arts followed by a guitar workshop on Sunday, April 10.  His performance was a highlight of last year's California WorldFest at the Nevada County fairgrounds.

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”.  He has shared 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.

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 major news outlets. It's no secret who Hawaiian native musician Makana is voting for. The recording artist recently released a music video for his track "Fire Is Ours," which is a political cut that endorses Bernie Sanders for president. And Matthew "Makana" Swalinkavich is feeling the Bern so much that he was willing to spend thousands of dollars to make the song's visual accompaniment, a video that's going viral since being published to YouTube on Feb. 10, 2016. 

Born and raised in Hawaii, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikiki amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Elvis-impersonator Bruno Mars. Makana 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.

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 is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords lending itself to the sweet melodies evocative of islands.  From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga.

Makana’s playing has garnered praise from such guitar luminaries as Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and flamenco master Pepe Romero.


Slack Key Guitar Workshop
Sunday, April 10, 11:00AM
Limited to 15 participants
$20 members, $25 non-member

This workshop will cover Makana’s personal approach to the guitar and not necessarily slack key. The workshop will be part demonstration and explanation, and part teaching with hands-on exercises, etc.  To help orient students to learning slack key guitar, Makana will discuss his philosophical and technical approach to slack key technique.
Students are welcome to bring audio and video recorders.

www.facebook.com/makanafansVIRAL Bernie video: https://www.facebook.com/makanafans/videos


“...instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” – Maui News Source: Pamela Roberts, The Center for the Arts

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