McCoy Studio Theater
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. He just wrapped up a national tour with Bad Company and Joe Walsh of The Eagles. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums (including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film The Descendants.) A protégé of Hawaiian slack key guitar legends like Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late great Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form of Ki Ho’alu/ slack key guitar. From this tradition, Makana has evolved his own dynamic high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock”: slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga!
The focus of Makana’s art is to celebrate the beauty of tradition while exploring new, relevant perceptions, sounds and themes. In his music, he often honors his forebears - the vintage Hawaiian music legends as well as the rock poet idols of the 60s, paying homage to the kupuna who carry within their Beings the cultural wisdom passed down through generations.
Tickets: $20, $30, $45 plus applicable fees
MACC members receive a 10% discount.