The Alberta Rose Theatre: 3000 NE Alberta Street
Phone Public: 503-719-6055
Tickets at www.albertarosetheatre.com & 503-764-4131
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 7:00
$30 At the Door
Virtuosic and versatile, Makana’s guitar mastery and engaging voice come together on an exhilarating ride thru the breadth of Hawaiian slack key, folk, bluegrass, & more.
This is the last tour Makana will undertake for the foreseeable future – The Sunset Tour – so don’t miss it!
In 2018, Makana spent much of the year using his talents to kokua (help) the people of Hawai’i, from a benefit with Jack Johnson for the flood victims of Kaua’i to concerts to support cancer-stricken legendary Hawaiian musician Uncle Willie K and organizations like the Kaua’i Lifeguards Association and Kua o Ka La Hawaiian Charter School (which was covered by the lava flow in Puna). He staged multiple sold-out tribute concerts honoring past Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar greats throughout the islands, and donated his time to perform at the Hawaii LGBT Legacy Foundations Gala. In the fall, Makana debuted as an actor in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific, playing the role of Lt. Joe Cable to rave reviews. 2018 tour highlights include representing Hawai’i at SXSW, a concert in an underground “cavern” in Tennessee, performances in the UK and his first tour to Russia, where he served as a cultural ambassador for Hawai’i, and performed in venues ranging from world-renowned jazz clubs to schools and universities to forums with many of the mayors and governors of Russia in attendance. While there, Makana filmed the music video “Mourning Armageddon” (out Jan 13) in a recently decommissioned nuclear bunker in Moscow as part of his volunteer work to raise awareness about the present, unchecked nuclear arms race between the US & the Russian Federation. And although Makana didn’t release any new albums in 2018, he recorded over 50 songs for Facebook as part of their Sound Collection offering, a royalty-free music library available to all Facebook & Instagram users for (on-site) video syncing. Find some of Makana’s most exciting new works there! He also signed a music branding deal with the Beachcomber by Outrigger to provide a collection of songs in a new genre- what Makana has termed “Hawaiian Down Tempo”- to be played as the ambient soundtrack for the Beachcomber property beginning in Spring 2019. Also this Spring, Makana will tour the US mainland, sharing his riveting, emotional sound rooted in the indigenous art of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. This will be Makana’s last solo tour for a few years as he takes time to develop and record a whole new body of music to be released in 2020.
“A dynamic force within the style [of slack key]”… “dazzling” – The New York Times
Hailing from the isle of O‘ahu, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist, and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world. He is recognized as one of the top guitarists in the United States by Guitar Player magazine, and was honored by his peers in Hawai‘i with the Ki Ho‘alu (Slack Key) Foundation Legacy Award. His music is featured on the soundtrack for the George Clooney film The Descendants. His songs range from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, philosophical, sociopolitical, economic, interpersonal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and a piercing wit.
His distinctly original songs are infused with the spirit of Hawai‘i. “… he has taken this centuries-old tradition and blasted it into the 21st century…” — National Geographic more >>>