Masters of Hawaiian Music:
George Kahumoku Jr, Led Kaapana & Jeff Peterson

Sunday
18
Feb

Slack Key Guitar Masters

Traditional and Original Hawaiian Tunes

 

Why you should see this show…

Four-time Grammy winner George Kahumoko Jr., with Led Kaapana and Jeff Peterson, brings the Masters of Hawaiian Music tour — filled with traditional and original Hawaiian tunes – to our Concert Hall. Paired with whimsical storytelling, the beautiful and intricate melodies achieved by these master slack key guitarists ensures concertgoers can expect a sweet and soulful evening.
 

Masters of Hawaiian Music Bios
George Kahumoko Jr., the 4-time Grammy-winner in Hawaiian Music, has over 25 solo, collaboration, and compilation CDs to his name. His solo release is Wao Akua: Forest of the Gods was nominated for a 2012 Grammy in the Regional Roots category. A renowned story-teller, George collaborated with long-time friend Paul Konwiser to write an expanded version of his hilarious and entertaining on-stage stories in his book: A Hawaiian Life, which was the starting point for the film about George, Seeds of Aloha. For the last 15 years in June, George Kahumoku Jr.’s Annual Maui Slack Key Guitar and ‘Ukulele Workshop takes place featuring the finest instructor-musicians, and is one of the great musical learning experiences in the Islands today, and the result of George’s belief in sharing, celebrating, and perpetuating the unique music and culture that is Hawaii. George lives on Maui with his wife, Nancy, maintaining his three-acre farm growing fruit and vegetables, dry-land taro (for his famous home-made poi) and tending his goats, chickens, ducks, and miniature horses. Retired from teaching music and sustainable agriculture at University of Hawaii, Maui College, he continues to educate and mentor students. At the college, he had founded the Hawaiian Music Institute, to preserve the legacy of Hawaiian music, and to prepare the next generation for careers in music. George’s focus now is on his renowned weekly Slack Key Show on Maui, now in its 13th year, the longest-running show that consistently features masters of Hawaiian music.

Led Kaapana grew up in a family of musicians in Kalapana, in the southernmost district of Hawaii Island. His teachers included his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, from whom he learned to sing leo ki’eki’e (Hawaiian falsetto singing),and his uncle, Fred Punahoa. “We didn’t have electricity, not television, not even much radio,” says Kaapana. “So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music.” Throughout his career, Ledhas dedicated himself to perpetuating the traditional style and repertoire of his home, beginning in his teens when Led, his twin brother Nedward, and cousin Dennis Pavao formed the musical group Hui ‘Ohana. The group produced 14 best-selling albums, made hundreds of live appearances, and became a key figure in the resurgence of traditional Hawaiian culture and music during the 1970s. Launching a solo career in 1983, Kaapana has continued to garner acclaim for his improvisational melodies and falsetto vocals. He has received multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) Award for Best Instrumental and for Best Slack Key and Favorite Entertainer of the Year in 2009. Recognition by his peers earned Led four Grammy nominations in his own right and three wins on slack key compilations.

Guitar virtuoso Jeff Peterson is a star of the next generation, winning the 2014 Na Hoku for Best Slack Key Guitar (his 2nd time). His virtuosity shines through in traditional slack key, as well as jazz and classical. Five of Jeff’s songs are featured in the award-winning George Clooney film The Descendants.  A two-time Grammy winner, Jeff was featured on Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 which won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian recording, and received his second Grammy in 2010 for his contribution to George Kahumoku’s Masters of Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2. He has recorded 6 solo CDs to date, winning Best Slack Key Album at the 2010 & 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Awards and a Grammy nomination for Maui on My Mind. Jeff has worked with a wide range of artists including Eric Clapton, Led Kaapana, James Galway, Michael Feinstein, and the Honolulu Symphony, among others.

 
ATTENTION: Purchasing a ticket will admit you to the Supper Club. If you have a party of 4 or more, we strongly recommend you separately make a table reservation so that your party can sit together. To reserve seating for 4 or more, please have one member of your party call (216) 242-1250 or visit opentable.com.