Malama Ko Aloha to Perform With Keola Beamer, R. Carlos Nakai at Harris Center, 10/9
Following in the success of the 2012 PBS TV special "Keola Beamer: M?lama Ko Aloha" ("Keep Your Love") and Grammy-nominated CD, the key elements of that performance are being brought to the live stage at the Harris Center/Three Stages. Hawaiian slack key master Keola Beamer, Native American flutist/nine time Grammy-nominee R. Carlos Nakai, jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer ("a musician's musician," Sting), and kumu hula (hula master) Moanalani Beamer join together to share their unique talents.
The mantra of generations of the legendary Beamer family -- "malama ko aloha" -- "keep (nurture & cherish) your love" -- is the cornerstone of this concert, which celebrates many facets of aloha with beautiful songs from a mix of traditions as they share cultures, genres, and sensibilities-and humor. Their work together both highlights each unique talent and culture while also embodying the true spirit of collaboration and aloha. The show includes stories from Hawaiian history and legend.oin together to share their unique talents.
M?lama Ko Aloha ("Keep Your Love") will be performed on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm at the Harris Center for the Arts (formerly Three Stages at Folsom Lake College). Tickets are $19-$29; Premium $39. Students with ID are $12. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.
Keola Beamer enjoys recognition as a "Master of Slack Key Guitar." He has been described as "[t]he best slack key guitar player on the planet!" by the legendary Willie Nelson. One of Hawai'i's premier singer/songwriters, arrangers, and composers, he was one of Hawai'i's first recording artists to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments into contemporary music; he has produced over a dozen recordings. He was nominated for a Grammy in Hawaiian Music in 2011, and was honored with a N? H?k? Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, among many other Na Hoku Awards (Hawai'i's "Grammy"). His film credits include featured songs on the soundtrack for The Descendants, nominated for 5 Oscars. His well of talent springs from five generations of one of Hawai'i's most illustrious and beloved musical families. The Beamers trace their roots to the 14th century. Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer was born in Kamuela, on Hawai'i Island.