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Internationally Acclaimed Slack Key Guitarist Makana to Tour This Fall


Described as "dazzling" by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. He has been a TEDx talk presenter, and his guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film "The Descendants". In 2011, at the apex of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, Makana's song "We Are The Many" went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million collective 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 Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets. Makana's captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share 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.

Makana's career is incredibly diverse: he opened for Common at the Global Green Pre-Oscar party in Hollywood, co-headlined a music festival with Nahko and Medicine for the People, scored the Hawai'i Visitors & Convention Bureau's entire 2016 TV campaign for Hawai'i (airing on networks and in movie theaters nationwide) and was awarded a PELE advertising award for his score, composed a song honoring the historic pier of the coastal town of Cayucos (after helping raise funding for its restoration), and produced 3 tribute concerts honoring his late mentor, slack key legend Sonny Chillingworth. In the summer of 2016 he was invited to open a US national arena tour for rock legends Bad Company & Joe Walsh, and debuted his album "Introducing SLACK ROCK".

Tour Dates 2017
With John Cruz
Tues, September 5, 2017, Joe's Pub, New York City, NY
9:30 PM
Fri, September 8, 2017, Ludlow Garage, Cinncinnati, OH
8:00 PM
Sat, September 9, 2017, City Winery, Chicago, IL
1:00 PM
Mon, September 11, 2017, Dakota Jazz Club, Minneapolis, MN
7:00 PM
Tour Dates:
Thurs, September 14, 2017, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Ellnora The Guitar Festival - Opening Night
7:45 PM
Sat, September 16, 2017, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
FREE! Ellnora The Guitar Festival
2:15 PM
Fri, September 29, 2017, Neptune Theatre/Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle, WA
8:00 PM
Tues, October 3, 2017, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, OR
7:30 PM
Fri, October 6 and Sat, October 7, 2017, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV
7:00 PM
Sun, October 8, 2017, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, CA
7:00 PM
Wed, October 11, 2017, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Presented by Snazzy Productions Inc
7:30 PM
Thurs, October 12, 2017, Blue Note Napa, Napa, CA
2 Shows: 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM
Sat, October 14, 2017, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA
8:00 PM

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Photo credit: Jeff Mallin

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