George Kahumoko Jr. and Nathan Aweau, both featured regularly at Maui’s renowned “Slack Key Show®,” will share Hawai‘i’s unique folk styles with the Matthews Opera House audience on Friday, March 6 as part of the current Subscription Series season. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth (18 and under) and BHSU students.
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George Kahumoko Jr. is a four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist, and is known as “Hawai‘i’s Renaissance Man.” He is a multiple Na Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner, a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, teacher, sculptor, farmer, and chef.
Accompanying Kahumoko in this performance is talented multi-instrumentalist Nathan Aweau who has been part of such award-winning groups as HAPA, Ka‘eo, and The Ali‘i. His seven solo CDs have won him multiple Na Hoku Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year (the only person to have won 3 times), Song of the Year (twice), and Island Album of the Year, among others.
The New York Times once noted of Kahumoko’s Hawaiiian Masters’ show, ““Virtuosic keepers of a cultural flame…Bringing folklore & cultural memory into a performance that unfolded as breezy entertainment.”
“This is a performance that all of us at the Matthews have been looking forward to,” said Darren Granaas, executive director at the Matthews. “We are so excited to welcome these incredible musicians to our stage and share a cultural Hawaiian experience with our audience.”
Granaas added that Kahumoko and Aweau will also participate in several community and school residencies in the Spearfish area before their performance at the Matthews
“Sharing musicians with our community and schools is something we are incredibly passionate about,” Granaas said. “It’s through ticket sales, donations, and the support of organizations like the Spearfish Foundation for Public Education that residencies like this are even possible.”
Audience members that attend the March 6 concert are encouraged to wear their Hawaiin shirts and other tropical attire. The Matthews will also have select tropical beverages available at the bar.
“In the middle of winter, there is nothing that sounds quite as good as a Hawaiian vacation,” Granaas said. “Our hope is to bring that Hawaiian vacation to you!”
Tickets to the Masters of Hawaiian Music concert at the Matthews can be purchased during business hours in the gallery, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.matthewsopera.com.
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from South Dakota Arts Council and the Crane Group. Additional support from the Western Arts Alliance Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund, made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Andres W. Mellon Foundation, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.