This summer is all about music at the Volcano Art Center on Hawaii’s Big Island, and there is no better way to appreciate this ancient art than with a contemporary acoustic concert series. Starting in June, Summer Unplugged kicks off an unforgettable lineup of four intimate evenings generously seasoned with heartfelt “talk story” time from its remarkably personable stars.
“This music series is overflowing with talent,” stated Volcano Art Center’s Concerts and Performances Coordinator David Wallerstein. “With only 100 tickets available per show, each night is guaranteed to be an intimate and powerful event.”
The opening night of Summer Unplugged features the multiple Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Jeff Peterson. Born on the slopes of Haleakala on the Island of Maui, Peterson was reared on the vanishing traditions of the paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, and the enduring heritage of Hawaiian music beloved by his paniolo father.
Peterson boasts a stunning discography, including five solo recordings showcasing his slack key guitar artistry: Kahealani (2003), Slack Key Jazz (2005), The Artistry of Jeff Peterson (2006), Pure Slack Key (2007) and Maui On My Mind (2009). He has worked with an overabundance of noteworthy musicians, including Eric Clapton, James Galway, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, shakuhachi master Riley Lee and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.
Summer Unplugged featuring Jeff Peterson will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. The remainder of the series will feature headlining performances from HAPA’s Barry Flanagan (July 7), John Cruz (August 25) and Peter Moon, Jr. (September 22).
Tickets are on sale now at www.volcanoartcenter.org or VAC Niaulani for $25 ($22.50 for VAC members). For more information, contact VAC’s Concerts and Performances Coordinator David Wallerstein at (808) 967-8222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volcano Art Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created in 1974 whose mission is to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawaii through the arts and education.