Grammy and Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner Jeff Peterson to Perform on the Big Island Saturday February 5th

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Born on the Island of Maui, multiple Grammy Award and Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner Jeff Peterson grew up on the slopes of Haleakala where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music by his father, a paniolo or Hawaiian cowboy, at the Haleakala Ranch. As a performer, Jeff has had the honor to work with a wide range of artists and groups including Eric Clapton, James Galway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii, jazz bassist Rufus Reid, shakuhachi master Riley Lee, the acclaimed string quartet Ethel, and with many other artists in the fields of Hawaiian, classical, and jazz music. He has four recordings with Riley Lee: “Maui Morning”, “Bamboo Slack Key”, “Haiku”, and “Haleakala”. Volcano Art Center will be presenting Jeff Peterson on Saturday February 5, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Kilauea Military Camp Theater in Volcanoes National Park.

Jeff Peterson at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

He also released five solo guitar recording featuring his slack key artistry, “Maui On My Mind”, “Kahealani”, “Slack Key Jazz”, “The Artistry of Jeff Peterson”, and “Pure Slack Key”. Wayne Harada from the Honolulu Advertiser reacted to hearing the CDs by writing: “Add the Peterson name to the top 10 list of slack key giants”, “His manner is impeccable, his style exquisite: the CD is perfection”, “Brilliant . . . Peterson raises the bar a few notches in both slack key and jazz with this bright and exceptional release”. He is also featured as a performer and arranger on the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Nominated recordings “Aumakua” and “Friends and Family of Hawaii” by Amy Hanaiali’i.

Jeff Peterson and Kuhao Zane after winning their 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards

He recently had the honor of performing for former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton on the island of Kauai on two separate occasions. He achieved a milestone in Hawaiian music at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on February 13th, 2005, when a recording featuring Jeff and other island artists, “Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2”, won the first ever Grammy Award for best Hawaiian recording. He is also featured on the recording that won the 2010 Grammy Award in the Hawaiian music category. His latest solo CD, “Maui On My Mind” won the 2010 Hoku Award for Best Slack Key Album and was just nominated for a Grammy Award.

Tickets are $40.00 for the first 7 rows and $25.00 for the remainder of the Theater but all seats in the house are reserved. $10.00 for students with student ID. 10% off for Members of Volcano Art Center and Seniors. 50% off for all members of the United States Military. Please call David Wallerstein at 808-967-8222 for tickets or visit the Volcano Art Center Niulani Campus or the VAC Art Gallery. Visit for information and to purchase tickets online. Tickets are also available the evening of the performance 1 hour before scheduled concert time at theater Box Office. The Volcano Art Center is thankful to all the Members of the VAC for making this concert possible.

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