“Summer Unplugged” Concert Series Heats Up at Volcano Art Center

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.”

Jeff Peterson

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.

Barry Flanagan of HAPA at the Royal Kona Resort

Barry Flanagan of HAPA at the Royal Kona Resort

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 concerts@volcanoartcenter.com.

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.

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 www.volcanoartcenter.org 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.

2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards… The Winners

I had a great time at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards and was honored to be asked to take pictures of the winners after they had received their awards.

The winners are:

Best Graphics:

Kuhao Zane for the Design on the cover of Mailani's album Polinahe

Best Instrumental Album:

"Live" by Jake Shimabukura

Best Slack Key Album:

"Maui on My Mind" by Jeff Peterson

Best Jazz Album of the Year:

"Girl Talk" by the Hula Honeys

Haku Mele:

"Hanohano Helumoa" by Ho'okena - Manu Boyd, Composer

Hawaiian Language Performance:

"Nani Mau Loa - Everlasting Beauty" by Ho'okena

Hawaiian Album:

"Uluwehi Sings Na Mele Hula Aloha" by Uluwehi Guerrero

Reggae Album:

"Ekolu Music II: Anthem" by Ekolu

Contemporary Album:

"Anuhea" by Anuhea Jenkins

Island Music Album:

"Ku'uipo E Hula Mai Me A'u" by Ku'uipo Kumukahi

R&B/ Hip Hop Album:

"Before My Last Breath" by Ryan Hiraoka

Best Rock Album:

"Acoustic-Me" by Kona

Group of the Year:


Most Promising Artist:

Anuhea Jenkins

Male Vocalist of the Year:

(Uncle Willie K – Maui Tribe [NOT PRESENT])

Song of the Year:

"Polinahe" Composed by Lorna Lim & Wailau Ryder. Kuhao Zane (right) won a Na Hoku Award earlier in the night for Graphics Design on this Album.

Female Vocalist of the Year:


Album of the Year:

Amy Hanaiali'i for Friends and Family of Hawaii