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Keola Beamer in Concert
Beamer grew up in Hawaii with an extremely strong musical background. His family is one of Hawaii's best known musical clans, which traces its musical heritage back to the 15th century. In fact, Beamer says his family is his main influence and he continually seeks to maintain their musical legacy.
However, Beamer has definitely crafted his own style of music. He uses elements of the ancient and the modern to produce his infectious harmonies, which can be heard on more than ten recordings. His latest, "Kolonahe (From the Gentle Wind)," will be released in April 1999.
Always pushing the envelope a little further when playing the slack-key guitar, Beamer says, "For me, that's the beauty of the slack-key. Who wants to be in an art form with no room left in it? The way I see it, it¹s the artist's task to interject a little of their own DNA into the ether of the music."
Keola's Shannon Center performances--his only L.A. appearances--will include his diverse style of island music, his soothing sound and his vast repertoire of selections.
Additionally, on April 24, Beamer will be conducting a slack-key guitar workshop at 12 p.m., and his wife, Moana Beamer, will be conducting a hula workshop at 2 p.m. The price for either workshop is $15, or $10 with the purchase of a ticket to the concert.
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