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Award-Winning guitar prodigy Makana to wow Reno, Feb. 28


block_n-8531973-8852265Charting what National Geographic calls “a new sonic frontier with deep ties to tradition,” internationally acclaimed Hawai’ian slack key guitarist/singer/composer Makana is considered the youngest and best authority on his centuries-old art form. Makana is renowned among a diverse fan base, from his island neighbors to fellow guitar greats — Joe Satriani, Elliot Easton and Kirk Hammett have all praised his work — and recently, the White House.

Makana will perform in Reno as part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s 2012-13 Performing Arts Series, Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Nightingale Concert Hall on the university campus. His music transcends category and trend by integrating elements of folk, rock, ethnic, classical, bluegrass, jazz, traditional, ambient, electronic and Hawai’ian slack key in arrangements from gentle to commanding. He has recorded six albums and his song “Deep in an Ancient Hawaiian Forest” and others can be heard in the Academy Award winning film, The Descendants, starring George Clooney, and on the accompanying DVD.

“Slack key guitar music, indigenous to Hawai’I, has been around longer than the blues, and Makana is considered its greatest living player.” – Esquire Magazine

For more about Makana, visit http://www.makanamusic.com
For more about the University of Nevada, Reno Performing Arts Series, visit http://www.unr.edu/pas

Individual tickets: Adult $24/ Senior $20/ Student and youth $12.

To purchase tickets online (with a convenience fee), visit http://www.unr.edu/pas . Tickets also may be purchased in person (without a convenience fee) at Lawlor Events Center, 1500 N. Virginia St., Reno, lower level entrance, Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and at the Church Fine Arts Building box office, one hour prior to performances. For more information, call (775) 784-4ARTS.

Nightingale Concert Hall is located in the University’s Church Fine Arts Building just south of 14th St. on North Virginia St. in Reno. A convenient patron drop-off area is located in front of the Church Fine Arts Building at the Virginia St. entrance. Parking is FREE on arts events evenings after 7 p.m. (and on weekends) in the University’s Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex, which is north of the Church Fine Arts Building and south of Lawlor Events Center.

The 2012-13 Performing Arts Series continues with:

Thursday, April 4, 2013 * 7:30 p.m. * Nightingale Concert Hall
Delivering intricate rhythms, athletic choreography and the hottest, most inventive reuse of materials on stage anywhere, ScrapArtsMusic is BACK to Reno by popular demand! The green-friendly group uses percussion instruments fashioned from such offbeat toss-offs as industrial scraps, accordian parts, artillery shells and you-name-its to produce their intoxicating mix of music and spectacle. Their roots in street performance and jazz+world traditions combined with kinetic mayhem have elicited knock-out superlatives worldwide: “Scrap rocks…fantastic…pure magic…five stars…WOW!”
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Individual tickets: Adult $30/ Senior $26/ Student and youth $12
For more about the Performing Arts Series: http://www.unr.edu/pas

While the Performing Arts Series prides itself in bringing some of the finest performers in the world to the University of Nevada, Reno each season, occasionally an unforeseen occurrence calls for an artist to cancel a performance. If a cancellation requires us to schedule another performer, the series will always seek to substitute a comparable artist with similar credentials and performance standards within a related genre.

The Performing Arts Series is presented by the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts and Extended Studies, who wish to thank these great supporters: The Associated Students of the University of Nevada and the Graduate Student Association; the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency; National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission; Western States Arts Federation; the Fulton Fund; the Edna B. and Bruno Benna Excellence in the Fine Arts Endowment; and Sierra Arts. Accommodations for guest artists have been provided by Circus Circus Hotel and Casino.

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