Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Makana and Barry Flanagan highlight Solo Sessions at the MACC

One of the great venues at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center is the McCoy Theater located just off to the side of the MACC. It's a great intimate venue for enjoying music and small performances on the island. It's been a wonderful venue for Solo Sessions which features Hawaiian musicians on slack key guitar or ukulele and gives the audience a chance to interact with the musician, many of whom have become world famous but still come back to Hawaii to perform. It's a terrific way to just close your eyes and enjoy music up close and personal with the great acoustics of the theater too.
I had the opportunity to shoot two recent Solo Sessions at the MACC featuring the slack key music of Barry Flanagan and Makana.
Each brought up friends at one point during the session to join them onstage for a few songs which made it even more exciting.
The young 16 yr old Maui singer, Lily Meola, also joined in with Makana to sing the song "Hallelujah". The MACC has done a terrific job of pulling in the some of the top acoustic acts in the state to this tiny venue and allowing us, the audience, to interact with the musicians and then enjoy their music. It feels more like you are in the artist's living room instead of in a theater. More Solo Sessions to come- check the MACC website for updated event listings.

A hui hou,


  1. What a great experience. Saw HAPA twice at the Castle Theater, but never been in the McCoy Theater. Great indoor shots, too. Well done.

  2. Oh man, Kris, if you only knew. The place is black, black, black. Everything in there absorbs light. It's one of the toughest places to shoot but a great experience. I love shooting live concerts!