Story last updated at 1:52 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2002

Hawaiian musician to warm up bay
by Carey James
Staff Writer

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Keola Beamer  
While Keola Beamer can't guarantee warmer weather or sunshine in Kachemak Bay, his slack-key guitar performance is bound to lighten spirits.

Beamer has been referred to as the "quintessential master of the slack-key guitar" by the New York Times, perhaps due to a family heritage that goes back to royalty and is immersed in music and other Hawaiian art forms.

While his performances are edged with humor and ease, his style is professional and somewhat classical, said Susan Mumma of the Seldovia Arts Council, who met him during a workshop and has been working to bring him to Alaska ever since.

Beamer will perform with accompaniment by his wife, Maunalani Beamer, a hula dancer and teacher.

In Homer, the duo will perform at the Homer Family Theatre on Dec. 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 for Bunnell Street Gallery members, $14 for seniors, $15 for nonmembers, $35 for member families, and $40 for nonmember families. They are on sale at the gallery, the Homer Bookstore, and Solstice Music. For more information, call 235-2662.

The Beamers also perform in Seldovia during their visit. They will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Susan B. English School Ottertorium.

While the concert is free, all are invited to a Pacific Rim dinner prior to the event, with a $15 admission charge with discounts. For more information, call 234-7614.

Mumma said Beamers' concert is a rare opportunity to hear slack-key guitar music at its best.