Singer Songwriter Cruz to Perform His Classics and Soon-to-Be Released Material
Hawaii Public Radio’s intimate Atherton Performing Arts Studio is the setting for a rare, up-close-and-personal concert by Hawaiian music legend John Cruz, on Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. A second performance has been added on Friday, July 5th at 7:30 p.m. The winner of many Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards for his first two albums, Cruz will be performing favorites from his repertoire, as well as sharing new material from his forthcoming (as yet untitled) CD.
Tickets to Cruz’s Atherton debut are $30 general, $25 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID.
or call the station at 808.955.8821 during regular business hours. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaii Public Radio, 738 Kaheka Street.
Known for his warm, heartfelt melodies and passionate, soulful vocals, Cruz was named the “Best Singer Songwriter” by Hawaii Magazine. In 2012, his second CD “One of These Days” was named one of the “Top 25 Greatest Hawaiʻi Albums of the New Century” by Honolulu Magazine. Cruz also shared in the first Grammy ever awarded for Hawaiian music for the compilation CD “Slack Key Guitar Volume 2.”
Cruz, an avid supporter of Hawaii Public Radio, says “I am honored to help keep this gem of a radio station thriving.” He adds, “From national programs like Fresh Air and All Things Considered, to local offerings like Kanikapila Sunday, this bastion of diversity and creativity deserves our continued support.”
John's recent touring has included stops at Bluesfest in Australia, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Summerstage in New York’s Central Park, Carnegie Hall and prominent national venues up and down both coasts. He played 14 shows at the prestigious SXSW (South by Southwest) music festival in Austin, Texas, as one of the first Hawaiians ever invited to showcase there. John headlined four galas during Barack Obama’s inauguration and recently performed for and met with the President during a visit to Hawaiʻi. When not on the road, Cruz spends his time supporting cultural and educational projects. He often performs at schools, raising money for arts programs and encouraging kids to believe in themselves and follow their inspirations.