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December 4, 2012 > Hawaiian Holiday Concert benefits those in need

Hawaiian Holiday Concert benefits those in need

Submitted By Pili Davis

The balmy sounds of aloha melt the winter chill when award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist (and 6th grade teacher) Patrick Landeza and friends kick off the holiday season with their Hawaiian Holiday Concert. The show will take place on Friday, December 7 at Fremont's historic Mission San Jose at 8 p.m. Landeza's all-star musician friends, L.T. Smooth, Chris Lau, and Bill Griffin will be joining him from Hawaii to top off the event. All proceeds will help fund St. Joseph's Middle School Service Projects. These projects help people and organizations in need in our community and beyond.

An award-winning musician, composer, and producer, Landeza is considered a leading exponent of the Hawaiian slack key guitar style. Born and raised in "the island Berkeley" California to Hawaii-born parents, he became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Kapalakiko Aloha Spirit award, when he was 34. His 2010 release, "Ku`u Honua Mele," received the 2010 Hawaii Music Award in the slack key category, and was nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano award (Hawaiian music's equivalent to the Grammy). His 2011 release "Kama`alua" was also nominated for a Na Hoku Hanohano award. Landeza is the first mainland artist to make it on the final ballot of Na Hokus. In January 2012 he performed at Carnegie Hall in Listen for Life's "Power of Eight" concert, which promoted peace through music.

The Hawaiian Holiday Concert blends heart-warming stories of aloha, hula, and traditional Hawaiian holiday songs as well as holiday standards. Landeza will feature one of Hawaii's most talented musicians, L.T. Smooth. "They say I play smooth," said entertainer Leon Toomata, better known by his stage name L.T. Smooth, about his ki ho'alu (slack key) style. "Growing up Maori, with Samoan and haole blood, was a very touchy subject in Samoan culture," said Smooth, adding that the environment led to a bumpy life. Smooth found refuge in his music and incorporates who he is culturally and spiritually in his music. Accompanying the artists will be seven-time Grammy-nominated producer Chris Lau on bass and master `ukulele luthier and mandolele player Bill Griffin.

Landeza now teaches middle school social sciences at St. Joseph Elementary School in Fremont. Along with teaching duties, he has coordinated a service program for his students. "The 6th graders are cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 300 folks, 7th graders are making 200 care packages for homeless shelters and 8th graders are providing toys to our sister school in West Oakland," Landeza says. "I got tired of doing cupcake and lemonade sales at school. I figured I can just do a concert and cover all the costs," Landeza explains. Overall, I want my students to incorporate service to others as something you must do throughout your life."

For additional information please contact Pili Davis at (510) 423-3051or e-mail Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission and can be purchased at St. Joseph School or online at For ticket information call St. Joseph School at (510) 656-6525.

Hawaiian Holiday Concert
Friday, Dec 7
8 p.m.
Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd., Fremont
Information: (510) 423-3051
Tickets: (510) 656-6525
Tickets: $20

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