Nathan Aweau returns to Minden

Nathan Aweau

Nathan Aweau

The Carson Valley Arts Council will present multi-Na Hoko Hanohano award-winning musician Nathan Aweau, on 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda in Minden.

Aweau is known for his beautiful vocals and his musical prowess, particularly on the bass guitar, his favorite instrument. His “Bass Etude” album won Jazz Album of the Year honors in 2005.

Often described as a musician with an in-depth understanding of orchestration, Aweau is proficient in piano, guitar, ‘ukulele, saxophone, percussion, and bass. He also writes, records, engineers, and produces his own material.

Much sought-after, Aweau has performed with numerous musicians, was a member of the award-winning groups Ka’eo, the Ali’i’s, and HAPA, and played with the legendary Don Ho for 16 years. The New York Times hails, “Nathan… on electric bass and acoustic guitar, shows an advanced understanding of harmony and orchestration … his singing style is effortless.”

His traditional Hawaiian music features “leo ki’eki’e” (male falsetto singing), giving him a multi-octave range. For his six solo CDs, Nathan wrote and arranged every song, sang all vocals (including background), played every instrument, and recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered it at his In My Bathroom Studios. Nathan, who was classically trained, has run the gamut of styles, playing in jazz, funk, country, even metal bands, and Hawaiian ensembles.

In 2018, three-time Male Vocalist of the Year and winner of well over a dozen Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii’s GRAMMY Award), Aweau released his sixth solo album, Mau Loa.

Tickets are $20 members, $24 General Audience, and kids under 18 are free with a paid adult ticket. Tickets are available at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 US Hwy 395, Minden, online at, and by phone at 775-782-8207. Tickets will also be available at the door for $25 if not sold out. For more information, visit


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