JAKE SHIMABUKURO, UKULELE DIVO
Okay you blues-y Chicagoans – make room for Jake Shimabukuro and his ukulele; you won’t be sorry.
Yes, the ukulele. In the hands of Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold new musical force. On his most recent album, “Peace Love Ukulele” (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Album Chart), Jack and his uke effortlessly (it seems) mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that’s both technically masterful and emotionally powerful. . .and utterly unique in the music world. No less than the New York Times recently noticed his “buoyant musicianship” and “brisk proficiency.”
Shimabukuro began his music career in earnest performing at local Honolulu venues and casino online coffee shops. “I loved playing in those intimate coffee shops, and was very happy,” he says. “But when Sony Music Japan showed interest in signing me, I realized that maybe I had a chance to take it a bit spillemaskine listen. further.”
Although a few well-received album releases helped the musician earn some fame in Hawaii, his career really skyrocketed when a YouTube clip of him performing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” in Central Park went viral – over eight million views and counting. In the years since the clip aired, Shimabukuro has performed with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Bette Midler, Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Levon Helm, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Les Paul, Dave Koz, Chris Botti and Jimmy Buffett.
His upcoming album, Ukelele Rock, is due out Oct 2; go check him out in Chicago this Sunday, July 1, 2012, 7:00 PM at the Pavilion at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL
For more information or tickets, call 847-266-5100 or order online here.
For more information about Jake Shimabukuro’s nationwide summer tour, go to JakeShimabukuro.com