08. September 2017 - 20:00 till 21:30
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Jake Shimabukuro | Irvine Barclay Theatre | Friday, 08. September 2017

Widely recognized as “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele,” Jake Shimabukuro has become a one-man army advancing the ukulele cause, turning the four-string axe into a flexible musical vehicle, capable of generating everything from crunching, effects-laden rock to sensuously swinging jazz. He coaxes an impossibly big sound out of this little instrument, playing an intoxicating mix of pop tunes, American Songbook standards and lilting originals.
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  • Fun Fact! Jake was for many years the key spokesperson and then also director of the Music Is Good Medicine non-profit organization. It used community outreach programs and performance visits to schools, senior centers, and hospitals to promote healing and encourage a healthy lifestyle and a connection to music. Following the dissolution of the Music Is Good Medicine program, Shimabukuro founded his own non-profit organization, the Four Strings Foundation, in 2013. It creates music education workshops nationwide and provides ukuleles, materials, and training tools to schools and music teachers. It also hosts concerts and publishes music media, lobbies to increase music education, encourages schools to make music programs culturally relevant, conducts research in music education and children's social/emotional learning, and provides funding for music education in schools nationwide.
  • Fun Fact! Jake is a ukulele player and composer best known for his technically-stunning rendition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, which became a viral YouTube sensation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k
  • Athletes are artists too. I was heavily influenced by people like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan - applying their philosophy and intense, mental focus to music performance.
  • In recent years, Jake’s sizzling live performances have made him a hot commodity on national TV, guesting on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Good Morning America and the Today show. He’s wowed audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Playboy Jazz Festival and the cutting-edge TED conference. Jake Shimabukuro has topped Billboard’s World Music Chart on numerous occasions, and has sold out prestigious venues and festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, Sydney Opera House, Wolf Trap, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He even played for Queen Elizabeth II at The Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England. http://bit.ly/2sqOqkk
  • Jake Shimabukuro can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele, at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. http://bit.ly/2tAEzf9
  • Viewed by his peers as a musician’s musician, Jake Shimabukuro's discography includes collaborations with a wide range of artists, from Yo-Yo Maa, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and Cyndi Lauperto Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Lyle Lovett and Bette Midler – with whom he performed for the Queen of England in 2009. http://bit.ly/2uL0TjG
  • Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro has elevated the ukulele from a beloved Hawaiian folk instrument to a world-class vehicle, fearlessly traversing boundaries and putting his inspired touch on everything from island standards, to popular tunes and, most recently, classical symphonic concertos.
  • Feel the rhythm to the beat http://bit.ly/2rzOvSv
  • Mesmerizing tunes played by Jake! http://bit.ly/2sUFZ1x