Maui Arts & Entertainment

VIDEO: Jake Shimabukuro on tap at the MACC

March 25, 2010, 2:11 PM HST
* Updated March 25, 2:13 PM
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By Wendy Osher

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Ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro visited Pacific Radio Group’s KPOA 93.5 FM studio today in preparation for his weekend concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.   Prior to his Saturday, March 27th, 2010 performance at the Castle Theater, Jake had planned to make his rounds in the community, visiting high schools, elementary schools, churches and elderly care facilities.

“Whenever we do things like that, you always think you’re trying to do some service, but its really the other way around,” said Shimabukuro.

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When describing his love for the ukulele and his career as a musician Shimabukuro said, “The ukulele brings so much joy to people.  Just something about the sound and the way that it’s tuned, it reminds me of children laughing.”

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Shimabukuro also tells of his recent visit overseas where he met the Queen of England and played a duet with on-screen actress Bette Midler.

MACC Jake Shimabukuro Concert

Saturday March 27, 2010

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7:30 p.m. in the Castle Theater

Jake Shimabukuro is recognized as one of the world’s most exciting and innovative ‘ukulele players and composers. Lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary techniques, this young ‘ukulele virtuoso is known for his ability to play everything. His virtuosity defies label or category. Playing jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and rock, Jake’s mission is to show everyone that the ukulele is capable of so much more than traditional Hawaiian music. Expect to hear and see an exciting music mix of hot n’ fast jazz and rock classics, island favorites and phenomenal ability. Tickets: $12, $30, $40.  Preshow dinner by Alexander’s Famous Fish.

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