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Jake Shimabukuro
will perform in the Historic McDonald Theatre on
Friday, April 25, 2014

Jake Shimabukuro, a ukulele virtuoso known for his complex finger work combining elements of jazz and rock, will perform in the McDonald Theatre on Friday, April 25, 2014.

All ages advance tickets for the general public are reserved seating and available now for $50 for floor seats close to the stage; $40 for seats under the balcony and up front in the balcony; and $30 for upper balcony seats at all Safeway TicketsWest outlets, and online at TicketsWest.

Doors will open at 7 pm. The concert will begin at 8 pm.

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Tickets day of show will cost $50 for floor seats close to the stage; $40 for seats under the balcony and up front in the balcony; and $30 for upper balcony seatsat all Safeway TicketsWest outlets, online at TicketsWest, and when the McDonald Theatre Box Office opens at 5:30 p.m.

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It’s rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It’s even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row) has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music…on the ukulele. 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.

In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.

Grand Ukulele

With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter.

An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his own highly successful solo project.

“It was very organic how it happened,” says Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row). “He attended a couple of my shows near where he lives in Santa Barbara and the concert promoter put us in touch. I was stunned. I mean, THE Alan Parsons? We ended up having dinner before the show and he casually mentioned the idea of possibly working together on a project. It was a priceless opportunity I didn’t want to pass up – he’s a genius.”

Parsons ended up helping Shimabukuro expand his sound, bringing in a 29-piece orchestra and a big-name rhythm section, including drummer Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto), session superstar bassist Randy Tico and Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper), who helped with the orchestration.

“The best thing was that, even with all those people, we recorded everything live with no overdubs,” says Shimabukuro. “It was great, tracking live with an orchestra and a rhythm section. We picked up on each other’s subtle emotional cues – you could feel everyone breathing together. It was like the old days of recording – when everyone tracked together – there’s a certain magic that happens.”

 

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