When Jake Shimabukuro stepped on stage at last year’s 1st Annual Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Concert, the sold out crowd at the Hawai‘i Theatre was on the edge of its seats. Few knew what to expect. It was the first time Jake had the opportunity to showcase a full-length
performance in Hawai‘i with his national production crew at his side (i.e. with his full arsenal of sound & lighting gear).The night also served as the Honolulu native’s first big hometown gala – a celebration of his 15+ year career and the ohana who helped Jake take the ukulele to heights never before seen. Electricity filled the air as everyone anxiously awaited seeing how all would unfold. Nearly two hours later, the final notes rang out from Jake’s ukulele and a joyous standing ovation ensued. The night, dubbed “superb” by the Star-Advertiser, was an unfettered success and a new tradition was born.
This year, Jake builds on that foundation hosting his 2nd Annual Jake Shimabukuro and Friends Concert at the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Saturday, November 30th. Just like 2012, the show takes place two days after Thanksgiving making it a wonderful start to the holiday season. The focus of the performance remains the same as well – a night of intimate music and storytelling celebrating Jake’s music, ohana and beloved hometown of Honolulu. It’s a rare opportunity for local residents and visitors alike to watch Jake perform in a premiere concert setting here in the islands and gain deeper insight into the man behind the music.
The nature of the night’s musical production is special as well. While most artists expand the size of their bands to fill large concert halls with sound, Jake takes the opposite approach. He plays completely solo with only his ukulele in his hands – no distractions – all attention on the master and his music. The result is powerful, almost meditative. Large venues transform into seemingly intimate studios with every nuance of Jake’s virtuoso playing fully illuminated and directly connecting with each person in the audience. It’s a magical ride through blues, jazz, Hawaiian, rock, and more with Jake’s irrepressible positive spirit beaming through each note and lifting all hearts.
Helping Jake tell the story of his award-winning career and give a peek into its future will be a few yet to be announced musical guests. Last year, local artists and friends, Paula Fuga and Bruce Shimabukuro (Jake’s brother & a fine ukulele player in his own right), joined the performance giving Jake a chance to demonstrate he is equally adept at backing other artists as he is at playing the lead role. The upper registry sounds of Jake’s ukulele beautifully complimented Fuga’s grand voice, and the dueling ukuleles and contrasting stage personas on display during Jake and Bruce’s collaboration left many wanting to see the brothers join forces more often in the future. Look for an announcement about this year’s special guests shortly before the November 30th show.
Like 2012, this year’s Jake and Friends Concert serves as a holiday respite for Jake. He has spent a large part of this year sharing his music and aloha with people around the country and world playing 130+ shows on the US mainland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, etc. Along the way, Jake squeezed in time to make an appearance on the Today Show, as well as several other national programs, and had the pleasure of witnessing the nationwide PBS broadcast of ‘Life on Four Strings,’ the up close and personal documentary about Jake and his music. The 2nd Annual Jake Shimabukuro & Friends Concert is the last show on Jake’s 2013 tour calendar giving him an opportunity to enjoy some holiday downtime here at home with his wife, son and family.
“I was blown away by the response to last year’s 1st Annual Jake & Friends celebration – the full house, the electric vibe and all the aloha shared by friends, family and fans,” states Jake. “Nothing makes me happier than performing at home, and this show is truly special for me – surrounded by my ohana, fans who’ve been with me since the beginning and joined by some of my favorite artists. I can’t wait to build on this new tradition and conclude my 2013 touring schedule center stage at the Blaisdell Concert Hall!”
Details, Tickets, Press Materials & Contacts:
• Detailed Concert Information: http://blaisdellcenter.com/ai1ec_event/jake-shimabukuro
• Tickets & Doors: Doors: 7pm. Show: 8pm. $20, $30, $40 & $60 tickets available at Blaisdell Box Office, 777 Ward Ave., Honolulu, HI 96814 (total fees for in-person purchase are only $1.00) By Phone at (800) 745-3000 – Online at http://blaisdellcenter.com/ and http://www.ticketmaster.com
Jake – 2013 Press:
• Wall Street Journal • Guitar Player
• USA Today • Mother Jones
• People • Premier Guitar
• NPR Song Travels • Last.FM (feature)
• Grammy Museum • Making Music Magazine
• CMT Edge • Baeble Music
• Huffington Post • JamBands
• Fourteen (14) Na Hoku Hanohano Awards
• Five (5) Time Winner – Hawaii’s Favorite Entertainer of the Year! (public vote via the Hoku Hanohano awards)
• May 2013 – Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) aired Jake’s documentary, ‘Life on Four Strings,’ nationwide garnering Jake a legion of new fans.
• Jake’s 2012/2013 ‘Grand Ukulele Tour’ visited over 40 U.S. cities, as well as a large number of concerts in Japan, Australia and additional countries.
• 2012 Record ‘Grand Ukulele’ produced by music legend Alan Parsons (The Beatles, Pink Floyd) and bowed at #1 on the Billboard World Album Chart
• 2011 Record ‘Peace, Love and Ukulele’ – the #1 seller at Amazon.com during its release week and firmly planted on Top 10 Billboard World Album Charts throughout 2011
• Performances for the Queen of England, Good Morning America (multiple performances), Late Night with Conan O’Brien (twice), The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rolling Stone Live, A Prairie Home Companion, CNN’s The Next List and more.
• Shared the stage with Lady Gaga, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffet, Diana Krall, Les Paul, Yo Yo Ma, Ziggy Marley and many more superstars.
• “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” – Eddie Vedder
• “The moment he takes the stage is the moment you witness just how totally dominating he’s been in redefining the instrument.” – Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s The Next List
• “Leading a ukulele renaissance.” – PBS NewsHour
• “Every so often a musician comes along who completely reimagines the possibilities of a given instrument: Jimi Hendrix on the electric guitar, Bill Monroe on the mandolin, Miles Davis on the trumpet. Jake Shimabukuro has given the ukulele a new respect all together…” – Jeff Tamarkin – All Music Guide