North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie was the scene of the sold-out performance by Jake Shimabukuro. Yes an unheard of sold-out performance on a Tuesday night, but it happened that is the kind of following this young performer has.
Here is an excerpt from the press release.
Jake Shimabukuro has quickly become the world’s most recognized ukulele master, an acoustic music icon and was declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone. Proving that less really can be more, Shimabukuro (pronounced, she-ma-boo-koo-row) has taken the four-string, two-octave instrument to places no one has gone before; performing awe-inspiring music that ranges from jazz, blues and rock to bluegrass, classical and folk. He is often referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele and the Miles Davis or Bruce Lee of his craft. Jake’s live concerts are an out-of-the-box blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and display of showmanship. He has participated in numerous TED conferences, performed by request for the Queen of England and is an occasional member of Jimmy Buffett’s band. To quote Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, who recently released his own album Ukulele Songs, “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with him.”
His latest album, Grand Ukulele debuted at #1 on iTunes world chart and is 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 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. “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.” In 2013, PBS nationally aired a documentary about Jake’s Life on Four Strings and a compelling award-winning portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential.
To add my own review of the performance, it was over the top, a spectacular and outstanding performance by Jake. Nolan Vernon a bass guitar player, joined in for several songs and added another dimension to the performance. Together, they took the audience on a magical musical adventure of lights and sound.
I give this performance an amazing 5 guitars and look forward to attend future shows he performs.
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