Inside Out Blog

Meet a Ukulele Player Will Blow Your Mind with His Pop-Instrumental Mashups

You may know him from those viral YouTube videos, but now, Jake Shimabukuro is a star in his own right. See the talented ukulele phenom when he performs live on Monday, February 18th in Charleston!

Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. As he matured, Shimabukuro also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists, and singers. Even athletes helped fuel the intensity of his artistic fire.

In 2005, Shimabukuro’s touring career really came to life with a video on YouTube. Shimabukuro’s deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s love ballad, one which captured colors and moods never associated with the ukulele before, opened the floodgates – now legions of new music lovers had to hear this instrumental marvel – and the 2006 release of Gently Weeps (produced by Mac McAnally), which mixed his own originals with equally adventurous versions of “Ave Maria” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” was an unqualified success.

Shimabukuro’s records have topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions, and as a live performer he has become one of the hottest tickets around. He’s played with world-renowned orchestras and at prestigious venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House, and has dazzled audiences at music festivals including Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock Festival. He even performed for that rarest of audiences: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not too shabby for a humble young man from Hawaii and his trusty ukulele.

Don’t miss this all-star ukulele player when he performs live at Charleston Music Hall! Tickets begin at $30 and may be purchased online at www.charlestonmusichall.com.

Parks at Nexton Apartments, providing the perfect balance of comfortable and convenient apartments in Summerville, South Carolina, is helping spread the word about this special event happening in our community! We believe it’s in your best interest to attend with family and friends!

Event Time/Date:
Monday, February 18, 2019—8:00 PM

Event Venue Location:
Charleston Music Hall
37 John Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403

Latest Blogs