NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro has announced new tour dates in the United States through the end of 2016. The tour kicks off in Honolulu, HI on June 29 and will take him to over 50 cities, with stops in Louisville, KY, Hilo, HI, Tacoma, WA, San Diego, CA, Key West, FL, Milwaukee, WI, Buffalo, NY and many more, with more dates to follow. Jake will also perform at the Montréal International Jazz Festival in July and will travel to Japan for nine shows during the first half of October.
Tickets are available here: http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com/home/tour/
"I'm looking forward to the upcoming shows this year," said Shimabukuro. "I have a new setup for my electric ukulele that gives me access to new sounds and timbres that I never incorporated before. I'll be performing lots of new material as well as new arrangements of old songs. A few of my favorite moments in the show include an ukulele and bass duet of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" – and a ten-minute version of "Dragon," which utilizes a looper, analog echoes, finger tapping, and heavy metal distortion. I always try to maintain a balance of traditional music with the edgier modern sounding pieces. Every show is a little different, which keeps things fresh and exciting. The most important thing is everyone has a great time and walks away with a smile."
Accompanying Shimabukuro on tour will be longtime bassist Nolan Verner. They will perform songs from Jake's most recent albums, Live In Japan (2015) and Travels (2015), favorites from his 15-year career, and several songs from his upcoming album, due later this year.
Released in February 2016, Shimabukuro's "best of" live collection Live In Japan (Hitchhike Records/eOne) is a two-CD collection featuring career-spanning favorites, including a 10-minute classic reworking of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which currently has over 14 million views on YouTube.
Travels, Shimabukuro's latest studio album, casts the spotlight on Shimabukuro's diverse artistry, from lilting self-penned compositions, to modern interpretations of beloved Hawaiian standards. As a special treat, the disc also includes a memorable pair of pop nuggets from the 70s: A sweet rendition of "I'll Be There" by the Jackson 5, and a witty, Hawaii-meets-East L.A., take on "Low Rider" by War (the latter featuring rare vocals by Jake).
Jake is currently in the studio in Nashville writing and recording a new all-original album due out later this year.
Jake Shimabukuro 2016 Tour Dates:
Jun 29 – Blue Note Hawaii – Honolulu, HI
Jun 30 – Blue Note Hawaii – Honolulu, HI
Jul 01 – Blue Note Hawaii – Honolulu, HI
Jul 05 – Festival International de Jazz de Montreal – Montreal, Quebec
Jul 08 – Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre – Arvada, CO
Jul 26 – The Rev Room – Little Rock, AR
Jul 28 – W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre – Louisville, KY
Jul 29 – Evans Amphitheater – Cleveland Heights, OH
Jul 31 – Door Community Auditorium – Fish Creek, WI
Aug 02 – Upton-Morely Pavilion – Interlochen, MI
Aug 05 – The Palace Theatre – Hilo, HI
Sep 07 – Pantages Theater – Tacoma, WA
Sep 09 – The Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA
Sep 10 – Humphreys Concerts By the Bay – San Diego, CA
Sep 13 - Key West Theater – Key West, FL
Sep 15 – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Sep 16 – Plaza Live Orlando – Orlando, FL
Sep 18 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC
Nov 06 – The Pabst Theater – Milwaukee, WI
Nov 07 – The Center for the Performing Arts – The Palladium – Carmel, IN
Nov 10 – Stone Mountain Arts Center – Brownfield, ME
Nov 17 – Kleinhans Music Hall – Buffalo, NY
Nov 19 – Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center – York, PA
Nov 20 – Music Center at Strathmore – North Bethesda, MD
Nov 21 – Tin Pan – Richmond, VA
Nov 29 – McCallum Theatre for Performing Arts – Palm Desert, CA
About Jake Shimabukuro:
He has elevated the ukulele from a beloved Hawaiian folk instrument to a world-class vehicle, fearlessly traversing boundaries and putting his inspired touch on everything from island standards, to popular tunes and, most recently, classical symphonic concertos.
No wonder Rolling Stone called him "one of the hottest axemen of the past few years [who] doesn't actually play guitar."
Even Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has voiced his admiration saying, "Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with."
Viewed by his peers as a musician's musician, Jake's discography includes collaborations with a wide range of artists, from Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and Cyndi Lauper to Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Lyle Lovett and Bette Midler – with whom he performed for the Queen of England in 2009.
In recent years, Jake's sizzling live performances have made him a hot commodity on national TV, guesting on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Good Morning America and the Today show. He's wowed audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Playboy Jazz Festival and the cutting-edge TED conference.
Jake was the subject of an acclaimed 2012 documentary, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, and, in 2015, made history with the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra when he performed the world premiere of Byron Yasui's Concerto for 'Ukulele & Orchestra, Campanella.
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