Jake Shimabukuro to play Asheville, Greensboro this fall
Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville
Monday, September 19
The Carolina Theatre, Greensboro
Tuesday, September 20
BOTH SHOWS ON SALE Friday, May 20, at 10AM at bnpresents.com
Ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, whose music mixes island influences from his native Hawaii as well as modern and historical musical inspiration, will perform a pair of concerts in North Carolina in September.
Shimabukuro will perform at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville on September 19 and The Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on September 20. This will be his first appearance in both venues. Tickets for both concerts will go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10AM.
Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert’s Ave Maria and Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake’s life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played.
Jake began his music career in the mid-90’s, performing at local coffee shops as a sideman with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake’s solo career began in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world’s eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.
In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Lyle Lovett – as well as orchestras around the world. He’s sold out world-class venues, played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference, and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.