TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Livermore’s Bankhead Theater Welcomes Exceptional Ukulele Player Jake Shimabukuro This Summer
May 01, 2021
Livermore’s Bankhead Theater (2400 First Street) will welcome Jake Shimabukuro, one of the most exceptional and innovative ukulele players in the history of the instrument, for a performance on Wednesday, July 28.
Shimabukuro’s pure virtuosity and unique playing style has been compared to such musical titans as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and draws on a remarkable breadth of musical influences. His music breathes fresh life into everything from covers of hard-driving rock classics and jazz songbook standards, to traditional Hawaiian music and his own original melodies.
Jake’s rich and varied albums have always captured the many moods of the ukulele. Joined by Noland Verner on bass and Dave Preston on guitar, his latest album “Trio” continues the imaginative, adventurous and inventive style that has infused his work since he first became a virtual YouTube legend. He made his first appearance during the Bankhead’s opening season in 2007 winning a loyal audience; recent performances have sold out in little more than a month.
Shimabukuro believes, “if everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place”—his passionate energy, creativity and style creates a musical magic that makes it so.
For tickets or more information please visit www.livermorearts.org.
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Photo caption: Jake Shimabukuro falls into that rarest of categories: a musician who has completely and irrevocably reimagined the role of his chosen instrument. To call him virtuosic seems almost an understatement.