CLEARWATER - Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro brings his latest tour to the newly-renovated Capitol Theatre on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m.
Shimabukuro has sold out his last two performances at the Capitol Theatre.
In his early career, Jake Shimabukuro, pronounced she-ma-boo-koo-row, has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument – the ukulele. He was declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.
With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter.
An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/engineer 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.
Parsons helped Shimabukuro expand his sound, bringing in a 29-piece orchestra and a big-name rhythm section, including drummer Simon Phillips (The Who, Toto), session superstar bassist Randy Tico, and Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper), who helped with the orchestration.
While still highlighting Shimabukuro’s musical dexterity on the ukulele, Grand Ukulele also shows off new sides of the musician, thanks to his newfound collaborators. Highlights from the album include originals like Island Fever Blues, a beautiful and traditional Hawaiian song titled Akaka Falls, and a number of wonderful reinterpretations including Sting’s Fields of Gold and, most prominently, Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, a seemingly ubiquitous song given new life on the four-string.
Reserved tickets priced at $50 and $40 are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater, by calling 727-791-7400 and online at www.AtTheCap.com 24/7.