Bluesfest Touring Present
JAKE SHIMABUKURO (USA) - BLUESFEST SIDESHOW
9:30pm, Thu 4th April, 2013
The Basement, NSW
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"Forget everything you know about the ukulele…and go do a Google search. The first video that pops up won’t be some grainy clip of Tiny Tim or George Formby but a performance by a hair-gelled 34-year old Hawaiian named Jake Shimabukuro." – Time Magazine
"Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with him."- Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) after releasing his own album of ukulele songs.
When Jake last played Bluesfest in 2008 the word went out and the buzz filtered through the festival about the young Hawaiian guy shredding it on the uke that resulted in a swell of excitement for his second set last time. It's rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It's even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row) has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music...on the ukulele.
On his most recent album 'Peace Love Ukulele' (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Album Chart), Jake and his "uke" effortlessly (it seems) mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music, and folk, creating a sound that's both technically masterful and emotionally powerful...and utterly unique in the music world.
For Jake, his life has always centred on the ukulele. He started playing the instrument at the age of 4, at the urging of his mother (who also played). "Everyone plays in Hawaii," he says. "But I became obsessed with it." Although a few well-received album releases helped the musician earn some fame in Hawaii, his career really skyrocketed when a YouTube clip of him performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in Central Park went viral - with over 10.5million views and counting.
Celebrity fans and collaborations include Bela Fleck and Flecktones, Bette Midler, Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Levon Helm, Marcus Miller, Stanley Clarke, Les Paul, Dave Koz, Chris Botti, and Jimmy Buffett. He's played on shows like "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "The Late Show with Conan O'Brien," "The Today Show" and "Last Call with Carson Daly," was a featured artist on NPR's "Weekend Edition," and more recently was a featured artist on Rolling Stone Live. He's landed slots on the Monterrey and Playboy Jazz Festivals, performed at Google and the influential TED conference, and performed in front of the Queen of England in Blackpool (alongside Bette Midler). Jake also received a cameo in the Adam Sandler movie "Just Go with It," where he also recorded a few songs for the soundtrack.
Forget everything you think you know about the limitations of this traditional Hawaiian instrument and let this young uke axeman show you a thing or two.
Be warned - he'll make you want to pick one up and have a go
"If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place," says Shimabukuro. Get your masterclass when Jake Shimabukuro shreds his uke in your town.
TICKETS ON SALE 10AM MONDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER
Gen. admission Standing: $55+ booking fee pre-sale (purchase online at the bottom of this page)
At the door if available: $55
Dinner & Show tickets: $109.80 per person
Dinner & Show tickets include entry, seating and a 2 course meal
(entree & main, 4 choices for each).
Dinner & Show tickets are only available by phone.
Call the Basement Box Office to book on (612) 9251 2797 (Mon - Fri 10 am - 5:30 pm)
Some Dinner & Show Bookings may be on a shared table. Please let us know at the time of the booking should you prefer not to share, and subject to availability we'll do our best to accommodate your request.
DOORS OPEN AT 7.30PM
MUSIC STARTS AROUND 9.30PM UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
When General Admission Ticket sales have closed on the day of the show they may still be available at the door on the night. Additionally dinner and show tickets may also be available. Please ring the club on (02) 9251 2797
All patrons must be over the age of 18
Once purchased tickets are non-refundable & non-transferable
(applies to both Standing and Dinner sales)
Please ensure you bring photo ID as proof of age
A booking fee applies to all advance tickets. (All quoted prices include tax).
Dress is Smart/Casual at Manager's discretion. No thongs.
RESTAURANT OPENING TIMES
Mon to Fri: Lunch from midday to 2.00 pm, Dinner from 7.30 pm.
Sat & Sun: Dinner from 7.30 pm
Bistro: Open til late for the best light meals, late night suppers and coffees in town.