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Jake Shimabukuro kicks off summer tour at Blue Note Hawaii

June 7th, 2016
DENNIS ODA / 2015 Jake Shimabukuro opens his summer 2016 tour with three nights at Blue Note Hawaii.


Jake Shimabukuro opens his summer 2016 tour with three nights at Blue Note Hawaii.

Hawaii ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro will kick off a summer tour across the United States at Blue Note Hawaii later this month, followed by appearances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in July and a nine-date jaunt to Japan in October.

The performances will be in support of Shimabukuro’s latest album, “Live in Japan,” a best-of double-disc collection of live performances released in February. Joined by longtime bass player Nolan Verner, he’ll also play songs off “Travels,” his most recent studio project.

“I have a new setup for my electric ukulele that gives me access to new sounds and timbres that I never incorporated before,” Shimabukuro said in a release announcing the concert dates. “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 10-minute version of “Dragon,” which utilizes a looper, analog echoes, finger tapping, and heavy metal distortion.

“Every show (will be) 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.”

Shimabukuro is currently in Nashville working on his next album, which is set to be released before the end of the year.

The Blue Note Hawaii shows are scheduled for June 29, June 30 and July 1 with performances at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Doors open at 5 and 8:30 p.m., respectively, with seating available on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are priced at $25 for bar seating, $45 for loge tables and $55 for premium tables. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets online.

Here's the complete schedule:

» June 29: Blue Note Hawaii (Honolulu, HI)
» June 30: Blue Note Hawaii (Honolulu, HI)
» July 1: Blue Note Hawaii (Honolulu, HI)
» July 5: Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (Canada)
» July 8: Arvada Center Outdoor Amphitheatre (Arvada, CO)
» July 26: The Rev Room (Little Rock, AR)
» July 28: W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre (Louisville, KY)
» July 29: Evans Amphitheater (Cleveland Heights, OH)
» July 31: Door Community Auditorium (Fish Creek, WI)
» Aug. 2: Upton-Morely Pavilion (Interlochen, MI)
» Aug. 5: The Palace Theatre (Hilo, HI)
» Sept. 7: Pantages Theater (Tacoma, WA)
» Sept. 9: The Mountain Winery (Saratoga, CA)
» Sept. 10: Humphreys Concerts By the Bay (San Diego, CA)
» Sept. 13: Key West Theater (Key West, FL)
» Sept. 15: Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
» Sept. 16: Plaza Live Orlando (Orlando, FL)
» Sept. 18: Charleston Music Hall (Charleston, SC)
» Nov. 6: The Pabst Theater (Milwaukee, WI)
» Nov. 7: 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)
Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at

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