Ukulele virtuoso and composer Jake Shimabukuro returns to the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Shimabukuro, who can still vividly remember the first time he held a ukulele at age four, has elevated the ukulele from a beloved Hawaiian folk instrument to a world-class vehicle, fearlessly traversing boundaries and putting his inspired touch on everything from island standards, to popular tunes and, most recently, classical symphonic concertos. No wonder Rolling Stone called him “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years [who] doesn’t actually play guitar”. Even Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has voiced his admiration saying, “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with”.
His first album of all original songs, “Nashville Sessions”, is one of Jake’s most adventurous, multifaceted and engaging recordings yet. At the suggestion of his manager, Jake went into a Nashville studio this past January to jam with two top Nashville session players, Jake’s bassist Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings. The result is one of the boldest and most unique ukulele records ever made, and one that will touch the heart of Jake Shimabukuro’s fan base while enticing new listeners from all across the musical spectrum.
Doors open 7:00p.m. / Show at 8:00p.m.
Tickets can be purchased on the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s site, at their box office and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.