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Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro Tour Dates and Upcoming Concerts

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Followers 84,159
Concerts
May
24
Palace Theater, Haili Street, Hilo, HI, USA
Hilo
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Jun
12
Tally Ho Theatre - Leesburg, VA
Leesburg
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Jun
13
Musikfest Café, Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem
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Jun
14
The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center - Plymouth, NH
Plymouth
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Jun
15
Jane Pickens Theatre - Newport, RI
Newport
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Jun
16
SHU Community Theatre - Fairfield, CT
Fairfield
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Jun
17
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport
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Jun
19
The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
Boothbay Harbor
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Jun
20
The Stone Mountain Arts Center
Brownfield
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Jun
21
The Center For Arts In Natick
Natick
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Jun
22
Center For Arts In Natick - Natick, MA
Natick
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Jun
23
Payomet Performing Arts Center - North Truro, MA
North Truro
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Jun
26
Tradewinds & Rainbows: Humphreys Concerts By the Bay - San Diego, CA
San Diego
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Jun
27
Tradewinds & Rainbows: The Canyon @ The Oxnard Performing Arts Center - Oxnard, CA
Oxnard
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Jun
28
Tradewinds & Rainbows: Bankhead Theater - Livermore, CA
Livermore
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Jun
29
Tradewinds & Rainbows Tour: Blue Note Summer Sessions - Napa Abajo, CA
Napa Abajo
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Jun
30
Jake Shimabukuro, with special guest Jeff Peterson at the Rio Theatre
Santa Cruz
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Jul
02
Robert Z Hawkins Amphitheater - Artown - Reno, NV
Reno
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Aug
09
Barrymore Theatre - Madison, WI
Madison
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Aug
10
Big Top Chautauqua - Bayfield, WI
Bayfield
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About Jake Shimabukuro
Over the past two decades, Jake Shimabukuro has proved that there isn’t a style of music that he can’t play. While versatility for any musician is impressive, what’s remarkable about Shimabukuro’s transcendent skills is how he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary – whether it’s jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical – on perhaps the unlikeliest of instruments: the ‘ukulele. Responding to the urgent calls of his fervent imagination, the Hawai’i-born virtuoso has taken the ‘ukulele to points previously thought impossible, and in the process he’s reinvented the applications for this tiny, heretofore underappreciated four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ‘ukulele.” Humbly, the good-natured musician, who first picked up the ‘ukulele at the age of four, says, “From the time I started playing, I was just doing what came naturally and what felt like fun. I love all types of music, so I never thought, ‘Oh, I can’t play that on the ‘ukulele.’” He laughs and adds, “If you don’t know the rules, you don’t need to follow them, and then nothing can hold you back.” Shimabukuro’s incredible journey has taken him from local phenom to YouTube sensation, from playing tiny clubs to headlining the world’s most prestigious concert venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House. He’s performed on the biggest TV shows and has released a string of award-winning, chart-topping albums. Just recently, he was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as a Member for the National Council on the Arts. It’s fair to say that Shimabukuro has picked up more than a few admirers – millions of them, actually – but it wasn’t until he began his latest album that he discovered how many of his fans were, in fact, his very own musical heroes. Jake & Friends isn’t the first album on which celebrated guests appear with the main performer, but in terms of size and scope, and considering the sheer number of legendary stars who graciously loaned their inimitable talents, it can only be compared to benchmark duets albums by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and it’s a shining testament to just how far the singularly gifted Shimabukuro has come. Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Jon Anderson, Ziggy Marley, Moon Taxi, Warren Haynes, Jack Johnson, Jesse Colin Young, Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel, Sonny Landreth, Lukas Nelson, Billy Strings – Shimabukuro’s own head spins when looking over his high-wattage guest list. “I have to pinch myself when I see those names on my own album,” he says. “It’s like, ‘Did that really happen?’ Making the album was a real challenge, but I’m deeply honored that all of the artists agreed to record with me.” Two years in the making, Jake & Friends started out with a modest idea of featuring perhaps two or three guest stars, but the concept quickly grew into an album comprised of Shimabukuro, at times backed by his regular band members (bassist Nolan Verner and guitarist Dave Preston), working with a different guest artist on each track. “Sometimes we recorded an original tune, and other times we did a cover of something the guest wanted to do,” he says. “And other times, we did a new version of one of their own songs, which was incredibly thrilling.” Willie Nelson was the first artist to take part, and significantly he chose his signature song, “Stardust,” which he first recorded over 40 years ago. The uniquely sublime pairing yields magical results – Shimabukuro’s delicate ‘ukulele lines form an intimate foundation for Nelson’s achingly beautiful vocal. “I was so nervous the night before we cut it,” Shimabukuro admits, “but Willie put me at ease right away. I think once we got that cut finished, I was ready for anything that came next.” Shimabukuro had already become acquainted with Bette Midler – back in 2010, the two performed for no less than Queen Elizabeth II, no less – and when he reached out to the Divine Miss M (who, as it turns out, was also born in Hawaii), he requested that they re-imagine his mother’s favorite song, “The Rose.” Midler sounds heavenly on this stark yet shimmering version of her Golden Globe-winning classic, and Shimabukuro’s graceful, poignant playing serves as the perfect accompaniment. “Recording that song with Bette was a huge deal for me,” he says, “because I knew my mother would love it.” For years, Shimabukuro has had the pleasure of touring with one of his musical heroes, Jimmy Buffett, and one of his favorite parts of their concerts is performing “Come Monday,” Buffett’s first smash single from 1974, with his friend and mentor on stage. So it was only fitting that the two reprise their delightful rendition on Jake & Friends. “I love ‘Come Monday’ so much, and I’ve been blessed to perform it with Jimmy many times on stage,” Shimabukuro says. “Jimmy is such an amazing writer, singer and musician, and I don’t know any song that transitions like this one. It was a real thrill to record it with him.” “Why Not,” written and sung by multi-platinum hitmaker and movie soundtrack king Kenny Loggins, is a deliciously upbeat slice of soul-pop with hooks for days and an effervescent ukulele solo that will set pulses racing. “Working with Kenny was a blast,” says Shimabukuro. “We started off doing things simply, but once we got going, Kenny wanted to try out different ideas, and I just let him go. Watching him do his thing was a real education in record making.” Teaming up with the popular Nashville alt-rock band Moon Taxi, Shimabukuro revisits the group’s 2017 hit, “Two High,” and he even coaxes singer-guitarist Trevor Terndrup, a fellow ‘ukulele enthusiast, to join him on the instrument. The new version is quieter and sparser than the original, but there’s drama in its softer moments – the intuitive interplay between the musicians pulls you right in and carries you off. Inspired by the universal peace sign for hope, it’s a sunny and breezy balm for our troubled times. “Recording with Moon Taxi was such a blast,” says Shimabukuro. “When I first heard the song, I had to hear it again. It was so uplifting and positive – exactly what we wanted for the new album. Trevor has an incredible voice, and he can shred on the ‘ukulele! And [guitarist] Spencer Thomson holds down the rhythm and makes everything groove. It was such a joy to collaborate with them.” Fans longing for all-instrumental bliss will revel in the aptly named “Smokin’ Strings,” which Shimabukuro wrote and performed with bluegrass guitar sensation Billy Strings. What starts out as a lilting, elegant dance suddenly explodes into a red-hot hoedown. And who else should turn up on Shimabukuro’s original composition “Sonny Days Ahead” but blues guitar icon Sonny Landreth? Fun and friendly, this folk-laced track is a stirring, transporting musical exchange between masters. One of Shimabukuro’s dreams was to jam with Allman Brothers/Gov’t Mule guitarist and singer Warren Haynes, and on Jake & Friends he got his wish, as the two throw down in epic ways on their fiery reading of the blues-rock classic “On the Road to Freedom.” The 1973 original by Alvin Lee and Mylon LeFevre ran but four minutes, but in the nimble fingers of Shimabukuro and Haynes, it’s now a dizzying 13-minute showcase of bravura musicianship capped with Haynes’ gutsy vocals. “It wasn’t supposed to be that long,” Shimabukuro says with a laugh, “but as we were mixing, I just said, ‘Warren’s playing is so good – let it go!’” The Beatles have always loomed large in Shimabukuro’s repertoire (he scored one of his first hits with his resplendent version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”), and on Jake & Friends he covers not one, not two, but three Fab Four gems. He teams with famed Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley (son of reggae icons Bob and Rita Marley) for a scrumptious, lighter-than-air rendition of “All You Need is Love” that resonates just as strongly today as when it first appeared over 50 years ago. Shimabukuro and Yes singing legend Jon Anderson pull off something of a masterstroke on “A Day in the Life.” Utilizing very spare instrumentation – Dave Preston on guitar and Evan Hutchings on drums – the track explodes with the same hallucinatory wonder of the Beatles’ original as the two main players explore the outer limits of their distinctive musical gifts. “In the studio, we went wild,” Shimabukuro explains. “There’s four tracks of my ‘ukulele and seven tracks of Jon’s vocals. Jon’s voice turned it into a new kind of epic.” George Harrison’s “Something” stands as one of the greatest love songs ever written, and now one of the most moving versions exists with the combination of Shimabukuro and country stars (and real-life husband and wife) Vince Gill and Amy Grant. The two singers don’t just vocalize; they bring their own shared romantic experiences to the lyrics. And the sumptuous instrumental passage – first ‘ukulele then Gill on guitar – is art in its highest form. The treasures continue. With guitarist Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Shimabukuro dives into the jazzy side of Cream on “Wrapping Paper” (the first song the psychedelic power trio ever recorded). Benson also turns up on a transplendent take on “Go Now,” made famous by the Moody Blues in 1964, on which Shimabukuro and Doobie Brothers frontman Michael McDonald complement each other on ‘ukulele. “People might not know that Michael is an incredible ‘ukulele player,” Shimabukuro says. “A few years ago, we bonded while playing ‘ukulele together, and here we had a brilliant time improvising, with Michael playing a baritone ‘ukulele. I love the way it turned out.” Willie Nelson’s son, Lukas, a successful musician in his own right, recorded several songs with Shimabukuro, but for Jake & Friends the two decided on a remake of “Find Yourself,” Lukas’ own soulful hit that he recorded with his band Promise of the Real and superstar Lady Gaga several years ago. “Lukas and I had such an incredible time together,” Shimabukuro raves. “What people might not know about him is what a flawless musician he is. Every time he sings or plays guitar, he’s perfect. He never has to do anything over. He’s a consummate pro.” Jake & Friends is bookended by two tracks sure to cast beatific spells on listeners. There’s “A Place in the Sun,” a hit for Stevie Wonder in 1966 (and the first time he featured social commentary in a song), which was suggested to Shimabukuro by his chart-topping friend and fellow Hawai’i-born Jack Johnson. With Shimabukuro’s whimsical ukulele playing supporting them, Johnson and guest vocalist Paula Fuga absolutely sparkle. For the album’s luminous closer, there’s the timely and timeless “Get Together,” which Shimabukuro performs alongside Jesse Colin Young, who with his band the Youngbloods turned it into a worldwide anthem of peace, love and unity in 1969. “It was really special recording this song with Jesse,” says Jake. “Obviously, I’m too young to remember ‘Get Together’ when it first came out, but it’s been an important message through the years, especially today.” Creatively, Jake & Friends is Shimabukuro’s most ambitious project to date, and the two years-plus that went into it were an immense logistical undertaking. During pre-Covid times, tracks were recorded in Maui, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin and other U.S. cities, depending on guest artists’ touring schedules, and there were even a few cuts recorded remotely during lockdown. “Looking back on it all now, it feels like a dream,” Shimabukuro says with mixture of pride and relief. “My manager, Van Fletcher, worked really hard to map out this grand plan, and what do you know? We pulled it off. I grew up fantasizing that one day I might be able to meet my musical heroes, and here I am on my own record playing with them. That’s remarkable beyond words. I’m so fortunate to have had this experience, and I can’t wait for people to hear it. I think they’re going to be able to tell that I’m having the time of my life.”
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Instrument: Kamaka Tenor Ukulele with D'Addario strings, Jake Shimabukuro
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What fans are saying
Judy
5 / 5
I was thoughtly entertained and impressed by his music and how he interacted with the audience. He was humble and so appreciated. All the musicians on stage, including his two children we all adorable and professional. Jake took the time to take pictures with fans and family and turned around to say Aloha to me and shake my hand. Looking forward to seeing him at more shows. I promise, he will not disappoint 🤙
Blue Note Hawaii Honolulu, HI
May 20, 2023
Nancy
5 / 5
Jake is such an amazing and talented virtuoso ukulele musician. He evokes music and sounds out of the ukulele that you cannot even imagine come from this small instrument. What a treat to see him (and Justin and Jackson) another time and back in the beautiful Crest Theatre in Sacramento. A terrific venue for a terrific performance! Can’t wait until he comes back to Northern California!
Crest Theatre Sacramento, CA
Dec 07, 2022
Megan
5 / 5
Worth every penny and then some! Jake is so talented. This was the second concert of his that we attended and what an amazing show. The acoustics of Moore Theater was spectacular! The seats were as small as main cabin airline seats, but we had no one in front, behind, or next to us so we scored! We will definitely attend his future concerts.
Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
Dec 13, 2022
John
5 / 5
I believe this was my fourth time seeing Jake perform live, and he has not lost any of the magic!! A fantastic show of virtuosic playing. Jake's optimistic personality and love for the music is inspirational, and as we continue in this pandemic, is really needed. Thank you Jake for a great show, and I hope you return to Sitka soon!!
Sitka Performing Arts Center Sitka, AK
Jan 31, 2022
Brian
5 / 5
He was amazing as usual! I respect him as an artist but even more as a person! So humble! So down to earth! Took time afterwards to do meet and greet and was very welcoming and friendly! We could tell that he and his crew were tired but they didn’t let it affect them! Thank you Jake and your team!
McGlohon Theatre Charlotte, NC
Sep 15, 2018
Debbie
5 / 5
Jake put on an awesome concert. He had guest performers and he also did a great job soloing his tunes. I have really been looking forward to seeing him, it was on my bucket list of shows to see! If you ever have a chance please go to his show. He is a wonderful person and fantastic ukulele player.
Scarritt Bennett Center Nashville, TN
Jun 30, 2023
Alastair
5 / 5
Very honoured to be in the presence of two of the 'ukulele world's royalty, Jake Shimabakuro and Andy Eastwood. A brilliant concert, with their very different styles providing a wonderful evening. Afterwards, Jake was gracious enough to spend a few minutes chatting, even though I am sure he'd rather have been heading off for bed!
Kings Place London, United Kingdom
Jun 28, 2022
Neil
5 / 5
Alright. There is only one person that can make the ukelele sing and sound like a whole band, and that's Jake. Unbelievable riffs and compositions! And his demeanor is so low-key, polite and genuine. Just as you would expect a local boy from Hawai'i to be! No ka 'oi!!
Federal Way Performing Arts and Event Center Federal Way, WA
Nov 17, 2023
Kathy
4 / 5
Jake Shimabukuro is an Artist with no equal in my book! He can rock out to Bohemian Rhapsody and then play Hallelujah in the next beat! If you love your ears, do them a favor, and take them to one of Jake’s shows! They will thank you for it!
Colonial Theater Keene, NH
Nov 05, 2018
Chris
5 / 5
Awesome show. This was the first time I saw him. Will see him again. He is very entertaining. He is super polite and stick around to take pictures and sign autographs for anyone who wanted a picture. He signed a lot of ukuleles :)
Birchmere Alexandria, VA
Aug 07, 2018
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Jake Shimabukuro Tour Cities
Natick, MA Fairfield, CT Newport, RI Reno, NV San Diego, CA Leesburg, VA Boothbay Harbor, ME Rockport, MA Bethlehem, PA Bayfield, WI Napa Abajo, CA Hilo, HI Livermore, CA North Truro, MA Oxnard, CA Madison, WI Brownfield, ME Santa Cruz, CA Plymouth, NH

Frequently Asked Questions About Jake Shimabukuro

Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is Jake Shimabukuro on tour?

Yes, Jake Shimabukuro is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming Jake Shimabukuro concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The Jake Shimabukuro tour is scheduled for 20 dates across 19 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is Jake Shimabukuro scheduled to play?

Jake Shimabukuro is scheduled to play 20 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the Jake Shimabukuro tour start?

Jake Shimabukuro’s tour starts May 24, 2024 and ends on Aug 10, 2024. They will play 19 cities; their most recent concert was held in Hilo at Palace Theater and their next upcoming concert will be in Fairfield at SHU Community Theatre.

What venues is Jake Shimabukuro performing at?

As part of the Jake Shimabukuro tour, Jake Shimabukuro is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

May 24 - Hilo, HI @ Palace Theater
Jun 12 - Leesburg, VA @ Tally Ho Theater
Jun 13 - Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest Café
Jun 14 - Plymouth, NH @ The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center
Jun 15 - Newport, RI @ Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center
Jun 16 - Fairfield, CT @ SHU Community Theatre
Jun 17 - Rockport, MA @ Shalin Liu Performance Center
Jun 19 - Boothbay Harbor, ME @ The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor
Jun 20 - Brownfield, ME @ Stone Mountain Arts Center
Jun 21 - Natick, MA @ Center For Arts In Natick
Jun 22 - Natick, MA @ Center For Arts In Natick
Jun 23 - North Truro, MA @ Payomet Performing Arts Center
Jun 26 - San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
Jun 27 - Oxnard, CA @ The Canyon @ The Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Jun 28 - Livermore, CA @ Bankhead Theater
Jun 29 - Napa Abajo, CA @ Blue Note Summer Sessions
Jun 30 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre
Jul 02 - Reno, NV @ Artown
Aug 09 - Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
Aug 10 - Bayfield, WI @ Big Top Chautauqua - Concert Venue
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