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Jake Shimabukuro 

When: Tue., Feb. 4 2014
Price: $36.50/adv., $40/door

ukele, 7:30 p.m.

Since the 1950s, the guitar has reigned supreme as the instrument of choice for pop music musicians while some of the star strings of yesteryear were left behind. But today some of these under-appreciated instruments are once again taking their place center stage. Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers have brought the banjo back into the Top 40 spotlight while the ukulele is making a comeback thanks to Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Train, Jason Mraz, and uke wunderkind Jake Shimabukuro. The Hawaii-born Shimabukuro may not be topping the charts like his fellow ukulele lovers, but he's done more to bring the beloved Aloha State instrument into the 21st century than anybody else. Whether he's covering Pink Floyd and the Beatles, playing a Hawaiian traditional, or writing one of his own elaborate pieces, Shimabukuro has gained the respect of musicians and fans around the globe. He recently kicked off his 2014 World Tour, and Chucktown is one of his first stops. And it's no surprise either — Shimabukuro rocked Spoleto not once, but twice. —Kalyn Oyer TUESDAY



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