Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Tickets on sale today, Friday, March 3, 2017
The ukulele master continues his U.S. tour, performing selections from his new album, “Nashville Sessions” alongside fan favorites.
March 3, 2017 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces the Orlando engagement of Jake Shimabukuro’s current national tour. The ukulele superstar is touring in support of his critically acclaimed new album, “Nashville Sessions,” which the Associated Press praised as, “an adventurous, dazzling album.” Shimabukuro will play the art center’s Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale today, Friday, March 3, 2017. Tickets start at $35.00 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming shows this year,” said Shimabukuro. I have a new setup for my electric ukulele that gives me access to new sounds and timbres that I never incorporated before. I’ll be performing lots of new material as well as new arrangements of old songs. A few of my favorite moments in the show include a ukulele and bass duet of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ – and a ten-minute version of ‘Dragon,’ which utilizes a looper, analog echoes, finger-tapping and heavy metal distortion. I always try and maintain a balance of traditional music with the edgier modern sounding pieces. Every show is a little different, which keeps things fresh and exciting. The most important thing is that everyone has a great time and walks away with a smile.”
Accompanying Shimabukuro on tour will be longtime bassist, Nolan Verner. They will perform songs from Jake’s most recent albums, “Nashville Sessions” (2016), “Live in Japan” (2015), Travels (2015), as well as favorites from his 15-year career.
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 in January 2016 to jam with two top Nashville session players, bassist Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings. “At first, I was hesitant,” Shimabukuro admits. “We’re just going to go in and jam? With nothing prepared? I never dreamed we would leave the studio six days later with a full album.” The result is one of the boldest ukulele records ever made, and one that will touch the heart of Jake’s fan base while enticing listeners from all across the musical spectrum.
About Jake Shimabukuro
Called “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years [who] doesn’t actually play guitar” by Rolling Stone, Jake Shimabukuro has become one of the most exceptional an innovative uke players in the history of the instrument – an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Throughout his rich and varied catalog of albums, Jake captures the many moods of the uke, fearlessly traversing boundaries and putting his inspired touch on everything from island standards, to popular tunes and classical symphonic concertos. He has collaborated with artists from Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and Cyndi Lauper to Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Lyle Lovett and Bette Midler. He has wow audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Playboy Jazz Festival and the cutting-edge TED conference. Noted for his solo uke arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Jake just released “Nashville Sessions,” his first album of all original songs, which the Associated Press called “an adventurous, dazzling album.” Jake balances music with family life and community service, traveling to schools around the world, spreading positive messages to young people, encouraging them to live drug-free and find their passion. Just last month, he completed an ambitious goal of repairing 100 damaged Kamaka ukuleles for Hawaii public schools.
About the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization operating the state-of-the-art performing arts center in downtown Orlando, Florida. With its opening in November 2014, the performing arts center launched its vision of Arts for Every Life by being a gathering place for creativity and discovery; a vibrant urban destination where artists, audiences and students come to experience, explore and learn. The two-block community destination features the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, Seneff Arts Plaza, Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts, the DeVos Family Room, and other event rental spaces. Future expansion includes Steinmetz Hall, a 1,700-seat acoustical theater, along with rehearsal, classroom, office space and commercial development spaces. Dr. Phillips Center is a private non-profit collaborating with the City of Orlando, Orange County, the State of Florida and generous donors.