In Studio: Jake Shimabukuro

Mike Dronkers / Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 @ 8:20 p.m. / Music

Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with.” - Eddie Vedder

In this aloha-filled interview, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro waxes enthusiastic about his instrument, deconstructs Bohemian Rhapsody, and answers questions from children. 

In his young career Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.


An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his own highly successful solo project. 

(tickets here)

[Photo: Lyndsey Battle]