ARTS Pick: Jake Shimabukuro

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Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has received accolades from a diverse group that includes Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the Queen of England. Photo by Danny Clinch. Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has received accolades from a diverse group that includes Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the Queen of England. Photo by Danny Clinch.

Ukulele hero

Eddie Vedder, tUnE-yArDs, and every nimble-fingered kid with a YouTube channel have ensured a full-on ukulele revival, but Honolulu-born Jake Shimabukuro is emerging from the pack a “technical hero.” Shimabukuro’s mother gave him his first uke at age 4, and he’s since picked his way from coffee shops to the international mainstage, where he interprets rock classics, baroque masterpieces, and lays down lightning-speed originals. His trajectory has wraught comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, a documentary about his revolution of the four-stringed instrument, and a performance for the Queen of England.

Monday 4/22 $25-27, 7pm. The Jefferson Theater, 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 951-2466.

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