Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro
February 7, 2011
If the word â€śukuleleâ€ť conjures visions of slow, sleepy Hawaiian music, thatâ€™s just where virtuoso JAKE SHIMABUKURO wants you at the start of a show: He thrives upending the low expectations people have of his instrument. Because thereâ€™s very little about what he does on the traditional Hawaiian instrument that sounds â€śsleepyâ€ť or â€śslow.â€ť Jake has been playing the instrument since age 4, and sincerely believes the world would be a more peaceful place if everyone played one. Heâ€™s doing his part to lead a worldwide resurgence of interest in the instrument, as his iconic performance of George Harrisonâ€™s â€śWhile My Guitar Gently Weepsâ€ť has gained more than 6 million views on YouTube. Jakeâ€™s new album is â€śPeace Love Ukulele,â€ť and heâ€™s playing tonight at the Baby Grand in Delaware. Heâ€™ll play from his new album and some classics from his wide repertoire on todayâ€™s Radio Times.