Thursday, December 22, 2011

Jake Shimabukuro Visits Virginia

Jake Shimabukuro played to a sold out crowd at the Birchmere in Alexandria on Tuesday. This was my second time seeing him live, the first being at the 2008 Beautify CNMI Anniversary Concert.

I shot some video with my fancy new Canon 60D of his performances of While My Guitar Gently Weeps and Don't Stop Believing. Both are uploaded to Youtube.

I think the videos capture the amazingness of Jake. He's just one guy standing on a stage with an ukulele, which Dave Khorram explains so much more eloquently in one of his columns, "Jake pulled up a chair and began to perform. His fingers created such rich sounds that you imagined they were coming from a full orchestra, not a little four-string instrument that until that night the uninitiated considered a sort of small toy guitar. And for the next 90 minutes, we were mesmerized."

I went to the concert with Lynn and her two daughters, and, get this, we got a shout out from the stage. After the show we got to talk to Jake and he asked about Debbie Winkfield and all the kids at Saipan Community School and waxed on how much he enjoyed eating at Casa Urashima in Garapan.

Jake Shimabukuro: Class Act. And for that, I suggest you get all of his albums on

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