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Jake Shimabukuro

Thursday
Nov
17
2022

Show: 8:00pm

Ticket Price: $45

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About the Artist

Featuring Bassist Jackson Waldhoff and special guest Singer/Songwriter Justin Kawika Young.

SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE MONTH!

Fresh off his album Jake & Friends, featur​ing collaborations with ​everyone from Willie Nelson, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, ​and Michael McDonald ​to Ziggy Marley, Warren Haynes, Billy Strings and many more,  Hawai’i-born Jake Shimabukuro ​returns to the stage of The Ridgefield Playhouse.  Considered one of the most famous ‘ukulele players in the world,  Jake has proven that there isn’t a style of music that he can’t master.  His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco.  Shimabukuro became famous internationally in 2006, when a video of him playing a virtuosic rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and became one of the first viral videos on that site. Since then he’s released numerous albums, written many original compositions, including the entire soundtracks to two Japanese films, Hula Girls (2007) and Saidoweizu (2009), and was the subject of an award-winning documentary released in 2012 tracking his life, career, and music, titled Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.  He has basically reinvented the applications for this tiny, under-appreciated four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ‘ukulele.”

Joining Jake on tour is Jackson Waldhoff, a bass player from Honolulu, Hawai’i. He grew up in Kyoto, Japan; moved to Hawai’i in 2010. Waldhoff started playing guitar and bass as a way to make friends while learning English. In 2018, Waldhoff graduated from audio engineering school and worked as an audio engineer with Jake Shimabukuro on several projects, including “Trio,” “Jake & Friends”, and a track for Alan Parsons. Jackson Waldhoff and Jake Shimabukuro started touring together in 2018, and perform concerts around the world.

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Justin Kawika Young first found success in his island home. He accumulated 11 #1 hits on Hawai’i radio and four Hawaiian Music Awards before relocating to Los Angeles. He quickly established a following in the music scene there and connected with other singer-songwriters, including Colbie Caillat, eventually joining her band for four years as acoustic guitarist, background vocalist, and music director. He has released two EPs of original music, and his music can be heard on the soundtracks of Point Break, Wild Horses, and The Walking Dead.

Visit Bareburger (38 Danbury Road, Ridgefield) for dinner the night of the show and enjoy a complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer with your entrée when you show your ticket!

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