Jake Shimabukuro, the globe touring ukulele virtuoso and subject of the recent PBS documentary Life on Four Strings, is hailed by Rolling Stone as a hero for redefining a heretofore under-the-radar instrument. Launched into international stardom after a 2006 YouTube clip of his playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps went viral, Shimabukuro now enjoys an acclaimed recording and performance career. His concert appearances take him around the globe, performing before dignitaries including the Queen of England, and on TV (The Today Show, CNN). Shimabukuro effortlessly mixes jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that is technically masterful, emotionally powerful, and utterly unique in the music world. One of the highlights of this performance will be the Festival debut of the Musicfest Strummers, who will accompany Shimabukuro and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra on a number of very special selections. An innovative youth education program developed and provided by Arizona Musicfest, the acclaimed Musicfest Strummers program uses ukuleles to teach music fundamentals to students in area elementary schools.
Venue: Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale 85255 Tickets: $23, $33, $49, $65; Student (K-12) FREE; College with ID $10
Call (480) 488-0806, toll free (866) 488-0806 or visit www.azmusicfest.org