Jake Shimabukuro is a master ukulele player and composer best known for reimagining the possibilities of the four-stringed instrument. Shimabukuro’s artistry has captured the hearts of music lovers worldwide, leading him to play at festivals like Bonnaroo, fill venues at the Sydney Opera House, and even perform for Queen Elizabeth II. On Friday, March 26, the breakthrough musician will take the stage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida.
Though Shimabukuro’s been rocking out with a ukulele since he was four years old, the Hawaii native gained international recognition at age 30 when a video of him playing the Beatles classic “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral in 2006. Since then, he’s released many other ukulele covers along with original songs, chart-topping albums, and scores for the Japanese movies Hula Girls and Sideways.
In addition to creating his own songs, the acclaimed virtuoso has collaborated with a wide range of music legends, including Jimmy Buffett, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler, and Yo-Yo Ma.
A Snapshot of the Shimabukuro Show
Donned “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele” by Guitar Player magazine, Shimabukuro creates music with quick and complex finger work rather than traditional strums on his four-stringed instrument. This music style allows him to play a unique set of notes beyond a ukulele’s traditional chords.
Taking his signature playing to the next step, Shimabukuro also merges a range of music genres into his songs with help from a sound-altering pedalboard. From rock and blues to jazz and classical, tuning in to how he blends the unexpected harmonies is part of the performance fun. Furthermore, since Shimabukuro released his latest album, Trio, fans can expect to hear his latest songs, along with classic covers, at his upcoming show.
Shimabukuro’s Orlando performance at the Dr. Phillips Center marks the second stop in his 10-city national tour. On Friday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., his music will fill the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater, an intimate venue best known for its abstract art ceilings, glowing balconies, and top-notch acoustics. Tickets begin at $49.50.
Enjoy a Restful Evening
After the show curtains close, end your perfect night with a comfortable and relaxing stay at the Rosen Inn. Located on International Drive, the Rosen Inn provides convenient access to all Orlando has to offer, including the Dr. Phillips Center.
In addition, our enhanced safety features help promote a clean, safe environment for guests and staff. We’ve installed clear protective borders in the front desk area, added more hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the hotel and placed socially distant floor markers within the common areas. Read all the details on our Rosen’s Total Commitment page.