Friday, November 18, 2011

Jake Shimabukuro

On Thursday we traveled north to the town of Storrs, CT to see Jake Shimabukuro perform at the Jorgensen Theater.  We first came to know about Jake, like many others, when his version of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went viral on YouTube.  Seeing him perform live was amazing.  It is hard to grasp what he can do with a ukulele, a very simple instrument with only four strings.  We loved the stories he told before each and every song.  In addition to being awed by his musical ability, we were enamored with his sense of humor, passion, compassion and humility.  He played many of his own original songs, a favorite being "Five Gallons Unleaded" He also performed a few covers including Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Queen's "Bohemian Raphsody", and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison.  His finale included another George Harrison song "In My Life", which he performed with Bettle Midler for the Queen of England.   You can see a few highlights from the show.

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