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wfwhitson
11-24-2009, 10:25 AM
TOASTMAN INC

November 24, 2009

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAKE SHIMABUKURO TO PERFORM WITH BETTE MIDLER
IN THE PRESENCE OF HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso from Hawaii, will perform his arrangement of the Beatles’ tune “In My Life” with Bette Midler for The Royal Variety Performance 2009 in Blackpool, England.

The Performance is presented annually in aid of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (the EABF), whose patron is Her Majesty The Queen. Acts lined up to appear include: Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, Canadian singer and Grammy Award winner Michael Buble, teen superstar Miley Cyrus, and many more.

Midler, a multi-award winning performer also from Hawaii, has followed her fellow islander’s career and loves Jake’s arrangement of “In My Life,” a Beatles cover that appeared on Jake’s 2008 release, My Life.

“I was shocked to hear that Bette Midler knew my music. I’ve been a huge fan of hers for many years,” said Jake. “She’s like a queen of entertainment. And to be performing with her for the Queen of England… it’s a bit too much for me. I’m just so honored.”

The performance will be Jake’s first time to England and second time to Europe after touring earlier this year in Stockholm, Sweden, Pori, Finland, Nice & Paris, France, and San Sebastian,Spain.

Blackpool’s legendary Opera House is the largest theatre in the UK outside of London with a seating capacity of 3000. The star-studded spectacle will take place on Monday, December 7 and be screened on ITV1, in the UK, later that month. It will be produced by ITV Studios, the makers of the 2007 Royal Variety Performance, which attracted an impressive 9 million viewers.

The money raised from this event will help to maintain Brinsworth House in Twickenham, Middlesex – the entertainers’ retirement and nursing home which is run by the EABF.

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For more information on Jake Shimabukuro visit www.jakeshimabukuro.com
For more information on the event visit www.eabf.org.uk/royal-variety-performance/

ritzer012
11-24-2009, 10:32 AM
i just got that email too! so exciting....and i absolutely love bette midler! what a duo

CoLmes
11-24-2009, 11:10 AM
WOW. Just think, as a little kid Jake picked up a uke and fiddled with it and now he's playing for the Queen of freaking England.

So happy for him!

ukeshale
11-24-2009, 11:20 AM
Super cool! Congrats to Jake :D Can't wait to watch it on tv!

thisnthat
11-24-2009, 11:22 AM
Wow that's awesome. I'll definitely be watching.

sukie
11-24-2009, 12:19 PM
Wow is about all I can say. She is in for a real treat. I'd love to see it.

Pippin
11-24-2009, 02:00 PM
We received the official press release at Ukulele Player Magazine today. This is exciting news for Jake. It is also great for fans in the UK.

keithy351
11-24-2009, 02:45 PM
i feel sorry for jake, what is he doing community service for a crime and punishment was the play with bette midler..... ##throws up in mouth## :spam:

lol the queens proberly got a mad ass collection of ukes herself, kamakas, pineapple sundays, sceptres full customs...

Ukulele JJ
11-24-2009, 03:05 PM
I wonder if Jake & Bette will also play this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvNh40ZIRa0)? :D

JJ

thejumpingflea
11-24-2009, 05:50 PM
I wonder if Jake & Bette will also play this song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvNh40ZIRa0)? :D

JJ

I watched the ENTIRE thing.

I don't know why, but I did.

wfwhitson
11-24-2009, 06:07 PM
I watched the ENTIRE thing.

I don't know why, but I did.

I made it through the first 10 secondes, that was more than enough.