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trippntx
03-12-2012, 05:56 PM
Just bought two tickets to see Jake Shimabukuro in concert in Austin, April 5th. Having only seen him via Youtube, I'm curious as to what his concerts are like, what music he's likely to play and how long his shows tend to be. Anyone?

efiscella
03-12-2012, 06:04 PM
Just bought two tickets to see Jake Shimabukuro in concert in Austin,April 5th. Having only seen him via Youtube, I'm curious as to what his concerts are like, what music he's likely to play and how long his shows tend to be. Anyone?
I have not seen Jake in concert yet, however, the theatre organization that I run in Southern New Jersey is hosting Jake in concert on April 15th. I am told by his management that he will play every style of song, especially from his new album, and I see on FB that he is doing "Don't Stop Believin". His concerts are expected to last for 90 minutes with an intermission. Please let me know how the concert is since you will be seeing him before we do, however, from all of the posts I see on facebook, he is loved everywhere he goes. I know that you are too far away to see him with us on April 15th but if anyone reading this can get to our theatre which is just outside of Philadelphia, Pa, you can get tickets at www.mainstage.org. And if you put the code "UU" in the coupon area you get $5/ticket for being a fellow UU member.

Enjoy the show and let me know how it is.

GKK
03-13-2012, 04:30 AM
I saw Jake in concert last December.

He is really Awesome in person! The concert lasted about an hour and a half and after the concert, he autographed, took pictures and talked to anyone who wanted to meet him. He is very humble and gracious!...He mostly played the songs from the Peace, Love, Ukulele album with Don't Stop Believin at the end.

franck3d
03-13-2012, 05:14 AM
I just got tickets to see him at the end of the month, so this is good info for me too!

Now I have to decide if I should get him to sign anything. I don't have any worthy ukes...

BlueLatitude
03-13-2012, 05:32 AM
I saw him on Friday and he did two sets, maybe 40 minutes each. He's very personable on stage; everybody loved him. It was a lovely show.

My friend did not want to go back afterward. :"( I guess that's OK because I would have been scared to meet him anyway! LOL!

P.S. He gave his book a little push and said "It has all the notes in it...." rather doubfully, and everybody just laughed and laughed.

coolkayaker1
03-13-2012, 05:37 AM
Weird. When I saw him in Illinois four months ago, he did 90 minutes, no intermissions, and ended with Gently Weeps (no Don;t Stop Believin').

Jeez,he sure sounds like one inconsistent, erratic showman. The Axel Rose of ukulele, I see.

chrimess
03-13-2012, 05:47 AM
he has amazing stage presence, is humble, likeable and sounds a lot more skillfull live than on the album. He is also incredibly precise and makes few if any mistakes.

mcwhitlow
03-13-2012, 07:26 AM
My wife was kind enough to get us tickets for the Dallas show April 7th. I am really looking forward to seeing him live.

janeray1940
03-13-2012, 07:37 AM
he has amazing stage presence, is humble, likeable and sounds a lot more skillfull live than on the album. He is also incredibly precise and makes few if any mistakes.

Well said. I saw him last month and was really surprised by all of this. I'm not a huge fan of his recorded stuff AT ALL, but since there's no denying his skills I figured he was worth seeing at least once. The two things that impressed me most were his overall personality - he is so likeable! - and his improvisation, neither of which comes through on recordings.

The set he played was pretty short, maybe an hour? And he didn't do the meet-and-greet thing afterward as he had another gig to get to. He mostly played stuff from Peace Love Ukulele, and for his encore did the Adele song that he covered recently. And he played my absolute favorite thing he does - the Japanese song Sakura Sakura - which I wasn't expecting at all.

bdukes
03-13-2012, 08:04 AM
Ditto on him being a great guy and performer. As far as what to expect? Be prepared to ask yourself several times, "what was that?" I too definitely prefer his live stuff to his recordings and as a unexpected side-benefit, my wife, who usually shrugs at my uke obsession, loves the shows. If you can, leave plenty of time in your schedule and hang out afterwards and not only meet him but most likely some fellow UU'ers.

GX9901
03-13-2012, 08:45 AM
If you are the type who likes to get autographs, be sure to bring something for him to sign after the concert. He always hangs out with the fans afterwards and willingly signs stuff and pose for pictures. Really cool guy.

EDIT: Oh, when he asked "do you have time for another song?" after what was to be his last song, someone yelled "Freebird!" during the concert I went to last week. It was pretty funny and Jake actually improvised a quick facsimile of it. Maybe you should try yelling that at the concert.

BigSkyUkuleleGirl
03-13-2012, 11:47 AM
I saw him in December, just before Christmas. Show was 90 minutes with no intermission, no opening act. We all had a great time - I took 2 non-uke players and they were blown away by his musicality. At times his right hand was strumming so fast it was a blur. I had him sign my Lanikai and put it on the wall - fun to look at a remember the good time we had at the show. I suppose if I see him this year I'll have him sign the tab book.

rpfrogner
03-13-2012, 01:16 PM
I've got my tickets to see him the end of this month in Atlanta......can't wait.

trippntx
03-14-2012, 07:48 AM
I think I'm going to take my Kala KA-S with me in the hopes of getting him to sign it. It's pretty dark wood though - do they make white Sharpies??

Mandarb
03-14-2012, 08:21 AM
I think I'm going to take my Kala KA-S with me in the hopes of getting him to sign it. It's pretty dark wood though - do they make white Sharpies??

Get a paint pen - it works great.


http://i876.photobucket.com/albums/ab323/Mandarb04/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_0453.jpg

trippntx
03-14-2012, 08:40 AM
Stupid question: Where would one find a paint pen?

Thanks!

BigSkyUkuleleGirl
03-14-2012, 09:04 AM
Just get a Sharpie that contrasts with the uke wood - I used a silver one on my Lanikai - similar to the picture above. Looks great and Jake gives a real nice autograph.