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Nov 15 / andrew

Truffle Oil Popcorn and The Worlds Greatest Ukulele Player


What’s better then a glass of Shiraz, Truffle Oil Popcorn and Jake Shimabukuro? Depends on your cup o’ tea but I’m almost certain the three go hand in hand (in hand?).

The Highline Ballroom is located just a stones throw from Chelsea Market at 431 W.16th Street. Over the past few years they have been pushing the envelope on the artists that they bring in, from The Clipse to The Roots, to Bettye Lavette and up and coming careers to the more recent Jake Shimabukuro of Hawaii, the most famous youtube discovered Ukulele sensation on the planet.

Sitting on the upper level, perched above, stage left to Jake we had a great view of the performer. He’s very charismatic with a great sense of humor in regards to his life growing up in Hawaii with a Japanese mother. Many of his songs have interesting background stories and how they came into existence. For me, I had once seen him perform at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California opening for Donovan Frankenreiter, and was blown away then, and that was a few years ago. Since then, he has grown by leaps and bounds as a performer and has much larger following. His covers of “While my guitar gently weeps” by The Beatles, and more recently a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen are impressive to say the least. Before playing either song he jokingly introduces them by their respective artist as putting on his “Beatles Jersey” or “Queen jersey.” ┬áThe video that “went viral” on youtube in 2006:

He’s fun to watch, makes you wonder how anyone can produce the sound that he creates from such a tiny instrument, and more importantly: how many ukulele players are out there that are competing for your attention? Go and listen!

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