Ukulele player as rock star? How about taking center stage at a symphony hall? Almost hard to imagine unless you’ve heard Jake Shimabukuro. An international phenomenon, Jake’s played loud rock on his uke in front of thousands in Japan, classical music with orchestras and jazz with the best of them in New York. He’s written and recorded originals on a pile of CDs and does killer covers of Beatles, Queen and yes, Jake does play heartfelt Hawaiian music (he was born in Honolulu).
Uke lovers: Jake Shimabukuro performs Valentine’s Day, February 14th at the Coconut Grove in Santa Cruz (not quite “under The Boardwalk”). Showtime is 8 pm.