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August 28 2015 @ 8:00 pm
It started with a YouTube video, a cover of The Beatles’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” OK, it started a little earlier than that. Jake Shimabukuro started playing the ukulele when he was four and was already well-known in Hawaii and Japan for his instrumental prowess by the early 2000s. But it wasn’t until 2006 when someone posted that video, one of the first to go viral, that Shimabukuro’s popularity skyrocketed. He’s released numerous albums since, collaborated with musicians like Yo-Yo Ma and Jimmy Buffett, and toured the world. As for that video, it’s still racking up views—14 million and counting. His albums are a mix of island and abroad, originals and covers. Take his upcoming album, Travels, to be released October 9 of this year. There will be new material, new takes on Hawaiian classics, and renditions of pop standards like the Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.” For a preview of some of these cuts, plus standards like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” see Shimabukuro at Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. 8 p.m. 510 E 10th Ave., Munhall. (CM)