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Published on October 21st, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Jake Shimabukuro Brings Uke Magic to the Music Hall

Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro seems to have developed an ongoing love affair with the Lowcountry. His first official visit to Charleston was in the spring of 2009 when he performed a solo concert at the Cistern as part of the Spoleto Festival USA’s jazz series (it was the top-selling show of the series that year). He’s returned several times for lively performances in front of packed houses during Spoleto and at the North Charleston Performing Art’s Center.


This week, the Charleston Music Hall announced that Shimabukuro will return to town for a concert on Feb. 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in support of his recent 12-song studio album Grand Ukulele, a rich collection of originals and covers produced by the great Alan Parsons (Pink Floyd, the Beatles). Grand Ukulele follows his chart-topping 2011 disc Peace, Love, Ukulele.

Fans can expect selections from Shimabukuro’s broad repertoire of tunes at the Charleston Music Hall show in February — from traditional Hawaiian songs to renditions of jazz, classic rock, blues, pop, and classical music favorites. We’ve seen him live. He’s awesome.

Tickets for Shimabukuro’s show at the Music Hall go on sale for $36.50 on Fri. Oct. 25 at 10 a.m. at the Charleston Music Hall’s box office (37 John St.), by phone at (843) 641-0011, and online at

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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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