Music Scene: Ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro


Other music events in the area:

Local Legends, live music, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

Vintage Voltage, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, $5, 314-2554.

Youth Open Mic, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Cavalcade, 201 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita,, 260-5413.

Huey, 5–8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4–5, Citrola’s Italian Grill and Bar, 324 Rae Lynn Road, 639-9789.

Colorado Mesa University Piano Faculty and Friends with guest pianist Alejandro Cremaschi, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, Recital Hall, Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St., $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, 248-1604.

John Scott Schultz, “Far Guitar,” 7–10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, LeRouge, 317 Main St., 589-4553.

A Night for Heroes featuring the Scooter Brown Band, The Ram Band and Morgan Crouse, doors 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Mesa Theater and Lounge, 538 Main St., general admission $40, pit passes $20, 241-1717.

Goodman Band, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Naggy McGee’s Irish Pub, 359 Colorado Ave., 424-5840.

Libra Party with DJ Dust Thunders, 10 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Sabrosa Restaurant, 122 S. Fifth St., 257-9020.

Three Peace Band, 9 p.m.–1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, Cruisers Bar, 715 Horizon Drive, 314-2554.

Colorado West Marching Band Parade and Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5: parade 10 a.m. downtown; field show 1 p.m. at Stocker Stadium, 17 marching bands participating,

Ray Bonneville, blues, doors open 7 p.m., show 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave., $17 advance, $20 at the door, 241-8801, ext. 223,

Chris Pureka, award-winning musician, 6 p.m. Oct. 7, The Hot Tomato Cafe, 124 N. Mulberry St., Fruita, $12 advance, $15 at the door, 858-1117,

“Classic: Parlez-vous Francais?” Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra concert featuring a program of French works, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, Grand Junction High School auditorium, 1400 N. Fifth St., $5–$30, 243-6787,

A Little Noon Music featuring Shelley Warren on flute and Elise Helmke on harp, 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, First United Methodist Church sanctuary, 522 White Ave., 242-4850.

Colorado Mesa Fall Choral Invitational Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Robinson Theatre, Moss Performing Arts Center, 1231 N. 12th St., $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students, 248-1604.

He plays a little guitar, but he plays it big.

Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Recital Hall of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St.

The Hawaiian native first picked up a ukulele at age 4, a move that led to a skyrocketing career on the island and an initial brush with fame on YouTube, according to a news release.

As he grew as a respected and popular musician, Shimabukuro was declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone magazine and earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, the release said.

Shimabukuro’s 2011 album, “Peace, Love, Ukulele” debuted No. 1 on the Billboard World Charts. His “ambitious follow-up,” according to the news release, is 2012’s “Grand Ukulele,” on which Shimabukuro collaborated with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, who is well-known for his work on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of The Moon” and The Beatles’ “Abbey Road.”

“Given that Shimabukuro first won acclaim for a YouTube video of him covering George Harrison’s ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ it’s no surprise that ‘Grand Ukulele’ features a number of wonderful reinterpretations, including Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’ (with Parsons cameo-ing on keyboards) and, most prominently, Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep,’ a seemingly ubiquitous song given new life on the four-string,” the release said.

Tickets for the reserved-seating CMU show cost $35 and can be purchased at local City Market stores, Back Porch Music, Triple Play Music, or 243-8497. There will be wine and light foods available for purchase beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Moss Performing Arts Center’s lobby.

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