Win Tickets ($74): Jake Shimabukuro @ Aladdin Theater | Ukulele Virtuoso & Composer, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Jake Shimabukuro @ Aladdin Theater on February 1. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, January 28.



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From our sponsors:
Jake Shimabukuro
February 1, 2019
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $34.50 Advance, $37 Day of Show | All Ages
More info: aladdin-theater.com

Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, Oregon 97202

Almost everyone in Hawaii has strummed a ukulele at one time or another. But at the age of 14, Jake Shimabukuro realized that he was doing something a little different with the four-stringed instrument – OK, a lot different.

Shimabukuro’s wholly unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at the age of four, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. As he matured, Shimabukuro also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists, and singers. Even athletes helped fuel the intensity of his artistic fire.

In 2005, Shimabukuro’s touring career really came to life with a video on YouTube. “I didn’t even know what YouTube was at the time, so I was totally surprised when people started telling me they’d seen a video of me playing ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’” he says. “Before I got a chance to check it out myself, the video had gone viral and a lot of music industry folks seemed to know about it. It was crazy!” Shimabukuro’s deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s love ballad, one which captured colors and moods never associated with the ukulele before, opened the floodgates – now legions of new music lovers had to hear this instrumental marvel – and the 2006 release of Gently Weeps (produced by Mac McAnally), which mixed his own originals with equally adventurous versions of “Ave Maria” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” was an unqualified success.

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39 Responses to Win Tickets ($74): Jake Shimabukuro @ Aladdin Theater | Ukulele Virtuoso & Composer, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock

  1. Mayu January 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

    He’s such an amazing performer! Would love to see him again!

  2. Lauren scher January 16, 2019 at 3:47 pm #

    Ah never seen him but love his music!

  3. Aaron January 16, 2019 at 9:17 pm #

    Been a long time sense I’ve seen a show at Aladdin. What a show to catch there. Thanks for always keeping me informed about events PDX Pipeline! Much Love! Keep up the great work. :)

  4. Leslie January 16, 2019 at 9:31 pm #

    I would love to enjoy an evening of beautiful ukelele music!

  5. Mar c January 16, 2019 at 11:04 pm #

    A true legend, I would love to hear him play live!! What a dream!

  6. TJ January 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm #

    I have a budding ukulele player at home that would * lose * his * mind * seeing this show!

  7. Dave Taube January 17, 2019 at 3:22 pm #

    I would love to see the Duke of Uke, the King of String, the Muckety Muck of Pluck perform his magic at the Aladdin!!! Thanks so much for sponsoring this great giveaway.

  8. Carolyn Allen January 17, 2019 at 3:24 pm #

    Cool, cool, cool, I’ll challenge him to a ukulele dule! Bring it!

  9. Robert January 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

    Ah this would put me right back on the island- yes please!

  10. Kathi King January 17, 2019 at 4:19 pm #

    What a dream come true to see him again! Have followed him since seeing him on the Big Island! Amazing way to spend an evening!!!

  11. Doug Griffin January 17, 2019 at 4:38 pm #

    My wife would be SO happy if i could win these tickets for her! It should be an excellent show!!

  12. Dave G. January 17, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

    Jake takes the cake!

  13. Christina January 17, 2019 at 8:44 pm #

    Sounds fun!

  14. Darcie January 17, 2019 at 9:10 pm #

    Love me some uke! To see Jake perform live….that would be amazing.

  15. Aaron January 17, 2019 at 11:31 pm #

    Pluck pluck pling pluck pluck plingading! Our daughter’s a bit obsessed with Hawaiian music, and this would be a new level of education for her on the subject!

  16. Britta B January 18, 2019 at 7:55 am #

    My partner plays the uke and absolutely loves this guy. We would have a blast if chosen! Thank you!

  17. Nicole Tannarome January 18, 2019 at 9:40 am #

    Beautiful music…would love to enjoy this as a surprise to my husband!!! Fingers crossed….<3

  18. Angel C. January 18, 2019 at 11:25 am #

    I took up playing the uke last year so I could jam with my family. I’d LOVE to see an amazing ukelele player like Jake in person instead of just on youtube. He is truly amazing.

  19. Paul January 18, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

    i would be thrilled to see Jake live!!! Thanks for the chance!

  20. Jackie N January 18, 2019 at 2:38 pm #

    You guys are the best offering up chances like this. I’d love to see this show.

  21. Lynne Kay January 18, 2019 at 3:33 pm #

    Can’t wait for this show. He is an amazing inspiration ♥️

  22. TK January 19, 2019 at 11:11 am #

    I will gently weep if I get to see him live!

  23. Melissa Lopez January 19, 2019 at 6:17 pm #

    Being a ukulele enthusiast myself, I would love to see Jake! He is one of the legends! Has inspired me ever since watching him play “while my guitar gently weeps” on YouTube. I even learned how to play the song myself like how he plays it. One of my all time favorite songs to play! Just moved to Portland and would love to see him as a welcome to the city

  24. Melissa Lopez January 19, 2019 at 6:18 pm #

    Being a ukulele enthusiast myself, I would love to see Jake! Has inspired me ever since watching him play “while my guitar gently weeps” on YouTube. I even learned how to play the song myself like how he plays it. One of my all time favorite songs to play!

  25. Nancy Glassman January 20, 2019 at 7:59 am #

    I have wanted to see him perform live since watching Life on Four Strings. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  26. Lynn Elsdon January 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

    I play too (beginner) and would LOVE to see/hear this Ukulele Great!

  27. Lynn Elsdon January 21, 2019 at 2:51 pm #

    I play too (beginner) and would LOVE to see/hear this Ukulele Great! WHEEeeee!

  28. Camille Rose January 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm #

    I’m a ukulele player who has loved Jake’s music since I first saw his videos. I want to go watch and learn from his incredible skill!

  29. Tiffany January 22, 2019 at 2:39 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  30. Garth January 22, 2019 at 4:39 pm #

    Would love to see live…. and no better place than the Aladdin

  31. Glenn B. January 22, 2019 at 6:24 pm #

    I would love to be at the venue, eyes closed, dreaming of the soft sand beaches of Hawaii!

  32. Kristin January 22, 2019 at 7:12 pm #

    I would love to see him!

  33. Ashley B. January 22, 2019 at 9:28 pm #

    I’m learning to play the uke, and would love even more inspiration! Cross my fingers, the partner and I can enjoy a night of musical gifts and talents!

  34. Andrea January 23, 2019 at 9:02 am #

    this sounds so cool. Please pick me.

  35. Dylan Luka January 23, 2019 at 3:52 pm #

    I have been wanting to catch Jake for years.

  36. Nicole SmithRyan January 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm #

    A ukulele night sounds great

  37. Justin Zellinger January 28, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

    This sounds like a great show. I would love to go!

  38. Andrew Zellinger January 28, 2019 at 3:27 pm #

    Have been a fan for a long time but never got to see him live. Please tell me I am the lucky winner!

  39. Grace McElligott January 29, 2019 at 6:31 pm #

    I am in a ukulele singing group in my high school and we follow him like crazy on youtube! He is such an inspiration to us and I would be SO HAPPY if me and another group member could go see him!

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