Jake Shimabukuro

Wed Jun 12 2024

7:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Tally Ho Theater

19 West Market St SW Leesburg, VA 20176

$45.00

All Ages

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Jake Shimabukuro

  • Jake Shimabukuro

    Jake Shimabukuro

    Pop

    Music is a gift, and the ability to play it is a blessing. Be grateful for both. – Anonymous
    --
    Walking up the creaky wooden steps, there are what seems like hundreds of slippers all around the 
    front door. Soft music floats through the air, inviting me to the back yard. Aunties and Uncles fill every 
    lawn chair and the keiki run around in the freshly cut grass. There’s a warm breeze blowing and at least 
    a dozen friends strum along, kanikapila style, to a tune we all know and everyone sings the words to. 
    These are the songs of my life. I am home. And I am grateful.
    --
    By now, if you know the ‘ukulele, you might know the name, the innovator who is Jake Shimabukuro. He 
    has captivated audiences around the world with his unique and dynamic style. With his mother as his 
    first teacher of the instrument, Jake embraced a deep love and respect for the `ukulele and has explored 
    new and unexpected ways to push the boundaries of what was possible on the humble four-strings. 
    Each album has showcased his mastery of the instrument and his ability to weave together diverse 
    genres to create a cohesive and captivating musical experience. He is undoubtedly one of the most 
    innovative and exciting musicians of his generation, changing the perception of the instrument itself and 
    breaking barriers of what kind of music it is capable of.
    Enter his newest, and most personal album yet. Grateful is a coming home for Jake. With a literal who’s 
    who of Hawai`i based musicians, this collection of songs is performed live, in studio with Jake’s friends, 
    contemporaries, mentors, and heroes - all kanikapila style in a return to his roots. Grateful is the follow￾up to the critically acclaimed duets album with artists from Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley and Bette Midler 
    to Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and Kenny Loggins. It was these collaborations that inspired him to go 
    back to the beginning and play with the musicians who first inspired him as he was growing up in 
    Hawai`i. Jake shares a connection with each and every artist on this album. 
    It all started with an after-concert hang with fellow musician Mark Yamanaka. Jake asked Mark if he 
    would ever want to record something together. Ironically, Mark was the first to agree and one of the 
    last to record, “Love Will Keep Us Alive,” which would be one of the many epic collaborations on the 
    long-awaited album.
    In addition to his impeccable musicianship, Jake is also a gifted storyteller, weaving together musical 
    narratives that draw listeners in and leave them spellbound. He wanted to bring the power of each 
    artist’s stories to this album.
    Once the musicians decided on the song that they wanted to record, Shimabukuro along with producer 
    and engineer Grande and Fletcher, worked on a plan on how to best capture the live collaboration. In 
    the studio, the musicians played through the song a couple of times and then Michael would press 
    record. All live in the studio and tracked in the same room together, just like the old days. 
    It was coincidence that brought him together with Hawaiian music legend Henry Kapono. Seated next to 
    each other on a recent flight, Henry shared stories from his “hanabata” (childhood) days, the two talking 
    story about growing up in Hawai`i and how music formed their lives. Jake’s humble nature would have 
    previously prevented him from approaching Henry for a collaboration, but getting to know the man on a 
    personal level gave him the confidence to ask. Jake wanted each artist to choose the song and Henry 
    Kapono chose the iconic, “Sailin’.”
    When Jake was at Ka`imukī High School, he would never imagine having the opportunity to perform with 
    the musicians on this album. It was there where he began his longtime friendship with John Feary, 
    nephew of the late Mackey Feary from the legendary Kalapana band. John sought him out after a 
    performance at the school’s welcome back assembly. As Jake began playing his `ukulele, with his friend 
    holding a microphone in front of him, none of the students were listening. He chose Ohta-san’s iconic 
    song, “Bodysurfing,” a song he learned from his teacher, Tami Akiyama from Roy Sakuma Studios. As he 
    slowly walked closer and closer towards the microphone, the sound of Jake’s Kamaka `ukulele started to 
    echo throughout the gymnasium, and the crowd of over 1500 students fell silent until the end, when 
    they suddenly erupted in cheers. It was a moment that the shy musician would never forget and the 
    beginning of Jake’s journey in music performance. 
    John Feary approached Jake afterwards and they began a daily ritual of jamming after school. Other 
    students joined in the kanikapila sessions and the song “Friends,” composed by John and inspired by a 
    friend who had passed away, was always on the afterschool set list. Having never recorded the song, 
    Jake and John share this special piece of nostalgia on Grateful for the first time.
    Herb Ohta Jr. was one of Jake’s big influences, as his teacher and the son of the legendary Ohta-san, one 
    of the biggest inspirations for Jake’s passion for the ‘ukulele. Jake has always been a fan of Ohta Jr.’s 
    polished performance style and melodic sense and the two were lucky enough to collaborate during the 
    pandemic. They chose to arrange a medley of two songs: one by Queen Lili`uokalani (Ahe Lau Makani) 
    and another by Mekia Kealakai (Wai’alae). The one-take recording is beautiful. Like his father, Herb Jr. 
    plays with a low 4th string, which is a nice contrast from Jake’s high 4th string. Together, their sound is 
    rich and full. 
    Chris Kamaka and Bryan Tolentino are two musicians who’ve had incredible influence on Jake’s career. 
    They were in fact the first to invite Pure Heart, Jake’s first band, to perform in front of a live audience at 
    the Sheraton Waikiki during Ku’uipo Kumukahi’s concert.
    Chris Kamaka, with his son Christopher Kamaka, Jr., chose to record a song written by Eddie and Myrna 
    Kamae called “Dreams,” a tune that Chris would sing to his kids when they were little. Jake heard Chris 
    sing it for the first time in Japan, a moment he remembers bringing him to tears. Chris and his son bring 
    that same emotion to the recording on Grateful. “Eddie Kamae was the first ‘ukulele virtuoso and paved 
    the way for all of us. It is such an honor to record a song composed by Uncle Eddie, one of the greatest 
    players of the instrument with Chris and Christopher Jr. of the Kamaka family, one of the greatest 
    makers of the instrument. 
    Bryan Tolentino, who Jake refers to as one of the true ambassadors of the ‘ukulele, promotes the 
    instrument everywhere he goes – through word and deed. In what promises to be one of the most fun 
    and spontaneous songs on the album, the two recorded “Māori Brown Eyes,” a classic tune that has 
    been recorded by some of the greats like Peter Moon and Troy Fernandez. This is meant to be played in 
    true kanikapila style and that’s how Jake and Bryan approached it in the studio – coming together with 
    no plan, they jammed their way through it and share that joyful energy in the performance. “Like Bryan 
    always says, ‘Ready, fire, aim.’”
    When Del Beazley isn’t singing, he’s usually cracking jokes. The witty, kind-hearted jokester had Jake 
    laughing all the way through his first tour of Japan with Bryan Tolentino, Chris Kamaka and Asa Young 
    (Side Order Band). The pair recorded “Kahalu'u Night” in what Jake can only call magical. Del’s phrasing 
    and the space he gives the music can only be captured when recording in this free form style. Jake 
    recalls having multiple “chicken-skin” moments during the recording.
    John Cruz’s original composition, “Song for Sin” was something the multi-talented instrumentalist and 
    singer/songwriter had always wanted to record. Its Spanish-flamenco sound lends itself perfectly to the 
    pairing of Jake and John’s virtuosic playing styles. “John just plays everything with so much soul. It 
    doesn’t matter if he’s singing, grooving on the bass or strumming away on the guitar… you always know 
    it’s John Cruz.”
    Jake has been a long time fan of Raiatea Helm. They’ve known each other for years and have 
    collaborated on several occasions. Jake was surprised when she decided on a Japanese pop song for 
    their duet. “Stars,’ by Nakashima Mika, is a wonderful addition to the project, and it truly showcases a 
    side of Raiatea that I’ve never seen or heard before. Her phrasing and pronunciation of the Japanese 
    lyrics was sheer perfection - you would never know that she doesn’t even speak the language. She 
    sounds amazing as always.”
    Another Japanese thread weaves through the project in the song recorded with Ron Artis II. While 
    touring together, Jake asked Ron if he could write some lyrics to one of his original songs. An incredibly 
    talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ron brings so much soul to their recording of “Ichigo 
    Ichie,” which means, “once in a lifetime.” A Japanese phrase that reminds Jake to be present and 
    grateful because each moment in life will never happen again in the exact same way. 
    One of Jake’s dearest friends and favorite singers is Pōmaika`i Keawe Lyman. In addition to her 
    incredible musical talent, Jake is always so inspired to see how much time she dedicates to local non￾profit organizations, lifting up the community through outreach opportunities. Pomaika`i had always 
    wanted to record “Ho`okahi Akua,” as a tribute to her late grandmother, the legendary Aunty Genoa 
    Keawe. It was Aunty Genoa who arranged the music with the help of her friend Malia Craver who 
    provided the Hawaiian translation. They had originally recorded the song during the pandemic and both 
    were in tears by the end of it. Fate would have it that the song had to be re-recorded and the recent 
    track captured the more hopeful and joyful feelings they now share.
    Jake and his manager Van sought out newcomer and America’s Got Talent contestant Connor Johnson 
    after seeing him on the show. They all had lunch at Happy Days in Ka`imuki one day and was moved by 
    Connor’s passion for songwriting and storytelling. Connor came into the studio with his original song, 
    “I’ll Be There,” and it was an instant chicken skin moment. “Connor is so talented and it was an honor to 
    work with him in the studio.”
    Jake has always wanted to work with Kimié Miner, a force of nature who dedicates so much of her time 
    to the local community, not only in music, but in education for the children of Hawai`i. It is this same 
    enthusiasm that she approached the recording of “Kawaikini” and the joy she brings to the music is awe￾inspiring. “Kimié is such a great leader in the music community and she does so much positive work in 
    mentoring the next generation of artists.”
    Jake speaks of Brother Noland as one of his musical inspirations. Jake’s father used to take him down to 
    see Brother Noland perform in Waikiki and his soulful voice and conviction captivated Jake at a very 
    young age. Their duet of “Hualālai” takes you on a journey back in time. 
    After performing live with Kawika Kahiapo at Jack Johnson’s Kokua Festival, Jake was inspired to record 
    with the iconic artist. Kawika chose a sweet and heartfelt rendition of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” his 
    deep and resonant voice is the perfect complement to Jake’s melodic phrasing. 
    Fiji, an awe-inspiring vocalist, is as raw and authentic as they come. His genre-bending approach to 
    music takes listeners through reggae, soul, gospel, and R&B. Jake was surprised when he chose “Rusty 
    Old Steampipes,” a classic song written by Warren Ka`ahanui while serving time in prison. Jake recalls 
    playing this song with friends in the stairwells of Kaimuki High School. “I was so thrilled when Fiji agreed 
    to record with me. I never thought that I would have the opportunity to make music with him. He is truly 
    a genius.”
    Jake felt like a fish out of water when he stepped on stage in front of the Honolulu Symphony in 2015, 
    now known as the Hawai`i Symphony Orchestra, to perform Dr. Byron Yasui’s ‘Ukulele Concerto, 
    conducted by Maestro JoAnn Falletta. Jake recalls Concertmaster Ignace “Iggy” Jang who encouraged 
    him with non-verbal cues throughout the 36-minute piece. Jake said that was one of his most inspiring 
    musical experiences of his career. The encores on both evenings were “Pianoforte,” an original piece by 
    Jake, performed as a duet with Iggy on violin. This was the natural choice for their collaboration and one 
    that has always been a favorite of Jake’s wife Kelly. “Ever since she heard Iggy and I perform the piece, 
    she kept asking me when we were going to record it together.” The recording truly captures Iggy’s 
    incredible sensitivity and tone as the two instruments melt together in this beautiful and haunting 
    rendition.
    Another expert at his craft is classically trained guitarist Jeff Peterson. Having fallen in love with 
    Hawaiian culture and kī hōʻalu, or slack key guitar, Jeff is constantly pushing musical boundaries, 
    experimenting with his color palette and virtuosic arrangements. Years ago, while performing together 
    at the `Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival hosted by the Kahilu Theatre, Jeff and Jake performed a 
    memorable version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The experience of the performance was so 
    meaningful to Jake, that when the opportunity came up to record a song for this project, there was no 
    other choice. 
    Going back to his roots – Jake teamed up with former bandmates Jon Yamasato and Lopaka Colón, of 
    “Pure Heart.” Though, they performed it many times together, the group never had the opportunity to 
    record, “Can You Believe,” a song written by Jake for the group. “I felt like a teenager again being back in 
    the studio with Jon and Lopaka. Just like old times…”
    While Jake loves paying homage to the past, he also is excited about trying new things. During the 
    pandemic, Jake went for long periods without playing the ‘ukulele or doing anything creative. At the end 
    of 2020, Jake had a conversation with longtime friend and videographer, Tracey Niimi, and abstract 
    visual artist, Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides. This virtual meeting would eventually take him on a journey 
    through Hawai`i Island as part of a commissioned work to help create an art installation at the Hilo 
    International Airport. Kristie and Tracey wanted to explore nature for inspiration and had the idea to 
    collaborate with Jake to compose a song to inspire the visual piece. The three of them toured tropical 
    locations on Hawai`i island, documenting the trip with amazing video footage that would serve as the 
    basis for the five-panel installation. This project, now known as Abstract Collab, really opened Jake’s 
    mind on ways to push the boundaries on collaborative creativity and will culminate in a music video 
    combining the different mediums in one vision. “Eyes Of The I`iwi” is the song that came out of this 
    unique experience.
    The title track of the album, “Grateful,” is an original song by Justin Kawika Young. The two friends 
    toured together on the mainland and the simple message from the chorus struck a chord with Jake each 
    night as they performed it. 
    “And if it’s 10 years or two, or a lifetime with you, 
    I’ll just be grateful for what I got.
    When only minutes remain, on the rest of our days,
    I’ll just be grateful for what I got.”
    And Jake couldn’t be more grateful.

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Jake Shimabukuro

Wed Jun 12 2024 7:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Tally Ho Theater Leesburg VA
Jake Shimabukuro

$45.00 All Ages

Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro

Pop

Music is a gift, and the ability to play it is a blessing. Be grateful for both. – Anonymous
--
Walking up the creaky wooden steps, there are what seems like hundreds of slippers all around the 
front door. Soft music floats through the air, inviting me to the back yard. Aunties and Uncles fill every 
lawn chair and the keiki run around in the freshly cut grass. There’s a warm breeze blowing and at least 
a dozen friends strum along, kanikapila style, to a tune we all know and everyone sings the words to. 
These are the songs of my life. I am home. And I am grateful.
--
By now, if you know the ‘ukulele, you might know the name, the innovator who is Jake Shimabukuro. He 
has captivated audiences around the world with his unique and dynamic style. With his mother as his 
first teacher of the instrument, Jake embraced a deep love and respect for the `ukulele and has explored 
new and unexpected ways to push the boundaries of what was possible on the humble four-strings. 
Each album has showcased his mastery of the instrument and his ability to weave together diverse 
genres to create a cohesive and captivating musical experience. He is undoubtedly one of the most 
innovative and exciting musicians of his generation, changing the perception of the instrument itself and 
breaking barriers of what kind of music it is capable of.
Enter his newest, and most personal album yet. Grateful is a coming home for Jake. With a literal who’s 
who of Hawai`i based musicians, this collection of songs is performed live, in studio with Jake’s friends, 
contemporaries, mentors, and heroes - all kanikapila style in a return to his roots. Grateful is the follow￾up to the critically acclaimed duets album with artists from Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley and Bette Midler 
to Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and Kenny Loggins. It was these collaborations that inspired him to go 
back to the beginning and play with the musicians who first inspired him as he was growing up in 
Hawai`i. Jake shares a connection with each and every artist on this album. 
It all started with an after-concert hang with fellow musician Mark Yamanaka. Jake asked Mark if he 
would ever want to record something together. Ironically, Mark was the first to agree and one of the 
last to record, “Love Will Keep Us Alive,” which would be one of the many epic collaborations on the 
long-awaited album.
In addition to his impeccable musicianship, Jake is also a gifted storyteller, weaving together musical 
narratives that draw listeners in and leave them spellbound. He wanted to bring the power of each 
artist’s stories to this album.
Once the musicians decided on the song that they wanted to record, Shimabukuro along with producer 
and engineer Grande and Fletcher, worked on a plan on how to best capture the live collaboration. In 
the studio, the musicians played through the song a couple of times and then Michael would press 
record. All live in the studio and tracked in the same room together, just like the old days. 
It was coincidence that brought him together with Hawaiian music legend Henry Kapono. Seated next to 
each other on a recent flight, Henry shared stories from his “hanabata” (childhood) days, the two talking 
story about growing up in Hawai`i and how music formed their lives. Jake’s humble nature would have 
previously prevented him from approaching Henry for a collaboration, but getting to know the man on a 
personal level gave him the confidence to ask. Jake wanted each artist to choose the song and Henry 
Kapono chose the iconic, “Sailin’.”
When Jake was at Ka`imukī High School, he would never imagine having the opportunity to perform with 
the musicians on this album. It was there where he began his longtime friendship with John Feary, 
nephew of the late Mackey Feary from the legendary Kalapana band. John sought him out after a 
performance at the school’s welcome back assembly. As Jake began playing his `ukulele, with his friend 
holding a microphone in front of him, none of the students were listening. He chose Ohta-san’s iconic 
song, “Bodysurfing,” a song he learned from his teacher, Tami Akiyama from Roy Sakuma Studios. As he 
slowly walked closer and closer towards the microphone, the sound of Jake’s Kamaka `ukulele started to 
echo throughout the gymnasium, and the crowd of over 1500 students fell silent until the end, when 
they suddenly erupted in cheers. It was a moment that the shy musician would never forget and the 
beginning of Jake’s journey in music performance. 
John Feary approached Jake afterwards and they began a daily ritual of jamming after school. Other 
students joined in the kanikapila sessions and the song “Friends,” composed by John and inspired by a 
friend who had passed away, was always on the afterschool set list. Having never recorded the song, 
Jake and John share this special piece of nostalgia on Grateful for the first time.
Herb Ohta Jr. was one of Jake’s big influences, as his teacher and the son of the legendary Ohta-san, one 
of the biggest inspirations for Jake’s passion for the ‘ukulele. Jake has always been a fan of Ohta Jr.’s 
polished performance style and melodic sense and the two were lucky enough to collaborate during the 
pandemic. They chose to arrange a medley of two songs: one by Queen Lili`uokalani (Ahe Lau Makani) 
and another by Mekia Kealakai (Wai’alae). The one-take recording is beautiful. Like his father, Herb Jr. 
plays with a low 4th string, which is a nice contrast from Jake’s high 4th string. Together, their sound is 
rich and full. 
Chris Kamaka and Bryan Tolentino are two musicians who’ve had incredible influence on Jake’s career. 
They were in fact the first to invite Pure Heart, Jake’s first band, to perform in front of a live audience at 
the Sheraton Waikiki during Ku’uipo Kumukahi’s concert.
Chris Kamaka, with his son Christopher Kamaka, Jr., chose to record a song written by Eddie and Myrna 
Kamae called “Dreams,” a tune that Chris would sing to his kids when they were little. Jake heard Chris 
sing it for the first time in Japan, a moment he remembers bringing him to tears. Chris and his son bring 
that same emotion to the recording on Grateful. “Eddie Kamae was the first ‘ukulele virtuoso and paved 
the way for all of us. It is such an honor to record a song composed by Uncle Eddie, one of the greatest 
players of the instrument with Chris and Christopher Jr. of the Kamaka family, one of the greatest 
makers of the instrument. 
Bryan Tolentino, who Jake refers to as one of the true ambassadors of the ‘ukulele, promotes the 
instrument everywhere he goes – through word and deed. In what promises to be one of the most fun 
and spontaneous songs on the album, the two recorded “Māori Brown Eyes,” a classic tune that has 
been recorded by some of the greats like Peter Moon and Troy Fernandez. This is meant to be played in 
true kanikapila style and that’s how Jake and Bryan approached it in the studio – coming together with 
no plan, they jammed their way through it and share that joyful energy in the performance. “Like Bryan 
always says, ‘Ready, fire, aim.’”
When Del Beazley isn’t singing, he’s usually cracking jokes. The witty, kind-hearted jokester had Jake 
laughing all the way through his first tour of Japan with Bryan Tolentino, Chris Kamaka and Asa Young 
(Side Order Band). The pair recorded “Kahalu'u Night” in what Jake can only call magical. Del’s phrasing 
and the space he gives the music can only be captured when recording in this free form style. Jake 
recalls having multiple “chicken-skin” moments during the recording.
John Cruz’s original composition, “Song for Sin” was something the multi-talented instrumentalist and 
singer/songwriter had always wanted to record. Its Spanish-flamenco sound lends itself perfectly to the 
pairing of Jake and John’s virtuosic playing styles. “John just plays everything with so much soul. It 
doesn’t matter if he’s singing, grooving on the bass or strumming away on the guitar… you always know 
it’s John Cruz.”
Jake has been a long time fan of Raiatea Helm. They’ve known each other for years and have 
collaborated on several occasions. Jake was surprised when she decided on a Japanese pop song for 
their duet. “Stars,’ by Nakashima Mika, is a wonderful addition to the project, and it truly showcases a 
side of Raiatea that I’ve never seen or heard before. Her phrasing and pronunciation of the Japanese 
lyrics was sheer perfection - you would never know that she doesn’t even speak the language. She 
sounds amazing as always.”
Another Japanese thread weaves through the project in the song recorded with Ron Artis II. While 
touring together, Jake asked Ron if he could write some lyrics to one of his original songs. An incredibly 
talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ron brings so much soul to their recording of “Ichigo 
Ichie,” which means, “once in a lifetime.” A Japanese phrase that reminds Jake to be present and 
grateful because each moment in life will never happen again in the exact same way. 
One of Jake’s dearest friends and favorite singers is Pōmaika`i Keawe Lyman. In addition to her 
incredible musical talent, Jake is always so inspired to see how much time she dedicates to local non￾profit organizations, lifting up the community through outreach opportunities. Pomaika`i had always 
wanted to record “Ho`okahi Akua,” as a tribute to her late grandmother, the legendary Aunty Genoa 
Keawe. It was Aunty Genoa who arranged the music with the help of her friend Malia Craver who 
provided the Hawaiian translation. They had originally recorded the song during the pandemic and both 
were in tears by the end of it. Fate would have it that the song had to be re-recorded and the recent 
track captured the more hopeful and joyful feelings they now share.
Jake and his manager Van sought out newcomer and America’s Got Talent contestant Connor Johnson 
after seeing him on the show. They all had lunch at Happy Days in Ka`imuki one day and was moved by 
Connor’s passion for songwriting and storytelling. Connor came into the studio with his original song, 
“I’ll Be There,” and it was an instant chicken skin moment. “Connor is so talented and it was an honor to 
work with him in the studio.”
Jake has always wanted to work with Kimié Miner, a force of nature who dedicates so much of her time 
to the local community, not only in music, but in education for the children of Hawai`i. It is this same 
enthusiasm that she approached the recording of “Kawaikini” and the joy she brings to the music is awe￾inspiring. “Kimié is such a great leader in the music community and she does so much positive work in 
mentoring the next generation of artists.”
Jake speaks of Brother Noland as one of his musical inspirations. Jake’s father used to take him down to 
see Brother Noland perform in Waikiki and his soulful voice and conviction captivated Jake at a very 
young age. Their duet of “Hualālai” takes you on a journey back in time. 
After performing live with Kawika Kahiapo at Jack Johnson’s Kokua Festival, Jake was inspired to record 
with the iconic artist. Kawika chose a sweet and heartfelt rendition of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” his 
deep and resonant voice is the perfect complement to Jake’s melodic phrasing. 
Fiji, an awe-inspiring vocalist, is as raw and authentic as they come. His genre-bending approach to 
music takes listeners through reggae, soul, gospel, and R&B. Jake was surprised when he chose “Rusty 
Old Steampipes,” a classic song written by Warren Ka`ahanui while serving time in prison. Jake recalls 
playing this song with friends in the stairwells of Kaimuki High School. “I was so thrilled when Fiji agreed 
to record with me. I never thought that I would have the opportunity to make music with him. He is truly 
a genius.”
Jake felt like a fish out of water when he stepped on stage in front of the Honolulu Symphony in 2015, 
now known as the Hawai`i Symphony Orchestra, to perform Dr. Byron Yasui’s ‘Ukulele Concerto, 
conducted by Maestro JoAnn Falletta. Jake recalls Concertmaster Ignace “Iggy” Jang who encouraged 
him with non-verbal cues throughout the 36-minute piece. Jake said that was one of his most inspiring 
musical experiences of his career. The encores on both evenings were “Pianoforte,” an original piece by 
Jake, performed as a duet with Iggy on violin. This was the natural choice for their collaboration and one 
that has always been a favorite of Jake’s wife Kelly. “Ever since she heard Iggy and I perform the piece, 
she kept asking me when we were going to record it together.” The recording truly captures Iggy’s 
incredible sensitivity and tone as the two instruments melt together in this beautiful and haunting 
rendition.
Another expert at his craft is classically trained guitarist Jeff Peterson. Having fallen in love with 
Hawaiian culture and kī hōʻalu, or slack key guitar, Jeff is constantly pushing musical boundaries, 
experimenting with his color palette and virtuosic arrangements. Years ago, while performing together 
at the `Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Festival hosted by the Kahilu Theatre, Jeff and Jake performed a 
memorable version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The experience of the performance was so 
meaningful to Jake, that when the opportunity came up to record a song for this project, there was no 
other choice. 
Going back to his roots – Jake teamed up with former bandmates Jon Yamasato and Lopaka Colón, of 
“Pure Heart.” Though, they performed it many times together, the group never had the opportunity to 
record, “Can You Believe,” a song written by Jake for the group. “I felt like a teenager again being back in 
the studio with Jon and Lopaka. Just like old times…”
While Jake loves paying homage to the past, he also is excited about trying new things. During the 
pandemic, Jake went for long periods without playing the ‘ukulele or doing anything creative. At the end 
of 2020, Jake had a conversation with longtime friend and videographer, Tracey Niimi, and abstract 
visual artist, Kristie Fujiyama Kosmides. This virtual meeting would eventually take him on a journey 
through Hawai`i Island as part of a commissioned work to help create an art installation at the Hilo 
International Airport. Kristie and Tracey wanted to explore nature for inspiration and had the idea to 
collaborate with Jake to compose a song to inspire the visual piece. The three of them toured tropical 
locations on Hawai`i island, documenting the trip with amazing video footage that would serve as the 
basis for the five-panel installation. This project, now known as Abstract Collab, really opened Jake’s 
mind on ways to push the boundaries on collaborative creativity and will culminate in a music video 
combining the different mediums in one vision. “Eyes Of The I`iwi” is the song that came out of this 
unique experience.
The title track of the album, “Grateful,” is an original song by Justin Kawika Young. The two friends 
toured together on the mainland and the simple message from the chorus struck a chord with Jake each 
night as they performed it. 
“And if it’s 10 years or two, or a lifetime with you, 
I’ll just be grateful for what I got.
When only minutes remain, on the rest of our days,
I’ll just be grateful for what I got.”
And Jake couldn’t be more grateful.

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All Ages
limit 10 per person
Front Row - Seated
Seating in the first two rows! This is a fully seated show. All seating is first come, first served.
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General Admission - Seated
This is a fully seated show. All seating will be first come, first served.
$45.00

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