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Ukulele Musician Jake Shimabukuro  Returns to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

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CERRITOS, CA – Noted for his “buoyant musicianship” and “brisk proficiency” by The New York Times and named a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro takes the spotlight at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Friday, December 2, 8:00 PM. Tickets to the concert start at $50 and are available at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at cerritoscenter.com.

It’s rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It’s even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early 30s. But when a jaw-dropping YouTube clip of JAKE SHIMABUKURO’S performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps went viral, the ukulele sensation’s career skyrocketed, leading to collaborations with Bette Midler, Yo-Yo Ma, Ziggy Marley, and Chris Botti. Shimabukuro’s album Peace Love Ukulele, an acclaimed showcase of Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and traditional Hawaiian music, topped the Billboard World Album Chart.

Since age 4, Shimabukuro has been playing the ukulele and in his hands, the instrument becomes a bold musical force. The New York Times hailed, “The innovation in his style stems from an embrace of restrictions: The ukulele has only four strings and a limited range. He compensates with an adaptable combination of rhythmic strumming, classical-style finger-picking and fret board tapping.” Rolling Stone concurred, saying, “One of the hottest axmen of the past few years doesn’t actually play guitar.”

The musician has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show With Conan O’Brien, The Today Show, and Last Call With Carson Daly. He had a cameo in the Adam Sandler hit movie Just Go With It.

For tickets or more information on Shimabukuro’s performance, call (562) 467-8818, or go to cerritoscenter.com.

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