FISH CREEK, WI (July 19, 2016) – Ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) on Sunday, July 31. Preceding the concert will be two free community events: an open ukulele jam at 6pm, then a “Wisco Luau” at 6:30pm, featuring free Tapuat Kombucha and local fare from Chives’ food truck available for purchase. Shimabukuro performs at 8pm.
In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and played in front of the Queen of England. His live concerts are an electrifying blend of instrumental virtuosity, deep musicality, and a natural entertainer’s flair. Over the past decade, Shimabukuro has become a one-man crusader for the ukulele cause, turning the four-string axe into a pliable musical vehicle. Strumming with a hummingbird-like blur, he coaxes an impossibly big sound out of the little instrument, generating everything from smooth pop to lilting originals, crunching rock to sensuous jazz.
“Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can’t see anybody else catching up with,” says Pearl Jam guitarist Eddie Vedder about Shimabukuro.
All ukulele players and enthusiasts are invited to an open uke jam before Shimabukuro’s concert, beginning at 6 p.m. in DCA’s back courtyard. This event is free and does not require a ticket. In the event of inclement weather, the uke jam will take place in DCA’s lobby.
From 6:30-7:30pm, DCA will host a “Wisco Luau.” Sister Bay’s Tapuat Kombucha will be on site serving up free Hawaiian-inspired kombucha mocktails. And Chives’ ‘Farm to Table’ Food Truck will come over from Baileys Harbor to sell locally sourced dinners ranging from $8-$20. A detailed menu will be shared via DCA’s Facebook page a few days prior to the event. No ticket is required to attend.
Jake Shimabukuro’s performance is made possible by underwriting sponsors Cynthia Stiehl and The MMG Foundation in Celebration of the YMCA, headlining sponsor Peninsula Pulse, major sponsor Tapuat Kombucha, and supporting sponsor Wisconsin Public Radio.
Jake Shimabukuro will perform at DCA at 8pm on Sunday, July 31. Tickets for the concert range from $32 to $62. A limited number of $10 tickets are available for students age 18 and younger. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at 920.868.2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.