Shimabukuro LIbbey Bowl Aug 2022

Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers

Jake Shimabukuro and bass player Jackson Waldhoff on stage at Libbey Bowl on Aug. 4, 2022.

When Jake Shimabukuro asked the audience at Libbey Bowl on Aug. 4 if anyone played the ukulele, hands shot into the air from across the crowd. 

 He was amazed and said it was the largest crowd of ukulele players he thinks he’s had in an audience yet. On the balmy Thursday night he played his unique arrangements of well known songs like the Beatles’, “Here Comes the Sun” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Shimabukuro also performed original compositions, one called “The Drag” he said was inspired by the film, “Dragon: the Bruce Lee Story.” It was an uptempo piece, with complex transitions and plenty of energy. 

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Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers

Jake Shimabukuro on stage at Libbey Bowl on Aug. 4, 2022.