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Jake's 2011 North American Tour + Patagonia CD

Jake's new original song, "Less Cowbell, More Ukulele," will be featured on "Patagonia Music Collective Vol 3," a compilation recording project that supports organizations dedicated to protecting the environment. Available exclusively on iTunes now. Proceeds from Jake's track will go to the Kokua Hawaii Foundation.

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7. 12 Santa Cruz, CA : Rio Theatre (SOLD OUT)
7. 13 Napa, CA : Napa Valley Opera House
7. 14 San Diego, CA : Ukulele Festival
7. 15 Grass Valley, CA : California WorldFest
7. 17 Honolulu, HI: Ukulele Festival
7. 23 - 7. 30 Japan Tour
8. 08 Honolulu, HI : 10th Anniversary Concert @ DFS Galleria Waikiki
8. 13 Yonse University Centennial Memorial in Korea
8. 20 - 8. 21 Japan Tour
8. 26 - 9. 02 Dave Koz & Friends at Sea 2011 Alaskan Cruise

Eddie Vedder Announces June/July Solo Tour

In support of his forthcoming solo album, Ukulele Songs, Eddie Vedder will embark on a month-long U.S. solo tour in June and July. Vedder's tour kicks off on June 15th at Providence's Performing Arts Center and wraps up on July 15th at Seattle's Benaroya Hall (full tour dates follow).

Special guest Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames) will join Vedder on the road. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday, April 1st. A pre-sale for active members of Pearl Jam's Ten Club takes place Tuesday, March 29th and Wednesday, March 30th. (For full details on this pre-sale, visit www.pearljam.com).

Vedder's solo album, Ukulele Songs, will be released on Tuesday, May 31st through Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records. Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. The first single from the album, "Longing to Belong," is available now digitally.

Also released on May 31st is Water on the Road, a live-concert DVD directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green featuring performances from Vedder's August 16th and 17th 2008 solo tour engagements at Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre. The DVD features a live performance of "You're True" from Ukulele Songs as well as a mix of Pearl Jam catalog, covers and songs from Vedder's critically acclaimed, award-winning solo record, Into The Wild.

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Eddie Vedder June/July U.S. Tour Dates:

Date            City                            Venue
June 15 Providence, RI          Providence Performing Arts Center (PAC)
June 16 Boston, MA              The Wang Theatre
June 18 Hartford, CT            The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
June 21 New York, NY            Beacon Theatre
June 22 New York, NY            Beacon Theatre
June 25 Philadelphia, PA        Tower Theatre
June 26 Detroit, MI             Fox Theatre
June 28 Chicago, IL             The Chicago Theatre
July 1  St. Louis, MO           Fox Theatre
July 2  Minneapolis, MN      Orpheum Theatre
July 5  San Diego, CA           Copley Symphony Hall
July 6  Long Beach, CA     Terrace Theater
July 8  Los Angeles, CA    The Wiltern
July 9  Santa Barbara, CA       Santa Barbara Bowl
July 11 Oakland, CA             The Paramount Theatre
July 14 Portland, OR            Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
July 15 Seattle, WA             Benaroya Hall

Eddie Vedder Album "Ukulele Songs" Released 5/31

Eddie Vedder will release a solo album, Ukulele Songs, on Tuesday, May 31st (May 30th internationally) through Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records. Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. The first single from the album, "Longing to Belong," will be available for sale through digital retailers on Tuesday, March 22nd (March 21st internationally).

Also released on May 31st is Water on the Road, a live-concert DVD directed by Brendan Canty of Fugazi and Christoph Green featuring performances from Vedder’s August 16 and 17, 2008 solo tour engagements at Washington, D.C.'s Warner Theatre. The DVD features a live performance of "You're True" from Ukulele Songs as well as a mix of Pearl Jam catalog, covers and songs from Vedder’s critically acclaimed, award-winning solo record, Into The Wild.

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Ukulele Songs Album Tracklisting:

1. Can't Keep

2. Sleeping by Myself

3. Without You

4. More Than You Know

5. Goodbye

6. Broken Heart

7. Satellite

8. Longing to Belong

9. Hey Fahkah

10. You're True

11. Light Today

12. Sleepless Nights (featuring Glen Hansard)

13. Once in Awhile

14. Waving Palms

15. Tonight You Belong to Me (featuring Cat Power)

16. Dream a Little Dream

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Water on the Road Live Concert DVD Tracklisting:

1. The Canyon

2. Sometimes

3. Trouble

4. Around the Bend

5. Girl From the North Country

6. Guaranteed

7. Setting Forth

8. Far Behind

9. No Ceiling

10. Rise

11. Golden State

12. Society

13. Forever Young

14. Ed Piano (Instrumental)

15. I’m Open

16. Man of the Hour

17. Driftin’

18. No More

19. You’re True

20. Ukulele Interlude (Instrumental)

21. Unthought Known

22.  Arc

23.  Hard Sun

24.  The Canyon (reprise)

Time, NYT Laud Jake Shimabukuro

It's been a banner year thus far for Jake Shimabukuro. His new album 'Peace Love Ukulele' (HITCHHIKE RECORDS) debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Album chart, and has brought the Hawaii native national acclaim from NPR, YouTube and others. Time Magazine and the New York Times can now be added to the list in praise of Shimabukuro's virtuosic ukulele playing.

Nate Chinen of the New York Times said of a recent performance Shimabukuro at Brooklyn Bowl:

"Shimabukuro… comes by his fame with buoyant musicianship and brisk proficiency. 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 fredboard tapping."

Read the entire review here.

Shimabukuro and his ukulele are also featured in a Time Magazine article by Tim Morrison about the instrument and its sudden surge in popularity. Morrison notes that a quick Google search of ukulele "won't be some grainy clip of Tiny Tim or George Formby but a performance by a hair-gelled 34-year-old Hawaiian named Jake Shimabukuro."

Read the Time Magazine piece here.

Read Grateful Web coverage of Jake here.

Jake Shimabukuro & His Ukulele Top Billboard This Week

Jake Shimabukuro has conquered the Billboard music charts this week with his instrument re-defining new album, Peace Love Ukulele. The album debuted at #1 on the "World Albums" chart (the ukulele virtuoso's best showing to date), blazed the "Heatseekers" chart with a Hot Shot debut in the 4th position, and also made it onto the “Independent Albums” chart at #31. Peace Love Ukulele, out on Hitchhike Records, has shattered the first week sales records of all previous Shimabukuro releases.

The Honolulu native and his stalwart ukulele skills were recently featured on NPR'S “Weekend Edition,” where he voiced his conviction that "if everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.”’

Listen to the full NPR “Weekend Edition” segment HERE!

For more album info and all things Jake Shimabukuro, visit www.JakeShimabukuro.com

Fleck, Harrison, Wooten Adore Jake Shimabukuro

Critics have raved about the artistry Jake Shimabukuro displays on 'Peace Love Ukulele' (out January 4th from Hitchhike Records). The New Yorker said that "in his hands... the ukulele becomes a source of beauty, power, and inspiration."

Jake's fellow musicians agree. Here's what some of them had to say:

"The way Jake plays the 'ukulele is amazing and beautiful... he's a special musician." - Bela Fleck

"To say that Jake is incredible is not enough. He is much more than that. His music takes you on a journey. He plays with so much expression, feeling, and soul; it's like he's an old man in a young man's body. It only takes one listen to understand exactly what I'm saying." - Victor Wooten

"George felt liberated playing the uke and loved it because it made everyone smile. I especially love Jake's versions of George's songs." - Olivia Harrison

"It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to know that I was able to contribute in some way to the rest of the world hearing Jake play. From the moment I first heard his amazing style and watched the audience reaction in a club on the waterfront in Honolulu, I knew he was a unique and universal talent. We all at Mailboat Records are proud and excited to be distributing his latest release, and it gives me another good excuse to get back to Hawaii for 'business' - work, work, work..." - Jimmy Buffett

“Instrumentalists with a truly unique voice on their instrument come around very rarely. It was such a welcome gift to the world when Jake came on the scene... someone whose mastery of the ukulele is eclipsed only by the sheer joy he spreads in playing it. Jake Shimabukuro is without a doubt, one of a kind!” - Dave Koz

Listen to the hard driving "Bring Your Adz" from 'Peace Love Ukulele' here.

Jake Shimabukuro's "Go For Broke" pays tribute to soldiers' legacy

On 'Peace Love Ukulele' (out January 4th from Hitchhike Records), Jake Shimabukuro displays his customary "brilliance and brio" (NPR) on the ukulele with "Go For Broke," a Shimabukuro original that pays heartfelt tribute to the courageous American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought and sacrificed their lives in World War II.

The motto of the second-generation (Nisei) Japanese-American soldiers from Shimabukuro's native Hawaii, the most highly decorated U.S. unit in military history, was "Go For Broke," meaning "to risk everything on one great effort to win big." That's also a good description of the way Shimabukuro plays, with "stunning chops" and "a deep and sensitive musicality" (Guitar Player).

The Nisei veterans' determination has been a source of inspiration for Shimabukuro, himself of Japanese ancestry, since he was a young boy.  “Whenever I am faced with a problem, I always ask myself, 'How can I handle this situation in a way that would make a Nisei veteran proud?'" he says of the men of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 100th Infantry Battalion, the 1399th Engineering Construction Battalion, and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), who fought for the U.S. against their ancestral land at a time when those of Japanese heritage were often viewed with suspicion. “I think anyone who hears their story will be inspired to be a better person.”

Shimabukuro knows a peaceful way to express that inspiration. "If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place," he says.

Listen to Jake Shimabukuro's "Go For Broke"

Jake Shimabukuro Believes Music is Good Medicine

"If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place." -Jake Shimabukuro

Jake Shimabukuro is recognized as one of the world's most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers, having "given the ukulele a new respect altogether" (All Music Guide), as he demonstrates on his forthcoming album ‘Peace Love Ukulele,' out January 4, 2011 on Hitchhike Records.

But as his career continues to blossom, Shimabukuro, a Hawaiian, is also busy giving back to his island community, using the ukulele as his tool. He’s currently the head spokesperson for Music is Good Medicine (MIGM), a living-healthy community program that tours schools, hospitals and senior centers around Hawaii and on the US mainland, as well as in Guam, Saipan and Japan.



Shimabukuro’s belief that music is good medicine goes all the way back to his childhood. "Ever since my mother first put a ukulele in my hands at the age of four," he says, "this magical instrument has been a positive force in my life – helping to steer me away from drugs, violence and other negative influences. It fueled my passion for music, which has helped me to develop in mind, body and spirit."

He points to the therapeutic, stress-reducing benefits of playing music and says the ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to learn, as well as one of the most affordable. "This tiny, four-string instrument is a universe of joy and healing, with a childlike quality about it that returns us to our youth and energizes us."

Jake Shimabukuro October Newsletter

Aloha! Jake finished his annual tour of Japan last month and is now getting ready for shows on the east coast of the United States and his first visit to GERMANY!!

Jake's proud to announce his new album "Peace Love Ukulele" will be released in January 2011! The album includes Jake's original songs "143" (the numeric pager code for "I love you") and his tribute to World War II veterans, "Go For Broke". On the album's only two solo ukulele arrangements, Jake brings his unique style to Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", and Queen's epic rock and roll classic "Bohemian Rhapsody".

Watch Jake perform "Bohemian Rhapsody" filmed by Tad Nakamura in Hiroshim, Japan.

Jake recently released a new album "I Love Ukulele" in Japan. To promote this new album, Jake went on a month long tour (August 14 - September 14) around Japan, which consisted of 16 shows in 14 cities.  While in Japan, Jake even had time to visit some elderly homes and spread the joy of music that we are all familiar with.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

10.16.2010 - 2nd Annual Asian American Music Festival - Los Angeles, CA

10.17.2010 - Balboa Theatre - San Diego, CA

10.20.2010 - Sellersville Theatre 1894 - Sellersville, PA

10.21.2010 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT

10.22.2010 - The Berlind Theare - Princeton, NJ

10.23.2010 - Rams Head On Stage

10.24.2010 - Gagnon Auditorium at the Morgan School - Clinton, CT

10.25.2010 - Highline Ballroom - New York, NY

10.26.2010 - Regattabar - Cambridge, MA

10.30.2010 - German Jazz Festival Frankfurt - Frankfurt, GERMANY

11.02.2010 - The Ceder - Minneapolis, MN

11.03.2010 - Stoughton Opera House - Stoughton, WI

11.04.2010 - The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI

11.06.2010 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL

11.19.2010 - Raymon F. Kravis Center for the Arts - West Palm Beach, FL

01.28.2011 - The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts - Louisville, KY

02.03.2011 - 41st Annual Jazz Festival Fundraiser - Penfield, NY

02.07.2011 - The Grand Opera House - Wilmington, DE

02.08.2011 - Birchmere - Alexandria, VA

02.10.2011 - Lipinsky Auditorium University North Carolina at Asheville - Asheville, NC

02.11.2011 - Kenan Auditorium University North Carolina Wilmington - Wilmington, NC

02.12.2011 - Progress Energy Center For the Performing Arts - Raleigh, NC

02.18.2011 - Kahilu Theatre - Kamuela, HI

03.24.2011 - Orange Couty PAC Segerstrom Concert - Costa Mesa, CA

03.26.2011 - San Francisco Jazz Festival - San Francisco, CA

03.31.2011 - Campbell Hall - Santa Barbara, CA

04.01.2011 - Target Artbeat Series-Henderson Events - Henderson, NV

08.26.2011 - Dave Koz & Friends at Sea - 2011 - Seattle, WA

Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro Releases His First LIVE CD

photos by Phil & Janie- for the Grateful Web

Perhaps you were in the audience at one of Jake Shimabukuro's shows last year when he "entered the zone, created unforgettable music, and wowed the crowd. The odds are that Jake's tech crew recorded that concert, and the moment is captured on Live, his upcoming HITCHHIKE RECORDS release (distributed by Thirty Tigers/RED, April 14 release). This is Jake's first full-length CD since 2006's best-selling Gently Weeps. After taping dozens of U.S. and overseas performances Jake chose these tracks as representing the best of the best of his live playing.

I've always wanted to release a live CD because there's something magical about capturing the energy of the audience during a performance, says Jake. "Every cheer and chuckle writes itself into each tune and becomes a part of the arrangement. Every track reveals a different side of the ukulele. Soft and sensitive at times, other times cheery and playful, occasionally dramatic, and, once in a while, hard and aggressive.

I enjoyed putting this album together because it preserved the feeling of each concert. Every venue had a refreshingly intimate vibe that made the creation of music pleasurable. My favorite moments are the spontaneous ones of laughter and joy between songs. Music should bring happiness. The sound of the ukulele always makes me smile. I think the world would be a greater place if everyone played the ukulele.

The 17-song CD includes 12 Shimabukuro originals (Nine versions of his best-known compositions, plus three brand-new tunes) and five covers (including a jaw-dropping version of J.S. Bach's "Two-Part Invention No. 4 in D Minor"and a memorable interpretation of Thriller," the Rod Temperton song made famous by Michael Jackson). Of course there's a live version of George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps"which might be Jake's best-recorded version yet!

Live documents the fascinating journey and musical growth of one of the most original musical talents on the planet, Jake Shimabukuro.