Video Exclusive: Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro Performs Live

You might think that ukulele is just a simple instrument perfect for strumming little ditties. I did.

But Jake Shimabukuro proved me wrong!

Perhaps best known for his renditions of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele, Shimabukuro can be described as no less than a master musician.

Recently he released a concert DVD, Grand Ukulele: Live in Boulder, that showcases his live performance prowess.

Recorded live at the Boulder Theater in Colorado, the DVD features material from Jake's 2012 album Grand Ukulele, which garnered praise for its “intricate originals and shrewdly arranged pop covers” (NY Times). I agree. After checking it out myself, I found it pretty fabulous.

We were lucky enough to spend some time with Jake recently in the Acoustic Nation studio, where we talked, he played and we even jammed for a minute or two!

Here, let Shimbukuro blow your mind with these incredible in studio live performances:

Here he plays his original, “Ukulele 5-0”

Check out his song “Dragon.” Here he uses some effects pedals and a looper. Incredible!

Shimabukuro is currently touring widely. Check out his tour schedule and more at

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Laura B. Whitmore

Laura B. Whitmore is a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, writing for, Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network, she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.