Jake Shimabukuro at the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech

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As we transition from the cold winter to the warm spring, no music is more welcoming than the soothing ukulele from islands of Hawaii.

One of the world’s best known Ukulele players, Jake Shimabukuro, who made a stop at the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech as part of his new CD release tour, shared his talent before a packed house.

I had seen Jake last year during his first visit to the Ferst Center and was excited to see him again.  He is a one man ball of energy. Not the bouncing off the wall energy, but the calm, cool, collective type who embodies the Hawaiian spirit.

This time around, not only was Jake celebrating a new album, he was also enjoying his new son.  He noted that being a father changes one’s perspective: not only does he have a new lease on life, his love has gone beyond measure. He cannot believe he could love so much.

Jake started off with some of his classics and then mixed it up with a little Bohemian Rhapsody sprinkled in with his own three cord creations. He even performed his first song he ever wrote which was a song in homage of his hero Bruce Lee.

The Ukulele is an intimate instrument and has three distinct voices that can be mixed up and tell the story of the hang loose life style of the tropical beaches of Hawaii.

Be sure to check out March’s line up at the Ferst Center. There is always something for everyone.  The Jake Shimabukuro show was packed, so don’t wait and get your tickets soon.

Next up is The Mikado on Sunday March 10

Acoustic Alchemy – Saturday March 16

Sean Curran Company – Saturday March 23

An Evening with Ira Glass- Saturday, April 6

The Velveteen Rabbit – Sunday, April 14

Ethel – Saturday April 20

For more information visit: www.FerstCenter.org or call (404)894-9600