Jake Shimabukuro @ Kentucky Center

Friday, Jan. 28

Kentucky Center
501 W. Main St. • 562-0100
www.jakeshimabukuro.com
$22.50-$27.50; 8 p.m.

Jake Shimabukuro (pronounced she-ma-boo-koo-row) is using a backing band on his latest album, Peace Love Ukulele, so it’s true that no ukulele player is an island. It’s also true that when he throws himself into an instrumental break, he makes you forget six strings are even relevant, when four will do nicely. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart in large part due to the 33-year-old Hawaiian’s ability to fuse contemporary pop with this traditional instrument, and by following the examples set by non-musicians Bill Cosby and Bruce Lee. The former entertained with only his words and a mic; the latter treated creativity as a form of human expression. Shimabukuro’s mindset borrows from both. Part of LEO Weekly’s A Little Off Center Series. —Mat Herron

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