Hawaii-born ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro’s latest album Jake & Friends, which dropped in 2021, is not a collection of recordings with people Jake Shimabukuro has regularly worked and toured with over the course of his life.
Instead, he brings heroes from all generations and genres together. I mean, did you ever think you’d hear Bette Midler, Billy Strings (playing Tampa this week!), Michael McDonald, and Willie Nelson on the same record?
Shimabukuro’s show is not affiliated with the Ukulele Fest in The District happening downtown, but it's pretty cool that they're happening at the same time.
Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.