Hawaiian uke superstar Jake Shimabukuro, who spent the bulk of 2013 touring in support of his acclaimed Grand Ukulele CD, has released a DVD of his October concert in Boulder, Colorado. “It really captures the energy and essence of the tour,” Shimabukuro says in a phone interview while preparing to take the stage in Willmington, North Carolina, one the final stops in a busy year that saw him playing in 2,000-seat venues.
“The Grand Ukulele tour was a first for me,” Shimabukuro adds. “Taking a six-man crew with me, touring on a bus, having a trailer, brining our own lights, our own sound. Prior to this tour it was just me and a road manager and we were renting a minivan, so this was really a luxury tour for me.”
The ting that left the biggest impression on Shimabukuro, however, was the makeup of his audience. “It’s interesting to see three generations of a family who will come together,” Shimabukuro says. “You’ve got the grandkids, the parents, and the grandparents and they are all enjoying it in their own way. It’s really a beautiful thing.”