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Jake Shimabukuro Brings Ukulele Sounds To Springfield


Born and raised in Hawaii, Jake Shimabukuro is considered one of the finest ukulele players in the world.  A video of him performing was one of the first to go viral when YouTube was still in its infancy.  Niki Dakota chatted with Shimabukuro ahead of his visit to the Miami Valley about the ukulele and its history.

Jake Shimabukuro will perform on  November 21st at Springfield's Kuss Auditorium.

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.