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Jake Shimabukuro, Brian Evans to perform tonight

By Staff | Jun 3, 2010

LAHAINA — The Maui Celebrity Series will continue on Thursday, June 3, with Jake Shimabukuro and Brian Evans.

The show is set for 8 p.m. at The Maui Theatre in Lahaina.

Starting at $25, tickets are available at The Maui Theatre in Old Lahaina Center and GrooveTickets.Com.

Jake Shimabukuro is a Hawaii-born ukulele virtuoso. His music combines elements of jazz, rock and pop.

Shimabukuro’s mother gave him a ukulele at age four and he was hooked from the first chord he played.

He initially gained attention in Hawaii in 1998 as a member of Pure Heart — a trio with Lopaka Colon (percussion) and Jon Yamasato (guitar). Their debut album won them four Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

In November 2009, Shimabukuro accompanied Bette Midler at the Royal Variety Show in front of the Queen herself. They performed a rendition of the Beatles song “In My Life” as the first of Midler’s three-song set.

Evans is an American-born actor, singer, song and screenwriter. He first opened for Franki Valli at The Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and then opened for Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach.

In 1990, Evans made his way to film, costarring opposite Keith Coogan. That year, he was also featured on “Beverly Hills 90210.” In 1994, Evans costarred in “Full House” playing Kimmy Gibbler’s boyfriend.

Releasing a debut “Crooner” album, Evans’ CD became the number one best-selling independent release in Canada. This resulted in Evans guest appearing on national TV shows and a run at the legendary Desert Inn in Las Vegas, once home to Frank Sinatra’s talents.

Evans has played the famed Las Vegas Strip numerous times at practically every venue. He has opened for Jay Leno, Joan Rivers and Social Distortion.

In its 2005 issue, Grammy Magazine named Evans among this generation’s most relevant crooners.