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MACC ‘Solo Sessions’ series to debut with Jake Shimabukuro

By Staff | Jul 8, 2010

Jake Shimabukuro talks with the audience at a recent show. Photo by Ryota Mori.

KAHULUI — The Maui Arts & Cultural Center announces “Solo Sessions,” a new series of intimate musical performances in the McCoy Studio Theater designed to highlight artists in the ultimate up close and personal setting. 

The series begins on Thursday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. with “Jake Shimabukuro — Peace, Love, Ukulele.”

Considered Hawaii’s ukulele ambassador, Shimabukuro recently received 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards for “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” and “Instrumental Album of the Year.”

This year’s major events for Shimabukuro include playing with Bette Midler for the Queen of England and touring with Jimmy Buffett to amphitheaters and stadiums across the country.

At the MACC, he will take the small stage with stories, songs and lightening-fast strumming in his signature ukulele style.

Shimabukuro said, “I’m so excited about this new concert series. The McCoy has always been one of my favorite venues because it’s casual and intimate with a lot of class.

“The acoustics in the McCoy are nothing short of fantastic and the atmosphere is warm and inviting — like sitting in grandma’s living room. I’m thrilled about the show’s concept — casual and relaxed — just like playing for my mom and dad when I was a little boy.”       

Tickets are available for $25. VIP tickets are $45, which includes premium seating, early access to the theater for a sound check and meet-and-greet with Shimabukuro.

For tickets, call 242-SHOW or visit MauiArts.org.