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Event Pick: Jake Shimabukuro at Capital Ale House 

April 20 and 21

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For whatever reason, the ukulele doesn’t get the respect afforded other stringed instruments. I think the unmistakably sweet sound of the Hawaiian four-string makes some people believe that the ukulele — originated from the Portuguese machete in the 19th century — is a novelty instrument. Putting an end to that misconception is Jake Shimabukuro. The virtuoso musician and composer from Honolulu is the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele. Known for his blazing fret board dexterity, Shimabukuro takes the instrument from the tiny bubbles of Don Ho into a genre-mashing journey of expression. On Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21, the undisputed modern master of the ukulele showcases his breathtaking range and emotive depth on the instrument at the Capital Ale House. Doors for the must-see performances open at 7 p.m. $45-$55. capitalalehouse.com.
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