With the holiday weekend approaching, take a moment to watch virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro perform “America the Beautiful” at Garden of the Gods Park near Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs. The song was originally written as a poem by Katharine Lee Bates after she visited the landmark in 1893.

Watch/Share Jake’s “America the Beautiful” courtesy of Reverb.com:

About Jake Shimabukuro:

Called “one of the hottest axemen of the past few years [who] doesn’t actually play guitar” (Rolling Stone), Jake Shimabukuro has become one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument—an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. Throughout his rich and varied catalog of albums, Jake captures the many moods of the uke, fearlessly traversing boundaries and putting his inspired touch on everything from island standards, to popular tunes and classical symphonic concertos. He has collaborated with artists from Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and Cyndi Lauper to Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Lyle Lovett and Bette Midler, and wowed audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Playboy Jazz Festival, and the cutting-edge TED conference. Noted for his solo uke arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Beatles “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Jake just released Nashville Sessions, his first album of all original songs, which Associated Press called “an adventurous, dazzling album.” Jake balances music with family life and community service, traveling to schools around the world spreading positive messages to young people, encouraging them to live drug-free and find their passion. Just last month, he completed an ambitious goal of repairing 100 damaged Kamaka ukuleles for Hawaii public schools.

For more information on Jake Shimabukuro, contact Michael Jensen (mj@jensencom.com) and Erin Cook (erin@jensencom.com) Jensen Communications, 626.585.9575

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