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World-renowned ukulele performer to visit Stillwater

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Whether you’re one of the millions who’ve seen him play the ukulele on YouTube or you simply appreciate his world-renowned talent, Jake Shimabukuro is sure to captivate you when he performs live at the OSU Seretean Center Concert Hall Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m.

As one of the most successful and talented ukulele players in history, Shimabukuro’s level of performance draws comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. His concerts feature original songs as well as unique arrangements of classics, such as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Hallelujah.”

“We’ve truly never had a performance like Jake Shimabukuro’s,” said Brandon Mitts, arts, culture and entertainment manager for OSU Allied Arts. “He is so talented on the ukulele, and he plays crowd-favorites, which is a combination that will please everyone in the audience.”

A native of Hawaii, where he still resides, Shimabukuro started playing the ukulele at the age of four. He now performs more than 100 times a year, with audiences that have included Queen Elizabeth II. He has collaborated with artists including Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler and Cyndi Lauper, and his music has topped Billboard’s World Music Charts on multiple occasions.

Tickets for the performance range from $10 for children 12 and under to $20 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at  For more information, contact the OSU Allied Arts office at (405) 744-7509 or

This is the second of six performances hosted by OSU Allied Arts during the 2017-2018 season. For decades the OSU Allied Arts office has brought top-notch talent to the Oklahoma State University campus to enrich the lives of students and the general public through the arts. For more information about Allied Arts and Jake Shimabukuro, visit

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