Posts Tagged ‘ukulele’

If You Need a Ukulele, the Fillmore Street Uke Man Has You Covered – Any Color You Want

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

And just try to guess what’s in his huge backpack? That’s right, a brace of ever more ukulele and, for all I know, a Board of Equalization Seller’s Permit, who knows?

Look for him making his rounds in the Upper Fillmore. He’s not shy at all:

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Buy one and then you’ll be able to play like this guy. (Start at 2:30 if you want – 8.5 million YouTube viewers can’t be wrong…)

Free Hawaiian Music in Japantown Today Until 6:00 PM: Kōkua Japan Concert to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Looks like that rain will stay away, so why not hit Japantown today?

The scene this AM during setup:

Kōkua Japan San Francisco concert on April 2 to benefit Japan disaster relief

Free event in Japantown’s Peace Plaza to include Hawaiian music, Polynesian dance and diverse Bay Area bands

SAN FRANCISCO, California — In response to the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan, a group of concerned citizens from the Bay Area’s Hawaiian and Asian American communities have organized Kōkua Japan San Francisco, a fundraising concert in Japantown’s Peace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011. “Kōkua” means “help” in Hawaiian.

Donations to the Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will be solicited at the free event, which will also raise funds through raffles of donated merchandise and T-shirt sales. The nonprofit Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will collect the monies and deliver them to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC), which administers the earthquake relief fund along with Union Bank. One hundred percent of the fund will be distributed for direct assistance to residents of the affected area of Japan.

The entertainment on the Peace Plaza stage, at Post and Buchanan streets, will be emceed by NBC Bay Area newsman and stand-up comedian Mike Inouye. The lineup includes: * Hawaiian music groups: Steven Espaniola & Friends, Faith Ako & Friends, Side Order Band featuring Chris Kamaka & Asa Young, ‘AHAmele ‘Ukulele Band, Ho’omana and JD Puli & Friends * Polynesian dance troupes: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu (hula), Ke ‘Olu Makani ‘O Mauna Loa with kumu Meleana Manuel (hula), Ka Liko Pua O Kalaniākea (hula), Merahi O Tehani (Tahitian ‘ōte’a) * Diverse musical acts: Feelosophy (funk, soul), Project Gojira (fusion), Native Elements (reggae), Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra (funk, rock, ska.)

Local merchants have donated items for raffle prizes, while Hawaiian Airlines is flying in 200 special “Aloha” T-shirts for sale with the help of the Hawai’i Lieutenant Governor’s office, which is coordinating the islands’ Aloha for Japan fundraising effort. The T-shirt, which uses a rising sun for the “o” in “Aloha,” will sell at Kōkua Japan San Francisco for $25, from which the $15 profit per shirt will go to earthquake relief. Sponsors include Aloha Warehouse, Colortone Digital, Hawai’i Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, Susie Kagami, Osaki Creative Group, and Sound Innovations. Thanks also go to Sandy Lee of the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department.

SFJazz Spring Season 2011 Continues: Jake Shimabukuro Plays the Palace of Fine Arts – 7 Million YouTubers Can’t Be Wrong

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Our SFJazz Spring Season 2011 continues. Check it.

Selling out shows at the Palace of Fine Arts over the weekend was, as per usual, Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

Here’s his famous viral video from back in the aughts – he gets into it starting at 2:45 or so.

If you missed the sold-out shows, well, you can always see him next time…

This is exactly what the scene was like* at the Palace of Fine Arts over the weekend:

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Bon courage, people of SFJazz Spring Season 2011!

*Didn’t want to violate the no-cameras policy myself, but, as you can see, I’m not reverse to using somebody else’s shot. In this way, I’m something like a person who would never shoplift but, nevertheless, buys unopened boxes of cut-rate toothpaste from the pink bag mafia at the thieves market near 7th and Market Street. Oh well.

Ukulele Virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro Delights San Francisco, Sells Out Yoshi’s on Fillmore

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Small Guitar Hero and YouTube phenom (5,000,000 viewers can’t be wrong, skip to 3:00 for the good part) Jake Shimabukuro played San Francisco the past two days, adding some much-needed foot traffic to the Yoshi’s San Francisco jazz club on Fillmore.

He was telling all his old stories between songs, and some new stories as well, including the one about his recent performance for the Queen of England.

Jake, on the right, doesn’t sign body parts, but he does sign ukuleles:


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All the deets.

When will he return?

Japanese Community Youth Council’s Craft Fair and Island Jam in Japantown

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Here’s what the Japanese Community Youth Council‘s (JCYC) 5th Annual Craft Fair and Island Jam looked like yesterday on San Francisco’s Post Street.

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Ukulele from Yelp-rated Academy of Hawaiian Arts

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…and hula everywhere, of course.

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Here’s your crafts fair…

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…and here’s the keiki winning with the penguin fish game. That fish is up and it’s good.

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See you next year, assuming the white richers at the 1600 Webster condos deign to allow Japantown be Japantown…