Our friend Cassidy Blackwell from Natural Selection went and saw the performance last week at the Castro Theatre here in SF. Here’s her photos and review from the show and documentary screening…

This past Wednesday, , the world-renowned ukelele virtuoso debuted his new yet-to-be-titled tour documentary at the in . Known for his ability to make big sounds out of a small instrument, Shimabukuro skyrocketed to worldwide stardom in 2006 after his YouTube rendition of the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral. The World Premiere viewing of the documentary sheds a light on Shimabukuro’s youth and artistic development while providing an intimate glimpse of his life as a globally artist. Director Tadashi Nakamuro artfully captures the power of the instrument to connect people of all ages, cultures, and ethnicities as cameras follow him at home, behind stage, and to performances around the world in everywhere from the Philharmonic Concert Hall to a nursing home for the elderly displaced by the tsunami in Sendai Japan to a preschool in .

  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • a traditional Hawaiian standard
  • Blue Roses
  • Me and Shirley T (guest performance by Dominator)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Wipe Out (duet with brother Bruce also on ukelele)
  • a family performance of a traditional Hawaiian song, (brother Bruce on ukelele and mother Carol on vocals)

I first saw Shimabukuro four years ago at l and was blown away by his musical prowess at the time. The documentary is beautiful depiction his evolution of his musicianship as well as Shimabukuro as a humble, yet globally inspiring artist.