Jake Shimabukuro 

Oct. 21, Record Exchange, Caldwell Fine Arts Center

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In 2010, Jake Shimabukuro stood before a TED audience in California and called the ukulele the "underdog of instruments." Then, he launched into a crowd-wowing uke rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." His fingers are fast enough for his songs to be measured by the heavy metal standard—notes played per second—but his message is peace and love. When Boise Weekly asked why he thinks the uke can make the world a better place, he said it's because "People don't see it as a serious instrument, so [they] don't have egos about it." Catch Shimabukuro for FREE at the Record Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 12:30 p.m., and at the College of Idaho's Jewett Auditorium at 7 p.m. for $10-$30.

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