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Jake Shimabukuro

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has been stretching the boundaries of the instrument’s capabilities for a couple of decades now. A mid-2000’s YouTube video of him went viral and brought him to worldwide recognition. He is currently winding up a US tour, working his way down the West coast, before heading to Japan for a month of tour dates. His latest album, The Greatest Day, was released in late 2018 to critical acclaim. His trio are performing Sunday October 20th at the Tower Theatre in Fresno.

Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

 

This year, the Tower Theatre in Fresno turns 80 years old. The theatre’s iconic marquee and tower have flashed fluorescent pink and purple since it opened in 1939. 

“The Memorial Auditorium was built then, and so the Tower Theatre was really the very last of those big, glorious, neon-lit theaters,” says Elizabeth Laval, President of the Fresno Historical Society. 

She says one of the theatre’s developers was A. Emory Wishon, who worked for the utility company San Joaquin Light and Power.