Jake Shimabukuro at TED: Friday Links

Jake Shimabukuro has performed at TED and impressed Bill Gates (who plays the uke himself after taking lessons from Warren Buffett).

Thanks to Ken and Krabbers, the ukulele festivals list has a few new entries.

Herman Vandecauter demonstrates ukulele resgueado.

Shelley Rickey is putting together an exhibition of painted ukuleles. It’s yet to seen whether any of them will feature Lisa Simpson making out with Astroboy.

Ukulele half-strap.

A portrait of Harry.

In the comments: nutcrakerkuge schools in the Japanese behind the name U900: “U900 if read in Japanese (numbers have various ways of being pronounced) reads: oo-ku-re-re, or UKULELE! Kinda like english folks make words with phone numbers, but more directly. Another example is 39…san-queue…thank you.”

Ukulele promos are vastly superior to their non-uke cousins: L’Uke poster and flyer, Uke Valentino flyer, 30 ukulele, 30 artists

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  1. Armelle February 12th, 2010 2:17 pm

    So cool to find out where the name U900 comes from and loved the language trick to say thank you too… 39 for that !

  2. Craig Robertson February 12th, 2010 2:49 pm

    Jake needs a better lid.

  3. Anne Marie February 12th, 2010 2:51 pm

    I think that looks more like Mr. Spock than Astroboy.

  4. Jon February 12th, 2010 3:33 pm

    Do you think Jakes performance will be available online?

  5. Woodshed February 12th, 2010 8:02 pm

    Armelle: I thought you might like that titbit.

    Craig: Are you having a go at his haircut?

    Anne Marie: The heart sees what it wants to see.

    Jon: I’m certain it will.

  6. Ron Hale February 13th, 2010 5:13 am

    Ami Worthen is blogging the Mad Tea Party Rockin’ The Rockies
    2010 tour on her Ukulele Rockstar site.

  7. Xenia February 13th, 2010 8:44 am

    Jake, AT TED?! What a magnificent combination! I feel like it’s my birthday.

  8. Woodshed February 13th, 2010 2:53 pm

    Ron: Thanks for the info.

    Xenia: Yeah, I’m looking forward to seeing it.

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