3611/1243739980-jakeshimabukuro1tease.jpg Just got back from the Jake Shimabukuro concert at the Cistern (one of Spoleto’s big events during this year’s jazz series). The lawn at the Cistern was almost completely filled with white folding chairs (they may have run out of seats) and the largest turnout I’ve seen in five years of Spoleto coverage.

It certainly was the most “rock ‘n’ roll” of Spoleto jazz events in recent years. Shimabukuro covered the Beatles, delved into 9/8 signature, and evoked the spirit of Buffett, Van Halen, and Bruce Lee. A weird and healthy mix of old and young, preppies and hippies, and blue-collared and Charleston blue-bloods had a blast. Look for a full review on Sunday.

(Photo by Nobuyuki Itoh)

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