The show was absolutely incredible. Jake was amazing. His playing was unbelievable and he was just so likable. He told a bunch of entertaining stories and seemed so nice, so real. I’m so glad we went – and so glad Heather was there and the girls as well.
The venue was perfect for him. With some of the YouTube videos I’ve seen, you can see he plays in all different kinds of places. The Orpheum really added to the experience. It was stately, quiet and had great acoustics – really helped you focus intently on the show. It was our first visit to there ever. What a great theater! It’s beautiful, very ornate, has tons of character but it is still quite comfortable. I loved it. Whenever I notice anything interesting playing there, the venue will definitely add to the draw.I went with Heather, our 5 year old and our 2 year old. I’m totally impressed at how good the kids were too. The show was just Jake playing on stage for almost an hour and a half with nothing else to occupy attention. It was dark and completely quiet. With the whole crowd so quiet and focused the entire time, I just wouldn’t have expected them to handle it as well. They were awesome though. They really enjoyed it too. Marina was clapping like mad and Sienna was grooving to tunes much of the time – not bad for 8:00 to 9:15 when they were already wiped out. Sienna even asserted that she really wanted to thank him after the show.
Jake did come out afterwards and signed autographs (on everything including ukuleles that many folks brought), took pictures and talked with everybody. They had a few CDs for sale, a t-shirt and a few other things. He was still going when we left (at least an hour later). The girls met him, talked with him and took some pictures with him. He was wonderful with them.
So to the show…
- Blue Roses – hadn’t heard this before but it was a brilliant start – lyrical and beautiful
- Let’s Dance – this is his flamenco-like number, incredible playing
- Me & Shirley T – one of the first songs he wrote when he was a kid drinking Shirley Temples
- Sakura Sakura – a song he wrote in the style of the Japanese koto – a 13 stringed floor instrument – really sounded much more like that than a ukulele
- USCD – quick ditty in the old Hawaiian style to support storytelling
- Kung Fu Star – another quick ditty with the first lyrics he ever wrote
- Piano Forte – a song on the style of a piano piece – beautiful
- While My Guitar Gently Weeps – amazing George Harrison song – over 5M views on YouTube
- In My Life – brilliant rendition of the Beatles song
- Trapped – kind of a jazzy groove
- $5 Unleaded – a new song with ups & downs mimicking the feelings you have when you fill up your gas tank, it runs down & then you fill it again
- Ave Maria – he used a ukulele he was donating to a museum here – last song he’ll ever play on it
- Untitled (Kelly’s Song) – new song for the next album – loved it
- Orange World – bluegrass vibe – catchy
- Encore – Crazy G – went nuts with this as the crowd urged him to go faster & faster