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May Daze


Originally published 12:00 p.m., May 4, 2006
Updated 2:40 p.m., May 8, 2006

ELECTRIFYING UKELELE: Ever ponder what Jimi Hendrix might have sounded like if he played a ukulele? Me neither, but Jake Shimabukuro has. While he respects tradition as much as the next Hawaiian, the 28-year-old virtuoso is instilled with a thirst for experimentation. Occasionally transforming the gentle four-stringed instrument into a roaring guitar is his idea of a good time. An excitable guy this Jake, he loves to jump through a wide range of styles like jazz, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and, of course, rock. Next Wednesday, May 10, SOhO’s audience is in for a wild ride.  — Tyler Blue

NIGHT FALLS HARD: Emerging from the musical breeding ground that is Portland, Oregon, is At Dusk, an indie rock band whose intensely original sound refreshes and makes their upcoming May 11 show at Giovanni’s in I.V. way worth the trip from State Street. Comprised of three friends who went to high school in L.A. together — Greg Borenstein (bass, guitar, vocals), Cary Clarke (guitar, bass, vocals), and Will Hattman (drums, vocals) — At Dusk compares themselves to Mission of Burma, “had they been from the West Coast, fronted by a confused Colin Blunstone and Brian Wilson, with Jorge Ben, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and the Pace Twins go-go dancing, clapping out a beat, and cheering from the wings of the stage.” At the very least though, these are good buddies who know each other well, and so should you. They’re touring to promote the release of their third album, You Can Know Danger, which is downloadable from their website atduskmusic.com. The show starts next Thursday, May 11, at 9 p.m.  — Matt Kettmann

WE LOVE LES SHELLEYS: It’s a band name forged in the mind of singer/songwriter Tom Brosseau from a romanticized remembrance of a schoolhouse friend of the second grade. Such idyllic beauty is clear in Les Shelleys’ music. The duo, Brosseau and Angela Correa, both successful solo artists, joined forces out of a mutual appreciation for traditional folk, country, and jazz, although the almost eerie angelic harmony of their voices couldn’t have hindered them, either. “I have a real passion for lo-fi sound,” said Correa about her love of bare-bones music. With influences like Bob Dylan, Leadbelly, and John Prine, the duo’s guitar-playing is deep and melodic and runs like a river. They aim for folk and try to bring their audiences with them, back to a simpler time with simpler music, where messages and feelings are clear and don’t rely on “bells and whistles” to make their point. They’re playing a free show in UCSB’s Storke Plaza at noon on May 9.  — Hudson Hornick

WESTSIDE HOMECOMING: Daniel Parslow is back in town and his band, Anything but 3 Bucks, is ready to momentarily rekindle their rock ’n’ roll glory. Regarded by some as being among S.B.’s finest, this reunion is bound to bring old fans out of the woodwork. The improvisational guitarist has been passing his time in Hawaii, playing with drummer Bill Kreutzmann of Grateful Dead fame. Anything but 3 Bucks will be landing at Palmieri’s on Saturday, May 6. The word is their sound is influenced by the likes of James Brown, Rush, and Black Sabbath. There is no cover and the music goes from 9:30-12:30.  — TB

MOUSTACHE DE MAYO: Break out the Coronas and grease up the margarita-making blenders, for it’s Cinco de Mayo on Friday. State Street’s sure to be bustling with activity, but for the best time on this celebration day in memory a major Mexican military victory, head down to Zelo’s, where young rockers Holden are holdin’ a “Moustache de Mayo” bash. It’s an 18 and up show, and anyone who comes with a mustache — man or woman — gets a free copy of their latest CD, When You’re Here. It’s a good bet they’ll play some Mexican-inspired tunes too.  — MK

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