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Coral Reefer Band

Jake Shimabukuro

An article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin talks about how Jake and Jimmy Buffett first met:

Buffett had been a fan of Shimabukuro’s music, but it was a longtime member of his Coral Reefer Band, guitarist and vocalist Mac McAnally, who convinced him that “this kid is the real deal.”

McAnally had heard Shimabukuro live and suggested to Buffett that the Hawaii musician should sit in for a few songs during the band’s April show at the Waikiki Shell (April 19, 2005).

“I’ve got a pretty good instinct about these things, but I really trust Mac more than me,” Buffett said. “But this band isn’t a democracy, so I went to Ala Moana Center — with a hangover mind you — to buy one of his CDs just before my concert.” After a listen: “I agreed with Mac.”

The next day, during a visit to the Waikiki Local Motion surf shop, Buffet saw a poster that said Shimabukuro would be doing a private performance in the store, to be broadcast live to Japan.

“I left a note with Local Motion to give to Jake saying I liked his (music) and to call me if he had the time,” Buffett said. “I wanted him to sit for some songs.”

Shimabukuro was speechless when he learned the details. “I thought, no way, is this a joke?” Shimabukuro said.

He played two encores with Buffett at the sold-out Shell Concert that night, including one song with Henry Kapono. When he finished a solo piece, Buffett whispered, “Passing the torch, Jake. Now run with it.”

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Album Credits (Jimmy Buffett albums)
Year Album Title Credit Notes
2006 Hoot (Movie Soundtrack) Ukelele
2006 Take the Weather With You Ukulele Guest Musician
2007 Live in Anguilla Ukulele Special Guest

Tours (with the Coral Reefer Band)
Year Tour Name Credit Notes
2006 Party At The End Of The World Tour Ukelele Guest
Special Appearances
Date Show Info Credit Notes
04/19/05 Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu HI Ukelele
06/15/05 Nissan Pavilion – Bristow VA Ukelele
10/04/07 Waikiki Beach Shell – Honolulu HI Ukulele
10/20/07 MGM Grand – Las Vegas NV Ukulele
04/24/08 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St Louis MO Ukulele
04/29/08 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Charlotte NC Ukulele
06/05/08 Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta GA Ukulele
06/10/08 DTE Music Theatre – Clarkston MI Ukulele
06/12/08 Madison Square Garden – New York NY Ukulele
06/23/09 Post-Gazette Pavilion – Burgettstown PA Ukulele
06/25/09 Comcast Center – Mansfield MA Ukulele
06/27/09 Comcast Center – Mansfield MA Ukulele

Solo and Other Albums

Year Album Title