DISPATCH: AMERICA, LOCATION 12 TOUR – Tickets – Iron City – Shows – Birmingham, AL – June 22nd, 2017

 
 
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DISPATCH: AMERICA, LOCATION 12 TOUR

DISPATCH: AMERICA, LOCATION 12 TOUR

Jake Shimabukuro

Thursday, Jun 22nd 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Iron City - Shows

Birmingham, AL

$20.00 - $42.00

This event is all ages

$1.00 per ticket sold will go to Artist Charity

Dispatch
Dispatch
"We've been called the biggest band nobody's ever heard of," says Brad Corrigan, one of Dispatch's
three singers and multi-instrumentalists. "People either know everything about us or they know nothing.
There never seems to be any middle ground."
He's not kidding. When Dispatch called it quits in 2004, their farewell show at the Hatch Shell in
Boston drew 110,000 fans from around the world, making it one of the largest independent music events
in history. Not bad for a band that formed in college and only put out three albums (Silent Steeples in
1996, Bang Bang in 1998, and Four-Day Trials in 1999), and never managed to get any significant radio
play.
Nine years later, Brad Corrigan, Chad Stokes, and Pete Francis briefly reunited, performing at New
York City's Madison Square Garden to raise funds for Zimbabwean humanitarian efforts. When the
show sold out, marking Dispatch as the first independent band to sell out the storied venue, they
announced two more shows—both of which also sold out immediately, raising even more for relief
efforts. In 2009, the band would go on to perform an all-acoustic show, held at the Kennedy Center in
Washington, D.C., at the request of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.
In June 2011, Dispatch officially regrouped for a sold-out U.S. tour that included three shows at the TD
Garden Arena in Boston, three shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and the first-ever concert
at New Jersey's Red Bull Arena. Their passion for social responsibility still a major driving force, they
introduced their 'Amplifying Education' campaign during the tour, donating one dollar per ticket sale to
local school systems. They also offered several Dispatch-sponsored volunteer events throughout the
tour. "I'm always amazed when people show up for these volunteer events, because everyone's busy and
has a lot going on in their lives," Stokes says. "But our fans are so passionate about the band, and that
seems to lend itself to wanting to do more than just come to the show."
The band also continued to release new material, including a six-song EP and their first full-length
studio album since 2000, 2012's Circles Around the Sun. The album features cinematic, expansive
production by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), ultimately creating an eclectic all-American
rock and roll record that delivers the gutsy storytelling, radiant harmonies, and good-time grooves. In
2013, the band released a double-disc live recording, entitled Ain't No Trip To Cleveland: Vol. 1, which
includes both classic and new material. Currently, the band has been spending time in the studio
working on writing the next record.
For the band, all the whirlwind begins and ends with the fans. "It's a dream to know that your music is
actually a part of people's experiences and becomes tied to special moments in their life," Corrigan says.
"That makes it all worth it. Also, it all just feels fun again. We're so fired up to be great friends and to
travel the world and see places we've never been before. I mean, come on. It doesn't get much better
than that."
On July 11, 2015, Dispatch's musical and social awareness history will come full circle as the band
takes the stage for a second time at Madison Square Garden. With one in six people struggling to put enough food on their table, the smallest big band in the world is looking forward to doing their part.
Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro
Consider the humble ukulele. It's an adaptation of a stringed instrument that traveled with Portuguese immigrants who came to work in the sugar cane fields of Hawaii. Islanders made the "machete" their own, mixing external influences of classical European music and Spanish guitar with Hawaiian songs. Native Hawaiians renamed the little machete the ukulele and it's become synonymous with Hawaiian music and Hawaiian culture.

Jake Shimabukuro comes from that same process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical. He's combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that's uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition.

Growing up in Hawaii, Jake's influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake's performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. In addition to his original compositions, his repertoire includes Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, Schubert's Ave Maria and Cohen's Hallelujah.

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake's life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four, urged by his mother who also played.

Jake began his music career in the mid-90's, performing at local coffee shops as a sideman with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake's solo career began in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when a cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views, opening the rest of the world's eyes to Jake and his unique playing style.

In the years since the YouTube clip aired, Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Lyle Lovett -as well as orchestras around the world. He's sold out world-class venues, played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference, and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

He has topped Billboard's World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical "hero" by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: "one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn't actually play guitar." He has also won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder who states: "Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with;" been talked about by Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on national TV with appearances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Good Morning America," and "The Today Show," and along the way has earned comparisons to musical innovators such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis.

Jake has been the subject of an award winning documentary "Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings," currently on Netflix.

Jake also travels to schools around the world and spreads positive messages to young people, encouraging them to find their passion and live drug-free.

Although he is constantly touring, playing 140 shows a year, Jake and his family continue to make Hawaii their home.