Calling All Wannabe Ukulele Stars!

Jake Shimabukuro

Congratulations to our contest winner, Dominic Pieranunzio!

Eddie Vedder: “Jake is taking the instrument to a place that
I can’t see anybody else catching up with him.”

Brian May: “Amazing uke playing to be relished.”

Jake with Ukulele

Are you ready for a little YouTube fame that’ll get you onstage
to open for ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro?

Jake’s fans will compete in an online ukulele contest and the chance to open for him at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (2012 SFIAAFF) on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

Jake will be in town for the world premiere of a new documentary on his life and career, so the evening will be very special for all. The film, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura, is a production of the Center for Asian American Media, who has presented SFIAAFF for 30 years.

Millions of fans around the world first discovered Jake through his now-famous YouTube clip performing George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Now it’s your turn!  Much like Jake’s rise to popularity, contestants will submit their own video playing one of Jake’s songs.

The winner will take center stage for an once-in-a-lifetime moment
and perform one song before Jake Shimabukuro.


1. Create your own audition song video and upload it to YouTube. You may submit a maximum of 2 songs, for the first round only.
(tag it Ukulelestar and CAAM. If you’re on Twitter, #Ukulelestar)
2. The song must be originally written by Jake himself.
3. Email the link to jakecontest [at] caamedia [dot] org with your name and phone number. All entries must be submitted by midnight on February 20, 2012.

The winner will be responsible for any transportation & hotel if necessary. However, travel support to the winner will be considered.

That’s it!  Our panel of esteemed judges will then select five finalists for the final round of voting and that is when we turn to you, the YouTube community to help us choose the winner!

We’ll announce the winner on the week of February 27, 2012

Good luck and start practicing!  Update:  Please attend and share our Facebook eventSo You Think You Can Uke – Jake Shimabukuro YouTube Contest

See the playlist of our finalists!