How often does a classical violinist win accolades for also sounding “synthtastic?” Seattle-born Kaoru Ishibashi ranks among the few. After studying film scoring at Berklee College of Music, he toured with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and Deerhoof. His work with Of Montreal band founder Kevin Barnes pushed Ishibashi to direct his classical training in less conventional directions. Soon, he was layering Caribbean beatboxing and electronic looping with classical string arrangements. NPR’s Bob Boilen discovered him at SXSW and calls him his personal favorite musician; NPR Music named him 2012 “Best New Artist of the Year.” Ishibashi tours as a five-piece band under the pseudonym Kishi Bashi. Accompanying Ishibashi’s lustrous violin are percussion, electric guitar, keyboards, and Mike Savino’s electric, color-changing disco “banjotron.” The result is an unforgettable live show that flows from rollicking indie anthems to hushed acoustic numbers.
The New York Times says Kishi Bashi will “inspire awe in even the most ambivalent.”
Heralded as the best living ukulele player in the world, Jake Shimabukuro says, “The ukulele, with its humble four strings and modest two-octave range, is an instrument limited only by the imagination and creativity of the person playing it.” Having inherited his passion for the instrument from his mother in Hawaii, Shimabukuro immersed himself in local tradition, also mastering drums, piano, and guitar. He had planned to teach secondary school until a performance video of him prompted critics to gush things like, “Asian guy shreds on ukulele.” He never dreamed that his musical first love would earn him recording deals with Epic Records and many years of world tours. Since 2001 Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Béla Fleck, and others have pursued collaborations with Shimabukuro, and Eddie Vedder honors him for reinspiring his own ukulele projects. Shimabukuro flies from Hawaii to North Carolina to perform an extraordinary double bill with Kishi Bashi for the NCMA audience.
Can’t wait for the show? Join the Kishi Bashi and Jake Shimabukuro concert text group, where we’ll provide real-time weather and traffic-related info on the day of the show. To join, text NCMAkishi to 72727. We promise not to send annoying frequent texts, just useful messages and updates. Standard text and data rates apply, and you can stop at any time.
Summer concerts and movies have been an NCMA tradition for two decades, and we’re excited to launch another season of great music and entertainment. Our venue—the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park—is situated in the heart of the Museum campus amid gardens, meadows, woodlands, and sculpture.
Please observe the following rules and guidelines to enhance your safety and enjoyment of summer concerts and movies.
Blankets and folding chairs are permitted for lawn seating.
Pets are not allowed on the premises.
Smoking is permitted only in a designated area near the theater entrance.
Public restrooms and water fountains are at the bottom of the entrance walkway to the left. Portable toilets are added for large concerts.
Please turn off cell phones during movies. Phone use is allowed at concerts, but please silence your ring tone and be courteous of those around you.
Please note seating chart for each event. If all sections with bleacher seating are marked “reserved,” it is not permitted to dance, stand, or sit in front of the stage.
Picnics are welcome in the amphitheater—or enjoy food prepared by Iris restaurant. An ATM is located just outside East Building. A full menu is available during concerts; traditional concessions are offered during movies. Beer and wine may be purchased inside the venue for all events.
Coolers, ice chests, picnic baskets, and plastic storage containers for transporting food and ice are allowed.
Beverage containers not purchased at the venue must be factory sealed and in non-glass containers. This applies to water, tea, lemonade, or any other beverage. The Museum reserves the right to inspect all containers brought onto the premises.
Parents may bring baby bottles or sippy cups for young children.
Visitors may not bring alcoholic beverages of any type into the Museum Park.
You must be at least 21 to consume wine or beer on the premises. IDs are checked at the gate.
In case of emergency, contact a uniformed security officer.
Emergency medical care is available at outdoor events, courtesy of Rex Healthcare's Emergency Response Team.
Walkways and stairs must be kept clear; no seating or standing permitted.
Use caution when moving about the facilities after dark.
Events take place rain or shine unless conditions endanger the safety of artists and the public. We’ll post weather updates on the event listing as well as on Facebook and Twitter. You may also call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923, for updates.
The Museum Park Theater is wheelchair accessible from the main parking lot. Volunteers and security personnel stationed at the entrance will provide assistance if needed.
Arts Access provides audio description of selected summer movies.
If a concert is canceled before the headlining artist completes half of the contracted performance, you may obtain a refund for the face value of the ticket. Please contact the Box Office during regular business hours within 90 days of the event date.
If a movie is canceled, you may exchange your ticket for another outdoor movie ticket within the same season.
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