Events & Tickets

Shoji Tabuchi

August 24, 2013 @ 7:00pm

Doors Open: 6:00pm

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 31st at 11am

Ticket Prices: $48.00-$38.00

Groups of 10 or more can receive a discounted ticket price.  Contact Nikki Hill at 309-434-2921or email at nikkihill@uscellularcoliseum.com to order your group tickets now.

Branson’s #1 Must-See Show

Shoji Tabuchi

Coming to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum

Bloomington, Ill. (May 20, 2013) – A night mixed with country, bluegrass, big band, Cajun, Broadway/movie tunes, pop, jazz, swing and classical, Shoji Tabuchi will bring it all to the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Saturday, August 24 at 7:00pm

Tickets will go on-sale Friday May 31st at 11am.  Ticket prices are $48.00 for floor seating and $38.00 for bowl seating. 

Groups of 10 or more can receive a discounted ticket price.  Contact Nikki Hill at 309-434-2921or email at nikkihill@uscellularcoliseum.com to order your group tickets now. 

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the U.S. Cellular Coliseum Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, select Walmart locations, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

ABOUT Shoji Tabuchi

Shoji’s love of American country music continued to grow.  While his father was away, Shoji convinced his mother to support his dream of becoming an entertainer.  With a small amount of money, Shoji set out for the United States.

 

Initially, he settled in San Francisco.  To make ends meet, Shoji took jobs as a waiter in Japanese restaurants and polished cars.  He also formed the “Osaka Okies” with two friends and had several good jobs in night spots such as the “Hungry Eye.”

The early days were difficult because he spoke little English, wasn’t taken seriously as a country musician and could not get into the musicians’ union.

Having moved to the Midwest, his first steady job was playing fiddle in a country band at the Starlite Club in Riverside, MO.  In 1968, Shoji again met Roy Acuff who again invited him to “come to Nashville when you get a chance, I’ll put you on the Opry.”  Shoji wasted no time, drove to Nashville, and appeared that Friday night at the ole Ryman Auditorium.  There he fiddled his way into the hearts of country music fans who gave him two standing ovations.  Ultimately, Shoji played the Opry 27 times.

Instant success did not follow, however.  He relocated to Wichita where he worked in a hospital x-ray laboratory by day and played his country music at the Western Swinger Club by night.  While in Wichita, Shoji also played with the KFDI radio “Wichita Linemen” band.

His Nashville exposure and hard work paid off when he got the opportunity to audition with legendary country music artist David Houston’s, of Almost Persuaded fame.  He flew to Shreveport, auditioned and immediately started six years touring the country (1970 – 1975) as a featured act.  He made his home in Shreveport and Bossier City.  Shoji was then asked to form a band by NFL Hall of Fame Pittsburg Steeler quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, who had recorded some country songs.

In short order, his name and virtuoso talent were spread throughout the country, bringing him standing ovations wherever he played.  His touring days saw him performing with the likes of Marty Robbins, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Dolly Parton and many other stars of the country music world. 

It was during his touring years that he journeyed through a small town in the Ozarks called Branson.  He fell in love with its idyllic setting, its charm, and mostly importantly of all – its people.  The rest, as they say, is history.  In a few short years Shoji Tabuchi has gone from being a starring headliner on the Branson scene, to having his own show in his own 2,000 seat state-of-the-art theatre.  His warmth and humor touch his fans in a very special and personal way, bringing thousands to The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre year after year for the performer U.S. News and World Report says, “May be unequaled anywhere for showmanship.” 

 

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