Hot picks: The Builders and the Butchers, Jake Shimabukuro, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Four strings sing

Ukulele wiz Jake Shimabukuro fuses the traditional style of the instrument from his native Hawaii with rock, jazz and classical music. Watch him work his way across those four strings, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, $23-$60, Atwood Concert Hall. Visit for info.

High and low

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas wind their ways through a set of traditional Scottish fiddle and cello music, with Fraser handling the highs and Haas taking care of the lows. They play 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Sydney Laurence Theatre, $27.50, and 6 p.m. Sunday at Vagabond Blues in Palmer, $25. Visit for info.

Welcome home

The musicians in The Builders and the Butchers moved to Portland, Ore., to form their Southern goth-leaning folk-rock band a few years back, but the former Alaskans are no strangers to stages here. This time they're playing a more intimate setting: two nights at Tap Root. The first is Friday with Hawkins Wright and the Super Saturated Sugar Strings. Saturday is with Orion Donicht and SJ and Drums. Both start 8 p.m., $18 advance, $22 door (21 and older). Visit for info.

'Bulls on Parade'

Local bands pay tribute to Rage Against the Machine on Saturday, with Alaska Thunder Funk, Machine Corpse, That Seven Story Monster and Noise Brigade tackling the politically minded rap-rock group's catalog 8 p.m. at Koot's. Cover is $5 (21 and older). Visit for info.