Be sure to visit the new 2009 Festival page for the Schedule of Events (as it looks right now) and a list of some of the talent headed our way this year. We will flesh this out with more detailed explanations of each event (and the prices) shortly. In the meantime, please note that we have a full week-end of ‘ukulele fun in store.
Also be sure to check out the Festival Poster page where you can download and print out your own fliers to post prominently, wherever you think ‘ukulele and/or music buffs would like to see them. Your help in getting the word out about the festival is sincerely appreciated. The more the merrier.
Thanks to the generosity of the Petalukes, our ‘ukulele-strumming buddies over in Petaluma, we are once again able to put on a performance for the veterans residing at the California Veteran’s Home in Yountville. Last year we were able to treat the vets to the sweet sights and sounds of Hawai’i with Robyn Kneubuhl, KonaBob Stoffer, Mark Nelson, and Liko Puha. This year, the inimitable Ralph Shaw will keep ’em hopping with his usual, zany, off-the-wall antics. (Who can forget his song from last year, describing how to build an ‘ukulele case? In case you missed it, click on the photo of Ralph, taken by Lori Ikeda-Lowe at last year’s festival.) Don’t worry, there’s plenty of Ralph to go around. Festival attendees will be able to catch his act at Beringer Vineyards on Saturday AND take a couple of workshops from him. He’ll be popping in and out of some of the other events through-out the week-end, as well.
A big welcome goes out to our new sponsor, JVC, who is providing the Everio camcorders for use in the Kala UkeTube Booth, where festival attendees will have an opportunity to strum their stuff in a semi-private forum, under semi-professional circumstances, for world-wide distribution. We’ll have more details on this later. But, for the time being, you might want to start thinking about what song you’dlike to perform for the world at large. Thanks to the support of JVC and Kala Ukuleles, the UkeTube Booth will be in operation throughout the day on Saturday, October 10, at Beringer Vineyards.
Rapid Uke 101
And while we’re on the subject of Saturday’s events, feel free to bring along any curious friends or family members who haven’t yet caught the bug (bug? flea? get it?) and drop them off at Frank Novicki’s Rapid Uke 101 booth, where Frank will have them humming and strumming in a quick 30 minutes. Don’t worry if they don’t have an ‘ukulele, yet; we’ll make one available for them.
Frank is also a valued member of the Maika’i Gents, who will be performing at the Judd’s Hill Hula Party on Friday, October 9. If you plan attending that, don’t forget to bring your gently used (but now unused) slippahs to donate to Soles4Souls, the primary beneficiary of the Friday night event.
Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donation of new and used shoes and has distributed more than 4.3 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 17 seconds) to people in over 125 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania, and the United States. We’ll have a collection box at the Hula Party where you can deposit the shoes you don’t want to take back home with you.