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Utah’s first ukulele festival returns in it’s fifth year on August 27th, 2016. Bring your uke and friends to Highland Utah and enjoy a full day of FREE ukulele workshops interspersed with an open mic picnic, ukulele jam and capped off by a FREE concert featuring members of the audience, teachers and UFO HUM (Ukes for Others : Happy Ukulele Movement).
Help spread the word about the Original Utah Uke Fest and put up a poster at your place of work, church or a community board near you: 2016 Utah Uke Fest Poster (PDF).
Ukuleles for Youth Drive
Do you have an extra ukulele about the house, or just want to help celebrate the ukulele spirit by helping others have a chance to learn? We will be holding a Ukulele collection drive for the Ukulele Youth Choir (part of the American Fork Children’s Choir), a tuition-free learning & performing program for youth ages 10-17 that meets Monday afternoons throughout the school year. Ukuleles and monetary donations for ukuleles will be accepted at the festival information booth all day at the festival on August 27th. As the Ukulele Youth Choir is a program of the non-profit Timpanogos Arts Foundation, your donation is tax-deductable.
Uke Fest Activities on August 27th
- Heritage Park in Highland Utah (click for map) : 10400 Alpine Hwy, Highland, UT 84003
- Highland Community Center (click for map) : 5378 W 10400 N, Highland, UT 84003
See the full FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (opens in new window) for FREE Events, open to the public on August 27th at Heritage Park and the Highland Community Center. This schedule is SUBJECT TO CHANGE, so please check out the final schedule the morning of the fest. Here is a rough outline of the events:
- 10am : Ukulele Jam
- 11am : Workshop Session | Ukulele Jam Continues
- 12:15pm : Ukulele Open Mic & Picnic
- 2pm : Workshop Session
- 3pm : Workshop Session
- 4pm : Workshop Session
- 5pm : Dinner Break
- 7pm : Concert and Drawing
5th Annual Ukulele Open Mic & Picnic
The open mic will be held August 27th, 12:15pm at Heritage Park in Highland as part of the 5th Annual Utah Uke Fest. Entrants will perform one ‘family friendly’ song (as kids will be attending this event) a maximum of 4 minutes in length (original or cover songs welcome). There are no entry fees. Order of performance will be determined randomly (so be there at the beginning to hear the order). There may be food vendors on hand; you can also bring a picnic. You may wish to bring a pop-up chair or blanket. There is plenty of shade.
A BIG CHANGE in this year’s open mic is that it will be non-competitive. Each participant will be added to a drawing for ukuleles and other donated prizes. The drawing will take place at the evening concert (must be present to win). PRIZES INCLUDE at least one cool ukulele (thanks to BEST IN MUSIC), a brand-new barbeque (thanks to Bill & Cheryl Stephens), a hippie ukulele gig bag and 4 ukulele fretboard keychains (thanks to Daniel Hulbert), a number of ukulele books and Aquilla ukulele strings (thanks to M. Ryan Taylor) and Aquilla totes, stickers, Songkick items and 3 Phitz pedal cases that can be used to hold any small items (thanks to Chris Slay).
- Kyle Day
- Chris Slay
- Rachel Oaks
- Bill & Lauren Coleman
- Steve Baugh & Bill Coleman
- Amy Allred & Steve Baugh
- Cathy Cash
- Matthew Niemann
- Vicki & Scott Thorpe
- Ukulele Youth Camp
- Steven Stark
- Chris and Tristan McAfee
- Matt, Eli and Ethan May
- Jolene Clarke
- You. Talk to Ryan at the fest to see if there’s room.
Our thanks and gratitude goes out to our 2016 sponsors:
- Highland City Arts Council : August 27th Events
- Timpanogos Arts Foundation : Preliminary Events & Classes
Daniel Hulbert makes some the coolest ukuleles on the planet. His free instrument plans have been used by people all over the world. Some of his most popular plans include: Electric Ukulele, Travel Stick Ukulele, and the Altoids Ukulele. He chronicles his own ukulele projects at his CircuitsAndStrings blog and YouTube channel. Make sure to check out the Lightsaber Ukulele, Bedpan Ukulele, and the Quad Neck Ukulele. Check out his work at https://www.youtube.com/user/CircuitsAndStrings & https://circuitsandstrings.wordpress.com/
Steven Butler teaches adults and children how to play the ukulele in community classes and schools in Salt Lake and Davis Counties. He is a Level III Certified ukulele teacher through the James Hill Ukulele Initiative. He is also the founder of the Utah Ukulele Association, a jam group in SLC.
Marci Villa is a self taught ukulele player with a passion to connect people to the ukulele. Twenty years experience as a Training Manager has honed her skills for how people learn. Marci teaches ukulele for the Osher program at the University of Utah and at East High Community School.
M. Ryan Taylor is a ukulele teacher, organizer of the Utah Uke Fest, director of the Ukulele Youth Choir and UFO HUM as well as the author of a number of ukulele books, including Top 25 Celtic Session Tunes for Ukulele, Titan M’s 2 Chord Companion, Christmas Carols for Ukulele Orchestra, The Haunted Ukulele, Christmas on 34th Street, Two Chord Camp Songs for Ukulele, and The Two Chord Christmas Songbook.
Tim Peay has been playing ukulele since 2012 when he acquired his first one in Taiwan. Since then he has hardly been able to put it down, constantly wanting to learn new techniques and songs and, most of all, to write his own music. He has studied music and guitar at Utah Valley University. Tim has taught ukulele at the Best In Music Education Center, located in Orem, since 2014 and has enjoyed seeing his students advance and find a love for the instrument. Ukulele sparked a greater love for music in Tim and he hopes to spread that love to others.
Valued members of UFO HUM teaching at the festival: Steve Baugh (was introduced to the ukulele while on a cruise ship to Hawaii), Bill Coleman (started playing the ukulele when he was only six years old), Steven Stark (attended one of M. Ryan Taylor’s Ukulele Boot Camps and from that he wanted to learn more) & Vicki Thorpe (first exposure to the ukulele was her dad imitating Tiny Tim).