Escape the winter doldrums and join us poolside beneath the palms for our 4th annual Palm Strings Uke Fest! Only two blocks from the boutique downtown strip of Palm Springs, our home at the Hilton offers something for everyone and our festival offers entertainment, shopping, and workshops for everyone as well as a spectacular pool and hot tub area with outside bar & grill and more. This is the smaller of our two festivals and has sold out every year so far, so get your reservations early!
Our incredible 2018 lineup includes seven new faces: Grammy Award winners Daniel Ho, Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink, along with legendary rock virtuoso David Lindley.
Matt Dahlberg, Seattle’s blazingly fast ukester and popular online instructor will make a rare appearance. Flamenco wizard Daniel Ward and Seinfeld-regular turned ukulele-chanteuse Heidi Swedberg round out the first timers. Returnees include the most experienced and inspirational uke instructor on the planet, Langley Ukulele Ensemble Director and “Mighty Uke” featured performer Peter Luongo; the most prolific author of music instruction guides in the uke world, Fred Sokolow; and ukist, drummer, and vibes virtuoso par-excellence, Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
Our 4th Annual Palm Strings Ukulele Festival will again take place at the Hilton Palm Springs, but with an improved, expanded layout. Our vendor area will be in the central room inside the main lobby front entrance and we’ll have more workshops and performances by our amazing roster of talent!
The Reno Ukulele Festival is like Disneyland for uke fans! You purchase a pass for a day or more and do anything you want. Instead of rides we have a crazy amount of workshops for all levels of player, beginner to highly evolved! And there’s even an equivalent to “Downtown Disney” that requires no pass and has shopping and entertainment.
This year’s lineup is our biggest ever! Five (or six, shhh…) married uke couples will assist in celebrating our tenth anniversary (as well as Melinda and my 40th!). Nearly everyone has been a headliner in their career, so I’ll start with those traveling the farthest, Jim & Liz Beloff, who are making their first appearance at a Play Uke Festival. Jim of course, is one of the pioneers of the latest and greatest ukulele resurgence and I’m thrilled to finally get them out west.
Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee, Victoria Vox & Jack Maher, Victor & Penny (aka Jeff Freling & Erin McGrane), Aaron & Nicole Keim, (aka The Quiet American) round out the couples.
Grammy Award winner Daniel Ho leads the solo performers, (although none of the “solos” will likely be performing alone). Peter Luongo, featured prominently in “The Mighty Uke” as Director of the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, and the most experienced uke instructor on the planet, will teach and lead his Luongo Ukulele Ensemble. Multi-instrumentalist par-excellence, Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and my good friend, jazz master Michael Powers’ will be teaching and performing as well. What a lineup!
The 10th Anniversary of the Reno Ukulele Festival will be the biggest yet, with a beautiful new home, an expanded calendar, and the above massive lineup of performers and instructors! It’ll be four days of celebrating the music and camaraderie of the ukulele community with a few extras here and there!
WHEN: The Festival will begin at 1PM, Wednesday May 2 and will run through our grand finale concert, Saturday night May 5. If the pattern holds from years past and since the Peppermill is a 24 hour facility, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear jamming at all hours!
WHERE: Our main festival room, classrooms, and concert hall will be located in the expansive, smoke-free Tuscany Ballroom at the gorgeous Peppermill Resort Spa in south Reno.
COME CELEBRATE WITH US! Our 10th Anniversary will celebrate more than just our festival’s tenth year. Everyone’s got at least one special day, whether it’s the anniversary of your birth, your wedding, your grandchild’s first tooth, or the day you brought home your new best friend from the rescue shelter. And what better way to salute it than with music! What will you celebrate?
LIMITED DISCOUNT RESERVATIONS NOW AVAILABLE! Because this is our first year at the Peppermill and it is very much in demand for conventions and other large gatherings, our discounted room block has been capped. We expect that it will sell out. If you have any trouble using the reservation system, email me!
We’re working on a number of exciting new twists and surprises over and above the old model of Reno Uke Fest. I will send out regular updates to everyone on our EMAIL LIST and on our FACEBOOK PAGE.
EXPANDED SCHEDULE! MORE WORKSHOPS! NEW MASTER CLASSES! DAY & NIGHT PERFORMANCES! JAMS! OPEN MIC! SPECIAL EVENTS & MORE! EARLYBIRD SPECIALS–REGISTER TODAY!