UKULELE.CAFÉ’S 2018 EVENT SCHEDULE
February 22-24, 2018
February 22-24: 4th Annual Palm Strings Ukulele Festival
Thurs: 2PM – Sat. 11PM, Hilton Palm Springs
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.
Our incredible 2018 lineup includes seven new faces: Grammy Award winners Daniel Ho, Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink, and 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 time participants.
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 uke, drums, and vibes virtuoso par-excellence, Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
March 16: The ultimate training day for the motivated ukulele enthusiast!
8:30AM – 7:30PM, Hyatt Place, Roseville, CA
Maximum Ukulele™ is an unparalleled, ten hour Super Workshop led by the most experienced and inspirational instructor in the ukulele world. For over 30 years, Peter Luongo directed the internationally acclaimed Langley Ukulele Ensemble, or “LUE, a touring phenomenon composed of high school students. After retiring from the district, he created “MaxUke,” a one-day program tailored for adults all ages, utilizing same ukulele and voice training techniques. MaxUke is also the portal into his other project, Luongo Ukulele Experience Ensemble, a performing group for adults inspired to continue this multifaceted musical experience.
May 2-5: 10th Annual Reno Ukulele Festival
Wed. 2PM – Sat. 11PM, Peppermill Resort Spa
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 many extras!
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 the “Downtown Disney Shopping District” that requires no pass and features shopping and entertainment.
This year’s lineup is our biggest ever! Several 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 to the biggest little uke fest in the 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 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.