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hoosierhiver
09-25-2014, 07:04 AM
If money was no concern, who are the top ten acts you'd pick for your Ultimate Ukulele Festival?

wickedwahine11
09-25-2014, 07:42 AM
Ooh 10? In no particular order...
1) Daniel Ho, 2) Herb Ohta Jr., 3 and 4) Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee, 5) Kris Fuchigami, 6) Aldrine Guerrero, 7) Brittni Paiva, 8) Jake Shimabukuro, 9) James Hill, 10) Corey Fujimoto.

sukie
09-25-2014, 07:53 AM
Aldrine, duh!!! If you have never seen him? He will blow your mind. He is CRAZY good.
Jake -- another no-brainer
Troy Fernandez
Taimaine
Herb Ohta, Jr -- but he needs to bring Jon Yamasato along
Craig Chee
Sarah Maisel
Jim Beloff -- ukulele players owe him a lot. He has made it so accessible with his books, etc.
DanielleAteTheSandwich -- dang, pure fun.
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britian. (Does that count as 1 unit?)

Cripes, Limiting it to only 10 is very difficult. I did pick some that aren't "blow you out of the water with technique players", but have great shows.

You win the lottery, Mike? Is this happening?

hawaii 50
09-25-2014, 07:56 AM
Ooh 10? In no particular order...
1) Daniel Ho, 2) Herb Ohta Jr., 3 and 4) Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee, 5) Kris Fuchigami, 6) Aldrine Guerrero, 7) Brittni Paiva, 8) Jake Shimabukuro, 9) James Hill, 10) Corey Fujimoto.

Thanks Staci for mentioning Corey...he is the best undiscovered talent in Hawaii...he will be in Taiwan in October for a few concerts....he is huge there....:)

Ukulele Eddie
09-25-2014, 08:05 AM
Ooh 10? In no particular order...
1) Daniel Ho, 2) Herb Ohta Jr., 3) Kalei Gamiao 4) Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee, 5) Kris Fuchigami, 6) Aldrine Guerrero, 7) Brittni Paiva, 8) Jake Shimabukuro, 9) James Hill, 10) Corey Fujimoto.

I like this list but I'm going to combine Sarah and Craig (even though each is enjoyable alone, they're also great together) so there's room for Kalei Gamiao. ;-

niwenomian
09-25-2014, 08:11 AM
James Hill
Herb Ohta, Jr
Aldrine Guerrero
Corey Fujimoto
Troy Fernandez
Brad Bordessa
Daniel Ward
Craig Chee
Gerald Ross
Aaron Keim

RichM
09-25-2014, 09:47 AM
Johnny Foodstamp!

hoosierhiver
09-25-2014, 10:37 AM
You win the lottery, Mike? Is this happening?

If I ever do win, it would happen for sure and you know where too!

Dan Uke
09-25-2014, 10:42 AM
I would pick the guys who also know how to teach and communicate. I can just buy a CD if I want to be amazed by there skills. I want to learn something from them. With that said, I would include Paul Hemmings

hoosierhiver
09-25-2014, 12:00 PM
Omitting some folks I love, but have seen several times.
I'd pick in no particular order:
Bruce Shimabukuro,
Aldrine,
Ralph Shaw,
Gus and Finn,
Kyas Ryo,
Taimane Gardner,
The Canote brothers,
UOGB,
Kalei Gamiao
and Singto Numchok.

southcoastukes
09-25-2014, 02:47 PM
O.K., as some have mentioned, there are way too many good players to make this possible for many of us, so I’ll take an approach that narrows things down a lot. I’ll skip the instructional aspect and pick players that you either seldom hear playing or that live a long ways from here in Dixie.

I wouldn’t go with 10, this would just be just one long afternoon/evening – cut it down to 6.

Opening Act: Rob MacKillop (start out quietly with some subtlety and class).

Second, go with that seldom heard, yet still legendary Uke Ellington. After all, how many people have heard these guys (yet)!

Then bring out: Victrola Lague Debushwick (great chops – very unique take on the classic songbook, and now everyone’s in a good time mood).

Follow her with: Steve Martin (won a grammy for his banjo work, but still has chops on the Ukulele). He can’t sing that well, but between song banter would be to die for.

Since Steve can’t sing, he brings out a friend, his Special Guest: Bette Midler (the opposite of Steve – just a basic strummer, but boy can she sing).

Then, go back to Britain again for a fellow named: Sir Paul McCartney (here’s where the lottery money comes in, as he brings a small back-up band, but is told he can only play Ukulele).

And for the grand, tear the house down finale, I’d bring together a couple of fellows to form a true Ukulele Super Duo. Their performance would make trad Uke style history. I'd call them Bekken & Duncan (too much like a law firm?).

cletus
09-25-2014, 03:04 PM
Bekken & Duncan, fo' sho'!:drool:

:cheers:

Ukulele Eddie
09-25-2014, 03:06 PM
Wow, Dirk, when you dream, you dream BIG. Why not, right?

southcoastukes
09-25-2014, 03:56 PM
Wow, Dirk, when you dream, you dream BIG. Why not, right?

Yeah, I know - especially that dream duo of Bekken & Duncan (does have a nice ring to it, though).

NewKid
09-25-2014, 04:20 PM
1. Ingrid Michaelson
2. Sarah Maisel
3. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
4. Nelly McKay
5. Vance Joy
6. Noah and the Whale
7. Sophie Madeleine
8. Danielle Anderson
9. Taylor Swift
10. Victor and Penny

Dan Uke
09-25-2014, 04:34 PM
1. Ingrid Michaelson
2. Sarah Maisel
3. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
4. Nelly McKay
5. Vance Joy
6. Noah and the Whale
7. Sophie Madeleine
8. Daniel Anderson
9. Taylor Swift
10. Victor and Penny

Hey Don, for an old guy, you know lots of young performers! :p

NewKid
09-25-2014, 05:37 PM
Hey Don, for an old guy, you know lots of young performers! :p

Thanks Daniel. It helps to have three cool daughters (21, 19, and 17). I love that the uke is becoming more mainstream. I miss-spelled Danielle Ate the Sandwich's name but just corrected it. We have all her CDs.

sukie
09-25-2014, 06:29 PM
Johnny Foodstamp!

He's a lot of fun.

gyosh
09-25-2014, 07:51 PM
Jason Arimoto
Uke Ellington
Sarah & Craig
Corey Fujimoto (thanks again for the CD Len)
Kimo Hussey
Troy Fernandez
Herb Ohta Jr.
Daniel Ho
Aldrine & Aaron
Taimane

johnpe
09-26-2014, 03:55 AM
Gerald Ross (and I'd hope he would also remember to bring along a steel guitar), Lil Rev, Joe Brown, Janet Klein, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and Deb Porter if she is still active. No need for any more acts ...just give these people plenty of time.
JP

ukemunga
09-26-2014, 06:03 AM
Let me add the Jive Aces. I think they'd be cool!

Ukejenny
09-26-2014, 08:22 AM
Okay, so I'd have all the folks y'all have listed and I would have the uke festival in Maui, which would mean I would need to have a home and relocate to Maui at least 6 months out of the year. Perhaps more.

And with all the folks y'all have listed, this festival would need to be about a week long, or at least several days. Has anyone mentioned Kimo Hussey? I'd want to add him to the line-up.

Pueo
09-26-2014, 08:25 AM
You got pretty much who I would like to see mentioned already. Aldrine, Kimo, and Troy would be great; no one has mentioned Benny Chong or Led Ka'apana yet...

gyosh
09-26-2014, 09:06 AM
You got pretty much who I would like to see mentioned already. Aldrine, Kimo, and Troy would be great; no one has mentioned Benny Chong or Led Ka'apana yet...

I see what you did there :)

sukie
09-26-2014, 09:11 AM
Let the festival be in the Twin Cities. When it's -30. Anyone foolish enough not to come because it's too cold -- and, yes, it would be -- would miss the show of a lifetime. But it might keep the crowds down and it would become the most intimate of concerts. Those are the very best kind of shows.

ricdoug
09-26-2014, 09:36 AM
1. Aldrine Guerrero with Aaron Nakamura and/or Ryan Esaki

2. Derick Sebastian

3. James Hill

4. The Kalama Brothers with Willy K

5. Kev Rones

6. Taimane Gardner

7. Sarah Maisel with Craig Chee

8. Ukulele Bartt

9. Mitch Chang

10. Cali Rose and Craig Brandau


There are dozens of great, talented stars that could be added to my list, but I picked these based on performance, teaching ability and the amount of followers they draw. The more fans you draw to a festival, the better it's chances for success :) Ric

Nickie
09-26-2014, 05:28 PM
I just wanna add one band:

Walk off the Earth

Not strictly ukulele music, but there's always a uke in the mix, and those kids are brilliant!

coolkayaker1
09-27-2014, 01:15 AM
Bosko and Honey.

Pippin
09-27-2014, 01:25 AM
Lots of great talent listed in this thread. I won't name anyone in particular, but there are lots of others people don't see and hear often that are not on any lists.

lakesideglenn
09-27-2014, 04:00 AM
Can't leave out Del Rey!

Phluffy the Destroyer
09-27-2014, 04:08 AM
I think I'd go with my favorite 4 ukulele acts for entertainment: James Hill, Aldrine , Molly Lewis, and The Cog is Dead. Jake is banned until he learns the words to Bohemian Rhapsody... Maybe next year? Just because I want my ukulele festival to be a HUGE success, I'd also want Dwayne Johnson, Tom Hanks, and Steve Martin to each play a couple of songs for "star power". So that's 7...

My dream team for a couple of classes would be Ukulele Mike, Aldrine Guerrero, Lil Rev, and James Hill. So that's 9...

Since this is MY fantasy ukulele festival, I'll be spending the entire festival at a hotel with a view of the festivities giving private lessons to Felicia Day. :drool: