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thesillydave
01-23-2014, 05:02 PM
howdy y'all! our city is planning on hosting a ukulele fest in mid October, during our annual folk festival (the longest running festival west of the Mississippi) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. we have several different music festivals during the year. the organizers have asked me whom i think they should contact. (because i'm like a uke god here! ha! ha! i'm just the only person who actually plays ukulele! )
i've thought of james hill, ken middleton, gus & fin, eugene ukulele, uncle elvis, ukester brown, gerald ross, julia nunes, john bianchi, or even the ukulele orchestra of great britain...as if!!
i have no idea who would be available or what the budget for the festival is...just fishing for ideas! thanks everyone!

Hms
01-23-2014, 11:19 PM
Manitoba Hal?
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mds725
01-23-2014, 11:22 PM
You could ask Paul Hemming, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, and Heidi Swedberg. They all seem to be making the festival rounds recently. Good luck!

kvehe
01-24-2014, 12:27 AM
Cali Rose & Craig Brandau - they were at Mighty MO 2012 and were terrific.

PhilUSAFRet
01-24-2014, 01:35 AM
Here are some from the last two Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaways:
Jim and Liz Beloff
Uncle Zac
Ralph Shaw
Greg Hawkes
Manitoba Hal
Aaron Keim
Big Jim Allen
Uncle Elvis
Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel
Jim D'Ville
Steve Boisen (U-bass)
Lil Rev

I feel they all were great

ralphk
01-24-2014, 02:07 AM
You will save some money if you go for someone relatively close to the venue. Pops Bayless and Debbie Porter are in Austin. I think Mark Gutierrez and his group are in Omaha. Noel and Kate are in Dallas. Jim D'Ville is living out of a trailer and might make your date. Of course, some local guitar folks could address music theory, rhythm and general string instrument stuff saving some money. Got more funds? Then the really big names on the circuit may have your date open.

RichM
01-24-2014, 02:15 AM
did it really take until this post for someone to say Aldrine Guerrero?

OldePhart
01-24-2014, 02:51 AM
You haven't said whether you're looking for primarily stage performers or workshop leaders or both...

Several great ones have been mentioned. A couple that haven't yet been mentioned:
The Flea Bitten Dawgs are not far away from you and they're a lot of fun.
Li'l Rev gives great workshops.

October, eh? Hmmm...that would give me a really good excuse to ride the motorcycle up through the fall foliage...

Edit: Oh, sorry Phil, just reread your post and noticed you had listed Lil Rev.

Another Edit: BTW Dave I'd recommend that you contact your "A listers" as soon as you have details like budget, etc. A lot of these performers live pretty close to the edge and like to schedule as far out in advance as possible so they can attempt to appear at other nearby venues before and after.

Also, once you firm up the date there is an organization you should contact. Unfortunately, I can't recall the name of it. Anyway, I know there is an organization that lists fairs, festivals, etc., and is a resource for traveling acts and vendors of all types. I used to work for a guy who ran some entertainment simulators and such on the fair circuit and that group was his bread and butter (this was before the internet really took off).

YAN: I bet the organizers of your folk festival will know of the group I'm talking about - they're probably already associated with it.

John

Osprey
01-24-2014, 03:04 AM
Have you thought about ukulele makers or dealers?
Cliff

Cornfield
01-24-2014, 03:44 AM
Lil' Rev, Del Rey, Ukulele Bart and Aaron Keim. Great stage performers and workshops.

bariukish
01-24-2014, 04:04 AM
Great to see that there is some uke activity in the northwest Ar region. We live in Fayetteville and for an area with that large of a population not to have at least one club is amazing. I talked to a couple of music teachers and the local Guitar Ctr. and they said there was no interest. Anyway, keep us posted on the festival. We'll certainly attend. With a little promotion it could get to be larger than the banjo festival.

hoosierhiver
01-24-2014, 04:14 AM
The Flea Bitten Dawgs, Seeso and Lil'Rev are very good affordable regional choices.
Ralph Shaw is a great performer that hasn't been mentioned yet.
Julia Nunes didn't get good reviews from the Tampa fest.

PereBourik
01-24-2014, 06:14 AM
You haven't said whether you're looking for primarily stage performers or workshop leaders or both...

Several great ones have been mentioned. A couple that haven't yet been mentioned:
The Flea Bitten Dawgs are not far away from you and they're a lot of fun.
Li'l Rev gives great workshops.

October, eh? Hmmm...that would give me a really good excuse to ride the motorcycle up through the fall foliage...

Edit: Oh, sorry Phil, just reread your post and noticed you had listed Lil Rev.

Another Edit: BTW Dave I'd recommend that you contact your "A listers" as soon as you have details like budget, etc. A lot of these performers live pretty close to the edge and like to schedule as far out in advance as possible so they can attempt to appear at other nearby venues before and after.

Also, once you firm up the date there is an organization you should contact. Unfortunately, I can't recall the name of it. Anyway, I know there is an organization that lists fairs, festivals, etc., and is a resource for traveling acts and vendors of all types. I used to work for a guy who ran some entertainment simulators and such on the fair circuit and that group was his bread and butter (this was before the internet really took off).

YAN: I bet the organizers of your folk festival will know of the group I'm talking about - they're probably already associated with it.

John

Are you thinking of the Folk Alliance? Office is in Kansas City now.

OldePhart
01-24-2014, 09:06 AM
Are you thinking of the Folk Alliance? Office is in Kansas City now.

No...that looks like a good outfit but the one I was thinking of was more directed toward traveling vendors of all stripes, not such a heavy emphasis on music and dance. I've done a quick google search and nothing popped out at me which isn't surprising since my job was to see that the equipment worked not find venues for it. :)

John

OldePhart
01-24-2014, 09:17 AM
Julia Nunes didn't get good reviews from the Tampa fest.

She's one that has always puzzled me - I never figured out how she got such a large YouTube following. Cute and perky but at the risk of being rude I've never been that impressed with any of her vids...pretty basic playing and very amateur vocals...I always thought maybe she was a lot better in person...I guess maybe not... :)


John

bariukish
01-24-2014, 09:22 AM
You might want to contact Jerry Hoffman at Boat Paddle Ukuleles. They organize the Mightymo Uke Festival in east central Mo. This July is their 4th annual festival. Jerry is a great guy and I'm sure he could would give you the benefit of his experience. It's a great spot for a long weekend vacation. Maybe I'll see you there in July.

I've seen Ralph Shaw's performance and it's a lot of fun.

OldePhart
01-24-2014, 09:37 AM
The Flea Bitten Dawgs, Seeso and Lil'Rev are very good affordable regional choices.
Ralph Shaw is a great performer that hasn't been mentioned yet.
Julia Nunes didn't get good reviews from the Tampa fest.

I didn't realize Seeso was doing the festival circuit - I've seen him at UWC every year but I thought he was one of us mortals...just much more talented! Yeah, Seeso, Flea Bitten Dawgs, and Uncle E - you've got yourself a show right there! Course Uncle E might have to flap his arms really hard to make the trip...

John

OldePhart
01-24-2014, 09:51 AM
I don't think I've seen Taimane Gardner listed yet. Dave, if you can pull that off I guarantee at least one attendee at your festival even if I have to walk to get there... :)

John

TG&Y
01-24-2014, 11:14 AM
An ukulele festival in E. Springs! How fun and perfect. Do the roadside stands now sell cedar ukuleles filled with honey-comb?

I've heard many names mentioned in this thread who'd I like to see. Far-fetched, but Gus & Fin would sure set the crowd on fire. Wish I still lived a hop, skip and a jump from ya'll. I'd sure be there. Good luck!

sukie
01-24-2014, 11:17 AM
Oh my gosh...there are lots of people....
Danielle Ate The Sandwich is terrific. She must have a workshop that she does.

TG&Y
01-24-2014, 11:19 AM
Almost said the same thing. DATS


Oh my gosh...there are lots of people....
Danielle Ate The Sandwich is terrific. She must have a workshop that she does.

Eureka Nancy
01-24-2014, 11:45 AM
Hi, I am the person hoping to put the festival together. I will be at the Folk Alliance in Kansas City with my bosses. I want to see what we can put together with our budget and maybe find some sponsors.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-24-2014, 11:54 AM
Another vote here for Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee. For kanikapila, Andy Andrews is always a crowd pleaser.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
01-24-2014, 11:55 AM
Hi, I am the person hoping to put the festival together. I will be at the Folk Alliance in Kansas City with my bosses. I want to see what we can put together with our budget and maybe find some sponsors.

Contact Kala. They sponsor a lot of the festivals.

hoosierhiver
01-24-2014, 01:21 PM
I didn't realize Seeso was doing the festival circuit - I've seen him at UWC every year but I thought he was one of us mortals...just much more talented! Yeah, Seeso, Flea Bitten Dawgs, and Uncle E - you've got yourself a show right there! Course Uncle E might have to flap his arms really hard to make the trip...

John

Seeso impressed a lot of people at the Milwaukee Fest this year. Not only is he a great performer, he did a great workshop and is a fantastic MC too.

redpaul1
08-15-2016, 10:03 PM
Did it ever happen?

Ukejenny
08-18-2016, 12:08 PM
howdy y'all! our city is planning on hosting a ukulele fest in mid October, during our annual folk festival (the longest running festival west of the Mississippi) in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. we have several different music festivals during the year. the organizers have asked me whom i think they should contact. (because i'm like a uke god here! ha! ha! i'm just the only person who actually plays ukulele! )
i've thought of james hill, ken middleton, gus & fin, eugene ukulele, uncle elvis, ukester brown, gerald ross, julia nunes, john bianchi, or even the ukulele orchestra of great britain...as if!!
i have no idea who would be available or what the budget for the festival is...just fishing for ideas! thanks everyone!

Pete McCarty is in Memphis and is total fun! He is coming to our festival again this year. Great guy. Everyone always has a ton of fun with Pete!

mm stan
08-18-2016, 01:47 PM
Hi, I am the person hoping to put the festival together. I will be at the Folk Alliance in Kansas City with my bosses. I want to see what we can put together with our budget and maybe find some sponsors.

Yup figure out your budget first... you can get the UU favorites or go for the gusto..

flyingace
08-18-2016, 04:14 PM
I'm also curious, did this ever happen? I spend a lot of time up in Eureka and love the town, hope to retire there soon. I would love to be involved in a uke festival. I know several folks there that play uke and I also bring one with me when I visit.

bariukish
08-19-2016, 04:34 AM
We live in Fayetteville, Ar about 60 miles from E Springs. We would certainly be interested in attending a uke festival there. They used to have a mid-america banjo festival there annually, but I think that may have been discontinued. It was quite a hoot. I'd like to see a uke festival combined with the banjos. Heck, make it an acoustic music festival with breakout sessions for specific instruments There i go again, thinking outside the box. Anyone that could successfully put together an event such as this would certainly deserve a gold metal.

Nickie
08-19-2016, 01:57 PM
Seems kinda late to be inviteing artists now, for an October fest.
I can highly recommend Stuart Fuchs. He's been here twice. He's an excellent teacher, has so much patience and charm. His performance was killer, both times. If you can get Uncle Elvis, he's great too, very funny man. He's our MC.
It would be a good idea to invite some vendors, if you haven't already. We always have Uke Republic, and this is the 1st year Mim is missing us. She's great.
Have fun!

dickadcock
08-19-2016, 02:42 PM
We live in Fayetteville, Ar about 60 miles from E Springs. We would certainly be interested in attending a uke festival there. They used to have a mid-america banjo festival there annually, but I think that may have been discontinued. It was quite a hoot. I'd like to see a uke festival combined with the banjos. Heck, make it an acoustic music festival with breakout sessions for specific instruments There i go again, thinking outside the box. Anyone that could successfully put together an event such as this would certainly deserve a gold metal.

The Banjo Rally should be on as usual (August 31 -Sept. 3)... My brother told me quite recently about how he looks forward to strumming there with the Dallas Banjo Band (his "club"). They are planning to kick things off, he said. See the web site (http://www.banjorally.org/) for more info, though the schedule doesn't appear to be complete on the site.

All acoustic instruments appear to be welcome.

I wish I could go, as I lived in Fayetteville for 7 years ( till 1975) and loved that part of the state.

bariukish
08-20-2016, 04:53 AM
Thanks, Dick. Since we moved from E Springs 8 yrs ago I've missed a lot of the activities that the area is noted for.