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thesillydave
01-23-2014, 06:04 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!

decaturcomp
01-23-2014, 06:26 PM
Eugene Ukulele if you can possibly manage it! He's a hero.

redpaul1
01-24-2014, 03:58 AM
the pUKEs! Hmmm, actually on reflection, we'd probably get chased out of town :o
JULY
Continuing our ukulele world takeover we headed to Deer Shed festival near Hull. We know itís a family friendly festival. What we donít know is that theyíve stuck us in the kidsí tent, between the magician and the story teller. We play to around 500 under-10s and their parents. We are not fully prepared for this type of gig. The youngsters love it. They storm the stage and soon weíre surrounded by hordes of over-excited small people. Meanwhile, the management are having a health and safety meltdown from the side of the stage, waving clipboards and trying to get them off. There is an exodus during Sex and Violence when parents who donít see the funny side drag their kids out of the tent. Ooooops.


http://thepukes.co.uk/blog

FiL
01-24-2014, 04:08 AM
Lil' Rev: http://www.lilrev.com/
Victoria Vox: http://www.victoriavox.com/
Ukulele Bartt: http://www.bartt.net/
Taimane Gardner: http://www.taimane.com/

- FiL

bonesigh
01-24-2014, 04:24 AM
The Aloha Boys http://www.alohaboys.com/about-us.html Don't know if they travel. They do mostly Va, md,dc,pa,etc
Brittney Piava http://www.brittnipaiva.com/

bonesigh
01-24-2014, 04:26 AM
Oh yeah Stu Fuchs, great guy, http://www.stufuchs.com/

lelouden
01-24-2014, 08:33 AM
What about Mantoba Hal. Just watch the interview over on links and vids here (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?92334-Interview-with-Manitoba-Hal-Ukulele-Bluesman). he's a blues guy.

mythinformed
01-24-2014, 09:52 AM
The starting point has got to be to find out what the budget is first then cut your coat according to your cloth.

wee_ginga_yin
01-24-2014, 11:36 AM
The Ukelites (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekRfhv29jEo)
Ukulelezazza (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UbYl_g_5_8)
Paul Moore one man band (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1f5v6M8Mkoc)

ksiegel
01-24-2014, 12:51 PM
Stu Fuchs (http://www.stufuchs.com/) is awesome.

And, not like there's a snowball's chance, but if the festival wants to pay my airfare and hotel, I'll come. (g)



-Kurt

Tootler
01-24-2014, 02:23 PM
What about Mantoba Hal. Just watch the interview over on links and vids here (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?92334-Interview-with-Manitoba-Hal-Ukulele-Bluesman). he's a blues guy.

Manitoba Hal was at the Grand Northern Uke Fest here in the UK last October. He was the main act on Saturday evening - great performance. I went to a blues workshop he ran - very useful in spite of a crap room. Great guy, very approachable.

mattydee
01-25-2014, 02:04 PM
Lil Rev would do it, I bet, but he runs the Milwaukee Uke Fest, also in October, so it would likely be a conflict for him. Danielle Ate The Sandwich is awesome. Our very own Seeso is also a great teacher and entertainer.

Barbablanca
01-25-2014, 02:26 PM
Best thing at the Barcelona Uke festival last year was two guys from Liverpool:
Ukulele Uff & LonesomeDave (https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleUffAndLonesomeDave)

Quite a few videos on YouTube for this pair. Mix of standards, blues and Django style Jazz. Superb performers.

They're back again this year it seems! Hooray!

Cheers,

Berni

PS Barcelona Ukulele Festival this year Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March!

itsme
01-25-2014, 02:31 PM
The starting point has got to be to find out what the budget is first then cut your coat according to your cloth.
Absolutely! You might get lucky and find someone who'd be in that neck of the woods without incurring extra expense, but travel expenses will have to be figured in.

james hill is from Canada, ken middleton the U.K., eugene ukulele downunder, uncle elvis Bermuda (I think), the ukulele orchestra of great britain (a whole group who'd need plane tickets and hotels).

redpaul1
01-25-2014, 02:32 PM
Best thing at the Barcelona Uke festival last year was two guys from Liverpool:
Ukulele Uff & LonesomeDave (https://www.facebook.com/UkuleleUffAndLonesomeDave)

Quite a few videos on YouTube for this pair. Mix of standards, blues and Django style Jazz. Superb performers.

I'll second that. Two really nice guys too.

TCK
01-25-2014, 03:25 PM
Is it an all Ukulele festival? The reason I ask is because me and dad ran a fiddle festival for years here (thank god it has moved to new hands...). The purpose of our festival was to give Old Time Fiddlers a competitive forum, but also to generate funding for the Cloverdale Historical (hysterical) Society. When we got acts that the fiddlers wanted, tumbleweeds. Even the fiddlers did not watch them (because it is also a social event for them...I say "them" because they are a society all to themselves). When we got groups with a fiddler in them, the public was engaged and funding was a sure thing.
So you have to consider the entertainment value of the performer in regards to what the performance is meant to generate, as well as budget. I for one would sit and watch every performer mentioned thus far, but I am a select audience. My friends and family would be gone during a solo Ukulele act, unless it was so kitsch they could not help themselves.

lelouden
01-25-2014, 04:03 PM
Taking into consideration what TCK is saying I love the Leftover Cuties who are involved in the Reno uke festival in April. Take a look at this festival info and it may spur on some ideas. Reno Festival (http://playuke.net). Also you may consider contacting them for ideas, cost, etc.

ukuleledaveey
01-26-2014, 01:14 AM
.

And, not like there's a snowball's chance, but if the festival wants to pay my airfare and hotel, I'll come.



-Kurt

me to :) lol gotta have a dream havent I :)

seeso
01-29-2014, 06:58 AM
I'd be delighted to talk about the fest. Email me at narcisolobo (at) gmail (dot) com.

cua94
01-29-2014, 07:57 AM
Stu Fuchs and Lil' Rev were great at the Rockville Ukulele Summit! Also Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.

cua94

pabrizzer
01-29-2014, 04:18 PM
Why not include a "virtual" aspect in the festival.
A comp like the seasons or similar.

KoaDependent
01-29-2014, 05:22 PM
A few more artists that haven't yet been mentioned:

Victoria Vox (http://www.victoriavox.com/) - lovely singer/songwriter, capable of running a workshop.
Victor and Penny (http://www.victorandpenny.com/) - he plays guitar, she the uke, and they do what they call 'Antique Pop'. Dang good musicians and cute as a button, the both of them.
The Love Leighs (http://www.theloveleighs.com/) - from Austin, TX
Pops Bayless (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pops-Bayless-Music/145768268772823) - also of Austin, formerly of the band the Asylum Street Spankers. Been playing uke longer than most of the young hipsters playing now have been alive.

Has anybody mentioned the Flea-Bitten Dawgs?

I bet if you advertise for acts locally too, you'll get a few guitar players who uke on the side, and who could put on quite a show.

thesillydave
01-29-2014, 07:07 PM
thanks for all the input! keep them coming! nancy, who is in charge of getting this festival going,
is taking all this input to the 'money powers that be' to show them all the interest and who might be available.
hopefully this october we'll have our first ukefest!

hawaii 50
01-29-2014, 07:47 PM
Invite Sarah Maisel....she is from the South...grew up in Birmingham Alabama...
she lives in San Diego now and is one of the top Ukulele entertainers....

she is a lot of fun too!!

bhart
01-30-2014, 02:42 AM
Stuart Fuchs. He is an awesome musician, performer, and teacher. People love him.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOApij_slhs