Tiny instrument. Gigantic fun. And all for a song–if you move fast. Early-bird discounts are available for the fifth annual New Jersey Uke Festival.
This year’s festival, from Aug. 25-27, 2017, at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of NJ in Whippany, features concerts, workshops, sing-alongs and instrument sales.
Performers include Kimo Hussey, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, the Curt Sheller Jazz Trio, Rachel Manke and the Lords of Lichtenstein, plus instruction by Mark Dutton of the Morristown Uke Jam, singer-songwriter Christine DeLeon and Makalina.
The festival unfolds in Whippany on Friday and Saturday, concluding with a Sunday jam session on the historic Morristown Green.
For the next three weeks, a full festival pass costs $90; as the event draws closer, that will rise to $110.
Kimo Hussey, one of the great Hawaiian ukulele players, also is leading a pre-festival workshop on Thursday, Aug. 24. Seating is limited; registration details are here.
This video hints at the some of the material Hussey will cover: