NJ Ukulele Fest off to smashing start

TWO-PART HARMONY at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. (FiL Wisneski and David Codey have buried the hatchet, so to speak, and all is well.) Photo by Kevin Coughlin
TWO-PART HARMONY at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. (FiL Wisneski and David Codey have buried the hatchet, so to speak, and all is well.) Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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How good is Colorado singer-songwriter Danielle (Ate the Sandwich) Anderson?

Kathrina Hogan and Elena Haste like her so much they came all the way from London to see her perform on Friday at the Fifth Annual New Jersey Uke Fest.

Danielle Anderson (a.k.a. Danielle Ate the Sandwich), at NJ Uke Fes, at NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Danielle Anderson (a.k.a. Danielle Ate the Sandwich), at NJ Uke Fes, at NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“We’re delighted!” Hogan said after Anderson’s set at the Ukrainian American Cultural Center of New Jersey, in Whippany.

The British schoolteachers will get a bonus: Anderson is performing again this evening, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, after a full day of workshops, jam sessions and other ukulele fun.

This 7:30 pm concert also will feature sets by Hawaiian uke master Kimo Hussey and the The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin

TWO-PART HARMONY at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Danielle Anderson (a.k.a. Danielle Ate the Sandwich), at NJ Uke Fes, at NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Danielle Anderson (a.k.a. Danielle Ate the Sandwich) flanked by fans from London: Kathrina Hogan and Elena Haste, NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Lords of Liechtenstein at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Lords of Liechtenstein share a laugh at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kids practice at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sing-along time at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Strumming in the audience, at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Uking in the audience, at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Erin Barnes and Melissa Nannen demonstrate their Hug Straps at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
FiL Wisneski leads sing-along at NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Hula instructor Debi Velasco at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sharon and Jim Reuss of S.L.R.'s Stained Glass Studio at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Kids practice at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kids practice at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Friday night’s festivities started with a sing-along welcome by members of the Morristown Uke Jam, and ended with another songfest, led by Festival co-organizer FiL Wisneski.

In between, Holmdel heroes The Lords of Liechtenstein — 20-something brothers Dan and Noah Rauchwerk — took the stage for original songs about mean girlfriends of the Civil War.

The Lords of Liechtenstein share a laugh at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Lords of Liechtenstein share a laugh at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“That’s not true,” Dan insisted. “Sometimes I write about World War I.”

You and Dan can sort this out on Saturday. You also can find out exactly what kind of sandwich Danielle devoured, learn how to play a ukelele, hear more great music, and meet many kindred spirits.

And next time you’re in London, check out the Balham Ukulele Society.

Danielle Anderson (a.k.a. Danielle Ate the Sandwich) flanked by fans from London: Kathrina Hogan and Elena Haste, NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Danielle Anderson (a.k.a. Danielle Ate the Sandwich) flanked by fans from London: Kathrina Hogan and Elena Haste, at the NJ Uke Fest, Aug. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

That’s where Hogan and Haste got to know Danielle, who stopped in while touring the U.K. (Danielle Ate the Crumpets?)

“Her style is very honest, and very true. What you see is what you get,” Hogan said of Ms. Sandwich.

And of course, Haste added, “She’s a very good ukulele player.”

The New Jersey Uke Fest opens at 8:15 am on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, for a full day of workshops, followed by a 7:30 pm concert. Admission for the whole day is $95; workshops only, $80; concert only, $20 each. At 60-C North Jefferson Road, Whippany. Food is available for purchase, or bring your own. A Sunday jam session, at 10:30 am on the Morristown Green, is free.

 
 

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