NJ Uke Fest: Check your inhibitions at the door…

HEY, THAT'S MY STRING! The One Uke Wonders perform at the 2019 NJ Uke Fest. (L-R) Beth Bachmann, U.F.O. (Unidentified Fretting Object), Danny Vento, Mike Sagurton and Bob Kammer. Photo by Susan D'Alessandro


Audience participation is central to a ukulele festival. Here are a few examples from last weekend’s Seventh Annual New Jersey Uke Fest.

The One Uke Wonders, covering the Waffle Stompers, covering Walk Off the Earth, covering Pentatonix, covering Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know.’  Next year, these vagabonds from the Morristown Uke Jam hope they can afford more instruments:

The Morristown Uke Jam strikes again, with a uke-estral arrangement of ‘Habanera’ from the opera ‘Carmen’ (or was it from Bugs Bunny?):

Professional ukesters (yes, Major League Ukulele is for real) lead rank amateurs in a sing-along on the Morristown Green. Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Rachel Manke and Christopher Davis-Shannon strike up the band. Watch for Manke’s plastic cup solo:


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