FRIDAY March 20 & SATURDAY March 21, 2020. Luau Dinner & Concert March 22, 2020

2020 GaithersBurg UkeFest Package

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The $155 package will include the Friday and Saturday evening concerts, jams, open mics and 7-8 workshops held during the Friday and Saturday 2020 festival activities. Also included in this package is one chance for giveaways, which include ukuleles, tuners, straps and other goodies ukulele manufacturers send our way.  Lil Rev leads a list of exceptionally talented and gifted ukulele instructors and performers, including Kevin Carroll, Kelly Jolly, Phredd, Ray Forton, Jose Luis Tolosa (Cuatro), Maureen Andary, Uncle Zac, Gracie Terzian, Nani Lowery, Pete Coleson, Lori Perine, Gary Haleamau, Liz Brinker, Cinda Smith, Michael August, Debi Velasco, Julie Coleson, William Ernestburg, Kurin Haleamau and Keith Lowery. 

 

The Children's Ukulele Festival and Pilipa'a Hula Seminar are also planned to take place during the 2020 festival, but are not included in this package.

 


March 21 - AM Workshops

Uncle Zac teaching Baritone Uke 3 in 1

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If you cannot attend all the workshops on Saturday, March 21st, consider taking 3 65-minute workshops. The workshops will be begin at 9:00 AM, 10:15 AM, and 11:30 AM. Uncle Zac is returning in 2020; one of the many excellent instructors you can take classes from. Tickets are only $65.

MARCH 21 - PM WORKSHOPS

Gracie Terzian teaching a workshop at the 2019 Gaithersburg UkeFest

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 If you cannot attend all the workshops on Saturday, March 21st, consider taking 3 65-minute workshops in the afternoon. The workshops will be begin at 12:45 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:15 PM. Gracie Terzian is returning in 2020; one of the many excellent instructors you can take classes from. Tickets are only $65.

March 20 - Friday afternoon Ukulele Workshops

Michael August teaching harmonica at the 2019 Gaithersburg UkeFest

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Michael August will be just one of the excellent instructors teaching workshops on Friday afternoon. The classes will take place at 2:00 PM and 3:15 PM. Tickets for the Friday afternoon workshops is $45.

Friday Evening Concert

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The Sweater Set

Winners of multiple Washington Area Music Awards, The Sweater Set (Sara Curtin & Maureen Andary) have toured throughout Ireland, the UK, & the Northeast & Southern United States, opened for Dar Williams, Aoife O'Donovan, and Michelle Shocked, served as Artists-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, and partnered with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities as Artist Fellows in 2018. 

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Kevin Carroll

 ...I thought I’d heard it all, then Kevin comes along with this ‘resolUKEtion’ album and brings a fresh perspective to the instrument. His love for folk, blues and roots music really comes out. Plus, he’s a really nice guy and a passionate teacher of the instrument.”  

James Hill -  Ukulele virtuoso and educator 

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"Phredd"

"Phredd" – a Ukulele Strumming, Harmonica Wailing, Suitcase Drum Kicking, Quirky Singer-Songwriter of Unmitigated Joy!

Uncle Zac

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 “UncleZac” is a Fairfield County CT ukulele performer and teacher who has played the uke for over 50 years. 

Ray Forton

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 According to Ray, “Music should bring great joy, or at least a few laughs and a good time to both players and listeners.”  

Saturday Evening Concert

Lil Rev

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  Lil' Rev is well known on the international ukulele scene as a protector of old songs and playing styles including early blues, Tin-Pan Alley, old time, Yiddish and American folk styles. 

Gary Haleamau

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 Gary Haleamau of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii began his musical career at an early age; first as a solo artist then traveling with Hawaiian music groups throughout the world sharing his amazing talent. 

Gracie Terzian

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 Ted Gioia, jazz critic and author of History of Jazz, calls her “a genuine talent” and ICON Magazine says “she’s a beguiling singer and modern song stylist with an astute sense of swing.”  

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Jose Luis Tolosa

 

He's recognized as one of the most talented Cuatro players in the world.

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Kelle Jolly

Vocalist Kelle Jolly, "The Tennessee Ukulele Lady", is one of East Tennessee's most celebrated jazz musicians. 


Sunday Evening Concert

Gary Haleamau & Kāwili

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 Gary Haleamau & Kāwili live from Pathways Church!  Gary Haleamau of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii began his musical career at an early age; first as a solo artist then traveling with Hawaiian music groups throughout the world sharing his amazing talent. He recorded his first single release at the age of 12 and 14 plus album length recordings.  Sheldeen has accompanied her husband Gary on numerous recordings and enjoys sharing music with her family. Kurin Pomaika’imaikeakua Haleamau of Las Vegas, Nevada, is the son of Gary and Sheldeen Haleamau. Kurin, a gifted singer-musician, was a recipient of the Folklife Apprenticeship grant from the Nevada Arts Council in 2008. Since then, Kurin has excelled in his musical career as an accomplished slack key-bass guitarist and singer with Kāwili. 

Naniukulelejoy!

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 Not only are Keith and Nani Lowery the organizers of the festival, but they also perform a unique style of Hawaiian music. They will kick off this concert with a few songs we think you'll enjoy! 

Come to the Pre-Concert Luau!

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Come to Pathways Church at 4:00 PM and be transported to the Islands of Hawaii. Enjoy beautifully prepared Polynesian fare, while listening to local bands playing Hawaiian style songs. Be sure to wear your "Aloha" attire. You could also wear a lei, or purchase one from one of our vendors. 

Concerts and Luau

Pilipa'a Hula Seminar

Kumu Sheldeen Haleamau

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Register for the Full Package or Individual Hula Workshops Below

Children's Ukulele Festival

Concert featuring Phredd!!!

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 ...a Ukulele Strumming, Harmonica Wailing, Suitcase Drum Kicking, Quirky Singer-Songwriter of Unmitigated Joy!  

Ukulele Workshop

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Children will attend a 50-minute ukulele workshop in an age appropriate class.

Music Program

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Children will attend a 50-minute music program where they will explore the importance of rhythm in a song, and get an opportunity to play the harmonica. In addition, they will be treated to hearing performances from young musical artists.

Tickets for Children's Ukulele Festival

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