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Last updated: 3/3/2015 (updated/added Kathy Reitz and Paul Hemmins at Blues and Swing Week in Augusta)

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**** FEATURED EVENTS ****

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Date/Time: April 26, 2015 (Sunday), 4:00pm
Location: Strathmore Music Center
Price: depends ($18.00 to $48.00) -- go to site info below for ticket details
Site Info: click here

Great musicians playing as a orchestra with many moving musical parts in every piece. Also, very entertaining to watch their stage antics. A definite must see if you have or never been to one of their concerts. Take a few with you when you go. There's a preceeding workshop on April 24, 2015 at 7:00pm, details at same link above.


Augusta Blues and Swing Week
Date/Time: July 12-17, 2015, all day
Price: see site for details
Site Info: click here

There are tabs there to click through to see the various instructors and all the classes. There is quite a line up. Music immersion on a cheap vacation.

Some notable instructors:

Kathy Reitz: Beginning ukulele
Paul Hemmings: Intermediate/Advanced Uke and Uke Orchestra


Jake Shimabukuro in concert

Date/Time: TBD
Location: TBD (DC Metro area -- typically The Birchmere)
Price: TBD

"The Jimi Hendrix of the Ukulele" (Guitar Player) Jake Shimabukuro completed his "Grand Ukulele Tour" last year with The Birchmere on the tail end of it. He then had a bunch of local in Hawaii gigs for the holidays, even jamming with a few other local notables.

Will post here when Tickets are on sale

For more information on Jake go to http://jakeshimabukur...


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Local Area Ukulele Workshops/Concerts/Events
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**** LOCAL FAVORITE UKULELE ARTISTS ****


Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer
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Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer Calendar

Some highlights of local concerts this fantastic duo will be here locally in the DC Metro (VA/DC/MD ) area:


May 22-24 (Fri-Mon), 2015: Marcy teaches at Ashokan Uke Fest (Camp)


  • Location: 7 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY, USA 12461
  • Time: 9:30am-5:30pm (with breakfast before and dinner after, lunch during; evening event, and sometimes jams afterwards)


Notes:
A) Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink, great local ukulele aficionados and supporters, have some local concerts on other instruments, too -- see http://www.cathymarcy....
B) See them on Facebook: https://www.facebook....


Victoria Vox (click Shows)
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Striking Chords: An Ukulele Workshop for Everyone

Location: Strathmore Mansion
Date/Time: Friday, April 24, 2015, 7:00pm
Tickets: $40.00
Other Info: Workshop and strum-along tunes that go along with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on April 26 (see above in featured Ukulele Events)

More local concerts and showings of Victoria Vox to be posted as they become available... Click here for Victoria Vox's website


The Sweater Set (click on SHOWS)
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More information coming soon!


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Ukulele Lessons
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House of Musical Traditions (one of our sponsors) has host of lessons (see http://www.hmtrad.com... for schedules and details):

** Group Lessons (see http://www.hmtrad.com... for registration, fees, and other details)

Ukulele Workshops with Marcy Marxer
** WHEN: Tuesdays, February 10, 24, March 3, 24, April 14 & 28
** WHERE: Kensington, MD (private home - address will be provided to registrants)
** FEE: $180 per 6-week session or $345 for both (sorry, no proration for missed classes)

** CLASSES:

  • The American Songbook with Gentle Theory for Ukulele -- 7:30-8:25 pm
  • Old-Time Tenor Guitar -- 8:30-9:30 pm


Ukulele Workshops with Maureen Andary
** WHEN: Saturdays, February 7, 21 & 28, and March 7 & 14, 2015; NOTE: No classes on February 14!
** WHERE: HMT's lessons studio
** FEE: $135 for each 5-part series (sorry, no proration for missed classes)

** CLASSES:

  • Beginner 1 -- 10:00-11:00 am


** NOTE: click on link above to get more details from the House of Musical Traditions



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Ukulele Friendly and Other Area Open Mics
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**NVUS and Cafe Montmartre Sponsored Monthly Ukulele Open Mic IS Ukulele Friendly **

4th Sunday Ukulele Open Mic at Cafe Montmartre

Cafe Montmartre on Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA - normally every 4th Sun, 5-7pm -- This open mic is a scheduled Northern Virginia Ukulele Society (NVUS) event but open to the public to watch or sign up. NVUS members can check the website calendar for any changes ((http://www.NoVA-Uke.o....

** Other Area Open Mic **

These are all other open mic in the immediate DC Metro area. Uncertain if they are ukulele friendly but go check them out and go see. Maybe you'll get lucky and go play too!

Also, these have not all been vetted and actually host their open mic's on a regular basis except for Aphora, Republic, and Lemongrass.


  • Mahalo Cove (looks like a Tiki Bar), Mainstage Live/Open Mic Tuesdays, Every Tuesday at 9pm Hosted by Dave Mascatello, 46300 McClellan Way, Sterling, VA , T: 703-421-3776, more details CLICK HERE OR CLICK HERE
  • Tiffany Tavern Old Town Alexandria on King St., 1116 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2925 - M-TH, 8:30pm to close
  • Epicure Cafe, Epicure Open Mic Hosted by James Colvin, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, T: 703-352-9193, every thu at 7:30pm, more details CLICK HERE
  • 5127 Restaurant and Lounge, 5127 Open Mic Hosted By Renee Marie Martin, 5127 Westfields Boulevard, Centreville, VA 20120, T: (703) 803-1040, Every Thursday at 7:00-10:00pm followed by DJ Childsplay and D-Colee Music Group LLC, more details CLICK HERE
  • Paradiso Restaurant, Tuesday Night Open Mic Hosted by Michael Brazie, Jacqueline Ford, John Georgiou of the TreeHouse Dogs, 6124 Franconia Rd., Alexandria, VA, T: (703) 922-6222, Every Tuesday at 8pm, more details CLICK HERE
  • Rob's Open Mic (ilyAIMY) @ The Republic in Takoma Park, 6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912, T: 301-270-3000, 2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:00pm, signup at 8:30pm, more details CLICK HERE
  • Lemongrass Restaurant, Priest Bridge Centre Shopping Center, 2225A Defense Highway, Crofton, MD 21114, T: (410) 721-1111, 5:00-8:00pm, 2nd and 4th Sunday's, more details CLICK HERE
  • Deja Brew Coffee House, 5311 Merchants View Square, Haymarket, VA, T: 571-261-9418, Every Tuesday at 7pm, more details CLICK HERE
  • Amphora's Diner Deluxe, Open Mike Every Tuesday at 7:15pm Hosted by The Folk Club of Reston-Herndon, 1151 Elden St., Herndon, VA 20170, T: (703) 925-0900, more details CLICK HERE
  • Jimmy's Old Town Tavern, 697 Spring St., Herndon, VA 20170, T: (703) 435-5467, Blues Jam Open Mic Every Wednesday at 9pm Hosted by Jimmy Cirrito, T: 703-470-4014 CLICK HERE
  • Kilroy's Restaurant and Sports Bar in the Ravensworth Shopping Center, Open Mike (music, comedy, poetry), Every Tuesday at 9pm Hosted by Nick Samuels (also a Karaoke on Wednesday nights), 5250A Port Royal Rd, Springfield, VA 22151, T: 703-321-7733, more details CLICK HERE


There are a couple members who are traveling around to different open mics to check out venue, crowd, music styles, etc. There will be a consolidated a list for member use in the message board area.

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Out of Area Ukulele Workshops/Concerts/Events
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**** FEATURED OUT OF AREA WORKSHOP ****

10th Annual Kahumoku 'Ohana Hawaiian Music and Lifestyles Workshop
  • Dates: TBD (but think it's 7-14 Nov 2015)
  • Location: Pahala, Hawaii (big island)
  • Description: A week of hands-on instructions in slack key guitar, 'ukulele, Hawaiian steel guitar & slack key bass; music theory; songwriting; song sessions; private lessons; Hawaiian language & chanting; singing; hula; lei making; nightly Ka Ni Kapila (jam sessions); food demos and sometimes day trips.
  • Featuring: TBP
  • Cost: see web site (CLICK HERE)
  • Previous Instructors included: Rev. Dennis Kamakahi (RIP, 2014), David Kamakani, George Kahumoku Jr., Sonny Lim, John Keawe, James Hill, Herb Ohta Jr., Brittni Paiva, Konabob Stoffer, Kanani Enos, Darci Baker, Brad Bordessa, Peter De Aquino, Ka'iwi Perkins (RIP, 2014), and more to be announced



**** OTHER NOTABLE OUT OF AREA UKULELE WORKSHOPS AND FESTIVALS ****

Aloha Music Camp 2016
  • Dates: February 7-13, 2016
  • Price: see website - already taking registrations for 2016
  • Location: Coconut Beach Marriott, Coconut Beach, Kauai, Hawaii
  • Details: Presented by Keola Beamer and the Mohala Hou Foundation. Week-long immersion into the music, dance, language, and culture of Hawaii. 1 NVUS member attended 2014 for steel guitar lessons then purchased a Bill Asher Akaka Signature Hawaiian Steel Guitar and Mya-Moe Ukulele Tenor Resonator Lap Steel. For more details CLICK HERE


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3rd Annual Ashokan Ukulele Fest (Camp)
  • Dates: Friday-Monday, May 22-24, 2015 (over Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Time: 9:30am-5:30pm (with breakfast before and dinner after, lunch during; evening event, and sometimes jams afterwards)
  • Location: 7 Beaverkill Road, Olivebridge, NY, USA 12461
  • Description: A full weekend of hands-on instructions and other fun like jams and a dnance in a camp style format
  • Cost: $435.00, see web site for additional details (CLICK HERE and scroll to bottom)
  • Instructors include: Joel Eckhaus, Heidi Swedberg, Marcy Marxer, Ruthy Ungar, Ben Hassenger, Paul Hemmings, Gerald Ross


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Reno Ukulele Festival


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"Ukes to Alaska" Cruise with Lil Rev
  • Dates: Jul 11-18, 2015
  • Price: starting $1,329 and upwards
  • Starting Point: Grand Princess, Anchorage (Whittier), AK
  • Details: For more details CLICK HERE


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6th Annual Waikiki Steel Guitar Festival


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Roy Sakuma’s 45th Aloha Ukulele Festival
  • Dates: Sunday, July 19, 2015
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Kapiolani Park, Oahu, Hawaii
  • Details: There’s also a Gala Fundraiser at the Ala Moana Hotel the Friday before. For more details CLICK HERE


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Jazz and Blues Ukulele Cruise to Bermuda with Gerald Ross
  • Dates: August 30 - September 6, 2015
  • Price: starting $949 and upwards
  • Starting Point: Hartford Holidays, Cape Liberty, NJ
  • Details: CLICK HERE


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UkeFest Virginia
  • Dates: November TBP (likely 6-7 November), 2015
  • Price: TBP
  • Location: The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen (Richmond), VA
  • Details: Hosted/sponsored by River City Ukulele Society. For more details [https://www.facebook.... HERE Via Facebook UkeFest Virgiia 2014[/url] OR CLICK HERE Via UkeFest website


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Ukulele Caribbean Cruise with Sarah Maisel and Craig Chee
  • Dates: November 8-14, 2015
  • Price: starting $1,149 and upwards
  • Starting Point: Princess Cruises, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Details: For more details CLICK HERE


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If you want to see a better list all the different ukulele events, check out Jim Beloff's event calendar Flea Market Music. There are others but this one seems to be most up to date.

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1st Lake Anne Ukulele Festival Performer Bios July 2, 2010 10:58 PM anonymous
Events March 3, 2015 1:59 AM anonymous
Group Rules June 12, 2010 10:59 PM anonymous
About The Northern Virginia Ukulele Society (NVUS) May 8, 2011 2:22 AM anonymous

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