April 29th & 30th at Caspar Community Center
UkeFest Kick-Off on Friday, April 29 at Caspar Community Center
Enjoy a weekend celebrating the ukulele as a friendly and playful instrument, beginning with The UkeFest Kick-Off on Friday, April 29 at 7:30 PM. The Ukulele Variety Show and Jam, held annually at the Caspar Community Center, will start at 7:30PM with performances by the instructors followed by a ukulele jam session and sing-along. Instructors this year include Del Rey, Mike DaSilva, Dennis Hudson, Denver Tuttle and Pattie DeMatteo. Caspar Community Center is at 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar.
The Fifth annual UkeFest first hit the coast in April of 2012 at the Caspar Community Center. Our area is heavily populated with ukulele players who gather frequently in small groups to bring more music into their lives. The ease of the initial evening's activity encourages all levels of interest and experience to attend the all-day activities at Caspar Community Center on Saturday with workshops starting at 10AM.
More info here mendocinostories.com/UkeFest.html
Fifth Annual Caspar UkeFest on April 30 at Caspar Community Center
An all-day ukulele festival is planned for Saturday, April 30, when ukulele players of all levels join The Caspar Community to celebrate the ukulele as a friendly and playful instrument. The all-day festival features instructional workshops, jam sessions, retail sales and evening performances.
This is an “All Ages, All levels of interest and expertise” event. Caspar Community Center is at 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar.
Saturday’s activities start at 9AM with coffee, tea and muffins, a vendor area and orientation at 9:45AM. Morning ukulele workshops will be held at 10AM and 11:30AM, with instruction for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. After a break for lunch, two more workshops – one for intermediate/advanced players and one “Ensemble” workshop will be held. Instructors this year include Del Rey, who takes the ukulele "to a new level of musicianship"; a favorite of the UkeFest, Mike DaSilva from Berkeley; Dennis Hudson and Denver Tuttle of Anderson Valley's Ukeholics and co-producer Pattie DeMatteo.
Workshops will be followed by jam sessions while the performers have their sound checks before the dinner break. Evening performances starting at 7PM will include producers Dennis Hudson and Pattie DeMatteo, ensemble workshop students and special guests in the first set with Del Rey headlining the second set.
Evening performance at Fifth Annual Caspar UkeFest, April 30
To highlight the evening of the Caspar UkeFest, evening performances start at 7PM on Saturday, April 30. Performers include instructors Dennis Hudson and Pattie DeMatteo, ensemble workshop students and special guests in the first set with Del Rey headlining the second set. Price of admission is $15 at the door or will be included in the all-day pass. Caspar Community Center is at 15051 Caspar Rd, Caspar.
Del Rey is virtuosic on both ukulele and guitar in just the right way - in order to realize her musical ideas. From her first gig at the San Diego Folk festival in 1974, to her world travels today, she has played music that is slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. Her distinctive arrangements of songs like Creole Belles (a 1904 ragtime piece performed on the ukulele) or a tribute to guitarist Memphis Minnie, bring vintage sounds to contemporary ears in an engaging manner.