WMNF presents the 6th Annual Ukulele Festival: UKE IT OUT!
Bigger and better than last year—this year’s festival is now on two nights at two great locations:
Two of Tampa Bay’s Award-winning breweries: Cage Brewing in the St Pete arts/Grand Central District and New World Brewery under the oaks in Seminal Heights.
You’ll hear everything from the ukulele, Reggae and Bluegrass sounds to Americana and Rock—the little ukulele knows no limits. There will be all kinds of ukuleles in action—bass ukes, electric ukes, banjo ukes and acoustic ukes. Over a dozen performers over two nights it’s a concert you won’t forget.
There will be food trucks at Cage Brewing and a full menu at New World Brewery, a vintage Hawaiian shirt booth, Luna guitars will be on display, Gulf to Bay Bait and Tackle will be featuring their unique ukuleles and there will be a special ukulele art display by Carolyn Bruszer.
In addition, Cage Brewing has built a stage and installed a lighting system—it’s not just a brewery—it’s a concert hall—slight exaggeration, it’s more of a large covered patio than a hall. (There is a hall that goes to the restroom though) And New World Brewery is now at their new location complete with a full stage and professional sound and lighting system.
Plus there will be a Muddy Waters of the Ukulele contest—with a prize package and trophy for the best 2-minute ukulele interpretation of a Muddy Waters song on the ukulele--sign up when you arrive.
We will have ukulele lessons for anyone that shows with a ukulele and wants to learn how to start playing on the ukulele. 3:30-4 at Cage Brewing in St Pete and 6:30-7 at New World Brewery in Tampa
Everyone loves The Beatles and there will be a ukulele tribute to The Beatles and attendees are encouraged to bring their ukuleles to join in. Professionals, amateurs and audience members alike are invited to participate.
To round out the evening, there will be a chance for up and coming ukulele players to showcase their chops. Participants can sign up for the Show Us Your UKE--Open mic that will be the final event to close the show. Just sign up when you get to the show—first come first served.
Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin.
Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole helped re-popularize the instrument, in particular with his 1993 medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World," used in films, television programs, and commercials.
Not since 12 year-old Grace VanderWaal won the 2016 America’s Got Talent contest playing the ukulele has the ukulele world been as excited about a ukulele event as they are about WMNF’s tribute to the ukulele. Hyperbole? Not when it comes to ukulele fans! A dozen bands/solos are putting on a ukulele concert Friday December 3 and Saturday Dec 4th.
Not only will this give you a chance to pull out the Hawaiian shirt you have stashed in the back of your closest—but you’ll have a chance to see some of the best ukulele players at two great locations—Cage Brewing St Pete and New World Brewery Tampa.
Stay tuned for the October announcement of the bands that will be playing the festival.
Uke it out now on two nights at two locations for your ukulele pleasure.
WMNF’s 6thAnnual Ukulele Festival: UKE IT OUT – New World Brewery
Friday December 3rd
Doors 6pm Music from 7 to 11:30
NEW WORLD BREWERY
810 E Skagway Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
(Near Busch Boulevard)
WMNF’s 6thAnnual Ukulele Festival: UKE IT OUT – Cage Brewing
Saturday December 4th
Doors 3pm, Music 4-10pm
2001 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
3 pm doors open (folks can set up chairs outside for the jam. Cage Brewing only)
TICKETS FOR EITHER SHOW:
Tickets $17Advance/$20 door
813-238-8001 or online at wmnf.org
Kids 12 and under FREE
Proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before the show is required to attend.
Organized by WMNF
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