2017 South Florida Ukulele Fest
Florida Ukulele Network (F.U.N.), is inviting you to join our 7th Annual South Florida Ukulele Fest on August 5th 2017. This year's artist are Sarah Maisel, Craig Chee, Bryant Tolentino, Kalei Gamiao and Jason Colannino. The Ukulele Fest will be held at The Art Serve on Sunrise blvd.
South Florida Ukulele Fest is filled with fun activities such as workshops and jam session.
There will be a two hour workshops in the morning, starting at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
There will be a two hours of open mic jam sessions by volunteers, ukulele students and those who's willing to share their talent in front of family and strangers.
And the second set of workshops will be from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
And then a concert will start at 7:00 pm performed by the artist themselves.
Come join the fun, shop around with all the vendors that will be vending at our festival and purchase your ticket to attend the workshops. You don't want to miss out on these workshops. If you are stuck in a rut on your ukulele playing level, then attend our workshops because it'll bring you to much higher understanding and much appreciated lessons that will change your playing tremendously!
Read the Bio's from our Artist:
Even though Craig Chee was born and raised on Oahu, he matured as an ukulele player and musician on the mainland. Throughout attending and graduating from the University of Oregon, Craig focused on teaching a myriad of different styles with the tiny instrument. Craig has had the honor of working under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez, and has become a renown instructor and performer around the world. Craig infuses his energetic and just plain "fun" style into many genres of music and is known for his collaborations at different music events.
Sarah Maisel was born and raised in Alabama and found herself working in San Diego, CA as the Lead Female Draper for the La Jolla Playhouse and the University of California San Diego. On walking into a local ukulele jam, Sarah was both fascinated by the instrument and the joy that surrounded it. Studying under Frank Leong, Sarah dove into the jazz stylings of golden age Hawai'i songs and arrangements inspired by ukulele legends like Lyle Ritz, Benny Chong and Byron Yasui. Sarah found a passion of teaching and performing with the ukulele and was quickly featured at many ukulele festivals around the world.
Craig and Sarah discovered a similar passion and work ethic and as of September, 2015 are now married! They have made an incredible splash in the ukulele scene with their complementing styles and vocal harmonies. Craig and Sarah have been featured at Ukulele Festivals and events all over the world including Cairns and the Sunshine Coast (Australia), Cheltenham and Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Vancouver (Canada), Tokyo (Japan), Reno (NV), Bend (OR), Morristown (NJ), Ft Lauderdale (FL), Tampa Bay (FL), Seattle (WA), Eugene (OR), Honolulu (HI) and more. Both feel very fortunate to have been featured on the cover of Ukulele Magazine. Their love of teaching has blossomed into a successful Online Ukulele School with Artistworks; the joy for music and teaching always follows them wherever they travel.
Bryan Tolentino is a self-taught ukulele player who began playing the instrument at the tender age of 10. His early influences were the musical groups The Sons of Hawaii and The Sunday Manoa. After graduating from Saint Louis School in 1979, Bryan and some friends formed a musical group called The Side Order Band. Bryan's repertoire is a mixture of Hawaiian, contemporary, and original songs, blending creativity and diversity with the ukulele.
Bryan has performed with the late Aunty Genoa Keawe, Karen Keawehawaii, Jerry Santos and Olomana, Natalie Ai Kamauu, Napua Greig, Kuana Torres Kahele, Aaron Sala, Weldon Kekauoha, Hoku Zuttermeister and many more. He also found himself in growing demand for his contributions to dozens of recordings. He also released his own solo album Ka Ukulele Lele in 2005 and released a duet recording with Herb Ohta, Jr. called Ukulele Friends in 2015.
From Hawaiis sleepy North Shore town of Haleiwa, Kaleis adventure with the ukulele began at the age of thirteen when he suffered a sports injury while playing baseball and needed to find an activity which would keep him busy while he recovered. Following a suggestion made by his parents he decided to try ukulele lessons. After the first strum, Kalei was hooked. His exposure to a wide variety of ukulele masters including Alfred Canopin, Gordon Mark, Byron Yasui, Benny Chong and Kimo Hussey, motivated him to embrace a range of styles - jazz, rock, pop, classical, blues, flamenco, funk, as well as the music of his cultural roots, Hawaiian and island contemporary. In less than a dozen years, Kalei's passion and dedication to his craft helped bring the ukulele sound into the twenty first century as he thrilled audiences and inspired the next generation of players to dream of one day playing just like him.
With 4 completed nominated albums to his name Kalei Gamiao been at the forefront of todays ukulele revolution since 2008 when his debut album, Contemporary Ukulele, kicked up the demand for performances in the U.S market. After the release of his second album entitled Redefined in 2012 a greater demand for more of his music and performances exposed Kalei to hundreds of thousands of ukulele enthusiasts from around the world. When his third album Merry Ukulele Christmas released in 2013 as a seasonal project it propelled and broadened Kaleis repertoire to new levels as many web and social media sites provide instant access for his fans to stay connected to his music and the explosive world-wide popularity of the ukulele. With the release of his 4th latest album These Moments in 2016 he has already traveled and performed in different parts of the world to share his passion for music in countries such as Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and the U.S mainland.
As a true ukulele virtuoso he sums it up by saying.. My ukulele expresses every word and emotion. I love to create and share my musical journeys for everyone to enjoy.
Jason Colannino is a singer songwriter entertainer, born in New Jersey, resides in Boynton Beach Florida, and has been a local favorite in the South Florida music scene since 1990. Jason performs a vast repertoire of songs from the singer songwriter era of the 1970's, otherwise known as mellow rock, with material from his musical heroes Neil Young, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Harry Chapin, and countless others of the genre. But over the last few years and several visits to Hawaii, Jason has added the ukulele to his act, and now includes many songs from what has been called the Hawaiian music renaissance featuring artists such as Cecilio and Kapono, Kalapana, Ka'au Crater Boys, Olomana, Keola and Kapono Beamer and many others. Jason has said that although the songs he learned in Hawaii may not be new, it was new to him, and gave him the ability to explore a different style of music and enhance creativity. It also gave Jason the chance to learn, through its music, the history, the stories, and discovery of the heart and soul of Hawaii.
We look forward to seeing you at our 7th annual ukulele fest.
Bring and a friend or two.
Art Serve (View)
1350 E Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
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