Festival Fever: The Electric City UkeFest @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 9/21/13

It’s a tiny instrument, but it packs a whole lotta joy…

In recent years the small but mighty ukulele has enjoyed a huge and enthusiastic resurgence in popularity and inspired popular ukulele festivals from New York to Hawaii.

And close to home, the second annual Electric City Ukefest will be taking over the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday (September 21), bringing some of the top uke talents to Nippertown for a full day of workshops, demonstrations, jam sessions and an open mic, all leading up to the big gala Fleabag! ukulele concert in the evening.

TICKETS:
ALL-FEST (includes all workshops & evening concert):
$35 in advance; $40 at the door
$20 students
Children under 12 free w/adult if attending Ukes R Us
FLEABAG (evening concert only): $15

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2013 Electric City UkeFest:

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9:30am: REGISTRATION

10am-2pm: UKES R US: For Kids and Their Families with Deb Cavanaugh

10:15-11am: ALOHA! MINI-PERFORMANCE: MEET THE ARTISTS featuring Jim & Liz Beloff, Joel Eckhaus, Stuart Fuchs, Ron Gordon, Bill Dillof, Tim Findlan, Luana Haraguchi

11:20am-12:20pm: WORKSHOP SESSION I
1) FINGER-PICKING BLUES UKE with Ron Gordon
2) BEGINNING UKE with Jim Beloff
3) YOGALELE: Applying Yogic Wisdom Techniques to the Ukulele with Stuart Fuchs
4) HULA: Authentic Traditional Hula Dancing with Luana Haraguchi

12:20-1pm: JAM FOR LUNCH

1-2pm: WORKSHOP SESSION II
1) CHORD MELODY A LA SMECK with Joel Eckhaus
2) INTERMEDIATE UKULELE with Jim Beloff
3) iUKE/iJAM with John Rafalak & Ron Gordon (BYO ipad/iphone/electronic device)

2:15-3:15pm: WORKSHOP SESSION III
1) CARE & FEEDING OF YOUR UKE with Ron Gordon
2) UKEABILLY with Stuart Fuchs
3) GEORGE FORMBY SONGS & STRUTS with Tim Findlan
4) HULA: Authentic Traditional Hula Dancing with Luana Haraguchi

3:15-5pm: STRUT YOUR STUFF: Open Mic hosted by Michael Eck

5-6:45pm: JAM FOR SUPPER

7pm: FLEABAG! UKULELE CONCERT with the Vododeeyos, Hokum Hawaiians (Ron Gordon & Bill Dillof), Jim & Liz Beloff, Stuart Fuchs, Luana Haraguchi and Michael Eck

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2013:
Clinton Square Fall Festival & Arts Fair @ McGeary’s Pub, Albany, 9/21/13 (FREE)
FreshGrass Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/20-22/13
Farm Aid @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 9/21/13 (SOLD OUT)
LarkFest @ Lark Street, Albany, 9/21/13 (FREE)
PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany, 9/28/13 (FREE)

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