Ukiah Uke Fest 2019
Updates! Advanced Ticket Sales are ended but may still be available full price at the gate.
Ukiah Uke Fest 2019 with Workshops & Jams plus Evening Show featuring Daniel Ward & Heidi Swedberg, Janet Lenore & Jeff Davis, Sheridan Malone, Ukiah Uke Tones, & special guest Alex de Grassi.
Festival tickets will be limited to 100 attendees, & 200 for the concert
Bring a morning snack to share or enjoy snacks, coffee and tea provided by the Ukiah Uke Tones. Donations accepted. Lunch for sale by the Mendocino College Culinary Arts Management Program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K91DqpTBW3U or BYO.
Festival PDF Handouts
If youre interested in PDFs of jam songs, a campus map, festival schedule and local dining suggestions, email a request to Ken at email@example.com. Instructor PDFs will be sent when available.
Daily Ukulele Leap Year Jam
Join Ken Franklin of the Ukiah Uke Tones during the 3PM period for a song circle jam with selections from The Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition. Bring the big blue book!
Little Theater 710
Stop by David Dart's & Tyde Music's tables and see their latest ukuleles and accessories.
Saturday March 30, 2019 9AM-9PM
Advance Discount Admission: (Cash Only at gate please no checks or credit card)
$50.00 for workshops plus evening show package
$40.00 for workshops only
$15.00 for evening show alone
Note: Full Price Tickets for all events will be $5.00 higher at the gate.
Advance Discount Tickets at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah or at Mazahar in Willits
Event is at Mendocino Community College
1000 Hensley Creek Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
Workshops are in Band Room 5430, Choral Room5310, and Little Theater 710
Opening jam and Evening show are in Lowery Library Little Theater
UUF 2019 Schedule
9-10 Sign in-Lowery Student Center- Little Theatre Lobby 710
Group Jam- Little Theater 710
10-10:15 Welcome Instructor Workshop Overviews
Little Theater 710
Heidi Swedberg- Hawaiian for Beginners- Visual/Performing Arts Chorus Room 5310
Daniel Ward- Melodic Meditations- Visual/Performing Arts Band Room 5430
Sheridan Malone - Triad Secrets for Better Harmony (Right Under Your Ukulele Fingertips) Little Theater 710
11:45-1:20 Lunch Break!
Mendocino College Culinary Arts Food- Lowery Student Center
Open Mic w/ Janet and Jeff- Lowery Dining Room 771
Informal Jamming- TBA
1:35- 2:45 Workshops
Heidi- Monkey Around- Visual/Performing Arts Chorus Room 5310
Daniel- Latin & World Strums- Band Room 5430
Jeff Davis- Intro to u-bass- Little Theater 710
3- 4:10- Activities
Janet Lenore- Play & Sing the Beatles - Yeah, yeah, yeah!
Little Theater 710
Sheridan Malone- Beyond Strumming- Chorus Room 5310
Daily Ukulele Leap Year Jam- Ken Franklin- Band Room 5430
4:25- 5 Group Jam/ Farewell - Little Theater 710
5-7:00 Dinner Break- Off campus7:00 Concert- Little Theater 710
Ukiah Uke Tones, Sheridan, Janet and Jeff, Heidi and Daniel, and special guest Alex de Grassi
Daniel Ward - Melodic Meditations
This is a brand new workshop. We'll be looking at the first couple of studies from a new companion book to "Arpeggio Meditations". Simple melodies that wind through some easy chords will give you a chance to make your uke sing in a new way, as well as prepare the way for single note melodies and tasty chord melody style.
Daniel Ward - Latin & World Strums
Here is your chance to learn the sexy secrets of Latin and World right-hand techniques, from someone with more than 25 years experience in the genre, Daniel Ward. We'll learn (and practice) the strums and picking styles needed to help create a spicy palette that you can sprinkle on any song. Flamenco, Rhumba, Bossa Nova, and even Reggae styles will be broken down into clear and easy-to-learn steps. By the time we finish you will possess brand new skills that will dazzle your listeners!! and Clean easy to read handouts to help you remember them.
Heidi Swedberg -HAWAIIAN for BEGINNERS and up
Haina ia mai ana ka puana! Get started with Hawaiian language by learning a few simple songs with deep roots. Popoki Make a Cat employs the Hawaiian turn-around sound, & Kahuli Aku is a traditional chant set to Winona Beamer music . Bonus: seated hula!
Heidi Swedburg - MONKEY AROUND beginners and up
Learn the folk song Monkey When You Grow Old with a do-wacka-do strum! Then learn how to monkey around with the lyrics. This class adds a fun song to your repitoire, works on a classic strum and can expand into second position chords, if the class is ready. The most fun part is delving into lyric improvisation.
Jeff Davis - Intro to U-Bass Workshop
This is your chance to attend a U-Bass petting zoo - up close and personal! Youll get to try three kinds of U-Basses - the common Rumbler, steel string U-Bass, and fretless U-Bass. The bass has a unique role in the ukulele jam, anchoring the rhythm and rounding out the sound. Youll get hands-on practice to hear & feel moments where bass notes are needed & appreciated by everyone in a jam. Bass tuning is different than ukulele but still just four strings to keep track of. If you already have a U-Bass or standard electric bass guitar, bring it to this workshop and start learning some tips and tricks to get you going. Bring your ukulele too, Janet Lenore will team up with Jeff to encourage every player in the room to see and feel how the bass fits into the uke strummers world.
Janet Lenore - Play & Sing the Beatles - Yeah yeah yeah!
Almost exactly a year ago, Prince William knighted Sir Richard Starkey. We are going to celebrate this anniversary with a selection of fun and upbeat songs written or sung by the Beatle known and loved as "Ringo." We will throw some other Beatles tunes in as well, all selected for both charm and playability. Tired of playing? Come sing along with the band! Jeff accompanies on u-bass.
Sheridan Malone - Triad Secrets for Better Harmony
(Right Under Your Ukulele Fingertips)
If you play ukulele, you likely take pleasure in singing. Even more pleasurable is singing harmony with others. In this class we'll show how essential vocal harmony parts lat right under your fingers. We'll touch on smidgen of triad building block theory, and try to sing a few tunes together, and find parts that fit the song. You should be able to play 5-6 chords easily while you sing, but anyone can join in the fun!
Sheridan Malone -Beyond Strumming - Cool Double-stop Leads, Licks, and Fills
Under every closed chord (no open strings) lies a simple scale and twin string pairing to add melody leads, licks, & instrumentals on nearly any song or style. Sheridan will show you to play nifty intros, fills, and outros anywhere on the neck and in any key. You can even double up on melodies!
Skill level: Intermediate and up. You should be able to play a closed Bb chord shape and G chord shape on all four strings, and be able to switch easily to other positions and shapes.
Teacher Bio Info:
Heidi Swedberg was born in Hawaii, the youngest in a family of of four girls where music was a regular part of family life. Singing at church, in the car or around the piano are her most treasured memories. When she was 5 years old the Easter Bunny left ukuleles for all four Swedberg girls, and she has played one ever since. Her family relocated to New Mexico, where she grew up in suburban Albuquerque. Her love of literature led her to acting, and she studied at the University of New Mexico before moving to Kentucky to study as an acting apprentice and costume intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville. While there, she was cast in her first film, Norman Jewisons In Country, launching a 20+ year career in film and television. Having children re-focused her life. Singing and playing ukulele with them brought her so much joy that she found herself drifting away from auditions and into the classroom. Teaching led to recording which led to performing. Collaborating with Daniel Ward opened vast musical doorways. Heidi enjoys sharing music with all ages. She especially loves performing in schools, museums and libraries, which she considers the saviours of the universe.
Daniel Ward was born in the atomic city of Los Alamos NM, where his father was a scientist and classical music conductor. Growing up in New Mexico meant being exposed to a wide variety of musical styles, including Mexican mariachi, Spanish flamenco, world music and jazz. By the time Daniel completed his degree in classical guitar and composition, he was also playing electric jazz, flamenco guitar with dancers, percussion, trumpet, lute and world beat music.
Since then, he has become a premier ukulele performer and clinician known for his command of Latin and world styles, with an expressive right hand that delivers beauty, speed and force. He has been a featured performer and workshop instructor at festivals across the United States and abroad and enjoys contributing lessons to both Ukulele Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. His CD El Ukulele is an adventure in what the ukulele can do.
Daniel is known as a teacher who can break down complicated forms and techniques in ways that enable players of all levels to absorb and enjoy the material. He is a well-rounded musician, who loves working with children and adults. As a performer and a teacher, Daniel believes the ukulele holds an important place in music and music education for all ages. Learn more about Daniel, access his video lessons and find his catalogue at his website, danielward.net.
For Jeff Davis, playing the electric bass guitar is a favorite form of expression. Jeff and Janet lead an informal U-Bass workshop at the 2018 Mendocino Ukelele Festival and theyve been asked to make it official in Ukiah this year. He has played at large and small ukulele jams and performances for several years including the Berkeley Ukulele Club, Santa Cruz Ukulele Club, Ukes on the Loose and Bronco Billys Fremont Ukulele Jam. Jeffs current bands emphasize blues, pop, singer-songwriter, and folk. In his past performances, he supported Brazilian jazz, Irish sessions, and pre-War jug band blues in addition to the usual rock and pop songs. Originally from New York, Jeffs musical influences include bassists Stanley Clarke, Paul McCartney and James Jamerson. He makes his home in the San Francisco East Bay with singer-songwriter Janet Lenore.
Janet Lenore has taught week-long classes for adults at the California Coast Music Camp and Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. In 2019, shell be teaching ukulele at Lark Camp. Shes previously taught ukulele workshops and performed at the Mendocino Ukulele Festival, Napa Valleys Wine Country Ukulele Festival, Ukiah Ukulele Festival, Santa Cruz Ukulele Club, Burning Uke, Smoldering Uke, the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and several Ukes On the Loose events. Janet has been a jam leader at the Ukulele Magazine Christmas Jam, the Kate Wolf Music Festival, the Palo Alto Festival for the Arts, the Berkeley Ukulele Club, Bronco Billy's (Fremont) Ukulele jam, and the Alameda Ukulele Club.
By age 15, Janet became a performing singer/songwriter. Coming from a family of educators, she starting teaching guitar while still in high school. Janet has two recordings, The Ladies of My Family and "Pie & Four Other Tasty Treats." She makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with her bass playing husband Jeff Davis and their two kitties.
Sheridan Malone has lived in Ukiah since 1972. He's a singer and songwriter and has been playing and singing since he was in seventh grade. A teacher of vocal technique and harmony, he also plays ukulele, guitar, and upright bass. Hes taught for the last six years at RiverTunes Camp, plus workshops at Ukes On The Loose, California Bluegrass Association Camp, Walker Creek Music Camp, El Cerrito Free Folk Festival, and an Art Stay voice and ukulele workshop at Emandal in Willits. He performs regularly around Northern California, and gives private voice lessons. He loves experimenting on the uke and has made a workshop out of double stops, which embellish nearly every style of music.
Mendocino College Ukiah, CA (Ver)
1000 Hensley Creek Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
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