World Ukulele Day III Festival in Dunedin

Mark your calendar and tune your ukes for World Ukulele Day III, Saturday, February 1st, 2020.  11:00AM to 11:00PM

In celebration of World Ukulele Day,  The Tampa Bay Ukulele Society is holding a Free Festival & Concert in Downtown Dunedin

With over 2700 members The Tampa Bay Ukulele Society is the largest and most active ukulele club in the world and provides education, entertainment and community service to Greater Tampa Bay.
11am The WUD Festival kicks off with multiple performances at different sponsor locations. 15 Talented solo, duos, trios and band acts will be playing sets at 10 different venues starting at 11am
These Artists will perform at 1 or more venues:
Tom Hood & The Tropical Sons
The Mungos
The Barnkickers
Jct 27
The Blurry Truth
Bonnie Kahn
Marina Carillo
Emmett Carlisle
The Pineapple Scruffs
Dunedin Ukes
Pasco County Ukes
The Suncoast Waldorf School Ukulele Club
Paper and Strings
The Happy Ukers
Anne Milanese Trio
Dr Ed Glaser
Will Henry
Cosmo Sagristano
Ladies of Uke
Here is the most current schedule:
And here is the event map and information program


Happy's Bayou Bites

Natures Food Patch

Casa Tina

Dunedin Brewery

Fenway Hotel

House of Beer

Stirling Wine

Pisces Sushi & Global Bistro

11am-12:30 Special Workshop #1 with Lil Rev
The Blues & Boogie of Leadbelly For Ukulele-
Join Uke master Lil Rev for a fun and informative 90 minutes of blues, boogie, repertoire and history as we study the work of legendary Blues icon Heddie Ledbetter. Using a variety of songs from Leadbelly's exhaustive repertoire, Lil Rev will teach muting techniques, rock and blues strums, boogie patterns, country strums, and much, much more. Open to all levels, should know basic chords, some basic experience playing ukulele is recommended. ($25 fee for 1 workshop or $40 to attend both) click here to register for workshops (seating is limited so don't wait)
1- 2:30pm  Special Workshop #2 with Lil Rev  
Irish Song Festival For Uke 
A rollicking collection of ballads, drinking songs, dirges, novelty and 1 or 2 instrumental classics, make this fun 90 minute class with renown uke master Lil Rev a full tilt-o-whirl of Irish music fun. Learn how to do the Irish Triple Strum, the basic 6/8 strum, backing fiddle tunes, how to join an Irish session jam and much more. This workshop is open to beginners and up - some basic experience playing ukulele is recommended.($25 fee for 1 workshop or $40 to attend both) click here to register for workshops (seating is limited so don't wait)
2:30-4pm  Special Workshop #3 with Ty Olopai
Hawaiian  Style Music for Ukulele 

Learn Hawaiian style ukulele playing techniques from Ty Olopai at a special workshop in Dunedin on February 1st 2020. As part of our World Ukulele Day Festival program Ty will be teaching 'Hawaiian vamping and flare strumming' to the song 'Little Grass shack'.  This song is in English. Ty will then teach a Hawaiian language song, 'Noho Paipai'. Improve your ukulele playing skills and music diversity at this special workshop.

The cost is $25. This workshop is great for beginners and experienced players. Seating is limited so buy your ticket now click here to register for Ty Olopai workshops\

Lil Rev and Ty Olopai Workshops will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Dunedin in the Fellowship Hall behind the Church on Wood Street

3pm Merchant Walk and Strum Ukulele players from  all over Florida and the Southeast have been invited and are encouraged to join in as we march and play crowd favorites through the Downtown area.  We will start and end at Pioneer Park.
4pm Mega Sing and Play Jam led by Dunedin Ukes takes place at Pioneer Park. All ukulele players are encouraged to bring their Ukes and play along. Last year we had over 800 attendees and we expect to break that record!

5pm Main Concert  will be held in Pioneer Park (or in case of rain across street at United Methodist Church) with performances by these well known players:

5:00 Ty Olopai
Ty Olopai was born and raised on the tiny island of Saipan.
He left home in 1994 to attend University of Hawaii-Hilo studying music.
He has been a freelance musician all over the state of Florida and other states playing the ukulele. He teaches ukulele regularly at Penny Lane Music Emporium in Fort Lauderdale.
In 2009, he founded “FUN” Florida Ukulele Network, a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

6:00 Lil Rev Lil Rev is an award-winning, Wisconsin based ukulele master. He's authored over a dozen instructional books thru Hal Leonard publishing and tours North America teaching and performing. Acknowleged as a true master of strum-hand techniques, Lil Rev can be found at ukulele festivals all over the U.S. His rootsy performances draw on pre-war blues, early country, roots rock, folk, and his own singer-songwriter compositions.  Lil Rev also teaches and performs on Mountain Dulcimer, Harmonica, Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin.

7:00 The World Ukulele Day Super Uke Dance Band 
Get ready to dance as our special TBUS ensemble entertains. Guest musicians will be performing.
Food & Drinks will be available at the park from Ras Rody, Best Thai and Cafe Getaway.  The Happiest Rabbit & Mikeys Aloha Shirts will be selling Vintage Hawaiian Shirts and Ukulele Ornaments.

 and  will be selling wide variety of Ukuleles from Soprano to Baritone size

There will also be a raffle for 6 ukuleles donated to Tampa Bay Ukulele Society. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10. You can buy tickets anytime after 9am  at the TBUS Event Table in Pioneer Park (we will be there during the Farmers Market) Winners need not be present to win. Winners will be announce at the concert starting at 5PM.

8-11pm The party continues with a Ukulele Party Jam and Open Mic at Honu. Bring your Ukes and Party at Honus new Tiki Bar!

This is a free event but donations are appreciated. Click here if you would like to make an online donation to TBUS

For this event  of net proceeds, 50% will go to Dunedin Cares Food Bank and 50% will go to  TBUS Cares community services projects.

Coming from out of town?


The Fenway Hotel is offering a special rate of $199-219 for Friday and Saturday night stays. Click here to book online Book your group rate for World Ukulele Day or Call the hotel reservations  at 844-569-9879. Reservations must be made by Jan 10th to receive this rate.

The Holiday Inn is offering a special rate of $169 night for Friday and or Saturday night stays. Call the hotel directly. 727-450-1200 and reference World Ukulele Day. Reservations must be made by Jan 1st