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 2500 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.
Get your World Ukulele Day T-shirt Now
. (see image above) This is a special presale offer so we can print the right sizes. $20 in S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X sizes. Order by Dec 25th. Pick up your T-shirt at the TBUS Booth at the Farmers Market in Pioneer Square, February 1st. We will not be selling these at the event so PLEASE PREORDER
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 A full schedule will be published and posted on this website January 1st 2020.
These Artists will perform at 1 or more venues:
Tom Hood & The Tropical Sons
Reenee & The Rollers
The Blurry Truth
The Happy Ukers
The Pineapple Scruffs
Paper and Strings
Anne Milanese Trio
Dr Ed Glaser
Ladies of Uke
and more to be added
Happy's Bayou Bites
Natures Food Patch
House of Beer
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 421 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698
3pm Ukulele Parade Ukulele players from clubs all over Florida and the Southeast have been invited and are encouraged to join in as we march and play crowd favorites through the Downton 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?
TWO OF OUR SPONSORS ARE PROVIDING SPECIAL RATES FOR WUD ATTENDEES
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