Now in it’s 12th year, Denver Ukefest is a three-day festival showcasing all-things ukulele. Workshops for all levels of uke players, master classes with performing artists, and concerts make up what could possibly be the happiest music festival in Denver. We hope to see you there!
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Thur, May 9
Join us Thursday night for the Ukefest Kick-off Party & Open Stage at The Brew on Broadway from 7-9. Free and open to all!
Fri, May 10
Friday night includes a workshop at 5:30pm featuring Troy Fernandez.
The 7:30pm concert will include Kelsey Wilson & Alexander Beggins of Wild Child, Troy Fernandez (of Ka’au Crater Boys), and Stuart Fuchs.
Sat, May 11
Saturday is full of fun workshops and sing-alongs, followed by a concert at 7:30pm.
The concert includes Aldrine, Victoria Vox, and The Council.
View the full Saturday workshop schedule!view schedule
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2019 Ukefest Artists
Aldrine Guerrero is a dynamic `ukulele player from the island of Kaua’i. Originally from the Philippines, Aldrine started out at local Kauai coffee shops and churches and has since gone on to stages that range from coast to coast in the continental US to international performances. His style of ukulele has been spread throughout the world through live performances and through the streams of YouTube; gaining 28,000 subscribers to his channel that has accumulated over 7 and a half million views.
Aldrine is also one of the founding fathers of Ukulele Underground alongside Aaron Nakamura and Ryan Esaki. Ukulele Underground was created in 2007 with the goal of growing the next generation of ukulele players around the world by providing quality video ukulele lessons for songs and techniques, a pool of knowledge from the largest community of ukulele players on the internet, and access to some of the most valuable resources in ukulele.
Kelsey Wilson & Alexander Beggins
Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins are the founders and creative energy behind Austin indie ensemble Wild Child. The pair met nearly 10 years ago while touring in the back-up band for a band called The Migrant. During downtime on the tour Kelsey and Alexander discovered they worked well together as songwriting partners. Alexander had a uke with him as they wrote their first batch of songs. making the instrument an integral part of their songwriting process and sound.
Now well into their career as part of the seven member Wild Child. Denver Ukefest is excited to welcome Kelsey, vocals and violin, and Alexander, ukulele and vocals, as a duo to Daniels Hall for a set of music no ukulele - or Wild Child - fan will want to miss.
Troy Fernandez (of Ka'au Crater Boys)
With a voice as sweet as his ukulele picking, the Na Hoku Hanohano award winner became highly acclaimed as a solo artist after establishing himself among the ranks of Hawaii’s top entertainers for his work in the Ka’au Crater Boys. Troy continued to innovate and electrify his fans with his solo releases such as the Hawaiian Style Ukulele series, and Ride Time.
Of his time with the Ka‘au Crater Boys, Ukulele Magazine wrote: "Between 1991 and 1997, the Ka‘au Crater Boys rode a wave of success that earned them a Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Best Contemporary Album in 1995, for On Fire. Brimming with youthful energy, the duo’s songs conveyed the wonder of the islands and the ocean, and often the intensity of romantic love. Fernandez’s embellishments on the ukulele—roller-coaster scales, cascades of thirds, thrilling tremolos—showcased the instrument to a new generation."
Victoria Vox is an 'ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10, she studied at the Berklee College of Music, and in 2003 she took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment. Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006, Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene. She straddles into the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. She performs mostly as a one-woman-band, incorporating a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele, while taking her own solos (on mouth-trumpet), and cutting through it all with her genuine lyrics and pure voice.
Stuart Fuchs is a Grammy-nominated multi instrumentalist, recording artist, sound healer, and an innovative and compassionate teacher. He is a lifelong minstrel and plays a wide variety of styles of music on acoustic guitar and ukulele including folk, classical, jazz, rock, experimental, sacred and world music. He also plays Latin percussion, Bolivian charango, Australian didgeridoo, Native American flute, Tibetan singing bowls, and yes - hunting calls and amplified toys.
Stuart has been called a "modern day pied piper"by the Buffalo News, and travels the world spreading musical joy through spontaneous and scheduled acts of melodic kindness. Have you ever been treated to a spontaneous serenade at an airport gate or in the waiting room of a doctor's office? If you heard soulful and peaceful refrains coming from a smiling ukulele player, that was probably Stu.
2019 Ukefest Workshop Highlights
How to Strum Anything w/ Aldrine Guerrero
This workshop will help people to find the rhythm of a song naturally, without any strumming patterns or complex system of notation. This workshop will help people to work their way up from very simple rhythms to more complex strumming.
All skill levels welcome.
Note the Time Change w/ Victoria Vox
Learn to play some of Victoria’s original songs that use different time signatures. “Sweetest Melodies" will be plucked in 5/4 time. Other songs will have time signature changes within the songs. Only Time Will Tell goes from 4/4 to 3/4 and back to 4/4, while Daffodil moves seamlessly from 4/4 to 2/4 and back. While playing these different time signatures, we’ll maintain a groove in bossa nova and jazz swing styles.
For intermediate - advanced players.
Ukulele Zen: Get Rhythm! w/ Stuart Fuchs
This workshop will give ukulele players of ALL experience levels a rock solid foundation in ukulele strumming and rhythm. Both beginning and advanced players will benefit from the focus on effortless “zen" technique. You’ll play LOTS OF FUN SONGS and learn several style-specific strums. You'll deepen your rhythmic sensibilities using holistic & body centric techniques for coordination, and improve your tone and timing. In addition, you’ll learn how to shortcut the learning process by applying Stu’s lighthearted and effective method of “Ukulele Zen” - a holistic learning method that draws upon the principles of yoga, meditation & qigong. Ukulele Zen (as seen on You Tube) has has helped thousands of people cultivate good technique through a focus on good posture, breathing & relaxation techniques, a very positive and supportive mindset for their music journey.
All skill levels welcome.
Come as Uke Are: Nirvana Unplugged for Ukulele w/ Chris McGarry
Nirvana's Unplugged album inspired a generation of acoustic musicians. We'll play a handful of songs from the album. Song arrangements will feature something for all skill levels, from basic strums to enhanced accompaniments to lead parts.
All skill levels welcome.
Rhythmic Control and Creativity w/ Casey Cormier
Learn the fundamentals of rhythm and increase your strumming dexterity to bring your ukulele playing to the next level.
Master's Class in Right Hand Technique w/ John Nash
In this workshop we will learn a variety of picking patterns while exploring right hand technique that can add texture and interest to your playing.
Ukulele 201 w/ Casey Cormier
For players with the basics, looking to "level up", we'll expand your chord palette and explore new strumming patterns and rhythms.