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Massive Ukulele Jam Planned at Seattle’s Aloha Festival


  Do you live and breathe the aloha spirit? If so, and you're not already in Hawaii, the next best place to be on September 7 might just be Seattle, Washington. The seventh annual Live Aloha Hawaii Cultural Festival will take place at that day from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Seattle Center. In addition [...]

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Grammy Museum Hosts Hula Tribute to the Ukulele


Tinseltown has a thing for ukuleles and the hula. The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, California, will host a one-night celebration of our favorite four-stringed instrument on Wednesday, September 27. Titled KoAloha Ukulele: From Hawaii to Hollywood - Mele in Film, the program will feature a screening of "The Haumana," Keo Woolford's 2013 feature-length drama on [...]

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Uke Ogling: Mirabella Concert Ukulele Offered for $15,000


Every so often we head over to E-Bay to have a gander at the priciest ukulele for sale on the site. This week, it's a Mirabella concert uke, with a rather eye-popping asking price of $15,000. Made by New York luthier Cristian Mirabella, the seller is providing scant details about the uke, which he calls "a [...]

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Paul McCartney Pays Tribute to George Harrison and the Ukulele on Current Tour


A highlight of Paul McCartney's current world tour is a ukulele tribute delivered to former Beatles bandmate George Harrison. "These days everyone is well into the ukulele," McCartney told the adoring audience at his July 6 show in Albany, New York. "But George was a really good ukulele player and was doing it way before a [...]

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Ukulele Band to Open their Own Pub


We'll drink to this. The British ukulele band the Everly Pregnant Brothers will assume control of The Shakespeare at Heeley, a long neglected pub south of Sheffield. "The idea was sparked over a pint after we'd come out of rehearsals," Richard Bailey, one of the band's members, told the Publican's Morning Advertiser. "It's taken two [...]

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Bluesman Chris Smither Recalls (and Performs) His First Ukulele Tune


Before he became one of the country's most respected blues guitarists and songwriters, Chris Smither got his start on the ukulele. Smither, who was in the Bay Area to play shows promoting his fantastic new album, Still on the Levee, spoke about the first tune he ever learned on the uke "the way it was [...]

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