Ukuleles to Occupy American Fork July 23-28 in 1st Ever Utah Uke Fest

American Fork, UT – Ukulele Play! Utah’s Uke Fest to offer 16 educational workshops, 3 concerts, an open mic contest and more.

The festival will kick off with a free concert in conjunction with American Fork Concerts in the Park, Monday July 23rd, 6:45pm at the American Fork Amphitheater at Quail Cove. The concert will feature festival organizer M Ryan Taylor as a pre-show, followed by Tommy Connor, celtic ukulele, and Bolo, a recent Utah transplant from Hawaii who’s inspiriational style includes playing the guitar and ukulele at the same time.

This pre-fest concert will be followed by a camp for absolute beginners that runs 9:30-11:30am, July 24-27 at American Fork Historic City Hall. New ukulele players will learn to tune, hold, pick and strum their ukuleles, getting 5 songs performance ready in 4 days. The cost of the camp is $85 and includes an Eddy Finn Minnow ukulele.

Immediately on the heals of the beginner camp, workshops for beginning to advanced players taught by visiting artists will begin Friday at 1pm and continue through Saturday afternoon, July 27-28. Workshop topics include Celtic Ukulele, 2-Chord Songs, Moving Up the Fretboard, Songwriting, Classical/Flamenco Fingerpicking, Easy Embellishments, Working with a Bass Player, Beyond Basics, Clawhammer Technique, Gospel Songs, Breaking Out of the Strumming Rut, Solo Techniques, Blues Ukulele and several jam sessions. Workshops will be taught at AF Historic City Hall, Library and Senior Center, venues with less than a block of walking distance between them.

The Friday evening concert will feature acclaimed jazz player and singer Sarah Maisel,, as well as folk artist The Quiet American,

Saturday at Noon will feature the MP Eddy Finn Ukulele Open Mic Contest and Picnic, a free event, open to the public at Robinson Park, next to the AF Library. 20 contestants will vie for ukulele prizes, including a custom tenor ukulele from MP Ukulele and the new bamboo concert model from Eddy Finn.

The Saturday concert will feature world-renowned Hawaiian fusion artist Brittni Paiva,, who has just released her new CD produced by the legendary Tom Scott, winner of 3 Grammys and 14 nominations.

A festival pass that includes access to all festival workshops and concerts is $85. A Saturday-only pass is available for $55. Concert tickets may be purchased seperately for $10. Individual workshops may be purchased at the door for $15, depending on availability.

For full festival schedule, ticketing, workshop descriptions, artist biographies, open mic entry information, sponsors, maps, lodging info and more, please see

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