The Brown County Ukulele fest is ON for January 20-21nd, 2023

Visit BCUF Ukulele Family Facebook page for information leading up to the event. Follow the link and ask to join if you are not a part of the group. All details are on the group page.

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We strongly encourage everyone attending BCUF to be vaccinated prior to the event. Avoid crowds the week before the festival. If you have a fever or other symptoms of COVID 19, please do not attend. Take any precautions you feel necessary to stay safe and healthy and prevent transmission to others. Masks are encouraged in crowded areas.

Location

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The Brown County Inn has been a mainstay in scenic Brown County, Indiana since it opened in 1974.  The 65,000 square foot hotel, restaurant, and bar became a gathering place for visitors and local families alike.

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This page will be growing as we get more performers/teachers.
This list is subject to change, so please stop by often to see who else may be coming

Last updated August 3, 2023


Sho Humphries

 

 

World Champion ukulele player, child YouTube prodigy, and recipient of a full scholarship to the Berklee College of Music – at 19 years old, Sho Humphries has a lot going for them. What’s their mission? To play the ukulele in a way that has never been done before while spreading smiles and infectious melodies in their wake. They started their ukulele journey as a die-hard Jake Shimabukuro fan, going from there to post their own takes on popular songs on YouTube, then to release their first album of original ukulele music in 2017. With their 2021 EP “Dream Again” they took their first step into the realm of vocals and lyricism – a journey they continue while also trying to play today a little better than they did yesterday. Along the way, Sho intends to share all the things they enjoy about the instrument to every ukulele player that wishes to learn! Learn more about Sho and check out their music, here on their website: https://shohumphries.com


Tyler Donkoh-Halm

Tyler Donkoh-Halm is a 19 year old multi-instrumentalist born and based in Massachusetts. He has a strong background in genres like of Jazz, Funk, R&B, Neo Soul and many others. He is currently studying Music Performance at Berklee College of Music with Ukulele as his principal instrument. Tyler’s recent debut album “Drive” captures the many different genres and sounds of his music in just 12 minutes, and can be found on all streaming services.

 

 


Lil Rev

 

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Lil Rev (Marc Revenson), was born 1968 in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Lil’ Rv is a renowned ukulele and harmonica player often specializing in folk, tin pan alley and Yiddish music.

In 1984, he was given an old Wendell Hall Banjo Ukulele which started his passion for the instrument. Lil Rev has released a series of books, focusing on ukulele and harmonica instruction, as well as providing instruction locally through workshops. Founder of the Milwaukee Ukulele Club, Rev has promoted music and ukulele for years by organizing and performing at ukulele events. His performances feature a multitude of instruments and story-telling. In 2004, Lil Rev received the “Best Folksinger Award” from the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.

 

 

 

 

 


Michael August                

Harmonica, Ukulele, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Dobro:

Michael is a multi-instrument musician, accomplished in many styles of music. Slide guitar as well as slide ukulele . Playing harmonica for 35 years .Michael has learned all aspects of harmonica playing in many different styles. He is available for music lessons on a variety of instruments. Michael is sought after for workshops and has performed and taught at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Festival, Gaithersburg Ukulele Festival in Maryland, Funky Frets Uke Fest in Boyerstown PA Michael performs solo, and with a variety of musicians in the Upper Midwest. He lives in Roscoe, Illinois.

 


The Brown County House band

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Our Brown County house band changes every year, but is always a stellar time with loads of great talent. 

 


Shruti Nadis

ShrutiNadisBioMusic from the heart. We follow our paths by listening to each other as we throw melody’s to each other to chase. This journey started by a chance viewing of a street busker in Belgium while we were on tour with the Flea Bitten Dawgs. We heard this man playing a Shruti Box. The sound haunted Thom till we returned stateside and he could find one. With both Lee and Thom having a strong foundation in improvisational music helped us find our musical path. The results are Shruti Nadis! Our main focus is doing music for yoga sessions, meditation, and ecstatic dance. The instruments we use are, shruti box, ukulele, dulcimer, bells, hand percussion, overtone singing, chanting, djemba, tri-bongo’s, cymbal, agogo’s, cowbells, and many other rhythm instruments.

 


Petey Mac (beginner’s workshop and strum-alongs)

peteyAfter playing many instruments since childhood Pete found the ukulele nine years ago and his life was forever changed. The ukulele brings together his two passions, the love of people and the love of music. For the past 3 years he has brought his joy of teaching and arranging music to hundreds of beginners. Pete utilizes group singalongs to encourage and motivate players to have the self confidence to be themselves and to play in public.

 



 

 

 

 

 

Schedule

Fest Schedule for 2023

FRIDAY:

  •  10am – 3pm  Mainland Ukes will be open (90 W Washington St, Nashville)
  •  3:30pm  Meet and greet in the pool area.
  • 4:30pm Strum along with Petey Mack in the Banquet room.
  • 6:45pm Evening concerts start in the Banquet room.
  • 8:00pm Ukulele performances start in the Corn Crib Lounge.
  • 8:30pm Open mic in the banquet room after the concerts.

SATURDAY:

  • 9:30am Yoga with Shruti Nadas in the Woodland room.
  • 11:00am Strum along with Petey Mack in the Banquet room.
  • 12:30pm  Michael August, workshop “Blues slide on the ukulele.” in the Banquet Room
  •  2:00pm   Lil Rev harmonica workshop in Banquet room
  • 3:00pm “My first ukulele lesson” in the Woodland Room
  • 3:30pm Sho Humphries workshop in the Banquet Room
  • 4:30- 6:30pm Dinner break
  •  6:30pm Concerts begin in the Banquet room
  • 8:30pm Ukulele performances begin in the Corn Crib Lounge
  • 9:30pm Open jam following concerts in the Banquet room.

CONCERT SCHEDULE:

 FRIDAY:  

  • 6:30pm – Tim and Kim
  • 7:15pm – Devin Scott
  • 8:30pm – Open Mic

SATURDAY: 

  • 6:30pm – Meghan Martin
  • 7:15pm – Thumbs Up
  • 8:00pm  – BC Family Band
  • 9:30pm  – Open jam after concerts

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