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Tahoe Area Uke Fest - 2010

Well folks, the 2010 Tahoe Uke Fest is in the books. The good people at PlayUke.net did a fantastic job putting on such a great event. The Nugget venue was perfect for the event and will only get better in future years to come.

I’m going to try to keep this short and just summarize some highlights. Upon our arrival I snuck into Matt Dahlberg’s strumming workshop and was joined shortly after by the one and only Aldrine Guerrero from Ukulele Underground. At the end of the day we ended up back in Matt’s room for a little jamming and brainstorming about what songs we might play for the All-star concert on Saturday night. Since Jake was not able to be there a variety of musicians were assembled to perform on the Celebrity Showroom stage on Saturday night.

Saturday afternoon I took the stage for my set and invited Ali Lexa to join me on the great George Benson tune, Breezin. After that I summoned Matt Dahlberg to the stage to play one of my original tunes, Rise and Shine, and a duet on George Harrison’s "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". After communicating with Matt for a number of years over the Internet it was a pleasure to finally meet him in person and play together for the first time. I look forward to the opportunity to share the stage with him again soon.

The Saturday night concert was incredible. Ukulele Bartt opened the show with a couple of tunes and then called Matt and I to join him on a Flamenco inspired version of Del Shannon’s “Runaway”. It was so much fun to play with Bartt and John Gold and Matt worked the crowd into a frenzy with his 10 finger strumming technique that he mastered after purchasing Jake’s Play Loud Ukulele DVD.

Next, Michael Powers took the stage and blew everybody away with his technique and unique approach to the ukulele which he labels as “Urban Ukulele”. Next up was the fabulous Brittni Paiva who mesmerized us with her beautiful versions of “Europa” and “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. Brittni was followed by an incredibly energizing performance by Aldrine Guerrero. Aldrine played flawless versions of “Something”, “Imagine” and Schizophrenic Snowflakes, to name a few, and then called Brittni, Michael Powers and James Hill to join him for an awe-inspiring rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing”. This was capped off with a performance by James Hill who then called all of us to the stage to play a version of Mick Jagger’s “Miss You” in honor of Jake.

This wonderful night came to a conclusion as we met in Aldrine’s suite for lots of food and laughter. Below are some videos and pictures from the weekend. I’m already looking forward to next year. See you there.