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Funky Frets Uke Fest Schedule

Funky Frets Uke Fest of 2022 — our 7th Ukulele Festival will be in person this year and we are excited to see all our wonderful ukulele pals! The festival takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 7th, 8th, 9th.

NOTE: We Will Adhere to Current CDC Guidelines for the Festival.
Stay same and healthy for the festival.

Friday

October 7, 2022

Trinity Church, 250 Sweinhardt Rd, Boyertown, PA 19512 click here for map
Latitude: 40.322342 Longitude: -75.625069

Registration and Concert

4pm

  • 4pmRegistration, hang out, jam and visit a few selected vendors that will be setup Friday night.
  • 4pm — 6pm — Dinner
  • 5pm — 6pm — Learn the Charleston
  • 6pm — Concert Doors open

Evening Concert

Kicking off the festival will be a Showcase feature by the Funky Frets Ukulele Group. Followed by Curt Sheller, Gwendolyn Fitz, Christopher Davis-Shannon, A Sing-A-Long Jam with Petey Mack.

6pm

  • 6 — Concert Doors open
  • 6:15-6:30 — Special Surprise
  • 8-8:20 — Intermission
  • Finale

After Concert Jam @ Funky Frets Music Store

10PM to Midnight

If you haven't had enough ukulele it continues at the Funky Frets Music Store concert stage.


Saturday

October 8, 2022

Trinity Church, 250 Sweinhardt Rd, Boyertown, PA 19512 click here for map
Latitude: 40.322342 Longitude: -75.625069

All Day Festival, Vendors, Concerts, Workshops, Lunch, Dinner with Open Mic hosted by Funky Frets

Doors Open: 8:30am

Doors open for registration and pickup your festival badges and goodies.

9am — 4pm

Vendors open and Workshops by Festival Performers .

Morning Workshop Sessions

Once the workshop schedule goes through a final tweaking we will email you a Workshop Registration Form. It is very important to fill this out so we can place the workshops in the correct rooms. All attendees festival badge has their selected workshops on the back of the badge.

There will be six workshop sessions at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm with 3 or 4 workshop choices per slot. Workshop levels are beginner to advanced and everything in between.

Here is the workshop schedule (rooms will be clearly marked):

9am

  • F.U.N.-damentals for Playing Ukulele with Petey Mack
  • Chord Melody for Dummies with Bill Wynne
  • Harmonica with Michael August

10am

  • Learning to Relearn to Play the Ukulele? with Glen Hirabayashi
  • The Emotional Value of Chords with Jim D'Ville
  • St James Infirmary with Curt Sheller
  • Learn the Hula with Debi Velasco

11am

  • Vocalele Workshop with Gwendolyn Fitz
  • Learn the Hawaiian Songs of The Daily Ukulele, Yellow Book with William Ernestburg
  • Clawhammer with Christopher Davis-Shannon

Lunch

12-1pm

The Roaring 20s Hat contest will begin at noon while people are eating. Lunch is included in your festival ticket.

Afternoon Workshop Sessions

1pm

  • Six Secrets of Ukulele Fingering with Curt Sheller
  • Intro to Swing with Christopher Davis-Shannon
  • Jam with Petey Mack

2pm

  • How to Say Ukulele and More! with Glen Hirabayashi
  • The Crickets & The Beatles with Jim D'Ville
  • Harmonica 2 with Michael August

3pm

  • Elements of Chord Melody — A Starter Kit with Bill Wynne
  • Learn the Hawaiian Songs of The Daily Ukulele, Leap Year Edition, Blue Book with William Ernestburg
  • Using Chords to Create Musical Stories with Gwendolyn Fitz
  • Fresh Flower Lei Making with Debi Velesco

Evening Dinner & Open Mic

4-6pm

Catered Evening Dinner & Open Mic. Sign-up sheet for Open Mic will be available at morning registration.

Evening Concert

Curt Sheller & Friends, Bill Wynne, Jim D'Ville, and The Aloha Boys.

6pm

  • 6 — Concert Doors open
  • 6:15-6:30 — Special Surprise
  • 8-8:20 — Intermission
  • Finale

After Concert Jam @ Funky Frets Music Store

10PM to Midnight

If you haven't had enough ukulele it continues at the Funky Frets Music Store concert stage.


Sunday

October 9, 2022

Sunday Morning Brunch & Jam

Join us at the Keystone Fire Hall at 10:30 am for a jam and then lunch, followed by our ever-popular Jam on the Colebrookedale Railroad departing at 3 pm.

  • 10:30Keystone Fire Hall, 240 Walnut Street, Boyertown, PA 19512, US.

The Funky Frets Uke Fest Strum-along

on the Colebrookdale Historical Train is one of the highlights of the festival. Please arrive at 2:45 — train departs at 3PM — you MUST bring tickets.

Strum-along Train Ride on the Historic Colebrookdale Railroad

Colebrookdale Railroad, E 3rd St., Boyertown, PA 19512 click here for map
Latitude: 40.322342 Longitude: -75.75.625069

Train tickets are NOT available Sunday at the train, the day of the Funky Frets Uke Fest Strum-along!

  • 2:45pm — Promptly arrive at Railroad station. Pack light, Train promptly DEPARTS @ 3PM
  • 5pm — Train returns and meet in front of train for the traditional Funky Frets Uke Fest group photo.

A special formatted and bound train songbook will be used for the actual Strum-along Train Ride and available on the train. You can download the train book to go over the songs in advance or bring your own copy.

Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

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