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With the largest selection of ukuleles in one location in the Philadelphia / Tri-state area, Funky Frets has become a premier ukulele destination worth the visit. And did we mention we actually know a lot about the ukulele as it is not a passing fade with us.
Funky Frets is a true Mom and Pop music store - actually three generations with daughter Kelly and the grandkids TJ and Ali.
We have a great space for hosting Open Mics, Concerts, Workshops and we even rent is out for your private parties and events.
Checkout the Funky Frets Events page for the latest schedule.
Look for details and any announcements on 2018 in the coming weeks. The 2018 Funky Frets Uke Fest will be first weekend of October - 5-6-7, 2018
Herb Ohta Jr., Del Rey, Curt Sheller, The Aloha Boys, Debi Velasco, UncleZac, Suzanne and Dan, Jared Denhard, Nani Lowery, Phredd, Patricia Keith, William Ernestburg and Anne.
The festival is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Includes concerts, workshops, vendors, catered dinner, Hawai'ian Shirt contest, jams, the much loved Strum-along Train Ride on the Historic Colebrookdale Railroad and anything else we can throw into the mix.
2017 featured James Hill • Lil' Rev • Curt Sheller • The Aloha Boys • Uncl Zac • Debi Velasco • Jack Kohler • Frets Halligan and a few more to be announced.
Four Saturdays ( Ages 6-9: 11:00am-11:45pm ), ( Ages 10-Adult: 12:00pm-12:45pm ):
Ukulele Group Classes - Ages: 6 to 9; This is for beginners just getting started with Ukulele. We will go over basic chords, technique & different styles of strumming. No musical background necessary. Pre-register right here or in store.
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. makes his first visit to Funky Frets for a highly educational workshop and entertaining evening of music for any music lover. His concert will.
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, ukulele, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 2012, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and has worked with many different artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro, Kenny Endo, and continues to be an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles. As a solo ukulele artist, Abe is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Music Award) recipient and has released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Abe has been featured at ukulele festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Reno, Chicago, New York, and Hawaii. His international performances include Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, and toured extensively throughout China having performed in twelve cities. Abe is also an educator and has authored the first ever ukulele curriculum for instrumental music programs in schools titled “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele - Level 1” published by Consonus Music Institute. His latest book "Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies" (Berklee Press & Hal Leonard) is available in stores worldwide and on Amazon. He is currently endorsed by Canopus Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Beato Bags, Ko'olau Ukulele, Analysis Plus Cables, Fusion Gig Bags, and Elite Acoustics.
You can ( pay via Eventbrite ) or prior to the event by cash or check at Funky Frets. Tickets will be available at the door based on available room. This event has the potential to sell out!
Workshop details (ALL LEVELS):
Intro to Jazz Improvisation - Learn how to begin improvising over "It's Autumn Again" (based on Autumn Leaves) from Abe's book, Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies. You will learn Abe's simple yet effective approach on how to find the right notes to play your own solo over this classic jazz standard.. - Intermediate
October 5,6,7 - 4th Annual Funky Frets Uke Fest - with Herb Ohta Jr. Del Rey, Curt Sheller, The Aloha Boys, Debi Velasco, UncleZac, Suzanne and Dan, Jared Denhard, Nani Lowery, Phredd, Patricia Keith, William Ernestburg and Anne Burke
In addition to attending the World Famous Barto Jam every Wednesday night, we participate in several ukulele jams and meetup groups every month.
Third Sunday every month at the store from 2:30 to 4:30 preceded with a FREE Getting Starting with Ukulele beginner class at 1.
Lil' Rev returns to Funky Frets and he always delivers a highly educational workshop and entertaining evening of music for any music lover. His concert will be featuring tunes from his latest CD and Lil' Rev "hits".
Southern Vermont based musician focused on performance and education of drum set, percussion, and ‘ukulele.
Sunday November 18th *( 5PM to 8PM )* - Funky Frets Acoustic Open Mic (http://funkyfrets.com) - Come perform on new stage at Funky Frets. _Sign-up at event_.
October 6-8 - 3rd Annual Funky Frets Uke Fest (http://funkyfretsukefest.com) - with James Hill, Lil' Rev, Curt Sheller, Debi Velesco, The Aloha Boys, Uncle Zac, Frets Halligan
Sunday September 10th *( 11am to 5PM )* - Funky Frets Grand Opening (http://funkyfrets.com) - Music includes Curt Sheller & Friends, Jack Murry and the Blue Tarp Ramblers, The Whiskeyhicken Boys. And, Four Leaf Face Painting will be there from 11 to 5.
April 14 - The Curt Sheller Jazz Trio Half Moon Cafe at Clay on Main (http://www.clayonmain.org/half-moon-cafe/) Curt on ukulele with Eric (bass) and Ed (drums).
April 16 - Funky Frets Meetup and Workshop with Ben Carr (http://www.meetup.com/funkyfrets).
April 21-22 - Allegheny Ukulele Soirée - The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective (http://soiree.alleghenyukes.com) - Curt will be presenting three (3) workshops Saturday 22nd. *Learning the Ukulele Fingerboard, *Ukulele Doodling: Introduction to Scales and Soloing on Ukulele, *Building Left Hand Technique*
March 18 - Solo Concert and Workshops - Herdon, VA (http://www.clayonmain.org/half-moon-cafe/) Curt will be presenting three workshops and a house concert (ukulele).