We have amassed a sizable collection of Uke-related goodies to give away to our registered attendees, including (but not limited to): Ukuleles, so far we have a Flea, a Kala, and an Ohana and Mike at Mainland Ukes has generously donated a Mainland! We also have a nice selection of cases, strings, books, etc. so that each drawing will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes. Starting Thursday July 24th, we will have a weekly random drawing from all registered attendees every Thursday night until the festival.
Please join us for Uke New Jersey 3!, our third annual Ukulele festival to be held in Morristown, NJ from Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30, 2015. This event features concerts, workshops, vendors, open mics, jams and much more.
We will update festival information often, but those who wish to get a jump on registration may do so by clicking on the link above. Early bird tickets for the full event are available for $70 through June 15.
Children 12 and under attend for free! (Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a paid adult at all times.)
Set in a mansion built in 1912 with an added 180-seat theater-style auditorium
on beautiful grounds with a large patio, brick labyrinth and many places for jamming.
On Friday August 28 and Saturday August 29 we will return to the Mansion in Morristown, NJ for Uke New Jersey 3!
We'll start on Friday night with a concert. Saturday will feature workshops, open mics, vendors, jams, and camaraderie all day, with another concert that night.
Again this year, we will extend the festivities into Sunday with a Jam In The Park, hosted by the Morristown Uke Jam, a local ukulele Meetup group! (More details on this once we have the proper permits.)
This year's lineup will feature: Li'l Rev Sarah Maisel Craig Chee Jim & Liz Beloff Steve Boisen Christine DeLeon
We will once again have ukulele vendors, jams, an open mic, on-site food vendors and much more.
Workshop descriptions and schedule will be posted as soon as we get submissions from all of the performers and make our choices. See below for workshop descriptions and full schedule.
Special situations and circumstances will always be given the utmost consideration. Our aim is to have a fun, stress-free festival for everyone and our main focus is the Joy Of Uke! If in doubt about absolutely anything, no matter what, please call 908-229-1214 and we'll work it out.
Tickets available now - use the link above to register. All ticket options will be available at the door, payable by cash or check. Call 908-229-1214 with any questions. (Online registration is closed.)
|9:00 - 10:15||Ukulele 101 - Jumpin' Jim Beloff (main auditorium) The Baritone Ukulele - 3 Ukes in one - Uncle Zac (WS-1)|
|10:30 - 11:45||The Uke in Black - Stuart Fuchs (main auditorium) Play by Ear (ear training 201) - Cathy Fink (WS-1) Game of Ukes - Pete Kennedy (WS-2)|
|11:45 - 1:00||Lunch/Open mic (tent)|
|1:00 - 2:15||Something in the Way She Ukes - Pete Kennedy (main auditorium) 12th Street Rag & Rockin' the Uke - Marcy Marxer (WS-1) Songwriting on Four Strings - Honor finnegan (WS-2)|
|2:30 - 3:45||A Funky Uke Time - Stuart Fuchs (main auditorium) Beginning Fingerpicking - Cathy Fink (WS-1)|
|4:00 - 5:15||Strum Along With Jumpin' Jim (main auditorium)|
|5:15 - 7:00||Dinner/Open mic/Jamming (tent)|
|Marcy Marxer||12th Street Rag & Rockin' the Uke Learn these 2 classics by Roy Smeck, “The Wizard of the Strings” taught to Marcy by the master himself. Includes right hand tricks and techniques. Intermediate / advanced.|
|Play by Ear – PaperFree! Ear Training 201 What key do I sing in? How do I know what chord to play? Where are the notes to this song? You will be amazed at how easy it is to take your eyes off the page and start training your ear to play what you want. Intermediate level-must know 4 chords in 4 keys, i.e. the keys of C, D, G and A.|
|Beginning Fingerpicking Learn how to hold the uke and right hand patterns for fingerpicking with 2,3 and 4 fingers. We'll apply this to a few songs to get your started.|
|Ukulele 101 Taking the new ukeist from square one and setting them on the path to musical freedom! For the absolute beginner.|
|Strum Along With Jumpin' Jim Join Jumpin' Jim as you explore some of the songs from The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition. Along the way, Jim will teach strums, chords and other techniques. For the advanced beginner.|
|Stuart Fuchs||A Funky Uke Time Bring on your funk with “scratch strums”, colorful 9th and 13th chords, and heavy dose of F.U.N.(K). We'll play and sing classic funk and R&B tunes and deepen our connection to the groove.|
|“The Uke in Black”: A Johnny Cash Ukulele Jam Johnny Cash was arguably one of the most influential American songwriters of the 20th century. While he is often remembered as a country music icon, his music and poetry embraces blues, gospel, cowboy ballads, rock n' roll and railroad songs. In this workshop we'll play & sing many of Cash's most celebrated songs in addition to many less known “deep cuts”. We will learn country & blues rhythm accompaniment patterns while playing Johnny Cash's songs. In addition we'll learn many of the delightfully twangy lead lines of his lead guitarist Luther Perkins that characterized Johnny Cash's classic Sun Records sound! This workshop is open to players of all levels.|
|Pete Kennedy||Something in the Way She Ukes Fingerpicking Beatle Songs on the Uke: Eclectic uke master Pete Kennedy shows you how to play the chords and melody to three songs written by George Harrison, the "uke playing Beatle"; Something, Here Comes the Sun, and If I Needed Someone. Intermediate level, mostly open chords, with easy handouts.|
|Game of Ukes Transposing your Guitar Chords to the Uke: Pete Kennedy started out as a guitarist before realizing the wonders of the uke, and he has a special sympathy for guitarists making their first forays into the strange and exotic uke world. He will show you where the familiar open chords on guitar can be found on the uke, so you can start playing songs you already know, and he will even show a few things you can do with that funny little fourth string. Chord charts will be handed out.|
|Uncle Zac||The Bottom Line: Exploring The Baritone Ukulele|
|Honor Finnegan||Songwriting On Four Strings Honor will guide you through her songwriting process as it relates to the ukulele.|
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Steve Boisen will arrive too late for his previously scheduled Friday concert performance. (Steve will still give his workshops as scheduled.) Curt Sheller will perform on Friday night in Steve's place.
The Sunday morning Jam In The Park will take place on the Morristown Green, starting at 10:00am and going until at least 1:00pm (or later if the assembled ukeateers so desire!)
|9:30 - 10:45||Ukulele 101 — Jumpin' Jim Beloff Bass Ukulele 101 — Steve Boisen Learning The Travis Harrelson Triple Roll — Li'l Rev|
|11:00 - 12:15||Doo-Wop Till You Drop — Sarah Maisel Songwriting Tricks and Tools — Christine DeLeon Craig's Ridiculously Non-Intimidating Intro to Music Theory on the Ukulele! — Craig Chee|
|12:15 - 1:30||Lunch/Open Mic|
|1:30 - 2:45||12 Essential Strums — Li'l Rev Ukulele Boot Camp — Craig Chee Tin Pan Alley and the Ukulele — Steve Boisen|
|3:00 - 4:15||Who needs a Chord book? — Sarah Maisel A Treasury of Two Chord Songs — Li'l Rev|
|4:30 - 5:45||Strum along with Jumpin' Jim — Jim Beloff|
|5:45 - 7:00||Dinner/Open Mic|
|Craig Chee||Ukulele Boot Camp Craig’s ever adapting Boot Camp will dive into a ton of exercises that will help strengthen and quicken your fingers as well as focus on your tone. He will then show how these exercises are applied to intermediate and even advanced techniques to take you to the next level! Ukulele beginners to intermediates will have lots to chew on as there are many variations for all levels. All Levels|
|Craig's Ridiculously Non-Intimidating Intro to Music Theory on the Ukulele! Craig will give you that jump start in learning about basic music theory and how it's applied on the ukulele. By the end of the class you'll know why chords are named the way they are, how to anticipate chord changes, utilize this new knowledge to start improvising and be able to play chord shapes all over the neck! All Levels|
|Sarah Maisel||Who needs a Chord book? We have all gotten stumped at some point because there was a chord in a song that we did not know, and we had no way to figure it out. With this workshop, we will discuss how chords are made and how to create them on the ukulele, all without using a book. It will be a fun way to learn your fret board and discover more about the joy of music and chords. Intermediate/Advanced|
|Doo-Wop Till You Drop This workshop focuses on popular progressions, including Doo-Wop, Blues, and Pop. With those we will also discuss holding the instrument, barre chords, and creating efficiency while playing. It’s a perfect class for the beginner ‘ukulele player or experienced. All Levels|
|Christine DeLeon||Songwriting Tricks and Tools Christine has been writing songs and performing them for 30 years. Influenced by writers such as John Denver, Indigo Girls andShawn Colvin, she then took her training to the next level studying the craft with Dar Williams and David Roth. In this session, you’ll be treated to demonstrations of the methods and gadgets for your song writing tool box plus exercises in creative expression as it applies to songwriting. The group will learn about song structure rules and perhaps even the reasons for breaking them as part of the goal of building great songs. All Levels|
|Jim Beloff||Ukulele 101 Taking the new ukeist from square one and setting them on the path to musical freedom! If you’ve never played a Uke before, this is the workshop to start with. Absolute Beginner|
|Strum along with Jumpin' Jim Join Jumpin' Jim as you explore some of the songs from The Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition. Along the way, Jim will teach strums, chords and other techniques. Fun for the entire festival! All Levels|
|Steve Boisen||Bass Ukulele 101 In the past few years, ukulele-sized basses have grown in popularity and many ukulele clubs have now incorporated these instruments into their activities. Join professional bassist Steve Boisen as he offers some tips to guide you on your trip down the “low road”. He’ll offer technical tips and “bass”-ics that will help you add invaluable rhythmic and harmonic support to your ukulele group.|
|Tin Pan Alley and the Ukulele The ukulele enjoyed its initial wave of popularity during the era many consider the “Golden Age” of American songwriting. Most of the sheet music from this period included ukulele chords and it’s no surprise that these classic songs still sound great on the Uke. Join Steve as he shares some of his favorites from this era and offers tips on how to add some vintage “pizzazz” to these songs by using different strums, modulations, turnarounds, intros and endings. This workshop is open to all levels, but attendees will get the most from this workshop if they can already play basic chords on their ukulele.|
|Li'l Rev||A Treasury of Two Chord Songs This fun repertoire class is an opportunity to fill your back pocket with a ton of great two chord songs, use 'em to teach others how to play the ukulele, or dress 'em up with solos, hot strums. Don’t be fooled, you can do a lot of exciting things with a two chord song. 15 Two Chord Songs including: New Orleans, Folk, Old Time, Bluegrass, Rock, Country, Original and more. All Levels|
|Learning The Travis Harrelson Triple Roll This exciting workshop will tap into the legacy of the late-great Travis Harrelson of Seal Beach, CA. Travis had an unstoppable right hand and first came to the attention of the ukulele world through Jumping Jim. Li'l Rev had the great pleasure to spend time jamming with Travis and learned this strum from him. It combines a triplet and a roll stroke into one flowing strum, highly effective when you want to rhythmically accentuate various parts of a song. Intermediate|
|12 Essential Strums This workshop teaches 12 strumming patterns that will lift you out of the down-up-down-up doldrums. Learn how to play genre based strums that will help you sound more authentic when you dip into reggae, calypso, blues, rock, punk, doo-wop, Irish, waltz, and more. All Levels|
VENUE ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS Morristown Unitarian Fellowship 21 Normandy Heights Rd. Morristown, NJ 07960
FROM NORTH OF MORRISTOWN, NJ
FROM WEST OF MORRISTOWN, NJ
FROM EAST OF MORRISTOWN, NJ
(This would be the route from Newark International Airport!)
FROM SOUTH OF MORRISTOWN, NJ