September 24: Ukulele Hoopla


Ukulele Hoopla

Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6001 Dodge St.

Workshops start at 8 a.m., public concert at 7 p.m., concert is $20

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All hail the ukulele. The petite stringed instrument has been all the rage lately. Even Pearl Jam’s singer Eddie Vedder has gotten in on the act, releasing the aptly titled Ukulele Songs earlier this year. The Creative Institute and the 4 Strings of Swing are putting on the second annual Ukulele Hoopla at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Strauss Performing Arts Center, 6001 Dodge St., Saturday, September 24th. The all-day event begins with workshops aimed at beginners and seasoned players. The workshops and the concert cost $125. Concert-only tickets are $20. The concert will run a stylistic gamut, showing the ukulele’s diversity as players perform ragtime, modern jazz, traditional Hawaiian, 60s pop and indie music on the uke. Kimo Hussey, Pops Bayless, Brook Adams, Rebecca Lowry of All Young Girls Are Machine Guns and Spanky Gutierrez of 4 Strings of Swing are among artists set to perform or teach at the event.


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