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 Too!, our second annual Ukulele festival to be held in Morristown, NJ from Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31, 2014. This event features concerts, workshops, the film Mighty Uke, 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 $65 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 29 and Saturday August 30 we will return to the Mansion in Morristown, NJ for Uke New Jersey Too!
Following the same basic format as last year, we'll start on Friday night with a movie and a concert. Saturday will feature workshops, open mics, vendors, jams, and camaraderie all day, with another concert that night.
As an added bonus this year, we plan on extending 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: Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer The Stringbusters (Pete and Maura Kennedy) Jim and Liz Beloff Stuart Fuchs Honor Finnegan Uncle Zac
We will once again have ukulele vendors, jams, an open mic, on-site food vendors and much more.
Workshop descriptions are below. (Additional workshops may be added.) Schedule will be posted as soon as we get submissions from all of the performers and make our choices.
We are working out a deal with a nearby hotel for a special rate, with info coming shortly. It will likely be around $80 per night.For more info: or 908-229-1214
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 tickets on sale at door. (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.|
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