The ukulele is a wonderful instrument to learn and play. Just four pliable strings across a fretboard that your fingers can traverse quite easily. With a few major chords learned and some song sheets containing the chord progressions, you are all set to party.
So, why is it propped against a corner in your bedroom, or worse still, inside its gig case under your bed? Just haven't had the time to enjoy that instrument the Portuguese fashioned, and the Hawaiians made famous?
Well, drag it out from under your bed this Saturday, June 28, 2014 and head on down to the JACCC and U-Space L.A. Ukulele Expo. That's right. Total immersion for a day into all things ukulele. Ukulele musical groups will be entertaining in the Noguchi Plaza with emcee Kamaka Brown from internet radio station, v93fm.com, the Sandwich Islands Network.
Workshops will be held throughout the day with such notable instructors as, Daniel Ho, Abe Lagrimas, Sarah Maisel, Steven Espaniola, and that wonderful Hawaiian with Aloha, Uncle Lincoln Kaio. You've got to pick up some additional tips from these masters of the uke. Improve your playing and technique on the uke just a little bit, the Kaizen way.
If you like watching films, take in, 'Life on Four Strings' by Tad Nakamura, or, 'My Koaloha Story' by Gary San Angel and you can even have a Q&A session with them after their screenings. Ask them about the spirit of Aloha that went into the making of their films.
There will be food and retail vendors at the Doizaki Gallery area in case you get hungry in between the performances, films, and workshops. While munching on your Spam musubi, you might check out some ukulele brands at U-Space. If Jason 'Doc' Arimoto is there, ask him to show you a few licks that you can use.
Now, a big undercurrent at the event begins right at 10:00 a.m. in the Plaza. Actually, the JACCC (Japanese American Cultural Center and Community) and U-Space (Ukulele Space) are hoping that a tsunami of people (2,135 to be exact) is washed into the Plaza with ukes in hand, to establish a new Guiness world record for largest ukulele assemblage to play a song. Current record is held by Yokohama, Japan.
See, you may become a part of ukulele history and trivia just by showing up at the L.A. Ukulele Expo this Saturday.
Be there at 10:00 a.m. for the record attempt, then enjoy the rest of your ukulele day.
L.A. Ukulele Expo, JACCC and U-Space, 244 So. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, all day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; evening concert times: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.