The sound of the instrument conjures up images of Hawaii or perhaps even Tiny Tims’ “Tiptoe thru the Tulips”. But you can escape to the islands by just heading over to Willow Park on Saturday (Aug 1st) for the 2015 Utah Ukulele Festival. Founders and organizers Denelle & David Manoah along with Jeffrey Olsen were guests on KVNU’s For the People show on Thursday. They invite the public to enjoy the live entertainment, lei (lay)making, tasty food and instruction if you want to learn how to play the ukulele.
“We’ll also have as always our free ukulele lessons throughout the day for all ages. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve never picked one up or you’re a pro, come on out, we’ve got something for you”, said Denelle.
Activities begin at 10a.m.and go until about 8p.m. There will also be open mic competition and and workshops. Olsen talked about the origin of the word ‘ukulele’.
Olsen will speak about the history of the instrument during the festival. He said the word “has several meanings… as most words in Hawaiian do. But when the first Portugese workers came off the boat in Hawaii, they played a little instrument. And….they played so quickly that native Hawaiians said it looked like jumping fleas across the strings. And so the word ukulele, the most popular definition of the word is jumping fleas”
Last year many people braved the rains to enjoy an autumn festival but this year nice weather with tropical temps in the 90’s will greet attendees and it’s FREE. For more information visit www.utahukefest.com