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Ocean City Bringing Big Ukulele Love to a Small Town
The ukulele truly is the people’s instrument: It brings real people together to share real talent and creates real magic. In Ocean City, New Jersey, it connects everyone in the love of making music like nothing else does: Once you start playing, people instantly gather, and the town’s most popular ukulele club can attest to that.
On a rainy night in the city, the tiny Hawaiian instrument drew a crowd that bridged generations and levels of experience to the Grass Roots Music Store. The club, called the Grass Roots Ukulele Meetup, now meets regularly to play and sing in Ocean City. Music is posted prior to the meetings so that everyone can practice, and all genres of music are played. As members progress, the group will hold open mic sessions and develop opportunities to play for outside community organizations. All skill levels are welcome!
Of course, every uke town has to have its ukulele festival, but unfortunately, Ocean City has yet to establish one. Instead, New Jersey’s largest uke fest lies two hours north in Whippany. Established in 2012, the New Jersey Uke Fest is held every year around August and is hosted by the Folk Project, New Jersey’s premier acoustic music and dance organization. The three-day event has everything you can expect from a uke fest: Concerts, workshops, vendors, an open mic, jams, and food! All visitors have to do is loop a lei around their neck and have a good time.
Previous NJ Uke Fest performers include world-renowned ukers like Lil’ Rev, Jim & Liz Beloff, James Hill, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Uncle Zac, Curt Sheller, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Jim Boggia, Victoria Vox and Celtic Spirit.
The festival’s 2017 early bird tickets went for $90. Those who buy tickets after the early bird cut-off date (usually in late June) can expect to pay around $100 for a full fest ticket, which includes the Friday concert and Saturday workshops and concert. Concert-only tickets costs $20, while one-day tickets go for around $70-$80.
The uke enthusiasts in Ocean City seem to be among the kindest and purist out there, but perhaps credit must ultimately go to the ukulele itself, which brings out the best in us. The mighty instrument allows us to share our souls in our own unique way. No matter our differences, music is the unifying force that brings all people together, and the ukulele is playing a pretty big part in that.
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