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Home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, you’d be forgiven for not associating Philadelphia with a world-renowned music scene. But as it turns out, Pennsylvania’s largest city has much more to offer than just the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.
The sixth most-populous city in the United States is actually booming with ukulele bands, groups and festivals. The Philadelphia Main Line Ukulele Group, in particular, is one meet up that brings together all players – no matter what level of experience – with the chance to learn from one another through organised events, gatherings and festivals.
Held in the Western Suburbs of Philadelphia, the Philly Main Line group hosts numerous events each year to their 650+ members. The group welcomes players of all levels and caters to uke enthusiasts of all genres, playing music from old standards from the 20’s and 30’s, Hawaiian, Classic Rock, Modern Pop, Country, Punk, and Raggae, to name a few.
Their events, which range from holiday specials to monthly meet ups to boat rides and picnic jams, specifically cater to beginner players and those who want to learn. But, like the rest of the Main Line group events, everyone is welcome! What’s better, these get togethers are almost always free, or charge a small fee if they’re not.
Not far from where the Philadelphia Main Line Ukulele Group meets is the annual Funky Frets Festival. Held in September or October of every year, the festival includes ukulele vendors, workshops, dinner with open mic and – of course – concerts featuring some of uke music’s best performers. Previous artists have included Lil’ Rev, The Aloha Boys, James Hill, and Curt Sheller.
Attendees can attend after-party jams, strum-along train rides and picnic play-alongs.
In 2018, the festival will be welcoming Del Rey from Seattle, Washington. One of the top female blues players around, she’ll be performing during the festival’s Saturday night concert and presenting two workshops during the day. And keeping in line with top-notch uke players, the festival will be inviting the Aloha Boys, Debi Velasco and Uncle Zac back for the second time.
If a close-knit club of monthly ukulele nights is more your thing, head over to BridgeSet Sound storefront at 710 South Street Philadelphia instead. Meet ups for the city’s South Street Ukulele Club take place on the second Thursday of every month at 8pm.
The uke nights are hosted by ukulele and flute teacher Frankie DeRosa, and welcome players of all levels. With a close band of members, the club embodies an undeniable passion for playing the ukulele. And their enthusiasm is evident in their large fan base of over 400!
Sure, Philadelphia may be best known for its delicious sandwiches and rich American heritage, but the city definitely knows how to throw a party when it comes to ukulele music.
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