Ben Honham with the Tenor
Outdoor Ukulele attended the fourth annual Uke University at the Cascade Academy. The three day festival in Tumalo, Oregon revolves around teaching, learning, and community. This year the weather was a beautiful 75 degrees during the day and 45 degrees at night, perfect for music and socializing.
Badley Made Ukes - Made in Bend, Oregon by Jack Badley
Uke University offered classes for beginners to experts ranging from singing, picking, strumming, and percussive elements. Music flooded from different classrooms and rippled through the hallways all weekend. Events included an open mic, jam sessions, and performances. The evening concerts had different genres including folk, island, and swing.
Instructor - Ben Bonham
Instructor Craig Chee
Ronnie Ontiveros slapping the bass.
Musicians traveled from all over North America to be a part of the festival. Lori Sanders came from North Carolina to bring ukulele knowledge back to the Cherokee Reservation. Ukulele player Emily Hill, and her mother Becky Hill, traveled from Portland to take part of the beginner classes. Laurie Duke and Nita Venter journeyed all the way from Vancouver, Canada to experience their first Uke University. When I asked each of them if the trip was worth it, there were smiles all around.
Our WordSmith loading up the two Tenors we donated for raffle.
Congratulations to one of our two raffle winners of the new Outdoor Tenor Ukulele!