Now in its 9th year, The Great Lakes Uke Gathering is the best little one day ukulele festival in the Midwest!
Doors open at 9am and you can expect a full day of classes, vendors, and concert (4-6pm). Formerly called: The Milwaukee Ukulele Festival, Lil Rev revamped the event to highlight a new venue change and a shift to accent a smaller more regional flavor. Each year, we welcome 2 national acts, and 2-3 local/regional acts as well 7-8 vendors all for just $45 dollars a head (making this one of cheapest 1 day festivals in the country!)
Our new venue at Anodyne Coffee Roasters (www.anodynecoffee.com) in historic Walkers Point, provides a really authentic Milwaukee music space in Anodynes historic cream city brick building with hard-wood floors. The coffee, bakery and soups are amazing and the neighborhood provides a wealth or restaurant experiences for lunch and post-fest dinner options; all while being conveniently located to many downtown hotels as well as, its proximity to the hip and happing Bay View Corridor, just a few miles south of Anodyne.
We are a very welcoming group of strummers here in Milwaukee... So come meet members of The Milwaukee Ukulele Club, whom, along w/ Lil Rev are the heart and soul of this great little festival.
224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee, WI 53204
Parking on street around Anodyne and in Bradley Tech School Lot 700 S. 4th Street.
October 14, 2018, 9:00 AM - 6PM
Cost: $45 Full /$15 Concert Only
Tickets at: www.anodynecoffee.com
Here's the schedule for the days event.
Anodyne Coffee Roasters
224 Bruce Street Milwaukee, WI 53204
Casey MacGill performs music that swings. He plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano, blows lyrical cornet, but his most unique instrumental voice is a 6 string tenor ukulele.
Casey grew up in Southern California and has pursued his musical passion well over 40 years.
MacGill has performed on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show, the Gong Show, the movie Frances, and was in the original cast of the Broadway show Swing!, opening the show while singing and playing the ukulele, contributing five tunes to the score.
He and his bands have toured in Australia, Japan, played swing camps in England, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and South Korea.
He teaches at ukulele camps; for Centrum in Port Townsend, the Ukulele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, Vancouver Ukulele Festival, Uke U in Bend, OR.,and others. Check out his cover story in Ukulele Magazine’s Summer 2018 edition.
For an exhaustive (and exhausting!) biography, check out the cover story of Ukulele Magazine’s Summer 2018 issue featuring Casey.
Visit his website for more information:
Neal Chin has been playing the ʻukulele for sixteen years and teaching for fifteen. Born and raised on the island of Maui, he began taking ʻukulele lessons at the age of nine. One year later, Neal started teaching ʻukulele lessons to family and friends, and he started competing and placing in ‘ukulele competitions. This led to the beginning of his performing career, as Neal started playing with other local musicians. At the age of fourteen, Neal taught himself how to play the guitar, thus broadening his musical scope.
In high school, Neal played both ‘ukulele and guitar, solo and with other local musicians. His group of private ʻukulele students widened, and he also taught large groups of students at the Pomaikaʻi Elementary School. Neal directed fifty of his Pomaikaʻi students in his first ʻukulele ensemble, and simultaneously self produced and wrote his first album titled Who I Am.
Neal moved to Honolulu at the age of eighteen to continue his career as a performing musician and to continue to teach. Neal taught in a variety of venues throughout Hawaiʻi, including private practice, teaching centers, ʻukulele schools, ʻukulele retail shops, and English schools. Along with the teachers at the 'ukulele school 'Ukulele Hale, Neal’s students performed throughout the islands at events such as volunteering for the Shriners Hospital for Children, The ʻUkulele Picnic of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiʻi Book and Music Festival. Neal’s students have also competed and placed in ʻukulele competitions, such as the Duke’s ʻUkes Contest.
In his six year span in Honolulu, Neal co founded two bands and continued to constantly play with over fifty musicians and acts, including Benny Chong, Erika Elona, David Kamakahi, Illisit, and Steven Inglis. Neal has credits on many recordings, including the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning album, The Akira Project. Neal also has writing and playing credits on the Broke Aesthetic album House of Bones Ep, and also on the albums Things to Break and Seasons Greetings From Soul Sound 2.
After receiving his A.S. in Music Business from the Honolulu Community College, Neal moved to Eugene, Or where in junction with store Pacific Winds Music started a lesson program offering private and group instruction alongside workshops and demonstrations. In Eugene, Neal continued recording and featured on the Hawaiian group Olekona's selftitled ep, The Thirds Oahu (Ohtoro), and Kumamoto (Ohtoro). www.neilchin.com