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Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival

When:
September 27, 2019 – September 29, 2019 all-day
2019-09-27T00:00:00-06:00
2019-09-30T00:00:00-06:00

September 27-29, 2019

Welcome to the Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival
The Most Fun Ukulele Festival in America

Come Together – Right Now

Music of the Fab Four (yes, the Beatles) sung and taught by Beat-lele and Brook Adams.

A few years ago, one of the local ukulele clubs began to have theme night and one of those nights was the music of The Beatles. I watched so many people who had fun in the club come even more alive playing and singing Beatles songs.

I think I was in fourth grade when Beatlemania hit America. All the cute girls in class made paper broaches that read, “We Love the Beatles” and wore them over their hearts with safety pins. The teachers would have none of that nonsense and so the girls were ordered to remove the Beatles pins or go to the principal’s office. That is when I decided I needed to learn to play music.

The Ukekopelli Festival this year will be our best ever! The concert should be sold out with Brook Adams singing and playing the entire Abbey Road album. The Hawaiian band Beat-lele will headline the show, performing all the great Beatle songs from the days when the Beatles occupied the top five hits on the billboard charts every week.

 

Big news – Ticket prices are down!

Because of the anticipated sell out concert and festival, we must limit the number of concert tickets to 300 and the number of weekend passes to 100. We want everyone to have fun, be comfortable and enjoy the concert and workshops. When we limit the number of attendees, everyone can be comfortable. Get your tickets early!

Lunch will be catered by Kimo’s Hawaiian BBQ. It will be served in the lobby of the Arts Center. Workshop passes are available with or without a lunch option.

Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival

This is the sixth year we have hosted the festival in Albuquerque. Looking to create a suitable logo for the festival we took a simple twist on the Kokopelli. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokopelli

In Native American culture of the Southwest, he is a trickster god and represents the spirit of music. Most kokopelli’s play a flute. Ours, of course, play ukes.

Eight years ago, when the closest festival was in Reno, Nevada; it was decided to host one in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival hosted annually at the end of September has grown to become the most Fun Ukulele Festival in America according to those who attend here and elsewhere.

The festival staff believe this year will be the best festival we have ever had. Please join us.

Concert & Workshop Venue

The Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival concert on Friday evening takes place at the beautiful African American Performing Arts Center, 310 San Pedro NE, on the grounds of Expo New Mexico.

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