The ukulele may sometimes get an Oh, brother sigh for attempting to be the poor mans guitar, but stop hating on this little musicmaker (download George Harrison on Free as a Bird or Eddie Vedders Goodbye). The New York Uke Fest scores with us for giving the jumping flea (its name, literally) a new boost. The four-day festival includes workshops in which you can learn the basics, get your uke jams to sound snazzy and jazzy, and sit through Uke Blues 101. There will also be concerts galore, the musical Sex, Drugs, and Ukuleles!, and, of course, a special presentation on the loveable uke musician Tiny Tim.
April 3-6, 7 p.m., 2008