The ukulele may sometimes get an “Oh, brother” sigh for attempting to be the poor man’s guitar, but stop hating on this little musicmaker (download George Harrison on “Free as a Bird” or Eddie Vedder’s “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
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 1, 2008