The Oakridge Ukulele Festival
Thanks for your support of the 2013 Oakridge Ukulele Festival!
We are starting to make plans for 2014, the dates for next year's festival will be August 1-3, 2014. Watch for details here! Happy strumming till we meet again...
Among our Marketplace vendors are: Pacific Winds Music store, Ed Culwell - Luthiery, and Covered Bridge Ukuleles. Local artist, Laura Robson will present her hand felted ukulele straps. Jewelry made from ukulele sound hole cut outs will be presented by Josh & Cassie Taylor of Be Now Boutique. The hours for the Marketplace are: Friday 5PM to 7 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM.
Our workshop schedule will offer a free beginners workshop on Friday afternoon taught by Patty Sage; Saturday classes will offer tracks for beginner, intermediate and advanced players; an open mic is planned for Saturday and with Denise Hinz as our emcee. A sing along and play along is scheduled for Sunday morning. The Festival site offers many opportunities for jamming informally.
We have committments from several instructors new to our Festival. The schedule will provide a variety of musical styles applicable to the ukulele. Stay tuned for more info and the opening of registration in the coming weeks. Meanwhile we are insterested in your questions and input, send an email to email@example.com
About our 2013 Festival
Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the little town of Oakridge, Oregon is an idyllic setting for a summer festival. Enjoy a weekend of music, jamming, learning and fun in Oregon’s best undiscovered mountain get-away…close to home! Oakridge is just 45 minutes southeast of Eugene, OR and Interstate 5, half way between Seattle and Reno. This festival is presented by The Oakridge Lodge & Guest House.
Instructors for this year's festival are: Patty Sage, Denise Hinz, Ron Ontiveros, Richard Colombo, James Clem, Pat Knaus, and Buck Mueller. Leading our Sunday morning sing along will be Leslie Hunter and Jane Sinclair. We've added a Hula dance lesson on Saturday afternoon, taught by Akiko Colton. Dancing is the perfect way to relax at the end of the day!
Oakridge is one of a handful of cities in the entire country surrounded by National Forest land. Cooling forests and waterways create a relaxed setting for the enjoyment of music on warm August days and evenings.
If you are 'starting from scratch' with the ukulele, we have just the workshops for you: Free Friday Beginner Class
Thank You to the Oakridge School District #76 for contracting with us to use the Westridge School property. We also appreciate the courtesy of the Zero Clearance Theater in allowing us to use the stage and auditorium during the festival. Westridge School is located 4 miles west of Oakridge and 1/4 mile from the North Fork of the Willamette River. If you are driving from Eugene on highway 58, turn left on Westfir Rd, [on the right side of the highway is a very large brown building, the Middle Fork Ranger District office], and the school is the first left turn, in about 1/8 mile. The school is a tobacco, alcohol and drug free zone at all times. Pets must stay at home unless they are registered service animals.
Ukulele workshop sessions will be taught by some the Pacific Northwest’s best Uke players and performers. This is an opportunity learn from top players in an intimate setting.
Instructors are: Ron Ontiveros, Patty Sage, Richard Colombo, James Clem, Pat Knaus, Buck Mueller. Denise Hinz will organize and emcee the open mic; Leslie Hunter and Jane Sinclair will lead the Sunday morning sing along.
Ronnie Ontiveros lives in Hood River, Oregon, where he and his children sponge off of his dear wife, Tina. He plays bass in several bands including The Hapa Hillbillies, Big Ron and Medium Ben, The Fine Acoustic Gentlemen, and The Quiet American. Ronnie is a founder of Uketastic, the ukulele group now known as The Columbia Gorge Ukulele Players, and loves playing and teaching the ukulele. Most times you can find him wandering around playing one of many instruments and singing in a “who needs classical training?” voice.
Richard picked up his first guitar at the age of twelve and has been playing and singing ever since.His music is all heart. In 1991 he enrolled in the music program at Portland State University where he studied classical guitar and earned a B.A. in music. In 1994, Richard opened his own music studio in N.E. Portland teaching guitar, music theory and songwriting. He also began teaching at Artichoke Music and leading the weekly Song Circle. In 2006 he took over Artichoke Music and turned it into a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that would focus on building community. He is a remarkable songwriter and his stories cover a lot of ground. They feel as old as the hills yet remarkably new and rich with themes of love and poignant passages. Often told in the voice of a character he has created, his songs are honest, courageous and bold giving us a glimpse of a world that is not often visible. He is also quite silly and childlike and when he trades his Taylor guitar for his ukulele. You should prepare yourself for a fun adventure.
James is a singer, guitarist, uke player and entertainer who is an authority on American Roots music from blues, swing jazz to vintage country and rock n roll. He started playing blues guitar as a teenager in Los Angeles where he grew up after hearing many of the blues greats at the legendary Ash Grove folk club. He has since played in about every style of roots music group out there. Rock icon John Fogerty calls him "A great guitar player. I'm a fan." He has played the Seattle and Portland Uke Festivals and toured England in 2010. Solo acoustic blues and Americana on uke and guitar is his main focus and he performs regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest and teaches music in Portland, Oregon where he lives.
Pat is the co-owner of Pacific Winds Music in Eugene, Oregon. She holds degrees in music and dance from the Universities of Wisconsin and Oregon. She has been teaching something to someone since college, and has spent 14 years in the public schools teaching band, choir, and general music. Currently, she is studying ukulele with Craig Chee and singing in the Eugene Symphony Chorus, in addition to her work at the music store. Her background includes dance performance, producing, choreographing, and directing musical theater, choral conducting, and helping bashful singers develop confidence. She is looking forward to her first Oakridge Uke Festival.
Buck Mueller is up to his eyeballs in music, as a guitarist, ukeist, teacher, performer, therapeutic musician, and music theory wonk. He's also a Hawai'i-ophile and has studied hula for 10 years. He also likes dogs, movies, food, Oregon, the internet, his lovely wife, and long walks on the beach.
Denise Hinz lives in Eugene and is participating in her third year at the Oakridge Ukefest because, “It’s just so darn much fun!” She loves the way people who play the ukulele just seem to come together as long time friends, even though they may have just met. Her favorite event at any uke fest is the open mic because she loves to hear what other people have been playing on their ukes, and because it’s an opportunity for everyone from the shy to the gregarious to share a tune with each other. In her next life, she wants to play the standup bass like Ronnie Ontiveros. She is encouraging anyone and everyone to participate in the open mic, either individually, as a duet, or with a group.
After 30 years of teaching elementary school, Patty has rededicated her life to spreading the joy of the ukulele. Over the last two years, while working for the Willamalane Parks and Recreation’s After School programs, she has taught over 200 students how to strum. Her #1 rule is “SMILE! You’re playing an ukulele!!!”
Jane Sinclair and Leslie Hunter
Jane Sinclair and Leslie Hunter are ukulele and singing enthusiasts who can’t remember at which ukulele event they met about six years ago. They sing and perform in several Eugene groups but think the most fun of all is collecting, arranging and sharing selections of ukulele music with other strummers, and having a devilishly good time.
Arrangements for RV and tent camping at the Westridge School will be made during the registration process. Reservations for other kinds of accommodations are made by each participant. The Oakridge Lodge & Guest House is the organizer and registration site for the Uke Fest.
- Breakfast Saturday/Sunday: available for purchase on site from food vendors
- Lunch Saturday: available for purchase on site from food vendors
- Dinner: Friday salads, cold plates, and snacks. Saturday: meals and barbeque available for purchase on site from vendors.
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Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.