The Oakridge Ukulele Festival
Registration for 2014 open!Click here to download the full Ukulele Festival Schedule and Class Descriptions
We offer a free beginners workshop on Friday afternoon taught by Patty Sage. Saturday classes include tracks for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. On Saturday afternoon an open mic will entertain the audience at the Keg & Cask Festival stage with Patty Sage and Kelly Thibodeaux as our emcees. On Sunday morning Brook Adams leads a sing along and play along, "Down by the River,' at Greenwaters Park. The Festival location in the Uptown neighborhood offers many opportunities for jamming informally.
About our 2014 Festival
Nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the little town of Oakridge, Oregon is an idyllic setting for a summer music festival. 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.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, Brook Adams, Ron Ontiveros, Richard Colombo, James Clem, Pat Knaus, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, and Victor & Penny - aka -Erin McGrane & Jeff Freling.
If you are 'starting from scratch' with the ukulele, we have just the workshops for you: Free Friday Beginner Class
This year our Festival is based in the Uptown Neighborhood of Oakridge. Our registration tent will be opening at 10 am on Friday at the United Methodist Church on First Street, about a half block west of the Lodge. Classes, a couple of meals, and the Instructors' Showcase also take place at the church. Several blocks to the east are the venues for classes on Friday afternoon and during the day on Saturday. We have classroom space in several of the businesses along First Street and a location for our vendors. The neighborhood will come alive with Ukulele Music all weekend! On Saturday afternoon and evening we are sharing the stage at the Keg & Cask Festival. Our Open Mic will be performed at that location where the street is closed and chairs are set up along with a dance floor! If you are driving from Eugene on highway 58, turn left at the traffic light at Crestview and right on First Street, the church is a few blocks away on the left side of the street.
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, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Erin McGrane, Jeff Freling, and Brook Adams. Patty Sage and Kelly Thibodeaux will organize and emcee the open mic; Brook Adams 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.
Erin McGrane, [aka Penny] & Jeff Freiling, [aka Victor]
With a fiery ukulele and a red-hot jazz guitar, Victor & Penny put the swing, the jump, the dance and the roll in early twentieth century rock and roll. This Kansas City based duo brings antique pop to life with their sonic archeology as well as creating clever original songs. With the lady on ukulele and the gentleman on jazz guitar they impress and delight with charm and hot licks - they are "...an absolute rollicking blast." They have the pop for which pop music was named! Victor & Penny are touring the USA and were recently awarded the 2013 Escape to Create Artist
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is the stage name of nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Danielle has shared the stage and collaborated with acts such as Pomplamoose, Lauren O’Connell, Leo Kottke and Mumford & Sons. Beginning her career at small shows and open mic nights in Fort Collins, Colorado, Danielle has toured nationally since 2009, playing for a loyal fan base of online followers. Her videos on youtube have gained millions of combined views and have given Danielle the opportunity to write and play music full time. Danielle Ate the Sandwich has recorded four independent albums. Her 2010 release, Two Bedroom Apartment, reached number 5 on iTunes’ top selling singer/songwriter charts. In June 2012, she released a new, full length, studio album, Like A King. Danielle currently lives in Fort Collins, CO
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!!!”
Brook Adams is a retro ukulele popster. His emotional songwriting and soulful whiskey voice evoke a timeless groove where the sounds of Bakersfield, New Orleans and the motor city coalesce. He's a skilled player on guitar and uke, with Clapton, Van Halen and a little bit of choro in his trick bag. His surprising range of covers include Abbey Road On Ukulele (the entire album), Marvin Gaye and Earth Wind and Fire. This year he will play the Reno Ukulele Festival, The Mighty Mo Ukefest in St. Louis and Ukulele University in Bend, OR.
Reservations for hotels and B&B's are made by each participant. See the list below for local accommodations, including camping and RV parks. Please call right away for availability since this will be a busy summer weekend in Oakridge.
- Breakfast Saturday/Sunday: included with registration
- Lunch Saturday: included with registration
- Dinner: Friday - on your own, a list of restaurants is available; Saturday - on your own, we suggest patronizing Keg & Cask Festival vendors or local neighborhood restaurants.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.