The past two weeks were spent in South Florida and Georgia, hosting workshops, performing and sightseeing. Ah, there was also a lot of eating! We'll get to that part later...
First off, the South Florida Ukulele Festival was a blast. It was held in Fort Lauderdale by F.U.N. (the Florida Ukulele Network). I had a chance to see my good friend Hal Manitoba (the last time we saw each other was the Cairns Ukefest 3 years ago), Steve Boisen and Amanda Lynn (you will be seeing much more of these two soon!), and of course the lovely Sarah Maisel was there to help round out the great line up of performers and instructors.
We got to see friends that we met at last year's Tampa Bay Ukefest as well as friends from all over the East coast. I am always impressed by the energy at these festivals. There is such a positive vibe and I feel so incredibly lucky that we are able to not only share our music and passion but teach and help inspire. I look forward to seeing this festival grow as the ukulele community in Florida seems to be taking off and I also look forward to be being back in the future! A big thank you to Ty and everyone at F.U.N. who put it all together.
After the festival, Sarah and I headed to Atlanta to visit family and more ukulele fanatics. Ah, there was also lots of great food to be had. You'll see some of the food in the photos but my favorite would have to be the "special" from Weeyum's Philly Style in Stone Mountain, GA. Definitely stop by if you're in the area!
In the middle of the week, we got to stop by the open mic session of the Southeast Ukers! What a great uke group! As you'll see in the photos, a lot of the performers were from the younger generations which I love to see. It's exciting to see where they will take the instrument in the future.
After a week of sightseeing, we ended our trip with a workshop and performance at the Uke Republic (http://www.ukerepublic.com). We were joined by the Woven Pines who were an excellent group! We had a great turn out and I'm positive that more artists will be adding the Uke Republic to places to stop by when they are in the area. Huge thank you to Mike and Donna!
I leave you with the photos I took from the trip, I hope you enjoy!