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Blackwater Ukulele Festival 

When: Sat., Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 2013
Phone: (843) 553-0515
Price: Free with admission
The ukulele may be tiny, but that doesn’t mean it can’t shred some serious tunes. Then you must not know about Don Ho, Jake Shimabukuro, or Charleston’s own the V-Tones. The uke deserves some serious music cred. And the Fourth Annual Blackwater Ukulele Festival at Cypress Gardens on Saturday is estimated to have more than 100 people attend for a day full of music, dancing, and food. The festival started after Hot Shots member, Jim Ravoira, sensed a lack of events for ukulele musicians to congregate. “There were no festivals in South Carolina so I decided to test the waters. The goal of the festival is for ukulele players, current and potential, to meet others that play the uke, jam with them, and most of all, have a fun and relaxing day,” says Ravoira. New to the uke? Attend a free lesson to start mastering some chords — maybe you’ll be able to muster up the guts to perform during the open mic portion of the day. Ravoira recommends players try the boat jam, an opportunity to sing and play while on a swamp boat ride with eight others. If you’re not musically inclined, you can watch the Hula Sisters perform and then join them for a hula workshop. Or you could always just sit back and watch the free performances.
— Amanda Merritt
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