The ukulele craze is alive and well in the Fox Cities. Ukulele classes are popping up and players of all ages are getting together to make music. Neenah is no exception – the Neenah Public Library has been lending ukuleles, offering ukulele classes, and holding weekly open jams for the past three years. And now, the Library is offering a special afternoon program designed to teach ukulele basics, followed by an open jam with internationally acclaimed ukulele artist, Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
Abe, a world-renowned ukulele master and musician, will be conducting a free ukulele class (beginner level – but all levels welcome) and open jam (open to all skill levels) at the Neenah Public Library on Wednesday, June 26, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best, hone basic skills, and play ukulele with others in the community.
Abe is a musician, composer, educator, and author. He has a Master of Arts degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He won the prestigious 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and is a high demand session musician in Los Angeles. He’s worked with many different artists, including Jake Shimabukuro. As a solo ukulele artist, Abe has been awarded the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Music Award), has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally, and has been featured at ukulele festivals across the country. His latest album is the self-titled Abe Lagrimas, Jr. Abe is also an educator and is the author of Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies. For more information on Abe, including videos of his performances, see abelagrimasjr.com.
Bring your ukulele and join in the fun!