The ukulele fits the small but mighty description to a “T” – and perhaps that is why Mighty Uke Day is back by popular demand for the third year in a row. It all happens in historic Old Town and includes a festival atmosphere which brings together film, live shows, workshops, open microphone time, children’s activities, broadcast, strum-a-longs, jams, all in a celebration of the “people’s instrument.” Organizer and ukulele aficionado, Ben Hassenger, commented on how he got interested in the ukulele- “ In 2009 I took a trip to Hawaii and fell in love with the ukulele. When I got back I checked in with Stan Werbin from Elderly Instruments and we ended up forming the group LAUGH (Lansing Area Ukulele Group) which meets every second Saturday at the Sir Pizza in Old Town.”
In 2011they pulled together the first Mighty Uke Day in just six weeks; it grew in 2012, and this year they’ve really kicked it up a notch with the help of sponsors like Elderly Instruments and the new Old Town General Store. “We kind of a kick-off the festival season in Old Town, we like to think we have the corner on quirkiness.”
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is proud to welcome this Old Town event which is scheduled for May 10 and 11, check out their website for a complete line-up of activities. There are free activities and some concerts which carry a cost. This year Mighty Uke Day will feature one of the world’s finest ukulele players, James Hill headlining with a special concert on Saturday, May 11. James is well known around the globe for his technical, songwriting, and educational skills. But most important James Hill is a thoroughly entertaining performer.
In case you didn’t know, the ukulele, a small 4-string guitar-like instrument, has been around since the 1880’s when it was said to have been created by the Portuguese. The instrument gained popularity when it was brought to the Hawaiian Islands and embraced as a cultural icon. Since then the ukulele has been adopted around the world, mostly because of its size, accessibility and ease of play. In the 1920’s the ukulele was symbolic of The Jazz Age. Most recently this mighty little instrument was re-popularized by a giant of a man, Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, particularly through his enormously popular 2003 medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World."
Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, don’t miss Mighty Uke Day in Old Town, and be sure to stop by Cravings for a visit.
Cravings Gourmet Popcorn is located in Old Town Lansing, the hippest area of Lansing, Michigan. Cravings Gourmet Popcorn can be purchased online and shipped to anywhere nationwide.