Thursday, May 23, 2019

Las Cruces Ukulele Festival

We had a great time at the Las Cruces UkeFest this past weekend! Mary Jo and I were so busy taking classes and learning new uke things, that we barely had time to take photos!
We attended the concert on Friday night at New Mexico State College...nice campus. All of the instructors in addition to the Las Cruces Uke Club performed.
Las Cruces Uke Club. Tie-Die was the theme this year.
Instructors, Abe Lagrimas on drums, Nicole Keim on ukulele, Aaron Keim on stand-up bass, Victoria
Vox on ukulele and vocals, Kevin Carroll on ukulele
Each instructor performed on their own and then again in the ensemble. It was an excellent concert.

Saturday morning, we drove over to the New Mexico Ranch and Farm Heritage Museum where all of our workshops were to be held. We had a short orientation and then got to work! I took classes from all the teachers except Kevin Carroll. "Chords up the Neck" with Aaron Keim, "Instant Jazz Ukulele" with Abe Lagrimas, "Intro to Tablature" with Nicole Keim, "Get in the Groove Strumming" with Victoria Vox and "American Folk Songs with Nicole and Aaron Keim. Lunch was served around noon and featured an open mic session.
At the Instagram Photo Booth with Mary Jo
I won a raffle prize of books and CDs by the group of instructors!

We didn't attend the Sunday morning sessions, "Gospel According to Uke" and "Hawaiian Ukulele," deciding to catch some local scenery instead.
It was a very organized and well-run festival. Everyone was super helpful and friendly. It was nice being at the Ranch and Farm Heritage Museum too. We were allowed to tour the grounds with our festival registration.
I would definitely attend this festival again!
Next up, our trip out of New Mexico, back to Arizona!

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