Reno Uke Fest
Concerts Festival Promoter Retreat Ukulele Vendors Workshops
Nugget Resort, Sparks, Nevada
Doug Reynolds 775.220.0995
Rich Dann 775.224.2024
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from the Reno Uke Fest web site
PlayUke.net and Play Uke, LLC were founded by two ex-guitar players who fell for the ukulele. Douglas Reynolds started the ball rolling in 2006 after discovering the music of Jake Shimabukuro during his weekly, "have coffee and read their magazines" morning at Borders Books (RIP). He bought a few ukes on eBay to get acquainted and fell for the little critters rather quickly.
Be sure to checkout Doug's PlayUke.net site , as he and his crew produce several ukulele festivals throughout the year.
Being a concert promoter on the side, Doug booked Jake to play the following summer in Carson City, Nevada and then went to Hawaii and spent an afternoon with Jake's brother Bruce. This cemented his love for the instrument, so he planned and launched the 'First Annual Tahoe Area Uke Fest' in his hometown of Minden, NV in June of 2009. Minden is only 20 minutes from the Lake, and Doug's intention was to move the festival to Lake Tahoe at some point, but John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks invited the festival to move to their resort. Tahoe Area Uke Fest II therefore took place in Sparks in March of 2010 with another ukulele virtuoso, James Hill of Canada and a grand finale collaboration concert featuring as many as seven uke stars on stage at a time. Aldrine Guerrero of Ukulele Underground even hopped a red eye to take part in the big show. The event was then renamed the Reno-Tahoe Ukulele Festival for 2011, after the Reno airport's similar designation.
More information available on the Reno Uke Fest's web site.
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