May 16, 2011 by Tim
I got home at 4:30 am today, and it took me until now to be able to sit down and write this. I was beat after such a great event.
For those who are confused; The first annual (At least I hope it happens again) Mighty MO Uke fest happened this past weekend in New Have, MO. Not a huge turn out, 40 people for the work shops and then a bunch for the open mic on friday and then concert Saturday. I did not get a lot of pictures. I was just having too much fun, sorry.
When I pulled up I had no idea what to expect. the area looked like a ghost town next to the river, very rustic. Hell my phone did not work unless I went next to the river and stood on a park bench and even then it was hit or miss.
It started out slow with a few people showing up at 12 on friday and our first workshop was under way. Jerry, of Boat Paddle ukes, had us come by his shop to talk about what to look for in a ukulele and showed us a good one and one that had issues. It was awesome being able to talk to someone who really studies and understands about every little detail that makes up a good instrument.
From there it was a crazy ride of jamming and talking, eating and open mics and workshops. The one thing I really dug was the fact that we were given time to just hang out and jam as we pleased. Maybe next year they will have more rooms done in the Riverfront Cultural Society area for a “Jamming” area when you don’t want to learn mouth trumpet (Been to it 2 other times with Victoria, figured 3rd time would really kill my skills)
The people who put it on really did an amazing job of making it really laid back and fun. never felt like I had to be anywhere at any time, except for the 3 meals, but really that was pretty relaxed also.
I met a tone of people and had a really great time.
The concert was fun. We learned who won the different silent auctions, Lisa from Florida won the Firefly. Victora stole it and played a song. Also the St. Louis Ukulele Fight Club did a set, along with the Flea Bitten Dawgs performed. all in all it was so much fun.