Las Cruces UkeFest 2018 was amazing with talented and knowledgable festival instructors Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Lil’ Rev, Mark Baker, and Rachel Manke. They rocked the concert at the NMSU Atkinson Performing Arts Center with 300 people in the audience and the workshops and festival Saturday and Sunday at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum were fun for all!
Mark your calendar for Las Cruces UkeFest 2019 at the same venues May 17 – 19. We received rave reviews for Las Cruces UkeFest 2017 and 2018 and encourage you to join us for our 2019 event!
Our instructor/performers for 2019 are:
• The Quiet American (Aaron and Nicole Keim)
• Victoria Vox
• Abe Lagrimas Jr.
• Kevin Carroll
Las Cruces UkeFest History
2015: Mark Baker taught two well-attended workshops and performed a concert for our first mini festival.
2016: Jim D’Ville taught two of his “Play Ukulele By Ear” workshops and performed a concert.
2017: Instructor/performers were Jim and Liz Beloff, Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, and Danielle Ate the Sandwich. Gorton Smith of the Las Cruces Ukes led The Gospel According to Uke. We moved the entire festival to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and sold out the concert space of 165 people a month prior to the festival.
2018: Instructor/performers were Mark Baker, Craig Chee, Lil’ Rev, Rachel Manke, and Sarah Maisel. Gorton reprised his Gospel According to Uke sing-along. The festival workshops were held at the NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, but the concert was moved to the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall in order to accommodate a larger audience, which was about 300 people.