Mark your calendar for Las Cruces UkeFest 2022, May 20 – 22. We received rave reviews for our previous Las Cruces UkeFests and encourage you to join us for our 2020 event!
Our instructor/performers for 2020 are:
• Daniel Ho, Jr.
• Stu Fuchs
• Del Rey
• Casey MacGill
• Dani Joy Duo: Dani Joy and Perry Stauffer
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.
2019: Instructor/performers were The Quiet American (Aaron and Nicole Keim), Victoria Vox, Abe Lagrimas Jr., and Kevin Carroll. The same venues as 2018 were used.
2020 and 2021: COVID caused our ukefests to be held online with our (now) 2022 line-up of instructors. We will be back in person in 2022!