Thursday, October 29, 2009

Why Can't We Just Party?


Are there any really good ukulele festivals? If there are, someone needs to compile a list. I mean where are the “Carnivals, or Mardi Gras’, or Oktoberfests” of uke festivals? I know there was a big one in Napa not long ago at a winery. There was one in Eugene, Oregon a couple weeks ago called Uketoberfest- But Im pretty sure everyone DIDN'T sit around long tables in their lederhosen playing their Brukos, while hot St. Pauly Girl waitresses served up liters of beer. So where are the really good ones? Are all uke festivals the same and are they all lame?

Ukulele World Congress was everything a uke festival should be. There were no seminars, no lessons, no classes at all. There were no tickets and no ticket takers. And because there were no tickets, there were no gates, no fences, and no security. You couldn’t buy a sandwich, bottled water or soda. There were no venders of any kind. There were no beer gardens, no roped off sections for the over 21 crowd, no alcohol for sale at all. There were no reservations, no sign-ups, and no waiting lists. It was the perfect uke party. It reminded me of those parties we used to have in high school. They were spread by word of mouth, usually located in a field somewhere, or down by the river. Just show up and pitch in a couple bucks for beer, and you were guaranteed a good time (as long as the cops didn’t show up). You slept wherever you passed out. I would venture to guess that the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival, or the Oklahoma City Ukulele Meet-up, isn’t anything like this.

It’s too bad there can’t be more like the UWC. Maybe there are. I mean two or three times a year would be enough. Indiana in June and say somewhere in the Deep South in January or November. Who will take on this challenge? Anyone? If only Mike would buy a nice piece of property along the Gulf Coast…

7 comments:

Adelle the Great said...

Ah yes, I remember those parties (sort of. Foggily.)

I sincerely hope that the UWC stays true to it's roots & doesn't become a lame-fest. More people = more potential for trouble... which could possibly lead to more rules put in place. Let me rephrase that, A rule put in place.

But I am kinda hopin for sandwiches this time.

UKISOCIETY said...

OK, OK, I'll bring the cold cuts this time.

robin said...

So beautifully written it almost made me cry. UWC will be great next year too, why, the Baron will be there.

RussBuss said...

UWC was definitely the king of uke fests! i hope to make some actual memories next year. i second the sandwich idea, and that alan serve them in a hairnet(or in his case, an airnet) and plastic gloves.

Baron said...

My account wasn't verified, but now it is and this site will never be the same again. Mwuahahaha!

Boozelele said...

Really you guys? No comments about my "very tasteful" Oktoberfest picture at the top of the blog? You guys are like all mature and stuff.

Adelle the Great said...

I was the hotter of the pics, obviously... and they couldn't comment cause I'm right here.

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