It’s Back! 1-Day Beginner Intensive Workshop

Posted May 7, 2015

If you’ve always wanted to take our Adult Beginner Ukulele class but can’t commit to 6 weeks or don’t live close enough to stop in every week, this special one-day intensive workshop is for you!

Enjoy all the fun and aloha of our weekly adult class condensed into 5 high-energy hours of ukulele learning and know-how with kumu, Kent Knorr.

The details:

1-Day Beginner Intensive Workshop for Adults

You’ll learn:
– How to strum
– Parts and tuning of the ukulele
– Basic rhythm and chords
– Hawaiian tunes and other favorites
– Plus a crash course in ukulele history, famous ukulele players and what aloha is really all about

* Level: Adult Beginner
* No Experience Needed

$80 per person
includes our Class Workbook and CD
Sunday, May 24th Noon – 5pm
Reserve your spot now >>

We’ll have light refreshments, too. Reserve your spot now for this first-ever 1-day Intensive. This workshop will sell out!

Questions? Give me a call at 910-538-3419.

Mahalo,

Kent

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Special Play-by-Ear Workshop with Jim D’ville

Posted October 25, 2014

Join us for the Play Ukulele By Ear Workshop with Jim D’Ville!
Saturday, November 8th at 11am – 1:15pm.

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All Skill Levels Welcome

Get off that piece of paper — learn to Play Ukulele By Ear!
This entertaining and informative workshop will give you the tools you need to tap into your innate musical abilities. Playing by ear is easy, it’s fun and it will propel your understanding of how music works to a new level. Starting with the basics of rhythm and timing, Jim will lead the group through popular songs from one to four chords in structure, in the genres of rock, pop, folk and blues.  This is the fast track to also learning how to play together with others in a group by ear.

This workshop will make you a better listener and student!

You’ll learn how to:
• tune your ukulele by ear (and tune your ears)
• recognize basic chord progressions
• learn the basis of how all songs are composed

This is a fun and interactive class that will change the way you approach learning new songs not only on the ukulele, but on any instrument. All skill levels welcome, however, knowledge of basic chord shapes (C F G7) is helpful.

2 hours with a small break

Workshop Cost: $40
Saturday, November 8th at 11am – 1:15pm
Location: 
North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Wilmington, NC 28403

Reserve your spot online now or call 910-538-3419.

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Mike Keale In Concert, October 10

Posted September 10, 2014

Join us as Hawaii’s Mike Keale brings his special brand of aloha and music to our Ukulele Academy stage.

Keale, first cousin of legendary Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Braddah Iz) and the nephew of Moe Keale (musician and Hawaii 5-0 actor), carries on his family’s tradition of heartfelt, soulful music of the islands.

He has been honored to be nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (think ‘Grammys’ of Hawaii)- Most Promising Artist and Island Music Album of the Year.

Mike’s music and amazing voice have the power to transport an audience to the tropical shores of his native Hawaii. We are honored to have him share his gifts on our Academy stage.

Join us for an evening of traditional Hawaiian music, island favorites and Keale’s rich Hawaiian tones.

Friday, October 10, 2014
8:00pm
Doors open at 7:30pm

Advance tickets for the concert are $18.
Get your tickets online now »

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Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee in Concert

Posted August 15, 2014

We have a very special duo performing on our stage… ukulele masters, Sarah Maisel & Craig Chee.

They’ll be teaching two workshops, followed by a concert on Saturday, September 6th.

Sarah Maisel, hailed as the “Queen of Jazz Ukulele” by international music critics, has taken the world by storm and strum. She has performed at ukulele festivals in England and Australia and around the US. And she loves to teach ukulele as much as she loves to play.

Craig Chee of Hawai’i has studied under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez. His lively style and impressive skill have made him a favorite among ukulele lovers. He loves to share his passion for ukulele through teaching workshops and through his albums.

Sarah and Craig will be performing together jazz classics, beautiful originals and feats of ukulele prowess that will send you off to another world.

Get Tickets Online >

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“American Sarah Maisel, one of the headline acts at this year’s Cairns Ukulele Festival, is a notable exception – a ukulele whiz who demonstrates sublime touch and feel to showcase the four stringed instrument’s genre-spanning capabilities”

“A consummate and charismatic singer with an expressive voice that allows her to cover all styles of Jazz…”

-Rhythms, Australia

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“Sarah Maisel has established herself as a solid presence on the local jazz scene following the success of her 2010 debut, Have Uke Will Travel (see March 2012 San Diego Troubadour). Her unique combination of almost astonishing skill on ukulele and expressive, charming vocals is something different, crossing genres and establishing a sound completely her own. ”

“This is more testimony to Maisel the ukulele whiz, without overdubs she makes the tenor uke sound like a hybrid somewhere between jazz guitar and piano.”

– San Diego Troubadour

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Craig Chee collaborated with great musicians for his first album and  continued that tradition with the new album by including friends [...]

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The V-Tones Are Lighting Up Our Stage!

Posted June 26, 2014

We’re excited to welcome back an amazing and UN-forgettable trio of musicians to our stage on Friday, July 25th, The V-Tones. Powerful and quirky, cool, classic and like nothing you’ve ever seen, The V-Tones wow crowds with hypnotically rhythmic post-Modern Ragtime, Gypsy, Jazz, Swing and Jugband music. What could make this musical adventure even more fabulous? How about a tap-dancing leading lady with a great set of pipes and sizzling style?

Meet The V-Tones of Charleston!

Noodle McDoodle- Soprano and baritone ukulele, vocal, slide whistle, kazoo, megaphone, & master planner.
Eden Fonvielle- Baritone and soprano ukulele, tap dancing and vocal.
Jeff Narkiewicz- Upright bass and vocals.

Join us!

Friday, July 25th

North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Ste. 205
Wilmington, NC 28403

Workshop with Noodle- 5:30pm $35 (includes concert)
V-Tones Concert- 8:00pm $12

Get Tickets Online>>

Get your tickets early, this concert will sell out!

More about the UKULELE WORKSHOP WITH NOODLE

Learn tricks and techniques that will take your basic ukulele playing to the next level! Noodle McDoodle, avid ukulelian and grand poo-bah behind the V-Tones of Charleston, will share strumming tricks, chord substitutions and knowledge that’ll help you improve and enhance your ukulele playing. Noodle likes to convey his information in the context of a song, so be prepared to absorb what you can, and then apply it to your own style and genre.

Noodle has taught ukulele during workshops at The North Carolina Ukulele Academy, at Augusta Heritage Swing Week, Hungry Monks Music School, and at the Blackwater Ukulele Festival.

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Del Rey Concert & Workshop, Apr. 30

Posted April 7, 2014

Ukulele powerhouse, Del Rey, from Seattle, Washington, is one of the most dynamic players of country, blues and ragtime today. Her stylings on fingerpicked guitar and ukulele leave jaws dropped at the end of her shows – she is truly a treasure to behold. Del Rey is a rare ukulele talent, not to be missed. She’ll only be playing two dates in North Carolina. One is her appearance at MerleFest, the other is on our stage at the Ukulele Academy. And, we have the added privilege of full access to this ukulele master via a lively workshop led by Del herself. Join us!

Wednesday, April 30th

North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Ste. 205
Wilmington, NC 28403

Workshop with Del Rey- 5:30pm $35 (includes concert)
Del Rey Concert- 8:00pm $12

Get Tickets Online>>

“Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar and ukulele.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Whilst known for her amazing instrumental skills … it should not be overlooked that she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humour.” Blues In Britain

Creator of famed ukulele instruction DVD, ‘Blue Uke’, Del Rey is a master of fingerpicking, chording and so much more. She is a joy to learn from and to hear.

http://delreyplays.com/

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Concert and Workshop with Victoria Vox

Posted March 12, 2014

Award-winning singer/songwriter, Victoria Vox will be onstage with her ukulele at the Academy for a rousing concert. She’ll play a full show of refreshing, heartfelt, original tunes. It will be an intimate night of songs and the stories behind them.

Saturday, March 29th

North Carolina Ukulele Academy
203 Racine Dr., Ste. 205
Wilmington, NC 28403

Workshop- 4pm $35 (includes concert)
Concert- 7:30pm $12

Get tickets online>>>

About Victoria Vox:

For the past ten years Victoria Vox has been performing and honing her songwriting craft on the ukulele. Touring both nationally and internationally, Victoria has found acclaim from fans and critics alike. In 2012 she crowd-funded the 52 Original Song Project, taking a full year to write and record a song a week. Her eighth album, Key, was released in the spring of 2013 and features 11-tracks created during the Original Song Project.

Victoria also made an appearance on the Jay Leno Show in December of 2009 to display her unique talent of playing mouth trumpet, that is, recreating spot on trumpet sounds only using her mouth. For more information on Victoria’s music and upcoming events, visit her website>>.

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Christmas Workshop was Merry & Bright!

Posted January 2, 2014

Thanks to everyone who joined our Ukulele community at the North Carolina Ukulele Academy for the 2013 Christmas Music Workshop. Beginners and experts alike added some holiday jingle to their repertoires (all while enjoying hot apple cider, coffee and the fresh baked graham cracker brownies that Kent’s nearly famous for.)

Did you miss it? Awww…well, all’s not lost. Get our workshop book, Christmas Ukulele, Hawaiian Style and get strumming! Maybe it’s a little too early to start thinking about next year’s Christmas workshop but, hey, at least promise yourself to add ‘more ukulele playing’ to your list of New Year’s resolutions.

Mele Kalikimaka and happy holidays to everyone from all of us at the North Carolina Ukulele Academy!

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November Concerts

Posted October 4, 2013

We’re pleased to announce three amazing November concerts:

Saturday, November 9:
The Quiet American
Concert & workshop

The Quiet American is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole keim. A home-grown modern folk revival, their music incorporates traditional ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty americana gems, all delivered on a wide variety of acoustic instruments.
More about The Quiet American >

Wednesday, November 20:
Lil’ Rev
Concert & workshop

A deep-rooted musician / songwriter / instrumentalist / storyteller / historian / interpreter of traditional Americana music and culture.
More about Lil Rev>

Thursday, November 21:
Jake Shimabukuro
Concert

Jake Shimabukuro has redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.
More about the upcoming Concert>  or GET TICKETS NOW >

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Jumpin’ Jim Beloff workshop and concert

Posted April 2, 2013
beloffHeaderJoin us for a night of light-hearted ukulele fun…
If you’ve ever seen our beloved ‘Daily Ukulele’ book, you’ll know that its author, Jim Beloff is a ukulele icon. We’re so excited to have Jumpin’ Jim himself along with his lovely wife, Leapin’ Liz here for a concert and special workshop.
Saturday, April 20, 2013

WORKSHOP

“Strummin’ With Jumpin’ Jim Beloff”
3 – 5pm

Workshop $45(includes concert admission)

 

Here’s a chance to take your skills to a new level. A dozen or so well-known songs (including ones from the new Daily Ukulele: Leap Year Edition songbook) will be played while learning new chords, strums, a picking pattern, transposing on the fly and performance tips and techniques along the way. Perfect for advanced beginners! Bring your GCEA-tuned uke and be ready to have a lot of fun.

CONCERT
7:30pm
Doors open at 7:10pm

Advance tickets for the concert are $12.

Get your tickets early – this concert will sell out…It’s Jumpin’ Jim, after all!

For information call 910-538-3419 or reply to this email.

See you at the concert!

Mahalo,

Kent

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Hawaii’s Mike Keale in concert

Posted September 5, 2012

Keale_2012Join us as Hawaii’s Mike Keale brings his special brand of aloha and music to our Ukulele Academy stage.

Keale, first cousin of legendary Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Braddah Iz) and the nephew of Moe Keale (musician and Hawaii 5-0 actor), carries on his family’s tradition of heartfelt, soulful music of the islands.

Last year, he was honored to be nominated for two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (think ‘Grammys’ of Hawaii)- 2011 Most Promising Artist and 2011 Island Music Album of the Year.

Mike’s music and amazing voice have the power to transport an audience to the tropical shores of his native Hawaii. We are honored to have him share his gifts on our Academy stage.

Join us for an evening of traditional Hawaiian music, island favorites and Keale’s rich Hawaiian tones.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

7:00pm

Doors open at 6:30pm

Advance tickets for the concert are $12.

Get your tickets early – this concert will sell out.

 For information call 910-538-3419 or reply to this email.

See you at the concert!

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Bosko & Honey’s Ukulele Safari

Posted July 17, 2008

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