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Blackwater Ukulele Festival 2014


Don't let a little rain keep you from the fun this Saturday. We have moved the festival indoors to spacious Dean Hall at Cypress Gardens.

Benefit for the Music Speaks Project Supporting Autism Awareness and Early Access to Care


Cypress Gardens

September 13, 2014

All festival events and workshops are included in the regular $10 admission to the gardens

Countdown to the Festival


The Bridge on Cypress Gardens Road is out Click here for detour map

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9:00 am - Park Gates Open

10:30 am - Ukulele Workshop

11:00 am - Hula Exhibition

11:30 am - Charleston Hot Shots

12:30 pm - Sarrah Summer

1:00 pm - Nathan Miller

1:30 pm - The V-Tones

2:30 pm - Hula Workshop

3:00 pm - *Open Mic

4:30 pm - Festival Ends

5:00 pm - Park Closes

- Access to all park attractions & vendors

*Open Mic Rules - Be kind to small children and animals and you must have at least one Ukulele in the act.

Nathan (r) meets Jake Shimabukuro (l)

Join Nathan Miller in his endeavor to raise awareness for Autism and the need for early access to care through the power of music...read more

Sponsored By

The Charleston Hot Shots www.charlestonhotshots.com

Cypress Gardens www.cypressgardens.info

The V-Tones ukulelenoodle.blogspot.com

Need A Uke?

The fine folks from Shem Creek Music will be there with a great selection to choose from. Check them out at www.shemcreekmusicstore.com/ukuleles/

Free SKYPE Ukulele Lesson!

Performing Artists

(in order of appearance)

The Hula Sisters

Join The Hula Sisters for a Hula Exhibition at the Blackwater Ukelele Festival Concert. "Hula is a uniquely Hawaiian dance accompanied by a chant or mele (song) that perpetuates the stories, traditions, and culture of Hawaii. "Aloha E Komo Mai" (Welcome) to a free hula class and learn a favorite hapa haole hula and help kick off the festival open mic.

The Charleston Hot Shots

The Charleston Hot Shots perform in a skiffle jazz style while playing blues, ragtime, standards and folk music, played on a mixture standard and improvised instruments. Hear, ukuleles, bass buckets, kazoos and harmonicas played with a unique jazz swing. Performing since 2007 the band leader, Jim is the organizer of the Blackwater Festival; Jim says; "for me it is like a big party in a blender, I hook up with old friends, make new friends, while the day flies by in a blur. I treasure each festival and the wonderful people I've been blessed to meet."

Nathan is a wonderfully talented, multifaceted musician. He is an embodiment of what the latest wave of ukulele popularity is all about. From strumming, picking, tapping to harmonics, Nathan makes his ukulele speak in ways you dreamed you could. This is one performance you don' want to miss.

Sarrah is a local musician who will performing some of her original compositions. Beautiful voice, very talented. Sarrah performing Secrets

Sound Cloud and @sarrrahsummer for instagram


We end the concert with Charleston’s only ukulele hot club jug band vaudeville ragtime neo-retro-postpostmodern beachfront quasi-primitive anachronistic revolutionary anti-inflammatory mass catharsis jazz freakout and philharmonic group therapy session.

Noodle (Donald Whitley), the band leader will be your ukulele instructor for the workshop. It has been written that Noodle is "The finest ukulele musician on the east coast".

Definitely an unforgettable treat to hear them perform.

Noodle (L) and Eden (R)