For all ages 2013

Homebrew Ukulele UnionThere’s so much to do for folks of all ages at the festival. Here’s a handy list of events and activities that will be especially fun for families.

  • Beginning Tin Whistle Workshop, with Dean Karres - Come for a low stress introduction to the tin whistle (penny whistle). This workshop is for the complete novice.  You will be shown correct hand and finger position; a simple scale; and, we will work through one or more very simple melodies. A … Continue reading
  • Campfire Singalong - Join Big Bluestem’s Becky Grosser for an informal singalong around the Iron Post’s cozy patio campfire.         Friday, November 2nd, 8:00pm-10:00pm Iron Post Patio Free
  • Creative Art of the Drum Circle Workshop - Join storyteller and drummer Oba William King for a spirited drum circle workshop! This interactive workshop is for all ages. Bring your drum. Some loaners may be available. Generously sponsored by the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Saturday, November … Continue reading
  • Dan Keding - Dan Keding grew up with his Croatian grandmother filling him with the stories of the old country. He has pursued this passion for over forty years, telling at some of the most prestigious venues in storytelling. He has won numerous … Continue reading
  • Harmonica Workshop With Doug and Dave - It’s easy to begin to learn to play harmonica! Doug Schroer and Dave Witzany will lead the group using key of C diatonic 10 hole harmonicas to help you learn about the instrument and to begin playing melodies and blues. If you have a … Continue reading
  • Homebrew Ukulele Union Singalong - Bring your ukulele or borrow one for an all ages sing-along with the Homebrew Ukulele Union (HUU). The HUU is a sing-along group that comes together at the University of Illinois in the course Designing Musical Experiences. As a part of the … Continue reading
  • Klezmer (Yiddish) Dance, with the Red Sea Pedestrians - Yiddish dance is Jewish folk dancing that comes to us from Eastern Europe. With the revival of klezmer music – music that gets your feet moving –  there is a corresponding interest in the dances that go with it – … Continue reading
  • Local Teller Showcase, with Kathe Brinkmann, Kim Sheahan, Camille Born, and Sue Searing - The Local Teller Showcase features some of Champaign-Urbana’s favorite tellers: Kathe Brinkmann, Kim Sheahan, Camille Born, and Sue Searing. All are members of the C-U Storytelling Guild and enjoy telling to audiences of all ages. Come join the fun! Kathe … Continue reading
  • Make & Take Instruments, with the Viper - Join The Viper and His Famous Orchestra for an interactive build-a-band workshop. The ultimate “green” musical experience, you’ll learn how to make fully-functioning instruments out of recycled & repurposed household materials (boxes, jugs, superballs, etc.). Practice playing along with others … Continue reading
  • Mr. Stephens - The festival welcomes back “Mr. Stephens,” who has been entertaining the twelve-and-under set around C-U for years with his blend of serious and silly, fun and folksy guitar and vocals.  Big on audience participation, he doesn’t so much play for … Continue reading
  • Musical Mayhem Parade - Join The Viper and His Famous Orchestra for our annual musical mayhem parade! Bring your instruments, costumes and free spirits and celebrate on the streets of downtown Urbana.     Generously sponsored by the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Saturday, … Continue reading
  • Oba William King - Oba William King is recognized as one of the most exciting storytellers of his peer group. Since his debut with the National Association of Black Storytellers at the San Diego conference in 2006, Oba has ignited audiences with his ability … Continue reading
  • Prairie Dogs Performance and Beatles Play-Along - Calling musicians of all levels!! The Prairie Dogs invite you to BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT and play and sing along to all your Beatles favorites, including, but not limited to, the Rubber Soul album. Then, sit back and listen to a … Continue reading
  • Sea Shanty Singalong, with Chris Maden - Chris Maden has been singing and playing a variety of instruments since early childhood. A native New Englander, he was lured to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco seeking dot-com plunder, but was instead shanghaied into the seedy world of … Continue reading
  • Swing Dance Lesson with Paul Kwiat - Learn swing from everyone’s favorite dancing physics professor, Paul Kwiat! Then stick around for the swing dance, with music provided by the Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble. Friday, November 1st, 6:00pm-6:45pm (dance 7:00pm-8:00pm) Landmark Hotel Ballroom Wristband
  • Swing Dance, with the Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble - The Champaign Central High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Currey since 1997, has been the cornerstone of the Central High School music program, garnering awards and distinctions at almost every festival or competition attended. There are three separate big … Continue reading
  • The Viper and His Famous Orchestra Kids’ Show - The Viper brings his ukulele and his Famous Orchestra for an interactive show of kid-tested, grown-up-approved music and mayhem. Learn how to play The Viper way on washtubs, suitcases, and other repurposed household materials, and sing along with the Orchestra’s … Continue reading
  • Ukulele Jugband - Join Del Rey for a jugless, all ukulele, hokum-blues shindig, with playing and singing parts for all levels of player. Music from a 1920s Memphis street corner, orchestrated for all-ukuleles all the time!   Saturday, November 2nd, 3:15pm-4:15pm Independent Media … Continue reading
  • Washboard Workshop with Dave Madden - Participants of this workshop will be introduced to basic washboard techniques needed in playing with other musicians. Various styles will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants are encouraged to bring their own washboards and thimbles. A few washboards will be available … Continue reading