Special beer made for St. Petersburg Ukulele Festival today

A man playing ukulele in close up view.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — The second annual Ukulele Festival, called UKE IT OUT 2.0, starts today with tons of fun for the whole family.

Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele is based on several small guitar-like instruments of Portuguese origin. Hawaiian musician, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, actually helped re-popularize the instrument, with his 1993 medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World,” used in films, television programs, and commercials.

The festival will take place on Saturday, December 3rd. Doors open at 3 p.m. and music will kick off from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Cage Brewery is located in the art district of St. Pete at 2001 1st Avenue South.

Cage Brewery is even making a special beer just for the festival, an IPA called UkuAleLe.

Adult tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Kids 12-years-old and under are free, and your pets are even welcome.

At the festival, you’ll hear everything from ukulele Reggae and Bluegrass sounds to Americana and Rock. There will be all kinds of ukuleles—bass ukes, electric ukes, banjo ukes, resonator ukes and acoustic ukes.

The show begins at 4 p.m. with a ukulele tribute to the Beatles and attendees are encouraged to bring their ukuleles to join in. The night continues with a line-up of the best ukulele bands around.

The night tops off with an All-Star Ukulele Grand Finale. Here is the line-up:

3:00     Doors Open (folks can set up chairs outside for jam)

4:00     Beatles jam  (Jay Nunes to lead 30-45 mins)

5:00     Tom Hood & Tropical Sons

5:35     Sydney Hilton

5:50     Two Ukes

6:25     Renee and the Rollers

7:00     Jimmy Page of the Ukulele contest  (open to all attendees)

7:30     Ronny Elliott

7:55     Jct 27

8:35     Rebekah Pulley

9:05     Chance drawing to win two Ukuleles and more!

9:15     Applebutter Express (Duo)

10:00   All star finale




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