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Erich Sylvester

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Erich Sylvester is part of Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele, a band that features classic songs of the hapa haole bands who entertained at the ballrooms and barrooms of the Waikiki beach hotels. Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele features Erich Sylvester singing and playing ukulele with a virtuoso steel guitar artist and a bassist at the core of the band. The players will vary from song to song. Come and Enjoy Erich in our acoustic Lounge as he plays his cool Ukulele! https://www.facebook.com/HotSteelAndCoolUkulele?fref=ts

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Cynthia Lin

Creator of the #100DaysofUkuleleSongs project, Cynthia Lin is a YouTube sensation and a modern-day jazz ukulele diva. Through her popular YouTube channel (32+ million views) and approachable teaching style, Cynthia has helped hundreds of thousands of people across the world to discover the joy of ukulele. Her online Patreon community has over 3000 members, and she leads the vibrant San Francisco Uke Jam community with her uke partner Ukulenny. Together they founded the San Francisco Uke Fest, which was officially recognized by the State Assembly of California.

As a singer-songwriter, Cynthia has released 7 album recordings independently, with her recent albums Ukulele Days and Cozy Christmas hitting the Billboard charts in their first week of release

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Aireene Espiritu

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Aireene is a singer/songwriter based in Oakland, CA, playing mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless Americana. She was born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at 10 years old, growing up in the third culture: the old country, the new country and a blend of both worlds. Mainly influenced by listening to Alan Lomax's field recordings from the South, and growing up listening to her uncles' Filipino folk guitar fingerpicking, her music is reminiscent of front porch storytelling, of ghosts and the living, times of laughter and tears.

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Ashli Christoval

Jazzy Ash is also known as Ashli Christoval, who grew up with a mom from New Orleans and a dad from Trinidad. Music infused her home life every day, from jazz to Caribbean rhythms to the lively children’s music which was playing all the time for the kids in her mother’s home day care. She often spent summers in New Orleans with her aunts and grandparents, enjoying the culture and music that permeated their West Bank neighborhood. Starting in junior high, Christoval explored musical theater, portraying roles as diverse as Lady Macbeth and Anita in West Side Story while singing in several choirs

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Sarah Maisel

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Sarah Maisel (ukulele and vocals) was born in Birmingham, Alabama and has always had a love for music. At the age of 6, she began violin lessons and played in youth orchestras for several years. For the 10 years she studied her focus was Classical Music. During that time she also tried her hands at the piano, taking lessons for 3 years. She took a brief hiatus from music during her college years and then moved to San Diego in 2004. Once she heard the sounds of the ukulele in 2006, she was hooked. She took a group class with Frank Leong, and later studied with him privately. After three years of studying with Uncle Frank, she began studying Jazz Theory

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Brittni Paiva

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At 23 years of age, Brittni Paiva (pi --"VAH) is the preeminent female `ukulele player from Hawaii. Affectionately referred to as the `ukulele darling, Brittni is a native of Hilo, on the Big Island. She is a multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist with a prodigious gift who is wholeheartedly embraced by a global audience. Over the past six years Brittni has self-produced three award-winning CDs. She took home the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Most Promising Artist of the Year in 2005 in support of her debut release, Brittni x 3. Her sophomore release, Hear, won `Ukulele Album of the Year in the Hawaii Music Awards, otherwise known as Hawaii’s People’s Choice Awards in 2006

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The Moonlighters

THE MOONLIGHTERS have been a part of the New York City jazz and pop music scenes since they formed in 1998. Based around a core of harmonized vocal duets backed by warm acoustic instruments including Hawaiian lap steel guitar, ukulele, guitar and bass, they explore traditional and classic tunes with a unique, romantic approach that is appealing to listeners of all ages. They have released 5 cds and toured Europe 3 times.

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Bliss Blood and Al Street

Bliss Blood is a musician and songwriter from Houston, Texas. She moved to New York City, New York in 1996. She sings and plays ukulele in a duo with guitarist Al Street. They have released 2 cds and are currently recording their third. She also leads the 1920s jazz-themed New York City group The Moonlighters, formed in 1998. The Moonlighters have released five cds, and toured Germany four times. She has recorded six albums from 1988-1995 with Houston experimental rock band Pain Teens. She has also appeared on recordings with groups including The Melvins, Exit-13 and Angels of Light.

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Jake Shimabukuro

Though many still have trouble pronouncing his last name and the instrument he plays, Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-BOO-koo-row) is becoming recognized as one of the world's top ukulele (oo-koo-LAY-lay) musicians. His latest release, My Life (Hitchhike Records 1108) is an EP that features six brand-new ukulele arrangements of Jake's favorite tunes by Sarah McLachlan, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Cyndi Lauper, wrapped around the classic "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". On this heartfelt and beautiful recording, Jake respects the originals while integrating his own soulful, one-of-a-kind interpretations

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Buster Keaton

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Buster Keaton was almost literally "born in a trunk." His parents had stopped in Piqua, Kansas in early October, 1895 while performing with a traveling medicine show. Myra Keaton missed playing the saxophone at the October 4th performance when Buster arrived, delivered in a boarding house just across the street from the site of the evening performance. Young Keaton began appearing on stage with his parents at a tender age, became a child vaudeville star on Broadway, and earned a reputation as a comic genius in the world at large with a body of classic silent film comedy. He died in California in 1966. Cliff Edwards known as Ukulele Ike, was very friendly with MGM's comedy star Buster Keaton, who featured Edwards in three of his films


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