Redlands ignites for music fest

MIKE Jackson tunes up for the weekend festival.
MIKE Jackson tunes up for the weekend festival.

IF you are looking for some lively entertainment this weekend, join in the fun at the RedArts Ignite Redlands Ukulele Festival at Cleveland.

There will be workshops and a dinner on Saturday, a free concert on Sunday and plenty of entertainment and activities.

Workshop tickets are $10 and are still available, but bookings close today for the Golden Cockerel dinner concert at $30 head (BYO drinks).

The concert will feature a huge line-up of ukulele performances including festival guest artists Ryo Montgomery, Mike and Thom Jackson, the Sunshine Singers, and a hula dancing competition sure to get you on your feet.

The BUMS Big Band will perform an eclectic mix of music from 1920s jazz standards through rock 'n' roll, pop, and country to world music. Ukuleles and vocals form the backbone of the band's sound, rounded out with U-bass, and augmented with percussion, harmonica, woodwind, and other instruments as needed.

Purchase tickets, check venues and view the festival program through www.ignitered

On Sunday, the internationally acclaimed Heilani Polynesian Dancers will provide a free dancing lesson as the finale to the Cleveland Library Square Concert, and say "aloha" with a demonstration of their traditional dancing.

The concert includes five ukulele clubs, school students and festival guest artists, and will conclude with the school bursary presentations.Don't miss the Musical Mystery Bus departing from 10am through to 1pm and get your photo taken by the Redlands Camera Club on the four metre long Big Red Ukulele Couch.

The festival bursary is open to Redlands primary and secondry school students, with a prize of a $250 voucher to be used for ukulele products or tuition and the application is on the festival website. Enquire to festival coordinator Karen Henderson on 0438 546 614.