Their big convention was a learning experience and a lot of fun to boot.
One of the better workshops taught how to do end piece inlays like this. A bit too much bling for me, but wow what skill and artistry. Lots of good tips here.
Kimo Hussey played about 25 ukes on center stage. He played the same song on each so we could listen to the differences in instruments. Very interesting.
the tall fella in the tee shirt is Jay Lichty, a nationally well known builder from Florida.
Many builders had exhibit tables showing their work. I brought along my family of Pinecone ukes, Soprano, Concert, and Tenor and then as a novelty I included my 2 string bass "Son of Gut Bucket"
The big bass was an instant hit. Everyone wanted to strum it
EVEN THIS WEIRD DUDE- when he wandered up to my table and asked if he could take it off the table and played I hesitated and then said "sure". The minute he began to play I knew he was something special. It turned out that he and his partner were putting on the concert that night. He is Rushad Eggleston, a rather famous musician and entertainer from Carmel California, and he asked me if he could play my bass that night in the concert. WHAT A DELIGHTFUL SURPRISE. OF COURSE I SAID "YES"
Here they are on stage, two incredible musicians who put on a show that simply brought the house down, magnificent musicianship, funny, crazy and simply astounding. My bass waits behind Rashad.
Here is a little teaser for you. Tomorrow night I will try to post my video of Rushad playing my bass. It is a hoot.