Brooklyn Ukulele Festival Stage
11AM: Opening Playalong
1130AM: Open Mic 1
12PM: Rachel Haymer
Originally from Honolulu Hawaii, Rachel Haymer rocks the Subway. One of the MTA musicians since 2018 as the Ukulele Time Machine she was recently named top 5 street performers of NY. Rachel has worked with the likes of Jake Shimobukuro and Reggae icons Butch Helemano. She brings music to her shows at the south street seaport and the Fulton center, and Her albums, and links to her website and calendar can be found at ukuleletimemachine.com
12:30PM: Paul Hennessee
Paul Hennessee is a ukulele player from East Harlem. He will perform songs from a variety of genres including, rock, pop, folk, and broadway!
1PM: NYC Uke Squad
The NYC Uke Squad is a friendly, amateur ukulele jam group in NYC, open to players of all ages and levels. Sing and strum along with us!
1:30PM: Gwendolyn Fitz
Gwendolyn Fitz is a jazz-pop singer-songwriter, ukulele player, teacher, and theater creator. Her award winning ukulele musical, Ease of a Murder, had its NYC Debut this past March with Emerging Artists Theater and is currently in development for an off broadway run. When Gwendolyn is not creating or teaching ukulele, she is organizing the Brooklyn Uke Fest and other ukulele jams in the city!
Instagram: @gwendolynfitzmusic, @brooklynukefest, @easeofamurder
2pm: Natalie Mack
Originally from Niagara Falls, Natalie Mack moved to New York City to pursue a path in making theater with and for young people. She has created and performed music for shows and bands alike; from site specific shows in the parks of nyc to the rainforest of Tasmania, to puppet shows in Brooklyn basements to Lincoln Center. Natalie’s solo ukulele album, Robin’s Egg Blue, features folksy originals that come from a heartfelt and playful place.
2:30PM: Shawtime Duo
Andy Shaw, a Brooklynite and long time musician, always hoped his young son Jarvis would inherit his lifelong passion for music. In 2020 during COVID lockdown, Andy, in search of a new hobby, picked up the ukulele and played daily, teaching himself a wide range of songs. Jarvis would sit next to Andy and sing along enthusiastically, showcasing a remarkable memory for lyrics and interest in learning new songs. Quite naturally, the ShawTime Duo was born. Now 8 years old, Jarvis is in second grade and has started vocal training—and while life has largely returned to normal, the band is going strong. Both members pick songs to learn, resulting in unique, always upbeat interpretations of everything from Spongebob hits to Velvet Underground to modern pop, punk rock and originals. This is not your typical kids’ band! ShawTime Duo is active on social media, posts videos weekly, and has performed over 50 live shows, including the Porch Stomp Festival on Governor’s Island.
3pm: Jenny Selig
3:30pm: Playalong II
4pm: Open Mic II