JULY 9, 2016  

JACCC CAMPUS, 11 am - 5pm

Hawaiian music legend, Jerome Koko.

‘Ukulele enthusiasts of all levels and playing experience are invited to explore the fun and accessibility of the four-stringed instrument on the historic, one-acre, JACCC Plaza in the heart of Little Tokyo.

FREE activities and performances throughout the day, featuring sponsored, ‘ukulele all-stars, Brit Rodriguez, Josh Chang, Kalyn Aolani, and Lise and Emi Lee. Plus, join in the first-ever “Bongolele” Jam-Along with world-class percussionist, Randy Drake and “Bongoleles” courtesy of Ohana Ukuleles.

Take your first musical steps along U-SPACE’s ‘Ukulele Discovery Walk, a FREE, interactive, learning experience for complete beginners along the scenic path of JACCC’s James Irvine Japanese Garden, one of Little Tokyo’s “hidden cultural treasures.” Discover the ‘ukulele with instruments courtesy of Ohana Ukuleles and nTyme, and join in a welcoming community Jam Session led by ‘ukulele extraordinaire, Heidi Swedberg and special guest artists.

Browse a curated marketplace of specialty ’ukuleles and accessories, featuring product demonstrations from premier builders and manufacturers.

Purchase special tickets for admission to an exclusive cross-cultural series of ‘ukulele workshops and panel discussions presented in JACCC’s Doizaki Gallery:

  • ‘Ukulele workshops, featuring: Son Jarocho, Veracruz-inspired strumming for ‘ukulele with Alexandro Hernandez, Ph.D. and Jason Arimoto, Ph.D. bridging the similarity in tuning between the four-stringed ‘ukulele (G C E A) and eight-stringed jarana (GG CC EE AA).

  • ‘UKE Talks panel discussions, featuring ‘Ukulele in Schools with GRAMMY-winner, Daniel Ho; the history of ‘ukulele with Hawaiian music legend Jerome Koko of Mākaha Sons and award-winning author, Jim Tranquada; and a demonstration of live sound techniques presented by BOSE.

The day’s four-string festivities will culminate in a Plaza-wide, Interactive Community Play-Along of the official event song, “La Bamba,” and a special evening concert, featuring Romero Creations artist, Jerome Koko of the legendary Mākaha Sons, on the JACCC Plaza.

Since 2014, the JACCC and U-SPACE have presented the annual L.A. ‘Ukulele Expo and Interactive Community Play-Along, a public music and cultural arts gathering bringing together over 1,500 ‘ukulele players in Los Angeles.






Sustainable Little Tokyo (SLT), a community driven initiative working to ensure a healthy, equitable, and culturally vibrant Little Tokyo for generations to come, unveils the Azusa St. Pathway Project. This will be the first of a series of temporary, physical improvements to the Azusa St. alley portion of Little Tokyo's cultural spine or pathway. Produced in partnership with the JACCC and LA 'Ukulele Expo, the Azusa St. Pathway Project seeks to promote SLT's values of environmental, economic and cultural sustainability by re-imagining how the alley can better support local businesses, the environment, and our neighborhood's cultural identity. Local residents, employees, business owners, and Ukulele Expo visitors of all ages are invited to experience a transformed Azusa St. full of local art, engaging activities, greenery, and much more.



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