Posted in music on October 19, 2009

Beatles

2ND ANNUAL BEATLES COMPLETE ON UKULELE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO BROOKLYN
Two-Day Benefit for Yoko Ono to Take Place
December 5 & 6 at Williamsburg's N8

16 Hours. 185 Songs. 60 Singers. 40 Musicians. 16 Yokos.

Ukulele aficionados Roger Greenawalt and David Barratt couldn't be more serious about their ambitious marathon-like Beatles festival: two days, performing the entire Beatles catalog - 185 songs - with over 60 singers, 40 musicians and 16 Yoko Ono impersonators. Greenawalt - who is a music producer by day - will sit in with each artist providing the required ukulele accompaniment.

More details below...

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The 2nd Annual Beatles Complete on Ukulele Festival will take place Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th from 2PM to 10PM at N8 - 213 North 8th Street (Between Driggs and Roebling) in Williamsburg. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Yoko Ono.

"We initially thought our vision was a two or three hour Beatles tribute concert featuring the ukulele," said Greenawalt, "but over time it morphed into something much more ambitious. We had heard of albums being reproduced, but an artist's entire catalogue? Now there's something truly epic."

This year's financial beneficiary is Yoko Ono. Last year's event generated literally hundreds of dollars and was donated to Warren Buffett, the second wealthiest man in the world. Buffett - a passionate ukulele player himself - forwarded the proceeds to Girls Inc. of Omaha to provide the girls club with ukuleles and lessons.

In addition to the Beatles Complete Festival, Greenawalt and Barratt are nine-months into an ongoing 185-week project (one for every Beatle's song), where a different artist will cover a new song each week. In addition, essays accompany each new release, covering the song's history and other relevant Beatles facts. The project kicked off on January 20, 2009 and is set to conclude on July 31, 2012.

The schedule for the fest is still coming together, and includes Adam Green doing "I Will" via Videolink and the inevitable ukulele puns like Sonic Uke.

Posted below there's a short film documenting last year's benefit (with Warren Buffett receiving a brown paper bag of all the proceeds)...

FOR THE BENEFIT OF MR BUFFETT

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Comments (46)

Uke version of Day in the Life would be fun!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 2:25 PM

It will be funny when Yoko Ono just keeps the money.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 2:30 PM

Finally.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 2:35 PM

WHY?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 2:39 PM

I CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY UKE ON!!!

Posted by Hipster | October 19, 2009 2:43 PM

i thought this was dumb, then i went to their website to listen to some of the tracks. now i know this is dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 2:47 PM

what about Revolution 9?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 2:55 PM

Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 2:55 PM

While my ukulele gently weeps?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:00 PM

Because I told you before, ohhhhhhh...
UKE can't do that.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:04 PM

the UKEraine girls really knock me out

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:12 PM

And in the end,
The love UKE take,
Is equal to the love...


UKE make.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:24 PM

UKE = the new MEH?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:39 PM

Everybody's got something to hide, except for me and my UKULELE.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:43 PM

Ukelele Albert/Admiral Halsey

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:44 PM

Baby UKE can drive my car
And baby I love UKE

UKE UKE UKE UKE YEAH!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:50 PM

Special apperance by Tiny Tim?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:56 PM

My mother was of the sky
My father was of the earth
But I am of the UKEniverse
AND UKE KNOW WHAT IT'S WORTH

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 3:59 PM

ukuleles are for assholes.

that's why i bought one.

********

also,
UKE know
UKE know
UKE know MEH name (look up the number)

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:00 PM

From Meh to Uke

(I'll get my coat)

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:11 PM

I love Uke
Meh, Meh, Meh

I loe Uke

Meh, Meh, Meh

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:13 PM

amazing

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:16 PM

"Last year's event generated literally hundreds of dollars and was donated to Warren Buffett, the second wealthiest man in the world. "

Is this a joke?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:18 PM

Wait..Why all this UKE talk when we have...HUMMUS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:21 PM

Yes, that's a joke

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:30 PM

Anon 4:13 - well done

Posted by mp77 | October 19, 2009 4:36 PM

across the UKEneverse

jai garu devah MEEEEHHHHHH

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:53 PM

UKE never give MEH your money

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 4:58 PM

Uke got to hide your love away...

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 6:00 PM

All UKE Need is MEH

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 7:51 PM

you have zero skills if you're trying be funny using 'meh'. stop embarrassing yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 8:15 PM

Yeah I want to know .... Warren Buffet? Donate to Yoko? a political statement .... what gives with the donations?

Posted by dennis jones | October 19, 2009 9:00 PM

Let me take UKE down 'cause I'm going to...
StrawMEHrry Fields...

Posted by Walrus | October 19, 2009 10:16 PM

This is the most idiotic thread I've ever seen on here - and that says a lot. Meh = moron. It was never funny, never will be.

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2009 11:50 PM

uumm, how about we donate the money to people WHO NEED MONEY?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 12:51 AM

will charles manson or his followers be there?

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 1:32 AM

Hopefully that girl with the uke who plays the Highline Ballroom doesnt show up and start farting into the mike thinking she can pull off Because.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 6:04 AM

I ain't fartin' on no snare drum.

Posted by Pip | October 20, 2009 10:06 AM

Anon 11:50pm - You're wrong. MEH is funny. You suck.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 10:17 AM

I guess the figure of 185 songs excludes songs that the Beatles covered.

Posted by Anonymous | October 20, 2009 6:05 PM

10:17am

it's not.. really
you're a fool if you laugh that easily.

Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2009 7:27 PM

It's my sworn duty when I see Yoko Ono's name mentioned that I tell everyone that her bodyguards wouldn't let me into my own artshow, just because she was in the building.

Posted by tb | October 22, 2009 1:48 PM

Manual trackback: Beatles on ukulele/Bikini-clad Israeli Thanks BV.

Posted by NYC Rhymology | October 23, 2009 5:22 PM

@ 10:06- i love airheads! was just talking about that movie w/ someone today.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2009 5:46 PM

go Roget.......
this is a wonderful amalgamation of the recession, the beatles and the need for ukeleles.
As the the crash of 2009 grinds thru our lives and communities, I am proud to see you and "the Oracle", give tribute to the Beatles, in this year of the Beatles. You and I witnessed the rejuvenation of our entire nation after the damage done by the assasination of JFK in Dallas, by the Beatles, and the ensuing "British Invasion" .
Even the Oracle and his family knows there is nobody better than you to turn to, when it comes to the true essence of the Beatles, their music and their relationship to our lives, past present and future..........
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Posted by Big H | October 25, 2009 3:59 PM

DJ Tameil is always listening for new sounds to bring to those who follow him.

Posted by دليل | March 26, 2010 12:31 PM

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