WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Second annual Ukulele Festival strums into The Clark on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. Free beginner and intermediate level workshops start at 2 p.m., so be sure to bring an instrument.
Filling the bill are The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra, Jim & Liz Beloff, Honor Finnegan and Michelle J. Rodriguez.
Formed in 1994, The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra now includes songwriter and educator Bernice Lewis and educator Bernice McMahon. Their set list features songs from every musical era, ranging from Mozart to Led Zeppelin.
Rodriguez, a Williams College theatre and arabic ttudies graduate, will be joining The Ladies on vocals for the event. She is the artist-in-residence in the Williams College Theatre Department this fall, where she will be directing her original bluegrass-influenced musical, "East o’ West o’!"
"Jumpin’ Jim" Beloff - along with his wife, Liz Maihock Beloff - are at the forefront of the contemporary ukulele movement, spreading their motto "Uke Can Change The World" through instruction and song books, how-to DVDs and concert and teaching appearances throughout the U.S. and Australia.
Honor Finnegan is the Susan Boyle of quirky indie folk - only hotter. Her songs are humorous then heartbreaking with melodies that soar.
Free Ukulele workshops for both beginners and intermediate levels will be held at 2 p.m.