Participants of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes welcome!

Jake Shimabukuro’s ‘Ukulele Time In Nashville is an event for players and music-lovers of all ages, levels, interests, and tastes! Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, our four-day programs offer activities and workshops for you. Our environments are non-competitive and are strictly about immersing oneself in the joys of music and our lovely surroundings!

Your registration for ‘Ukulele Time In Nashville includes:

  • 4 days and nights of workshops and masterclasses led by Jake, Bryan, Herb, Craig, Sarah, Jeff, and Bruce
  • Concerts by Jake & Friends every evening
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Open mics every night
  • Limited edition, signed event poster by Jake
  • A coffee gift from Acoustic Coffee
  • A mentor (one-on-one) session with our faculty

An Invitation from Jake Shimabukuro

Aloha friends!

I’d like to personally invite you to join me at Jake Shimabukuro’s ‘Ukulele Time in Nashville, taking place June 25-29, 2022 at Scarritt Bennett in one of my favorite places in the whole world, Nashville, TN.

‘Ukulele Time in Nashville will be my first ever ‘ukulele camp so this is quite exciting for me. We’ll have four full days of lessons, workshops, and live performances. We’ll meet in the mornings, have several workshops, then break for lunch and have several more workshops in the afternoon and a concert that night. We can cover so much with multiple sessions, we can put a lot more in there and the lessons and the workshops can be more impactful.

Of course, we welcome musicians and ‘ukulele players at all levels, no matter what your goals are. One of the things I love most about the ‘ukulele is that it’s one of the easiest instruments to play. You can play these full chords with just one finger, you just hold one string down and you can play these beautiful four note chords. So, you get immediate gratification – you’re playing music, even if you’ve never picked up an instrument before. I have two boys at home and when they were growing up, I would teach them how to play ‘ukulele and it just brought us all so much joy. I love working with kids, there’s nothing quite like watching them experience that joy of making music for the first time.

That’s the beauty of the ‘ukulele. With some instruments you have to advance to a certain level before you can really start to enjoy making music. If you want to be a trumpet player or an oboe player, a violinist, or a cellist, you have to achieve a level of skill where you can at least get a sound out of the instrument. But even if you only could play ‘ukulele at that beginner level for the rest of your life, you would still enjoy it. That’s something that I feel is unique to the instrument. You can learn just two simple chords and every time you play them, it would make you smile. That’s what I love about the ‘ukulele – you don’t have to be a musician to play it. It’s everyone’s instrument, it’s not just for musicians or songwriters, but anyone who just needs to have a little escape.

We’re going to be centered on the ‘ukulele but if you have a background in any other instrument, like piano or guitar, then it’s going to make the ‘ukulele even easier to play. The ‘ukulele is such a great tool for songwriters and musicians because it’s very affordable and easy to travel with. You can take it and practice anywhere. When I travel overseas to do a concert, or on a long drive, or even sitting in the back of a cab, I can easily take out my ‘ukulele and just play. It’s just so convenient, so light and compact. I could take my ‘ukulele hiking up to the top of Diamond Head and when I get up there, just play and get inspired.

I’ll be bringing some amazing musicians with me from Hawaii to share their perspective – it’s going to be a real Hawaiian invasion! Joining me will be some of the best ‘ukulele players in the world, including Herb Ohta Jr., Bryan Tolentino, Jeff Peterson, my brother Bruce Shimabukuro, and husband-and-wife duo Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel. I’m so lucky to be having all these other artists with me, that can bring new ideas to the table and share their own approaches and vocabulary. Everyone has different strengths, everyone thinks about things in a different way. To me, learning music, you just have to find a way that makes the most sense to you, where you can apply it to what you’re doing. I’m so honored that they’ve all agreed to be a part of this because they’re going to bring so much to the camp. I know I’m going to learn so much from them!

Another one of the things I’m most excited about is all the spontaneous jam sessions that are going to take place. To me, that’s when you learn the most, when you actually get the chance to play with other people and apply all the different things that you may have just learned. Even for me, to have the opportunity to play with the musicians coming to the camp, it’s going to be awesome. I’m selfishly excited about it for myself and I hope that energy and excitement rubs off on everyone that joins us.

I love Nashville, it’s like my home away from home so being able to do this event there is going to be so inspiring. To be surrounded by people who just as passionate or even more passionate about music, that’s the best environment that you can be in as a musician and artist. I’ve met so many wonderful musicians in Nashville – if they’re in town, they may drop by to jam.

‘Ukulele Time in Nashville is going to be a true celebration of the instrument, of its long, incredible history and endless potential. I think we’re all craving an opportunity to make music together, to connect and to share. There’s going to be this renewed sense of gratitude towards having this time to be together. I hope you can join us!

Aloha!
Jake Shimabukuro

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Artists

Jake Shimabukuro

Bryan Tolentino

Herb Ohta Jr.

Craig Chee

Sarah Maisel

Jeff Peterson

Bruce Shimabukuro

Sam Bush

Schedule

‘Ukulele Time in Nashville will begin on June 26 at 2pm and end on June 29 at 11pm. A full and final schedule will be announced in Spring 2023 but in the meantime, here is what a typical day will look like:

Typical Day

  • 10AM

    Jake masterclass for everyone

  • 11:30AM

    Breakouts with Bryan, Herb, Craig & Sarah, Jeff, and Bruce

  • 1PM

    Lunch

  • 2:30PM

    More breakouts with Bryan, Herb, Craig & Sarah, Jeff, and Bruce

  • 4:00PM

    Jake masterclass and coffee tasting!

  • 6PM

    Dinner

  • 8PM

    Jake and Sam Bush concert

  • 9PM

    Camper open mics

Location

Scarritt Bennett Center is located in the historic midtown area, right off Music Row and next to Vanderbilt University. The campus, which is listed on the National Historic Registry, is within walking distance of dozens of restaurants, music venues, and famous Nashville attractions. The campus is also a 5-minute walk to a bus stop, easily accessible via a cab/Lyft/Uber, a 5-minute drive from downtown Nashville, and a 15-minute drive from the Nashville International Airport.

Your registration to Ukelele Time in Nashville does not include accommodations. Scarritt Bennet has wonderful, retreat-style accommodations and is well located right on the Vanderbilt University Campus. It is also inexpensive. If you are interested, you can book there using this link.

If you prefer a more full on 5-star hotel experience, you can stay at Loews Vanderbilt where we can get you a rate of $219 a night. To book your room at Loews, please use this link.

Pricing and Registration

Register by January 3rd for 10% off with code NASHVILLE at checkout!

Pricing and Registration

  • Registration
    2,199 per person

    Your registration will include all activities, concerts, workshops, lunches, and dinners for the event – it does not, however, include accommodations.

  • Additional Meal and Concert Package
    499 per person

    Once you register, this pass will get you an additional admission to all meals and evening concerts for a friend or loved one.

Recommended Accommodations

  • For those who prefer first-class, 5-star accommodation, we recommend Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. It is a 4-minute walk to Scarritt Bennett and is one of the best hotels in Nashville. To book your room at Loews, please use this link.
  • There are also accommodations available at Scarritt Bennett Center. All accommodations are suites with a private bathroom, etc. The accommodations, however, are for a retreat center and there is no television, room service, etc available. If you are interested, you can book there using this link.

Of course, you are welcome to stay wherever you like in Nashville as well!

What's Included

  • All activities, workshops, concerts, coffee, and more!
  • A signed event poster!
  • Great lunches and dinners at Scarritt Bennett
  • Parking at Scarritt Bennett
  • A mentor (one-on-one) session with our faculty

What's Not Included

  • Accommodations
  • Travel to Nashville
  • Personal musical gear

Pricing and Registration Policy

  • Registration & Payments
    • All rates are per-person, unless stated otherwise.
    • All prices subject to change. Prior sales excluded. Dreamcatcher Events reserves the right to change any price, package or offering at any time without prior notice.
    • All rates are subject to 9.9% surcharge, which includes all local, state, and occupancy taxes.
  • Installment Payment Plan – Upon checkout, you have the option to pay in full or one 50% installment.
    • Upon registration, a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total purchase amount is charged to your credit card.
    • The remaining balance will be automatically charged to the credit card on file on May 1, 2023.
  • Cancellations
    • All payments and deposits are final and non-refundable.
  • Dreamcatcher Events LLC reserves the right to re-schedule any event if there should be an “Act of God,” pandemic, natural disaster, or any other circumstance which makes an event impossible to hold. In this circumstance, Dreamcatcher may issue full financial credit in the amount paid to all registrants who have paid. These “Credited” funds may be used solely for the specific event to be rescheduled. The financial credit shall last two years from the dates of postponement. Registration refunds will not be distributed in the event that an event has to be rescheduled due to circumstances beyond Dreamcatcher’s control. This also applies to any registrant who may not be able to attend an event due to Covid and/or Force Measure.

If you have any questions, please call our customer service number (+1) 800-852-9277, or send us an email at info@dreamcatcher-events.com

For complete details please see our Registration and Payment Policy

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1027 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

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