• The Biggest Little Uke Fest In The West is coming!

    June 3-6 • Nugget Resort, Sparks, Nevada

  • Preview: Four Days & Nights of FUN!

    Each day will have a variety of musical options, but also one fun theme

    Wednesday, June 3Early Bird Bonus Day

    Beatles Day - My favorite Early Bird Bonus Day ever!

    After your choice of afternoon workshops, we'll gather for a special evening with a very special guest–Laurence Juber, Paul McCartney's lead guitarist from Wings and session guitarist for George and Ringo at Abbey Road Studios! "LJ" will weave fascinating tales from the history of the music of the UK–from uke stars George Formby and Tessie O'Shea to Beatlemania. Then, he will provide the rhythm for our REAL Beatles Jam! It'll be as close as you'll get to jamming with a Beatle!

  • Thursday, June 4British Invasion Day

    More Fab Four and their friends!

    The Vendor Marketplace opens and our first full day of workshops begins, including two special classes; Strum Like Johnny and All About Paul's Bass. Both John & Paul had unique styles that set the Beatles apart from their peers. We'll also have a special headliner performance on the Day Stage, and finish the evening with a spectacular, one-time-only British Invasion Variety Show created especially for our festival.

  • Friday, June 5 • Back To The Islands Day

    Feel the White Sandy Beaches between your toes.

    The Vendor Marketplace opens and our second full day of workshops begins, including a special class from Mākaha Sons founder, "Uncle Jerome" Koko, teaching the laid back strumming styles of his native Ni'ihau. We'll have another special headliner performance on the Day Stage, and reconvene that evening in the Celebrity Showroom for "Back to the Islands," a celebration of traditional Hawaiian Music.

  • Saturday, June 6 • Americana by Day - Floyd/Dead Man's Uke Finale by Night

    The Country Origins of the Carter Family, Bluegrass for the Ukulele, and Jazz!

    The final day of our Vendor Marketplace and workshops will be supplemented with our Super Raffle, during which we will give away thou$ands in cool ukuleles! Aaron Keim and Dennis Fisher will teach twangy, old style Americana and Bluegrass. The Day Stage will be hopping. And finally, we return to a different region of the UK for our Grand Finale. Dead Man's Uke will bring the raucous atmosphere of Manchester's pubs to the stage. Then, the massive arrangements and elaborate stage effects of a live Pink Floyd concert will burst forth in a dazzling finale of lasers and rock grandeur with The Floyd. We'll finish off Reno Fest XII with a complete performance of the longest charting album in music history, Dark Side of the Moon! Or is it Dark Side of the Uke?

  • Festival Options • What's New

    Passes & Concert Tickets

    The festival consists of daytime workshops & attractions and concerts in the evenings. Everything may be purchased separately or as part of a bundle. In addition, the vendor marketplace and daytime stage are free and open to the public on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Please read the following details carefully. If you have any questions or are unsure in any way what to buy, please feel free to contact me. You may text message 775.220.0995 at any time, call the same number between 9A-9P Pacific, or email playukemail@gmail.com.

    1. Festival Pass options for daytime workshops and attractions are sold through this website.
       
    2. Concert Tickets for the evening shows are sold through tix.com, except for concert tickets that are included with Full Festival passes as described below.
       
    3. There are two "Full Festival Pass" options; Duo and PremiumBoth include a single complimentary concert ticket for the Thursday and Friday night shows, which are general admission/unassigned seating. Those tickets will be emailed to you to print at home within two weeks of your pass purchase.
       
    4. If you wish to purchase additional companion seating for the Thursday and Friday night shows, you would do that through tix.com, who will email you your tickets to print at home.  Once again, both shows are general admission/unassigned seating.
       
    5. The Premium Pass also includes a single complimentary concert ticket for the Saturday night show, which is reserved/assigned seating. If you wish to purchase adjacent companion seating to the Saturday show, you must do that by selecting additional concert tickets while purchasing your Premium Pass. As above, those tickets will be emailed to you to print at home within two weeks of your pass purchase.
       
    6. Early Bird Bonus Day! Full Festival Passes purchased through March 31 are designated as Early Bird Passes. Early Bird purchasers receive a $20 discount (from full price effective April 1)​, and admission to an additional Bonus Day on Wednesday, June 3​, with special activities not included in the other three festival days. Only Early Bird badge wearers may attend these activities!
       
    7. Fulfillment: You will receive a link to your tickets purchased from tix.com via email, for you to print at home. If you do not receive the email, please contact me. Print your tickets and do not lose them! These printed tickets are required for entry into the Celebrity Showroom.

      You will receive your Festival Passes in the form of lanyard/badges at the registration table upon arrival.

    Again, if you have any questions or are unsure in any way what to buy, please feel free to contact me. You may text message 775.220.0995 at any time, call the same number between 9A-9P, or email playukemail@gmail.com.


    I sincerely appreciate you, thanks! ~Douglas

  • What's New? (For previous attendees)

    1) There is a new cancellation policy coupled with a new ordering system. ​You should receive a confirmation email with your purchase. Please allow at least an hour for the email to appear in your inbox, and remember to check your spam/junk email folder.

    If you have any issues or are unsure if your order has gone through, do not order twice! Instead, please contact me as follows:

    • 24/7 text message 775-220-0995. If I am awake, I will check the system immediately to help.
    • 9AM - 9PM daily: Call 775-220-0995. If I don't answer, please leave a message!
    • If not urgent, email me at playukemail@gmail.com.

    2) There are three concerts in the Celebrity Showroom instead of the usual two, so there are now two ​different Full Festival pass options ​for Early Birds:

    • The "Premium" pass includes tickets to all three shows
    • The "Duo" includes tickets to just the Thursday & Friday night shows.

    3) You will receive a link to your tickets purchased from tix.com via email, immediately after purchasing them. If you do not, please contact me to make sure you didn't mis-enter your email. Print your tickets and do not lose them! These printed tickets are required for entry into the Celebrity Showroom. (I like to stick them to my fridge or filing cabinet with a magnet.)
     

    4) "Full Festival Passes" include a single concert ticket for the purchaser. For those who need additional concert tickets, there are two options:

    • Full Festival Duo passes: Purchase additional concert tickets from ​tix.com
    • Full Festival Premium passes: Purchase additional Thursday & Friday companion tickets from tix.com. Purchase Saturday* tickets as add-ons in the same transaction while purchasing your pass.

    *The Saturday show is reserved seating, so in order to ensure companions may sit together, these tickets must be purchased with the Pass in the same transaction. Look for the drop down menu labeled "Select." You may add up to 3 tickets.
     

    Questions? Again, feel free to contact me as per the methods under #1 above.

    ~ Douglas

  • Hotel Reservations

    NUGGET RESORT CASINO

    Group Discount Room Reservations are up now!
    $89 weeknights, $129 Fri-Sat no additional resort fee!*

    (The online system will mention resort fee, however it will not be charged. There are messages on the Nugget site to this effect.)

     

    Make Reservations Now!
    Click here or call 800-648-1177 and use
    group code GUKE20

     

    Website: http://www.nuggetcasinoresort.com/

    ADDRESS & MAP

    Nugget Resort 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, Nevada 89431