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Quick! Bill Tapia at Arcata Playhouse! Tonight!

Ukulele virtuoso legend Bill Tapia plays TONIGHT at the Arcata Playhouse. This 101-year-old performer has been credited as the first to play jazz on the ukulele. Ukesperience opens. Tickets are $15 HFS members,$18 general.

Doors opened at 7 p.m. Ukesperience starts at 7:30 p.m. Drinks and snacks are available for sale.

At 101 years young, there’s no doubt that Bill Tapia is in a class by himself. Not only is he still playing, touring and recording, his chops, wit and showmanship remain top notch. Having purchased his first instrument at age seven from one of Hawai’i’s original ukulele makers, Tapia represents the last living link to the earliest days of Hawaiian music as we know it today.

Now, get off the computer and go!

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Aloha and Mahalo!

From Mark O’Hare: Papa Houli & The Fleas, along with UKEsperience, will be infesting The Logger Bar in Blue Lake on Saturday, Feb. 28 for another Ukulele Extravaganza.  This free show, featuring groovy tropical dance music, begins at 9pm and will last into the wee hours.  Our previous show there was packed and we are adding surprises to make this event even better.

With a little luck,  you just might get lei’d at the Logger! (Yes, I know. I should take this act on the road. Preferably, now.)