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Inaugural Strummin' Man Ukulele Festival

Presented by Ukulele Orchestra of St Andrews at St. Andrews Marina, Panama City FL

Oct 13 - 15 2017
Inaugural Strummin' Man Ukulele Festival

Panama City’s inaugural ukulele festival featuring internationally renowned ukulele artists, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Lil’ Rev, Rachel Manke and Taimane! Three days of concerts, workshops, jams and much much more!

Join the Ukulele Orchestra of St Andrews for three days of four string madness! Strummin’ Man is a three-day festival featuring Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, Lil’ Rev, Rachel Manke and Taimane, internationally renowned ukulele artists. Take lessons, enjoy concerts & workshops, perform in open mics, shop music and food vendors and support music in the community and education!


Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel: Even though Craig Chee was born and raised on Oahu, he matured as an ‘ukulele player and musician on the mainland. Throughout attending and graduating from the University of Oregon, Craig focused on teaching a myriad of different styles with the tiny instrument. Craig has had the honor of working under Jake Shimabukuro and Troy Fernandez, and has become a renown instructor and performer around the world. Craig infuses his energetic and just plain “fun” style into many genres of music and is known for his collaborations at different music events.

Sarah Maisel was born and raised in Alabama and found herself working in San Diego, CA as the Lead Female Draper for the La Jolla Playhouse and the University of California San Diego. On walking into a local ‘ukulele jam, Sarah was both fascinated by the instrument and the joy that surrounded it. Studying under Frank Leong, Sarah dove into the jazz stylings of golden age Hawai’i songs and arrangements inspired by ‘ukulele legends like Lyle Ritz, Benny Chong and Byron Yasui. Sarah found a passion of teaching and performing with the ‘ukulele and was quickly featured at many ‘ukulele festivals around the world.

Craig and Sarah discovered a similar passion and work ethic and as of September, 2015 are now married! They have made an incredible splash in the ‘ukulele scene with their complementing styles and vocal harmonies. Craig and Sarah have been featured at ‘Ukulele Festivals and events all over the world including Cairns and the Sunshine Coast (Australia), Cheltenham and Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Vancouver (Canada), Tokyo (Japan), Reno (NV), Bend (OR), Morristown (NJ), Ft Lauderdale (FL), Tampa Bay (FL), Seattle (WA), Eugene (OR), Honolulu (HI) and more. Both feel very fortunate to have been featured on the cover of ‘Ukulele Magazine. Their love of teaching has blossomed into a successful Online ‘Ukulele School with Artistworks; the joy for music and teaching always follows them wherever they travel.

Lil’ Rev: was born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with dual passions for music and education. He opted for the pragmatic route and earned a Bachelors Degree in Community Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. After college, he split my time as an educator between teaching music to grade schoolers at the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, and as an adjunct music historian and lecturer at The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

As far back as he can remember, he’s courted the creative muse, which compels me to write and perform the music he loves. After many years of performing across a wide spectrum of midwestern venues, he left my grade school and college teaching jobs behind to pursue my musical dreams full-time. Since then, he’s traveled hundreds of thousands of miles, visited every state in the Union (except Alaska and Hawaii), wrote almost a dozen instructional books, recorded over a dozen albums and taught thousands of students ukulele and harmonica.

“Twenty-plus years in, that was the best choice I ever made.”

Growing up in the shadows of American Motors, Briggs & Stratton, and A.O. Smith, the sights and sounds of Milwaukee’s industrial powerhouse in flux were an inspiration for his music, infusing it with strong esteem for the common man. It’s probably no surprise that his heroes include Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Josh White, Sonny Terry, Cicso Houston and Leadbelly.

Rev says music isn’t just about entertainment. It has the ability to uplift spirits and empower human beings, whether you’re a kid, a senior, someone with developmental disabilities, or just an average person just getting through your day.

Without a doubt, his first loves are for the humble ukulele and harmonica. But the truth of the matter is that he’s actually a seasoned multi-instrumentalist equally adept with a flat-pick guitar, old-time banjo, or blues mandolin.

You can find him traveling across the country, teaching and performing at Ukulele Festivals. Every autumn he tours the eastern regions of America, followed by journeys deep through the south and up through the west in the winter.

Rachel Manke: has been called one of the brightest stars in the ukulele universe, and loves sharing her astounding technique and beautiful singing with audiences young and old. She has appeared on stages that range from the Ashokan Uke Fest and Funky Frets Uke Fest, to Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Rachel started in the late 90’s on a $25 Hilo soprano and came to the uke world via the founders of the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum. She first studied with Joel Eckhaus, directly learning from the well known student of the famed Roy Smeck. Ever since, she has continued to learn and perform, and is now a respected teacher as well. She has a penchant for Tin Pan Alley, old-time music, and is a master of the old-school uke chord solo flourish.

Rachel lives in Richmond, VA. If you want to know more about her….well that’s what Google is for.

Taimane: Performing in the spotlight in Hawaii since age 13 when she first joined Don Ho on-stage, Taimane has carved out a robust career by following her passion and committing to her vision of creating an original sound and style with her diminutive instrument of choice, the ukulele. From Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, Taimane takes her ukulele above and beyond boundaries and like her birthstone (Taimane means diamond in Samoan, the birthplace and heritage of her mother), radiates light – illuminating music’s ability to unite people and cultures. With four albums released, over 6 million video views, over 70,000 social media followers and the successful presentation of her own musical at Hawaii’s most revered performance hall (the exquisite, 1,400-seat Hawaii Theatre), Taimane stands on a formidable foundation, poised to further grow her voice while continuing to embrace the power and joy of being an independent artist.



  • Rachel Manke


  • Taimane - "Surf Medley!" Official Music Video Published on Feb 13, 2017
    Recorded LIVE at Tongs. Ukulele sensation Taimane, guitarist Jazzy Jazz, and Cajon player Jonathan Heraux play Miserlou, Pipeline, Hawaii 5-0 and Wipeout. Shot by Amber Crago. Edited by Taimane


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