Ukulele Festival 


Cypress Gardens

Sunday, July 28, 2024

benefit for 

Berkeley Animal Center

Festival Free with Regular Park Admission

Festival 2024 

9:00     Park Opens

10:00  Classes and Visiting

11:00 Charleston Hot Shots

11:30 Lil Uke Band

12:00 Nathan Miller 

12:45 Blue Poodles

1:15    Cat and Canter

1:45   Open Mic and Play Along

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Festival Jam Book Under Development

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The Charleston Hot Shots

   ...will be the event Hosts and performers  Jim and Cheryl Ravoira have been performing since 2007 in a skiffle jazz style while playing blues, ragtime, standards and folk music.  

They have been hosting Festivals since 2010 including the Little David Music festival (3), Blackwater Ukulele Festival (8), Uketoberfest, Ukeoween (3) , and Cukeout.   Youtube Channel 

Lil Uke Band

It's our favorite Lil Uke Band performing at the festival!!The “Lil Ukulele Band” consists of Monica Hernandez-Kenemuth and Pierre Leblanc.  They will be covering a wide range of songs and are a real treat to have at the Festival.  

Nathan Gabriel Miller

Nathan will perform for our lunch concert.  He is a wonderfully talented, multifaceted musician.  He is an embodiment of what the latest wave of ukulele popularity is all about.

From strumming, picking, tapping to harmonics, Nathan makes his ukulele speak in ways you dreamed you could.  Selected by the Charleston City Paper as one of five nominees for the Best Musician in Charleston!  This is one performance you don't want to miss.


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Blue Poodles

The Blue Poodle are back this year with a fine selection of your favorites!  Mary and Olli Wendelin 

Cat and Canter

With Cat on uke and Canter on bass, Cat & Canter perform classic hits with ukulele style. Come and join us for singing, dancing, playing, and an overall good time. 

Donald "Noodle" Whitley

Noodle will be teaching our advanced Ukulele Class.  Noodle McDoodle has performed with his ukulele for over 20 years. He has taught workshops at the North Carolina Ukulele Academy, the Augusta Heritage Swing Week music camp, at the Flea Fest is Shelby, NC, at the Hungry Monk School of Music, and at previous Blackwater Ukulele Festivals. Noodle has a broad knowledge of music but specializes in 1920s and 30s Swing. His band, the V-Tones of Charleston, plays Swing dances regularly. 

Dolly Paul

Multi-instrumentalist and educator Dolly Lynn Paul has performed throughout the Midwest, Ontario Canada, Austria, and Ireland. She has studied and worked in classical, sacred, jazz, and folk music genres. Paul currently teaches piano, ukulele, mountain dulcimer, and music theory to children and adults in both online and in-person sessions. She earned her master degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and holds memberships in; the Music Teachers National Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. To learn more please visit or

Here is a link to our PDF Jam Book.  It currently has over  330 songs, it is designed to be viewed it with Adobe.