2019 CT Ukulele Festival Headliner: Bruce Off Broadway

Bruce Off Broadway is Jim Boggia’s loving solo tribute to the Bruce Springsteen songbook, performed on ukulele.

Jim Boggia has been winning over fans, critics, contemporaries and luminaries for over 20 years with his uncompromising devotion to emotionally direct songcraft. He has released three acclaimed studio albums, collaborated with a startling array of artists — including Joan Osborne, Aimee Mann, Juliana Hatfield, Tracy Bonham, Bernadette Peters, and NRBQ’s Big Al Anderson — and frequent performances with preeminent Beatles tribute band, the Fab Faux.

Along the way, he got a ukulele and he learned how to make it talk. And once he got it talking, he got to finding ingenious ways of using those four little strings to play some of the most complex rock arrangements with all the grace and power of the originals. 

Inspired by the response Boggia has received from his ukulele version of “Thunder Road,” he has crafted uke arrangements of other Springsteen classics to present in a unique night of music that has earned critical raves and multiple sold-out shows.

The Edukated Fleas — Ukuleles are small. Yet, ukulele duet Greg Doyle and Wendy Matthews play the “big hits,” favoring swing, standards and vintage tunes – as well as a few things you might not expect to hear on uke.The Fleas have been playing together as a ukulele duo since 2007, united by a common love of the music from the 20s through 50s. As the Fleas soon discovered, ukes are perfect for these cheerful, melodic tunes. The Fleas feature both Greg and Wendy on vocals, often in harmony. The Fleas have delighted audiences in venues as varied as the Clearwater Festival, New York Uke Fest, The Towne Crier, Boothbay Opera House and Mohegan Storytelling Festival, have been featured on WPKN radio, and can often be found at restaurants, libraries, art openings, private parties and weddings across the tristate area and New England. (site)

UncleZac — As a solo uke performer, at various venues from the Gershwin Hotel in NYC to local senior centers, UncleZac plays music from Leon Redbone to Jimmy Buffett to Allan Sherman and more. UncleZac is author of the popular and super helpful “Ultimate Chord Chart” series for ukulele. (site)

Please let us know your favorite Ukulele performers.  We will do our best to book them for future events.