Great big Hawaiian dudes have the monopoly on ukuleles no more. These days, the funny lil' stringed instrument has been usurped by a subdivision of the "hipster" community. This branch has thick bangs and long, flowing hair that falls prettily as they play. Their soft feminine voices caress the jingling notes. These hippie hipsters love open mics in dives. And the music? It's always uplifting, and they're always smiling.
It's hard not to feel uncomfortable around all of those good vibes. That's what makes the prospect of the upcoming South Florida Ukulele Festival so appealing. The affair takes place August 18 in Fort Lauderdale and features uke classes at all levels of expertise, a hula workshop, and performances. With all of the famous folks who also love this tiny guitar, we thought we'd inspire you to attend with this list of musicians that really enjoy plucking those short strings.
10. Eddie Vedder
If anyone's championing this instrument, it's former Pearl Jammer Eddie "freakin'" Vedder. The cutie patootie has a whole album called Ukulele Songs. If anyone can make a tiny guitar look sexy and masculine, it's gotta be this guy.
OK. Now the opposite of someone who makes things sexy and masculine: Zooey Deschanel. She's the heartthrob and pants-throb of all the young Billysburger dudes and lesbians. Zooey's a babe with a pleasant voice, but she's also the archetypal easy-going but earnest older sister of the bang-wearing ukulele player performing at your local coffee shop.
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.