Grover Beach Ukulele Festival kicks off summer concert series

Grover Beach's Ukulele Festival strums up a nice crowd at Ramona Park

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Community members were invited to strum and sing along at the first-ever Ukulele Festival, held noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Ramona Garden Park in Grover Beach. The event kicked off Grover Beach’s 13th annual Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series and Farmers Market, a yearly event series that runs from June through September.

Sunday’s Ukulele Festival featured performances by several local uke groups: Baywood Ukulele Social Club, Flaming Ukuleles of Grover Beach, Oasis Ukulele Band of Orcutt, Rock-N-Ukes of Morro Bay, SLO Strummers of San Luis Obispo and HUGS (Happy Ukulele Group Strummers) and Kanikapila Sunday of Arroyo Grande. Also taking the stage were the band Island Connection and hula dancers from Hoapili Pomaika’i Aloha in Santa Maria.