June Ukulele Pops Band Show

June Band Show 2014

Maui Ukulele Pops Band show at Upcountry Fair

Hey Good Lookin‘- The Maui Ukulele Pops Band performed this country song and more at the annual Upcountry Fair last Sunday, June 8. Picture rolling green hills with horses and cattle grazing on the pastures on the slopes of Haleakala, and you’ve got upcountry Maui. The theme of the annual Upcountry Fair is paniolo, meaning Hawaiian cowboy, in keeping with the cultural heritage of the area. It was a beautiful afternoon to play music outdoors, and our honor to be asked back to perform once again.

Hula at Upcountry Fair

Linda & Janet danced hula at Upcountry Fair

We performed 10 songs including two hulas from a variety of Hawaiian, country, pop, and jazz musical genres during our 45-minute set. Songs in order were Koni Au I Ka Wai, Dahil Sa Iyo, Ulupalakua, Hey Good Lookin, Maui Waltz, Ring of Fire, Puamana, Medley: La Bamba/Twist and Shout, Girl From Ipanema, This Land is Your Land, and Sophisticated Hula. Two members put down their instruments to dance hula to two Hawaiian songs. Although the audience sitting right in front of us was small, the sound system carried our music far and wide to the people across the field looking at exhibits and dining under the tent. 

Eight Band members participated including Andrea, Ellen, Hinano, Holly, Janet, Kathleen, Linda, and Sandy. We experienced one snafu during “The Maui Waltz”, when Rich’s chord suddenly flew out of his u-bass so we momentarily didn’t have any bass accompaniment. However, we just kept on playing and then he plugged back in and continued playing. No problem. This was the first year that we plugged Hinano’s ‘ukulele into the sound system so everyone could hear his unique “fill” parts during the Band show and during our Jazz Trio show that followed immediately afterwards. What fun we had!

Visit our Past Events webpage for reviews of previous ‘ukulele shows and our photo galleries webpage for photos through the years.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele 

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Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.