ABE LAGRIMAS, JR

2022 FEATURED ARTISTS

NEAL CHIN

VICTORIA VOX

BRITTNI PAIVA

ANDREW MOLINA

Born in Santo André, Sāo Paulo, Brazil, Jenifer Cabrera graduated in Musical Theory and Classical Acoustic Guitar at Fundação das Artes (FASCS) in São Paulo. Self-taught in the ukulele, she's been playing ukulele for 7 years, utilizing the classical fingerstyle techniques and approach that was her focus of study. One of the things she loves most in life is making musical arrangements in a variety of musical styles including Bossa Nova, Choro, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Gospel, Classical and Country Music. In addition to solo work, Jenifer has a duo work with the musician Aline Kelly. Together they form the Duo Travessia and for the last two years the duo has been conducting Workshops, E-books, arranging and other musical activities. Jenifer is a proud Ohana artist: “It’s an honor to be part of this Ohana and it’s a great joy to represent the brand I believe in.”

Ukuleles: Sk28 soprano, PKC25G concert, TK250g Tenor, TK260gce Tenor


Brittni Paiva, a multi award-winning instrumentalist, is known for her stunning articulation of what she can do on the ukulele. Brittni and her ukulele are a brilliant match: Both are humble in nature, small in size, and very powerful with proper delivery. Brittni and the ukulele in general have gained notoriety, no longer confined by stereotypes about the instrument. There’s a global resurgence in the instrument’s popularity and she is part of the trend. Brittni is well-known in world music circles with millions of hits on YouTube. She has performed on stage with Carlos Santana when he appeared in Hawaii and has also joined famed guitarist Tommy Emmanuel on stage at the California Worldfest; she has become a 3-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner with numerous other awards and nominations throughout the years, including Most Promising Artist of the Year in 2005 for her debut release, Brittni x 3.


Andrew Molina's electrifying performances have captivated audiences across the country and around the world, appearing in China, Europe, Tahiti and, of course, the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival. You'll love Andrew's unique solo ukulele arrangements of hits like Aerosmith’s “Dream On” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses alongside his own original instrumental compositions have earned each of his albums a Na Hoku Hanohano award nomination for “Ukulele Album of the Year” (Hawaii’s version of the Grammy Awards). 

"Andrew Molina is one of my favorite musicians. He works incredibly hard on his craft and approaches the ukulele in such a unique way” - Jake Shimabukuro


Victoria Vox is an 'ukulele-toting award-winning songwriter and performer. With a passion for songwriting since she was 10, (first on keyboard, then on guitar), she studied at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and in 2003, she took up the ukulele as her main accompaniment. Her acoustic music style shifted to chanson tinged with jazz, which, over the years, has settled in nicely with her pop songwriting flair.  She loves to make an audience laugh...and cry. Her songs are genuine, sometimes quirky, spanning a wide array of emotions. Since the release of her first ukulele album in 2006 (... and her Jumping Flea), Vox has been one of the leading songwriters on the ukulele scene, featured on the covers of Ukulele Magazine (U.S.) and Uke Mag (U.K.). She has been on festival line ups with other top-notch ukers: James Hill, Daniel Ho, Jake Shimabukuro, Brittni Paiva, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. However, she straddles into the folk scene as well, where she has opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler.


As a solo ukulele artist, Abe Lagrimas is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award recipient and has released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Abe has been featured at ukulele festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Reno, Chicago, New York, and Hawaii. His international performances include Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, and toured extensively throughout China having performed in twelve cities. Abe is also an educator and has authored the first ever ukulele curriculum for instrumental music programs in schools titled “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele - Level 1”published by Consonus Music Institute. His latest book "Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies" (Berklee Press & Hal Leonard) is available in stores worldwide and on Amazon.


Bakithi Kumalo's musical career has been characterized by a series of serendipitous events, ranging from his debut gig as a precocious seven-year-old filling in for the bassist in his uncle's band to his enlistment into Paul Simon's group during the recording sessions of the pop star's landmark Graceland album in 1985. Bakithi creates a singular electric fretless bass sound teeming with double stops that sound like human voices and the African grooves of his homeland, which has garnered him a stellar reputation as a sideman. In addition to touring with Simon, he's also recorded and/or toured with Gloria Estefan, Derrick Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Chico Ceasar, Laurie Anderson, Gerald Albright, Miriam Makeba, Randy Brecker, Grover Washington Jr., Bob James, Angelique Kidjo, Jon Secada, Josh Groban and Chris Botti.


Award winning artist and Maui, HI native Neal Chin, has been both an ‘ukulele educator and performer over the course of his musical career of 19 years. His clear and direct enthusiasm for music has come to life in countless workshops, concerts, and private instruction. While his heart is in jazz, Neal has played with many musicians of different genres including Hawaiian, folk, rock, and hip-hop. His contribution to the collective The Akira Project, won his first Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award in 2014 before moving up to the Pacific Northwest. Since then he has been nominated for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for ‘Ukulele Album of the Year two years consecutively for ‘Ukulele Paintings and The Spotless Mind in 2017 & 2018, started his own ‘ukulele practice in the Pacific Northwest, and has toured from Vancouver Island BC to Milwaukee to his home state, Hawai’i. Neal currently lives, teaches, and performs in Seattle, WA.


Marlowe Teichman, better known as MARLOWE, is originally from Haslett, MI, currently residing in Los Angeles, CA. Influenced by artists such as Jake Shimabukuro, Kalei Gamiao, and Kris Fuchigami, MARLOWE has been performing and recording as an ukulele artist for 8 years, performing a collection of covers and originals spanning from light orchestral arrangements, to exciting and obscure compositions. MARLOWE has been a headliner at the Mighty Uke Day festival held in Old Town Lansing, MI, the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival in Torrance, CA, and the Newkulele Festival in Newcastle, Australia. her recent release "Moments" was recently nominated for Hawaiian EP of the Year at the 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards as well as recognized on the preliminary ballots for Contemporary Instrumental Album and Composition for the 2020 GRAMMYs.


Bernadette Plazola is a YouTuber from Imperial Valley, California who started her ukulele YouTube channel, Bernadette Teaches Music, while she was teaching elementary music in Okinawa, Japan, creating instructional music videos for teachers and students. Bernadette has a Master of Arts degree in Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and a teaching credential. Bernadette graduated from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Now approaching 200,000 subscribers, her channel has inspired many people around the world to start playing ukulele.


Alissa Hunicutt holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Iowa, and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in vocal performance. She’s an accomplished puppeteer, having performed in a variety of puppetry styles since 2005. Her primary training has been at the National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. For several years she was the resident staff puppeteer at Mount Sinai Children’s Hospital in NYC, hosting live closed-circuit television gameshows and leading puppet building workshops with the patients and their families as part of the Child Life Department’s KidZoneTV. Alissa has made a name for herself in the ukulele festival circles as a singer/storyteller alternative folk artist. She draws from her acting and musical training to bring new life to songs with her thoughtful ukulele arrangements. Most recently, she has combined her puppetry and ukulele performing into a single evening of unique entertainment. Alissa currently resides in Burbank, CA, though still very often found in New York City. Alissa Hunnicutt is endorsed by Ohana Ukuleles and PHD Strings.


Mitch Chang was born and raised in Honolulu and is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i music program where he studied classical guitar under the direction of Lisa Smith. A former student of the legendary Pepe Romero, Smith introduced Mitchell to flamenco guitar and he has provided accompaniment for various flamenco dance classes, workshops and performances throughout Hawai’i and Los Angeles. A former student of legendary jazz ukulele musician Bill Tapia, Mitch is well known as an ‘ukulele teacher and performer throughout Los Angeles. Mitch is the Creator and Producer of the L.A. International Ukulele Festival, Los Angeles Guitar Festival, Southern California Slack Key Festival, and Los Angeles Flamenco Festival.


Additional Performances


Kolohe Ukulele Club was formed in 2000 in Huntington Beach and has performed at the Southern California Ukulele Festival, the Tiki Beach Fest in Belmont Shore, the Asian & Pacific Islander Council Banquets, the San Dimas Ho'Olaule'a, Aloha-Cruz Island Beach Shows, Bob's Ohana Hawaiian Style Restaurant, Roy Sakuma Ukulele Festival in Hawaii and for many'a Lu'au, Halau performances, festivals, & other functions.



JENIFER CABRERA

MARLOWE

MITCH CHANG

BERNADETTE PLAZOLA

JOHN ATKINS

BAKITHI KUMALO

ALISSA HUNICUTT