ARCADIA – Eighteen ukulele acts are expected for the second annual ukulele festival, set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the loft of the Arcadia Round Barn.
Ensembles such as the Stillwater Ukulele Club, the Misspent Ukes, Functional Polly, the Tulsa Ukulele Club, Jazzbanjorex and Well Now, Margery will perform. The show will also feature “The Big Ole’ Uke Band,” with players collaborating for a group arrangement to start about 2 p.m., said Joe Baxter, who coordinates the music at the Round Barn.
The first ukulele festival, held in June 2018, drew one of the largest crowds ever for a musical event at the barn. Baxter, a singer-songwriter who usually plays guitar and mandolin, said he succumbed to the enthusiasm surrounding the festival and is working up some ukulele tunes so he too can be part of the program.
The weekend live music lineup at the barn will get underway on Saturday, June 8, with a Morning Music concert by Norman singer-songwriter J.L. Jones. Morning Music is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday in the downstairs museum of the Round Barn.
Admission is free to all events, but donations are accepted. The Round Barn is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is owned and managed by the nonprofit Arcadia Historical and Preservation Society. It is located six miles east of Interstate 35 on Historic Route 66 and the parking lot is on the north side of the barn.