The City of Lights Ukulele Festival was an idea devised by Aurora Alderman Mike Saville. The festival will feature performances from big names in the ukulele scene, workshops, vendors, and more.
For several years, Mike envisioned the festival being hosted in Downtown Aurora. With the surging popularity of the ukulele as well as the dedication, creativity, and skills of the members on our committee, we feel that the City of Lights Ukulele Festival can grow into one of the largest in the Midwest.
The Downtown Aurora area is the perfect setting for this festival. With the great new restaurants, businesses, museums, the Paramount Theater and other entertainment venues, and this will be a win-win for all.
A Letter from Alderman Mike Saville
Hosting a Ukulele Festival in Aurora is a musical and family event I have pondered about for a few years. I have spent some time on YouTube researching and discovering videos of people playing and singing with the Ukulele. There are people of all ages and from all over the world on YouTube performing and playing the Ukulele. Some of these Ukulele videos have millions of views and are very popular.
Also, what I found was that Ukulele Festivals were being held all over the world. These events are quite popular and well attended family events. As Aurora now has a rich history of supporting musical events - we have the Paramount, RiverEdge Park, the Downtown events, etc., I thought it would be great to begin a new tradition by proposing an annual Ukulele Festival for people of all ages in the Midwest.
So I recently phoned Todd VonOhlen because of his work in the music business and the contacts that he has in our community. I pitched my idea of having an all Ukulele concert, sing-alongs, workshops, Hula Dancing, food vendors, etc. - and an all around fun event. Todd loved my idea and phoned Hix Bros Music (Carl and Andrew Hix) and we began having regular weekly meetings to plan and host this event in our downtown.
Our City of Lights Ukulele Festival will benefit the downtown and continue to put Aurora on the map as an artist and music community for people of all ages. Our Ukulele committee has been formed from the Ukulele and music community of the Aurora area and our volunteers have taken this idea to the next level to assure that this will be a successful event.
I am excited about the possibilities for Aurora to host this family event in our City. Aurora is a “Happening City”!!!
Alderman - 6th Ward