Bob Hull

Leora Zeitlin

From a handful of ukulele enthusiasts who gathered for the first time six years ago, the Las Cruces Ukes has grown and flourished, and this week, will host its 3rd annual Las Cruces Ukefest, with several featured artists coming from around the country to perform, teach, jam and  show just how versatile the instrument is. Well over 100 participants – including many from out of state – have already registered for the weekend conference, and more than 300 are expected at the opening concert on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Atkinson Recital Hall.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Las Cruces Ukes Board members, Cheryl Fallstead and Bob Hull, to talk about the “Stilled Strings Memorial Concert,” Saturday, March 9th at 2 p.m. at Morning Star United Methodist Church, 2941 Morning Star Drive in Las Cruces. The musical celebration is in honor of three group members who passed away: Roger McCandless, T.J.

Leora Zeitlin

The ukulele has enjoyed great popularity since it was developed in Hawaii in the 19th century, and Las Cruces now boasts its own ensemble, the Las Cruces Ukes. Musicians Cheryl Fallstead and Bob Hull – with ukulele in hand – came to the KRWG studios to talk about a special weekend coming up with visiting ukulele artist Mark Baker, who will perform a concert with the group and teach two workshops in Las Cruces. Fallstead and Hull also talked about the history of the ukulele and the origins of their local  ensemble, and Hull provided some musical entertainment.