‘One Big Night, One Little Instrument’ – Uke Fest 10/4 – Aster Cafe


‘One Big Night, One Little Instrument’

Becca Martin

Its been labeled “perky”, “petite”, “upbeat”…Oh wait, to what am I referring? Could it be the small, but full of heart instrument the ukulele or the organizer of the third annual Uke-Fest Katy Vernon? Both actually, for the third year she will partner with fellow ukulele artists to raise funds for Arc GTC (Greater Twin Cities).

Arc GTC serves seven counties in the Twin Cities and is a private, non-profit, volunteer organization. Their mission: “Promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.”

With one in ten families including a member with an intellectual or developmental disability the Arc GTC serves one of the largest disability populations in the U.S. from birth to death. Vernon grew up in a family that is one of those in ten. Her brother Peter, to whom she is a devoted sister and “Deputy”, has Cerebral Palsy and is unable to communicate. Peter is the inspiration for this beautifully touching song:

Katy is delighted to partner with the organization, the first year she participated solely as a performer. In 2013, the organizer of the event passed the torch to her, and 2014 will be a repeat performance with her organizing and hosting. She has a talent for making things appear easy, when in fact they aren’t. Last year’s event had to be rescheduled due to the tragic Aster Café flood and half of the line-up had to be recreated. Folks rallied and the event went off well, selling out and raising nearly two thousand dollars.

The third annual Uke-Fest will happen on October 4th at the Aster Café. It promises to be even bigger and better this year with an amazing line up featuring: Katy Vernon, I Like You, Savannah Smith, Keldon Ancheta, Sada Estrada, and more. Come out for a great night that you can feel good about being a part of.





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