Antelope Valley Ukulele Festival

Raising money to bring ukulele music into Antelope Valley Classrooms!


Meet our 2017 performers!



Jason Arimoto

Originally from Hawaii, Los Angeles-based Jason known on YouTube as “facemeltingukulele,” is a featured artist on the Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning album, Abe Lagrimas jr. and Friends – Solo Ukulele: The King of Pop and is a two-time winner of the Ukulele Underground Award for Best Vocal Performance of the Year. He has attracted a following for his blues ‘ukulele covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and John Mayer’s “Gravity,” which was featured as one of Jake Shimabukuro’s top picks on YouTube in 2011. His original music blends his island roots with reggae and blues, with soulful vocals combining with a bluesy ‘ukulele tone. Jason has performed across the U.S. including the Bean Blossom Blues Festival in Indiana and Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California as well as internationally at the Cairns Ukulele Festival in Australia.



Daniel Ward

Daniel Ward teaches ukulele in Los Angeles, California at U-Space and McCabes Guitar Shop as well as at festivals across the country, including the Reno Ukulele Festival, Wine Country Ukulele Festival, Port Townsend WA Ukulele Retreat, Albuquerque Ukekopelli Festival, the Kerville Texas Folk Festival, and the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Festival in Durango just to name a few.  Internationally he has taught and played in countries from Mexico to China, and is thrilled to be heading to England this June for the 2016 Ukulele Festival of Great Britian. In 2015 he released his first solo ukulele album, “EL UKULELE’, as well as co-authoring “COLOR-ALONG UKULELE”, an illustrated method book for all ages.


Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg has been messing around with a ukulele since she was 5.  Born in Hawaii, she received her first instrument from the Easter Bunny.  In her 20 years as an actress in the TV/Film industry she has had occasion to play uke, baritone and tenor guitar on screen.  She taught the cast of SEINFELD to play “Happy Birthday” when she played Susan, George’s ill-fated fiancée.  Heidi enjoys teaching all ages from pre-school to post secondary, and is big on involvement and empowerment.  She and her partner Daniel Ward perform for families as the Sukey Jump Band and for discerning adults as The Smoking Jackets.  Heidi has enjoyed creating ukulele events from Mexico to China, and has been on staff at the Reno Ukulele Festival, Wine Country Ukulele Festival , Ashokan Festival, San Diego Festival and the first Albuquerque Ukulele festival.

Jim D'Ville

Jim D'Ville is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. For nearly a decade Jim has taught his Play Ukulele By Ear workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.


He has taught and performed at major ukulele events including the Scotland Ukulele Festival, Ashokan Ukulele Festival, Melbourne Ukulele Festival, the West Coast Ukulele Retreat and many others. Jim is the author of the Play Ukulele By Ear DVD series and hosts he popular Play Ukulele By Ear website ( Jim is a Contributing Editor to Ukulele Magazine and is sponsored by Kala Brand Music and the Deering Banjo Company.


Lori Mae Hernandez

Lori Mae Hernandez was a semi-finalist on the largest talent show in the world; America's Got Talent. The 13 year old was the last comedian standing in the 2016 AGT competition. Refinery29 listed Lori Mae in the top 10 of “The Top Female Comedians You Need to Know”. This year she has guest starred on two of her favorite Disney Channel shows, Bizaardvark and KC Undercover. Lori Mae is a quiet teenage girl with two dogs, who loves writing comedy and playing silly songs her ukulele, which she calls Lil’ Sebastian.


Antelope Valley Ukulele Festival, benefiting AV Ukes for Schools, a 501c(3) Nonprofit Corporation