Like the highway itself, you'll "get your kicks" from the carefree and unassuming music of Uke 66. Let the joyful sound of ukulele accompany your next luau, luncheon, fund-raiser, corporate meeting, wedding, worship or memorial service. You'll get hot Hawaiian, vintage aloha, rock/pop/jazz/country covers, and original tunes. Want that particular song for your event? Let them know and, if it's not already on the set list, it will be. So go ahead, "get hip to this timely tip," and get your kicks with Uke 66.
Uke 66 was the perfect entertainment at our Luau Party for our Grand Opening of the Polynesian Reef! They are very friendly, easy to work with, and did a great job. Definitely set the right mood for our guests. Highly recommend!
GigSalad hired Uke 66 to play at the Laser's Family Night! They were a wonderful addition to the evening and played beautifully. Even with a number of frustrations at the venue, Uke 66 was pleasant, eager to play, and accommodating! I know we will stay in touch and are excited to book them again.
Response from Uke 66:
This event was a win-win. GigSalad staff know how to take care of their entertainers and their clients. A wonderful evening in all.
Rick made our day very special. He created a unique ceremony it combine our professional passion and respect for each other. I would highly recommend him to help you tie the knot!
We needed some light, non-stuffy music for our ceremony and Uke 66 really fit the bill! They were easy to work with and even did a special request for us. They really made our ceremony special and fun.
Response from Uke 66:
This was a particularly beautiful and joyful wedding. We wish all of our weddings were like yours. Thank you for your kind words and best wishes for a lasting and meaningful life together. Uke66
I'm an Activities Director and Rick & Karen are two of the sweetest people we've ever had come and entertain residents at the retirement home I work for. They are flexible and easy to work with, reasonably priced/willing to work with your budget, and have no problem working with themed programs or whatever your needs may be. We had them back this last time for our Hawaiian Luau themed event (of which they were very prepared, having been to Hawaii several times). I have hired them three times now and our residents absolutely love them! In fact, I had at least a dozen residents request that they return again soon. It's hard to be anything but happy when you hear lighthearted ukulele music, but they add to it with their fun and engaging talk in between songs. We look forward to having them back. I highly recommend Rick & Karen for your entertainment needs!
We've had Uke 66 lead us in worship a couple of times and the worship services have been so fun and meaningful. They really know how to lift spirits. They are easy to work with as we were able to plan the worship service together. They brought all of their own equipment and were able to easily plug into our sound system. They also invited members of our congregation's band to play along with them. I highly recommend Uke 66 for your event!
I've had the privilege of booking UKE 66 for two, very different events -- a campaign rally and my daughter's wedding. In both settings, they provided first rate entertainment. Their set-list was broad,, varied, and tailored perfectly in both instances. Their personal warmth, talents and professionalism cultivated precisely the environment we'd hoped. From uke standards to pop hits to Broadway show tunes, they can do it all -- with flair. They will be at the top of my list for any event at which music is required -- and just a nice addition.
Price Range: $150 and up, negotiable.
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
Phone Number: Call
What to Expect
We are an acoustic duo who feel equally comfortable featured on stage or quietly tucked into a corner, creating just the right mood for a wine pairing or intimate dinner party. We have our own portable sound system and take up little space. We have played outdoor events for the Springfield Lasers, Drury University, downtown associations and country clubs in Springfield, Monett, and Joplin. We have played for music festivals throughout the Midwest, Japan, and Mexico. And, we have played for indoor weddings, memorial services, wine pairings, dinner parties--even an Irish Pub!
Meet Uke 66:
Rick and Karen Maxson found the inspiration for Uke 66 in their hometown of Springfield, MO, the birthplace of Route 66. Like the highway itself, the Maxsons believe that all people, regardless of age or income, can "get their kicks" from the carefree and unassuming music of the ukulele. While the Maxsons spend most of their time teaching others to play ukulele, they created Uke 66 to bring its joyful sound to public events and gatherings. For the last five years, they have been turning live ukulele music into a spirited sound track for luaus, luncheons, fund-raisers, corporate meetings, weddings, worship and memorial services. Folk, pop, island songs, jazz, and original tunes – everything from Chicago to L.A. – is what you will find when you get your kicks from Uke 66.
More about Karen:
A longtime musician, Karen added ukulele to her instrument repertoire in 2010, playing it as a reward for practicing her cello. She began as many do – strumming and singing in the privacy of her home – and it didn’t take long for her to realize she’d rather be playing the ukulele than the cello (apologies to the cello teacher). Three years later, she moved from California to Springfield, Missouri and began facilitating Springfield’s Queen City Ukulele Club at its twice-monthly uke jams. In March 2015, she began Uke 66 as a way to provide ukulele instruction to adults who want to learn how to play. In July 2015, she enrolled in the prestigious James Hill Ukulele Initiative, a three-year ukulele teacher training and accreditation program taught by world-renowned ukuleleist James Hill. Presently she offers group lessons and directs the "Mother Road" ukulele ensemble.
More about Rick:
Rick grew up in Ventura, Calif. playing the guitar, performing at events, gatherings, camps and weddings. On a trip to Hawaii in 2005, he took advantage of a free ukulele lesson at Waikiki Beach, and he was hooked! He bought a ukulele when he returned home and discovered it was a natural fit for his experience and talent with the guitar. In 2012, Rick started a ukulele club at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he is an associate professor of communication. Called the DUkes (dee-ukes), the group meets weekly at a local coffee house to “play and sing loudly,” says Rick. The DUkes were chosen by city officials to represent Springfield at an arts festival in Springfield’s sister city of Isesaki, Japan in August 2015.
Together, Rick and Karen perform, as Uke 66, at events and ceremonies in Springfield and beyond.
Often, when the occasion fits, they team up with a ukulele-bass player and drummer to add more kicks to Uke 66!
Upcoming Booked Events
|May 24, 2019 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Past Booked Events
|September 22, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Nonprofit Event|
|September 15, 2018 • 6:00pm - 6:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 08, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 25, 2018 • 12:30pm - 2:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|August 11, 2018 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Dinner Party|
|August 04, 2018 • 5:30pm - 5:45pm||Wedding Reception|
|April 14, 2018 • 3:00pm - 3:15pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|March 25, 2018 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|January 25, 2018 • 11:30am - 12:15pm||Cultural Event|
|September 27, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Widow to Widow, Neosho, MO|
|September 23, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Spencer & Salley's Wedding, KC, MO|
|September 09, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Japanese Fall Festival, SGF, MO|
|August 27, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Queen City Shout, Music Festival, Springfield, MO|
|August 26, 2017 • 1:00pm - 3:00pm||Repurpose Faire, Monett, MO|
|August 06, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Arts Fest Parade, Isesaki, Japan|
|August 06, 2017 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Isesaki Arts Festival Main Stage|
|August 05, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Welcome Dinner Concert, Isesaki, Japan|
|August 05, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Isesaki Municipal Hospital Concert|
|July 19, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Sunflower Fest: Golden Groves Farm|
|July 16, 2017 • 4:30pm - 7:00pm||SGF Lasers Pro Tennis Opener|
|July 10, 2017 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm||1st Christian Church, Neosho|
|July 07, 2017 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||First Friday: Park Central Library|
|July 05, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Creekside, Elfindale|
|July 02, 2017 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Brentwood Christian Church|
Our set lists cross the musical genres of folk, pop, and jazz. We play nostalgic and contemporary Hawaiian songs, original compositions, Brother IZ; American folk and pop songs from artists such as James Taylor, John Denver, Arlo Guthrie, Van Morrison, Bruno Mars, Creedence Clear Water Revival, Beatles, Blondie, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, the Gershwins, and that one angry song by Miranda Lambert ;-)
|Rick Maxson||Ukulele & Vocals|
|Karen Maxson||Ukulele & Vocals|
We can provide our own sound system and fit into a small space, about 10x10 foot square. We can also provide a microphone for your emcee or recorded music during breaks.