It is said that Daniel Ho plays ukulele with the thoughtfulness of a composer, the touch of a classical guitarist, and the tone of a seasoned audio engineer. His artistry as a performer and producer encompasses six Grammy awards and 14 nominations. In fact, Daniel’s solo ukulele CD “Polani” was the first ukulele album in music history to receive a Grammy nomination.
Daniel will be headlining the Utah Ukulele Festival this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Willow Park in Logan.
“I’m a ukulele player originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. I presently live in Los Angeles,” Ho explained on KVNU’s For the People program Thursday. “I will be playing solo ukulele for an hour-and-a-half, or an hour or so. I’m not sure how long my set is!”
Ho’s concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Among his accomplishments is singing the Hawaiian-language cover of the Prince song “Nothing Compares 2 U” in the 2008 movie <em>Forgetting Sarah Marshall</em>.
“A song that I really love,” Ho said of the song. “I think it’s one of my favorite songs, and I got to do it in the Hawaiian language.”
His music can be heard frequently on the television series Hawaii Five-O. The festival will feature live performances from other performers, too, throughout the day and a Beginning Kids ukulele class from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
Ohana Ukuleles will provide the use of their instruments. For more information visit <a href=”http://utahukefest.com/” target=”_blank”>UtahUkeFest.com</a>.