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Published on September 11, 2018 9:43AM

Kalei Gamiao

Kalei Gamiao

A veritable who’s who of ukulele talent will visit the Oregon Coast on Thursday, Sept. 20, for the eighth annual Tunes in the Dunes Ukulele All-Star Concert at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

The cabaret-style performance will feature eight of the best ukulele players in the world, performing an evening of up-tempo music to benefit nearby Camp Westwind.

Four of the musicians are returning by popular demand: the duo Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel, islander Andy Andrews and traditional Hawaiian soprano singer Steven Espanola. Fresh faces new to the coast are the dynamic husband-and wife-team of Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward; Kalei Gamiao of Oahu’s North Shore, a rising young wunderkind virtuoso just back from his multi-country tour in Asia; and Brian Tolatino of Oahu, who has just won the Na Hoku Hanohano award — Hawaii’s equivalent of the Grammys — for his latest album.

The artists are all at the Oregon Coast to perform and teach at the Tunes in the Dunes Ukulele Camp at Camp Westwind from Sept. 21 to 23.

Doors for Thursday’s event open at 6:30 pm with a sing-along beginning at 6:40 pm followed by the concert at 7 pm. Guests are invited to bring their ukuleles, their voices and their enthusiasm.

Tickets, $20, are available at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit Camp Westwind. For the past 81 years, this haven on the south bank of the Salmon River has hosted summer camps through the YWCA of Greater Portland. Thousands of Oregonians have eaten in the camp’s historic Wilson Lodge, played on the unspoiled beach and hiked up to the High Meadow, all while protected by hundreds of acres of coastal rainforest.

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Hwy. 101.

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