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Spring 2016 Schedule So Far


Saldaje at 2016 Great Indoor Folk Festival–photo by Heather Jankens

We had an arctic blast playing to a brave full house of winter adventurers Friday the 12th at St. Ambrose Cellars. They are all our Valentines now!

Next up ( 2/21/16) is our 4th year at the Great Indoor Folk Festival in Traverse City, MI. This is always a super fun time with 100 different acts! We play at 2:30 at the North Duo Stage.

Looking ahead…in April we are very excited to announce this special event Mighty Uke Fest in which we will be performing before ukulele legend Lil Rev. See the link for full details.

February 29th—WTCM radio interview with Crystal Frost 11:30 AM 

March 1st—Lake Ann Brewing Company, 6:30-9:30pm

April 1st–St. Ambrose Cellars 6-9pm

April 16th–Mighty Uke Fest, Traverse City, MI

May 19th–Betsie Bay Furniture Benefit Concert Series-details soon



Boyne City is Cool

Finally! We discovered how cool Boyne City is. Thanks to Robin and Tony at Freshwater Art Gallery for having us out to play at the Boyne City Harvest Festival.

Boyne City 2015

“Tin Man” performed at Mighty Uke Day 5, Lansing, 2015

Saldaje On The Porch

Performance Date: Sunday May 31st, 2015 at 7 p.m.

Venue: Sleder’s Family Tavern 717 Randolph Street in Traverse City

Tickets: $15 in advance and $20 at the door

Outlets: Sleder’s Tavern, Oryana Food Cooperative and Brilliant Books

For tickets or more info call: 947-9213

Sleder’s Family Tavern is pleased to announce the next performance in their ongoing ‘on the porch’ concert series featuring the talented folk duo, Saldaje. Saldaje” is inspired by the Portuguese expression of intense, often nostalgic longing, a fitting title for “The darkest ukulele band in Northern Michigan”. Brad Aspey of IPR celebrated their music with these words: “The duo conveys the feeling of a traveling show from a 19th century Gypsy caravan”. The concert is set for Sunday evening May 31st at Sleder’s Family Tavern. Sleder’s ‘On the Porch’ concert series showcases performers in a concert in a club setting with musicians performing their own original music.

2 Mighty Uke Festivals

Saldaje will be opening for Victoria Vox at the Lansing Mighty Uke Day, May 8-10, (link below) on the Saturday schedule.

Also…save the date for a special May 31st Sleder’s Front Porch Concert featuring Saldaje, details soon!

Mighty Uke Day in Lansing’s Old Town is Michigan’s largest ukulele festival — bringing together live shows, workshops, open mic performances, children’s activities, strum-alongs, jams, and much more in a 3-day celebration of the “people’s instrument,” Friday through Sunday, May 8, 9, and 10.

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And…Come on Down to the 2nd Annual Mighty Uke Fest in Traverse City,MI on May 11th 6-8pm
Benefit for the Ryan Dobry Diabetes fund at the InsideOut Gallery

1st Annual Mighty Uke Fest, Traverse City, MI

Mighty Uke Fest

1st ANNUAL MIGHTY UKE FEST PRESENTED BY THE STATE THEATRE AND THE RYAN DOBRY DIABETES CHARITY 1ST ANNUAL MIGHT UKE FEST OF TRAVERSE CITY ANNOUNCED MONDAY, MAY 12TH AT 7PM STATE THEATRE-FREE ADMISSION BENEFITTING THE RYAN DOBRY DIABETES CHARITY-SUGGESTED $5 DONATION Traverse City, MI- Documenting the history and recent resurgence of the ukulele, the film ‘Mighty Uke’ will be shown at the State Theatre as part of the 1st Annual Mighty Uke Fest of Traverse City with the film’s director, Tony Coleman in attendance. The fundraising aspect of the evening will benefit the Ryan Dobry Diabetes Charity which has assisted local diabetes clinics/programs and individuals in Northern MI for over a decade. Attendees are encouraged to bring a ukulele if you have one to join in the play/sing-a-long at the end of the film led by Traverse City’s own Miriam Pico. Pre movie entertainment provided by local uke band Saldaje and the Traverse Uke Group. Fundraising will be via suggested donation of $5/person, the raffling of a ukulele package from Marshall Music, a commemorative Mighty Uke ukelele from the film’s director and donation from a portion of proceeds from Mighty Uke T-shirts and DVDs also by the film’s director. This entertaining family oriented event plans to expand in future years. Contact Jody Brown at 231-218-0277 or email

Saldaje to play at “Dogman II” Premier

We are excited to announce that we will be warming up the stage this Saturday, Dec. 21st, for Rich Brauer’s new movie, “Dogman 2: Wrath of the Litter”. A film that Melonie personally got to be a production assistant on. It was a lot of fun!

Saldaje will start about 6pm and the movie is at 6:30pm

Movie Trailer: