Nov 4, 2019. Whew!!! TBUG19 is over and what a weekend its was!!! Thanks to all who attended and joined in the fun, music and magic that is TBUG. We strive for a true getaway from our everyday lives and achieved it again this year. We will post photos and feedback here and on the facebook page. Tom Hood, President Tampa Bay Ukulele Society
TBUG20 is Nov 6,7,8 2020 at The Sirata Hotel & Resort on St Pete Beach. This event will sell out as we celebrate our 11th anniversary with concert and workshops by an All Star line up.: Gerold Ross, Danielle Ate The Sandwich, The Naked Waiters, Matt Walden, Chris Rooney, Mim, Petey Mack, Devon Scott and the TBUG Luau with Ty Olopai, Mapuana Ebbitt and TJ Weger. Your Player Pass includes admission to workshops, jams, concert luau, open mics as well as the artist meet and greet, participation in ukulele raffle & silent auction. The pass also includes Lunch and Dinner Saturday and Luau Lunch Sunday. Its a complete ukulele getaway!!! The 3 Day Player Pass is $199. Don't wait, buy now as TBUG sells out every year.
Oct 22, 2019 update: We are ready to welcome all of you to TBUG19. Congrats to everyone who was able to buy a ticket to this years event. The schedule is posted above for download and you will receive a complete program at registration checkin.
In addition to our regular ukulele raffles we have a 2 special items this year:
There will be a LIVE Auction Saturday night at dinner for a Kanile’aCustom Made K-1 Tenor Koa handcrafted in Kane’ohe Hawaii with TBUS logo. Option to have signed by TBUG performing Artists. This is custom madeserial number 0819-20724 with CaseValue $1300 without engraving or autographs! With engraving & autographs PRICELESS!!
We also have a special raffle (only 200 tickets will be sold at $10 each) for a Handmade LoPrinzi Custom Tenor Mahogany with wood marquetry purfling and rosette. Rosewood binding. Mother of pearl dot markers with white side dots. Satin finish. Case .Value $ 1500.
Sept 16, 2019 Update: TBUG 19 IS SOLD OUT!!! There are no tickets left and we have closed the standby list with over 40 waiting..
FAQ & Tips for TBUG Attendees:
Resort check-in time is 4 pm, check-out time is 11 am. Resort parking $8 per day for guests, this is waived for TBUG resort guests as well as all other resort fees.
TBUG Attendees not staying at the resort: Parking is$15 per day, but for our TBUG group it’s reduced to$5 per day. At the gate tell them, the TBUG Group, pay only $5 and get a pass. For security you must wear your name tag during the TBUG festival.
Bring cash and credit cards to buy merchandise, raffle tickets, silent auction items. All purchases help fund TBUS Cares charitable work
All the music will be projected on screens, please do not bring any floor music stands.
On Friday night at 8:15 pm after the jam, we’re having an outdoor open mic for singles & duets, one song only at Rum Runners Grille. Please do not park in the Publix Shopping Center you will be towed. There are three restaurants: the Compass Grille inside,Harry’s Beach Bar & Grille, and Rum Runners Grille outside. Within walking distance on Gulf Blvd. you will find: A Waffle House, McDonalds, I-Hop, Dunkin Donuts and a Publix Supermarket. On Sunday at 2 am Daylight Saving Time ends, turn your clocks back one hour, get an extra hour’s sleep (or play and party 1 more hour!). ------------------------------------------------------------
TBUG 2019 is Nov 1, 2, 3 at The Sirata Resort. Your pass includes attendance to all workshops, jams, open mics, artist meet & greet, Saturday night Concert and Sunday Luau. It also includes a delicious buffet lunch & dinner Saturday and luau lunch on Sunday. Player passes are only $199. Companion passes are $149 and include everything except attendance to workshops and performance at open mic.
This year we will have separate workshops for Beginner and Experienced Players
The following artists are booked and will teach and/or perform:
Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel
Ukulele Russ & His One Man Frontier Band
Ty Olopai, Mapuana Ebbitt, and TJ Weger @ Sunday Luau
Don't miss this awesome event and help TBUS and TBUS Cares. We are a 501(c)3 Charitable organization and all net proceeds help us fund our education , entertainment and community service projects.
Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel
This was my first ever Uke festival! It exceeded my wildest expectations! Thanks so much to all of you who worked so hard to organize and pull off this year's event! I'm looking forward to being there next year for TBUG 2019! 🎶😘❤️💃
“Great weekend, great music & happy friends” “Fun, fun and more fun at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway!”
“There is nothing more fun than TBUG”
“It’s an amazing spot with fantastic people TBUG 2018!!!!“ Soooo fun!”
“This is amazing”
“We are having a great time”
“So much fun!”
“2/3’s of the Hot Notes performed at Open Mic Night at the Tampa Bay Uke Fest! It was a wild and fun time playing in front of about 200 people!”“I had a blast!”
“Thank you TBUG for inviting Luna Ukes out to the Sirata again this year! We always a have a good time out there, don’t we? 😎”
“TBUS does it again! Thank you to all the great folks who work so hard to make events like this happen!”
“It was a magical experience! Truly felt like I had stepped back in time. One of the BEST evenings of my life. ❤️🎶”
“Thanks for a wonderful TBUG weekend from your friends at FUN Florida Ukulele Network Fort Lauderdale.”
“Thanks for all you do to make TBUG happen! Friday night was great fun! The song writing workshop was inspiring (to mention a couple). Your enthusiasm and energy are infectious!”Thank you to all the Board of Directors for such a wonderful TBUG. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
It was amazing! I had such a wonderful time! The workshops were great! The room was so nice, the food was great and of course the entertainment was fabulous. Petey and MIM were the life of the party and Devin was amazing! All the entertainers were so much fun. I cannot wait until next year! Thank you to all who worked so hard to make it great!
Thank you all for having me and for all your hard work putting together a really wonderful weekend!
Until next year my friends, stay awesome! Thanks for a great TBUG!
This open mic ROCKS!
There is nothing more fun than tbug.
Thanks for a wonderful weekend, see you guys again next year.
Thank you to Pete McCarty and Devin Scott for making Sunday morning magical at TBUG! I love sharing a stage with you guys!
Pete took 'em to church! Devin had 'em dancing!
Mim is the best - Thanks for making everything so fun! You are a FAB entertainer and MC!! Loved this!
We are having a great time this morning!
Such fun !!!🎶🎶
It’s an amazing spot with fantastic people TBUG 2018!!!!
July 21, 2019 update: The 120 rooms Tampa Bay Ukulele Society has reserved with special discounted rates is SOLD OUT. The Sirata has given us 10 additional Studio rooms at $195 a night for Friday and Saturday but the rate is only good till Aug 5th (first come first served). use code TBUG2 when calling to book. Rooms go fast. Book now to reserve yours. Call (727) 363-5100 today. Your credit card information will be taken, but you won't be charged until you check in.
Overlooking the sparkling white sands of St. Pete Beach, Sirata Beach Resort invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy an array of gulfside activities. This family-friendly St. Pete resort offers a collection of comfortable guest rooms and suites with welcoming amenities and stunning water views and includes three swimming pools, a fitness center, and Wi-Fi access. This casual beachfront resort also offers three signature restaurants and two of the best beachfront bars in St. Pete, and it’s only a 14-minute drive from the shops of John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk.