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Bill Tapia plays Uke to help out California Surf Museum

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California Surf Museum & Rell Sunn Foundation Fundraiser!

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 August, 2009 : - - Bill Tapia the 101 years young ukulele musician is back in San Diego after a 4 year absents. Just back from a tour of Japan and Hawaii, Bill comes to San Diego on Saturday, August 29th, at the Grace Theater in Oceanside.

Tapia will perform along with Pat Enos and Halau Le Polynesia dancing. Enos is well known in SD as a teacher and leader of many of the ukulele groups. Bill "Tappy" Tapia had a successful career as a jazz guitarist and played with many of the greasiest musicians, jamming with the top names of the day, including Charlie Barnet, Billy Holiday, Fats Waller, Bing Crosby and many more.

After World War II, Tapia and family settled in the San Francisco area, where he taught guitar in obscurity for decades. A few years ago Bill began his love affair with the ukulele once again and has been wowing crowds all over the world. At 101, ukulele master Bill Tapia is the oldest working musician in the United States, if not the world.

Born in Hawaii to Portuguese parents, he can recall playing "Stars and Stripes Forever" for American doughboys heading off to World War I in 1918. His longevity is amazing, but what's most impressive is the way he distills nearly a century of musical experience on the bandstand, delivering graceful, harmonically sophisticated renditions of jazz standards and Hawaiian swing on the diminutive four-string uke.
This evening of classic ukulele, Hawaiian dancing and fun is a fund-raiser for the Rell Sunn Foundation and the California Surf Museum. Many wonderful items will be made available in an auction and opportunity drawing of artwork and surf items.

Tickets are $25 for General Seating and $35 for Premiere Seating. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the concert starting at 8pm. The location is the Grace Theater, 102 N. Freeman St., Oceanside, CA and tickets maybe purchased in advanced at the California Surf Museum 760-721-6876.

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