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“Oo-koo-leh-leh,” says my mom. My parents were born and raised in Hawaii. I’ve taken up the ukulele to get in touch with my roots, and I’m strangely terrible at it. But the uke is so friendly, folksy, and versatile that it’s no surprise D.C. boasts a community of players numerous enough to support Strathmore’s ninth annual Uke & Guitar Summit. The five-day festival includes morning classes divided by skill level and afternoon choose-your-own classes that, on Aug. 22, will include jazz blues progressions in the key of F and how to arrange cover songs on ukulele. Read more >>> The summit runs Aug.19 to 23 at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. $400. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (Diana Michele Yap)
Beginning today and lasting through Sunday, Colada Shop is throwing a Piña Colada festival to celebrate its first anniversary on T St. NW. Five different variations on the classic vacation drink will be available for $8 each, including Piña Colada Sangría, La Negra Tiene Tumbao (a regular Piña Colada with an amaro float), and Piña Colada paletas (popsicles). A virgin paleta is also available for $4.50. Try them whenever Colada Shop is open. Colada Shop, 1405 T St. NW. (202) 332-8800. coladashop.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Cut footloose when you head to Wolf Trap and see ’80s movie music legend Kenny Loggins in concert. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $35–$70.
Southern rock artist Lewis Brice takes the stage at U Street Music Hall with opening act Celeste Kellogg. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15–$20.
Virginia-based Americana band Rob Cheatham and CO. heads north for a show at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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