Brittni Pavia, the 23-year-old music sensation, will headline at Utah's first-ever Utah's Uke Fest

The ukulele is huge. Just ask Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder who recorded an entire album titled "Ukulele Songs."

Now the trend is growing in Utah. On July 27–28, Ukuleli Play! is hosting the state's first-ever Uke Fest, featuring music and workshops that will demonstrate the incredible range of the instrument.

"There have been festivals popping up all over the globe, and we haven't had anything like it here in Utah," says Ukuleli Play! director, M. Ryan Taylor. "Come and hear the Ukuleli like you've never heard it before."

Saturday's performance features 23-year-old Brittni Paiva, a world-renowned ukuleili player who performs everything from pop to Brazillian folk music. The young artist recently released her fifth CD, produced by three-time Grammy winner Tom Scott.

Tommy Connor will be opening for Paiva. The Irish ukuleli player often treats audiences to songs sung in Gaelic. He also ventures in to a variety of genres including Arabic-inspired tunes and contemporary pop.

The ukuleli's versatility accounts for its popularity. Taylor also attributes it to the instrument's ability to foster meaningful social interactions. "It's a lightning rod for community and a natural way to get people together," he says.

Workshops are available for every level of experience and tickets can be bought for the entire weekend or for individual performances. For more information, click here.