Ukulele, Comedy, Jazz, Pop
Instrument(s) Played
Ukulele, Vocals, Guitar, Percussion, Found Objects, Lipstrumentals
Youtube video of Dick showing his local music memorabilia
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NEED A REPAIR? Call Rick at 831.226.2635The best stringed instrument repair in Santa Cruz since 1972




• THURSDAY, JULY 20 • 7:15 pm

Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz 

 Bocci's Cellar
 140 Encinal Street
 Santa Cruz, CA

With The SkiffleBeats!


TUESDAY,  JULY 25 • 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Felton Farmer's Market
 120 Russell Avenue
 Felton, CA
 With The SkiffleBeats



1205 Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love
Featuring a MYRIAD of Santa Cruz's Best Performers
A Collaborative Production by Ukulele Dick and Snazzy Productions



Dick's got Beatlemania!!!

Dick's new band, The SkiffleBeats, asks "What if the Beatles never got famous?"
See us in action at

Harmonica wiz GEORGE GALT

Percussionist and multi-instrumentalist BOB VICKERS
Bass doctor MATT BOHN
And UKULELE DICK (who mostly plays guitar for this)




Ukulele Dick, also known as Rick McKee, is a musician, recording artist, singer/songwriter, actor, producer, sound designer, luthier/master instrument repairman, collector, and musical archivist.

His innovative arrangements and interpretations of Tin Pan Alley classics have been heard worldwide and have earned praise from such luminaries as George Harrison, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and William H. Macy. 


In January of 2011, Rick was honored with a Gail Rich Award for nearly 40 years of continuous contributions to the artistic life of Santa Cruz.


He has owned Guitar Works (now in Bonny Doon, CA) since 1984.


His original "existential retro pop," recorded under the name "Dick Dujour" can be found at



  • February 1 - March 15, 2014 - SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ART OF GUITAR EXHIBIT & FESTIVAL. With his sweetheart, festival producer Jayme Kelly Curtis, Ukulele Dick was instrumental in mounting a six week gallery exhibit tribute to 18 high end guitar builders who live and work in Santa Cruz. See a tour of the show at
  • May 7, 2011 "THROWING STONES." Ukulele Dick's Rolling Stones Theatrical Revue featured more than 20 of Santa Cruz's finest musical acts reinterpreting the songs of Mick Jaggar and Keith Richards in styles from Bluegrass to Reggae at the Rio Theatre See more at
  • November 13, 2009 Ukulele Dick's JUGTOWN U.S.A. Revue Celebrating 50 Years of Motown on Instruments Anyone Can Afford at Don Quixotes
  • June 22, 2008 "DICK, MICK & THE CHICK" at Don Quixotes with Mick Overman and Jayme Kelly Curtis
  • Produced "KEEP SANTA CRUZ WEIRD IN CONCERT" at the Rio Theatre, Halloween, 2005
  • 2003, Bread! The Musical By Joe Ortiz
  • 2003, The White Album Live - The world's first accurate, fully detailed, live re-creation of the Beatle's White Album, a feat even the Beatles had never attempted, conceived of and produced by Ukulele Dick. The first White Album Live shows presented at the Rio Theatre and the Mello Center were multi-media events, featuring dancers, video projection and a 60's psychedelic environment.
  • 1999, Ukulele Dick Serves Hors-d'oeuvres, Actor's Theatre


  • Dick Dujour — Music to Scare Children By, 2005, featuring Tiran Porter
  • Ukulele Dick — The Ukulele Dick Story, 2003, featuring Ken Kraft and Tiran Porter
  • Ukulele Dick – Self Titled, 1997, featuring Bill Walker and others
  • This is All You Get — Ukulele Dick and His All Nude Castanet Orchestra, 1991
  • The UkeAholics — Rock n' Roll with a Twist, 2008
  • Bread! The Musical, 2002 (The Joe Ortiz musical)
  • My Heart's In Santa Cruz, 1995
  • Show Us Your Ukes, 2009 — Compilation CD showcasing members of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz

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