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Rick and Karen Maxson form the core of Uke 66, an `ukulele band based in Springfield, MO, USA the birthplace of Route 66. The Maxsons enjoy playing their music in the Ozarks but have also played for audiences in Japan, Mexico, California and Hawai`i, where they won first place in Group (2019-2020) and Solo categories and “Best Original Song” (2019) at the International `Ukulele Contest in Honolulu, Hawai`i. They play covers and originals, from Hawaiian nostalgia (hapa haole) to jazz, folk, and pop. When they are not playing (or teaching) `ukulele, Rick is a Professor at Drury University and Karen manages local `ukulele groups including the award-winning Queen City `Ukulele Club and is presently a student in the James Hill Ukulele Initiative for Ukulele Teacher Certification. Like the highway that inspired their band’s name, the Maxsons believe that all people, regardless of age or income, can “get their kicks” from the carefree music of Uke 66.


With their ukulele bass player, Scott Pope, Rick and Karen will be playing “Making Biscuits” an original composition inspired by their tabby cat, Aidan.



Phone: 1+(417) 830-7100 or 1+(417) 693-4604




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