Performers at Blue Mountains Music Festival 2019
The Naked Waiters (USA)
The Naked Waiters are a unique acoustic trio who specialize in an equally particular instrument: the ukulele. Kim Bjerga, Clark Holmes, and Andy Nufer have carved out a niche for themselves in their local music scene, and for good reason. Their tight, three-part harmonies, combined with interestingly composed arrangements are refreshingly diverse, both in musicianship and content. With various ukulele ranges (tenor, baritone, and bass ukulele, as well as guitar), the three have managed to produce a wide, varied sound, and with an equally varied set list, The Naked Waiters are bridging musical gaps for all ages and ears.
Kim and Andy have been friends for years, beginning with their high school years in southern Utah, and later living together as roommates while attending a university in the same small town of Cedar City. Having previous musical experience together in a rock band called Apollo's Army, they were pleasantly surprised when they met Clark at a crepe party hosted at their apartment, where Clark found Kim’s ukulele and began to jam. Kim and Andy decided to learn a few songs with Clark for fun. The three came together when a mutual friend, Ben, asked them to serve dinner to him and a date wearing nothing but Speedos. They decided to take it one step further; the trio stripped, and instead of Speedos, wore only aprons and bowties. Dinner was served! To conclude themeal, they had the idea to sing love songs to Ben and his shocked date. That night the trio inadvertently become a band. Later, while filming a simple video to put on YouTube for fun, the question arose - what to call themselves? The Naked Waiters was the obvious choice.
Word got out, and people started hiring the threesome for weddings, festivals, galas, parties, corporate events, resorts, etc. They have also won music competitions and headline their own concerts. They will always remember and attribute their start to Cedar City when a local farm would hire them for organic farm-to-fork dinner events and farmer’s markets.
In 2015 they found an adventurous music scene in northern Utah in a town called Provo, where they currently reside. The Naked Waiters’ original tunes stray from the typical love song trend, and broach more authentic topics like the town where they met, childhood nostalgia, beautiful locations filled with memories, and even something as simple as a relationship with a pet cat. They have been personally invited by producers to audition for the show America's Got Talent multiple years running, and a clip of one of their videos was briefly showcased on the show (a cover of Grace Vanderwall’s audition tune). They perform regularly around Utah, as well as other states, and in 2018 are scheduled to perform and give workshops at ukulele festivals both domestically and internationally. They have completed an EP, which is available on major streaming and purchasing platforms, and are currently working on completing a full album.