HOT from the PRESS

Our first reviews are coming in and they are looking good!  Stefan Shepherd at Zooglobble has big ears and has given us some great words.

And Rebecca Woolf of GIRLS GONE CHILD gave us some BIG LOVE!  Wow.  I don’t think I could ask for a more generous article!

It’s a mini-media blitz (mini in 2 ways- you pun it out on your own) before our first exciting concert at McCabes this Sunday at 11 am.  Hey- Austin Nicholsen will be playing with us- do you know his fancy band, the Leftover Cuties? They are HOT and cute and all-around AMAZING!

Austin will be slappin that bass on Sunday at McCabes!

Austin will be slappin that bass on Sunday at McCabes!

Thank you, Rebecca and Stefan!  I learned so much from reading your posts …about blogging!

SUCH AS….offering a GIVE AWAY!

So, here it is:  Want a free ticket to Sunday’s show?  Post the first comment telling me a song from your childhood that you have found yourself singing.  I want to know what songs have wormed into your head and out of your mouth from the past.


The McCabes McStique


What is it about McCabes? Is it the free coffee?

Well, there are the instruments which pave the walls.  But it is a magical place which resonates on it’s own.

My relationship with McCabes began in the late ’80’s, when I had first moved to Los Angeles. A friend from NY, Tom Adelman began working the refreshment booth at concerts so he could see shows for free.  I had to find out what that was all about.    I could go on and on- but you’d do better to hear all about it by listening to the KCRW documentary made on McCabes 50th Anniversary.

The Sukey Jump Band's first show at McCabes in 2010

The Sukey Jump Band’s first show at McCabes in 2010

My first ukulele came to me from the Easter Bunny when I was 5 years old, but left with a high school boyfriend.  I bought my second and all subsequent instruments at McCabes. (in all, buying instruments for schools, students, etc. I know I have bought more than 200 instruments there.)

The Saintly John Zehnder

The Saintly John Zehnder

I started studying with John Zehnder around 1992.  We would meet in the Banjo Room where the instruments lining the walls would sing along.  John taught memost everything I know, including the song “The Muffin Man” which we recorded on out first CD “Play”.

I began teaching an all-ages class a few years ago, about the same time I put the Sukey Jump Band together.  McCabes has become our home.  Next week I will be starting a new class, MC BABES for Infants (and Moms/Dads/Caregivers), teaching lullabyes and love songs to the newly stricken.  That is what parenting is, really.  A love affair.


Which is why we are having our BIG OFFICIAL CD RELEASE show there NEXT SUNDAY!

It is going to be a wild hootenanny, with a really big band, including HORNS and SUPERHEROES and all kinds of special guests.  Including YOU!  Bring your uke and play along on a few songs.  Join us on stage to sing!  We have some numbers planned just for YOU!!!

We will give away ukuleles and CDs, and we will be selling the new release at a special price. (Did I mention My Cup of Tea has just won a NAPPA award? Fancy!)

Come party with us Sunday, September 22 at 11 am.  ALL AGES from the tiniest to the most revered will have a great time!  Can’t wait to see you there!

Get it while it's HOT!!!

Get it while it’s HOT!!!

New CD: My Cup Of Tea

Ladies and gentelmen…..             Our official release date is September 10!
We have CONCERT DATES to announce, too!
                      Santa Helena, CA
September 22        McCABES GUITAR SHOP
                      11 am    Santa Monica, CA
September 29        ABBOTT KINNEY FESTIVAL
                      3:15 pm    Venice CA
October 13              DRAGONFLY DuLOU
                      11:30 am    Los Angeles
October 19, 20        DESCANSO GARDENS
                       11 am   La Canada Flintridge (Los Angeles)
October 19th          THE TALKING STICK
                                    6 pm         Venice, CA
October 26th           OUTPOST PERFORMANCE SPACE
                                     11 am        Albuquerque, NM
We are absoloutly thrilled with how the CD came out and can’t wait for you to hear it!
Come out and join in on the fun!  We will be offering raffles and prizes and giveaways at all of our shows.
The CD will be available through CDBaby on the 10th, but (shhh! don’t tell) is already available via my website,
Chords and lyrics are available to download by clicking HERE