Subversive Fun-Sukey Jump!

The Sukey Jump Band will be celebrating Summer’s end with shows in four and a half states- Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and California: Northern and Southern.  We have a passel of scheduled performances we’d love to see you at.  These are officially classified as “Kids Shows”, but that is a classification we love to buck.

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Kids show…

grown ups show.  You tell me which is sillier!

grown ups show. You tell me which is sillier!

...I rest my case

…I rest my case

The Sukey Jump Band has a simple mission- to share the joy making music brings with all ages.  That’s how we came by the name SUKEY JUMP!  In the “old days” people would gather and sing, dance, holler and laugh at gatherings known as play parties or sukey jumps.  Musicians would play, leading songs everyone could enjoy and participate in, whether they danced to a call, following directions or just stomped and jumped.  Songs often familiar, inviting response and welcoming chorus.

I have a favorite quote from the film  State and Main (2000) by David Mamet: “Everybody makes their own fun. If you don’t make it yourself, it isn’t fun. It’s entertainment.”  There is a lack of opportunity to “make fun” for all ages.  We are fast becoming a society doped on the true opiate of the masses: corporate media entertainment.  To quote another film “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take this any more!”.   Although I won’t be throwing my Mac out the window I will be throwing caution to the wind and inviting you to join us in our subversive acts.

 

August 3  2-3 PM  South Coast Botanical Gardens 26300 Crenshaw Boulevard  Palos Verdes Peninsula, California 90274

September 4, 5:30- 7 pm    Wine Country Ukulele Festival   SPECIAL KID’S SHOW AND ICR CREAM SOCIAL! Umpqua Bank, 1065 Main Street, St. Helena, CA

September 12 6:30 PM   Plaza Library, Kansas City, MO

September 13, 10 am  Wonderscope Children’s Museum     Kansas City, Kansas

September 14th  1pm   Wiggle Out Loud   Children’s Music Festival Oklahoma City, OK

 

 

Classes at McCabes

 

ukelele lesson by heidi swedberg at McCabe's Guitar Shop, Los Angeles

photo by John Nybor http://estnyboer.com/photos/

I LOVE teaching at this place!  Family classes, private lessons and the Weekend Ukulele Warriors Series are all starting up again on July 12 and I look forward to meeting new students of all ages.  For info on signing up for these classes  and directions check McCabe’s website.

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UKUlear Family is a 4-week class for ALL AGES (Kids under 8 require a participating adult)  I particularly like working with mixed age groups.  There is so much to learn from one another and there are few opportunities for engagement with people outside of one’s age group.  I love the opportunity to be with people learning and growing together.  This class runs 4 consecutive saturdays at 1:30 pm.  We start at the very beginning, learning songs from the start.  This is a great class to get you started on a musical adventure for your entire life, whatever stage of life you are in!

Weekend Ukulele Warriors  So many students from either the One-Day workshop or the UKUlear family wanted to know “What’s next?”.  Daniel and I have been enjoying teaching at ukulele festivals across the country and loved the one-off format of festival classes.  We thought making a weekly series of festival style classes would be the perfect idea!  These Saturday noon workshops include beginner classes and more advanced lessons and are meant as stand-alone workshops.

Next week (July 12) and August 2 I will be teaching the one day beginner class PLAY THE UKULELE IN A DAY for beginners of all ages.

Here’s a rough schedule for the Warriors-

July 12  PLAY THE UKULELE IN A DAY

July 19   THE HAMMER (and how to pull it)  Hammering on and Pulling off for beginners

July 26   NO CLASS!

August 2  PLAY THE UKULELE IN A DAY

August 9  Get your STRUM on  Right hand technique to make your songs sing with DANIEL WARD

August 16 MAJOR TO MINOR Blues both ways with DANIEL WARD

August 23  FREIGHT TRAIN  your express ride to second position chords and travis picking

August 30  FUNK IT UP  Hammers, slides and a white man’s overbite with DANIEL WARD teaches you how to Play That Funky Music