Tales of The City

If you recognize this as the title from Armistead Maupin’s stories, you know The City is San francisco. Daniel and I are thrilled to be heading north for a visit this weekend.  We have a cluster of unique events, and hope you can make it to one or all of them!

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It’s a Mix-off! BYO to share and impress!

Saturday April 29th

Blackbird Ukuleles and Guitars   2180 Folsom st. San Francisco CA, 94110

Tickets for the workshops $20.00, just the concert $15.00, both $30.00

 Blackbird will host an intimate Potluck Cocktail Party at their factory space in the mission district with simultaneous workshops for beginner and advanced students from 3-4pm, followed by cocktail hour and a concert with Heidi and Daniel from 5-6 pm.

Come at 4 for the cocktail party, and show off your favorite recipe! (ice, lemons, limes, cutting boards, knives and lowball glasses will be provided). more info: DanielWorldMusic@gmail.com

Ciny Sanchez Dance

Special Guest Cindy Sanchez!

 

Sunday, April 30th

Michael DaSilva Ukueles   2547 8th street #28Berkeley CA  94710    $20.00

 Daniel will teach Flamenco strums for ukulele at Michael DaSilva’s Berkley HQ from 2-3:30. This workshop will be accessible and challenging for all levels of player, beginner to advanced, followed by a social hour.    ***SPECIAL GUEST*** Dancer Cindy Sanchez will be in attendance and will demonstrate  Flamenco dance styles

Monday, May 1  San Louis Obispo Museum of Art/SLO Strummers Workshop and Concert   $20.00

6:30 – 9 PM in SLOMA’s galleries. General admission tickets for both the workshop, “Right Hand Magic: Pro Fingerstyle Tips” and the concert are available at sloma.org or at the door (pending availability).
Presented by SLO Strummers: http://www.slostrummers.org

Wednesday, May 3   Morro Bay Wine Seller  601 Embarcadero, suite 5 93442  $10.00

Join us for this special event featuring an hour of sing alongs to your favorite Doo Wop Songs, then a concert by Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward.

You can pay at the door or by PayPal (you must have an account).  If you want more than one ticket, just change the amount on the link.https://www.paypal.me/HowardIgnatius/10

5:30 – meet and greet and order a class of wine

6:00 Doo Wops with the Distraction Band (Bring your Ukes!)

7:00 or so  Concert by Heidi and Daniel

 

 

It’s All About the Kids… and the Booze

aka: Academia de Ukuleles de la Ribera / Consider the Cazuela

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See, I had this idea that I would write an extended metaphor about how the new uke program started by the Club Ukulele Laguna with the La Semana de Uke-Culinary retreat folks and the mixing of a great cocktail are complicated miracles, that when all the elements are assembled with art, love and diligence the result is magic.  And then I’d reference MFK Fisher…  but really, it’s just all about the kids and the booze.

Kids first, drink recipe later. Priorities!

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First strums and smiles. That’s what the ukulele is all about.

Rounding up enough instruments for the program was step one, but throwing a bunch of instruments out into the wild won’t make it happen.  It is the fun part, though, and that was where Daniel came in.  We had the pleasure of passing out a batch of 14 Ohana ukuleles, purchased by and hand carried down to Ajijic, Mexico by the La Semana de Uke-Culinary retreat participants.

Here they come, ukes in hand!

Here they come, ukes in hand!

The hard work, organizing the program, getting the ukes together and into the country, putting together the program, finding the teacher… was done mainly by Elaine DeMann, ukulele raconteur, and Ajijic denizens Sheila Ruof and Judy King.

The wonderful Sheila- as feisty as she is dedicated!

The wonderful Sheila- as feisty as she is dedicated!

Material support has streamed in from the local ukulele club, the CUL Kids. They have provided additional instruments to the growing program; a classroom set of our forthcoming book, COLOR-ALONG Ukulele (just a few more days left to pre-order!) and have raised funds to pay a teacher.

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***Tonight, March 24, 2015 is their FUNDRAISER event!  If you happen to be in Ajijic… ***

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Everybody loves Lalo! Elaine and Sheila are no exception.

The teacher: the key element in making it all work, and boy, did they get lucky on this front!  José Eduardo García Espinoza, aka “Lalo” is a beautiful musician and human.  His kind smile and relaxed, modest manner melt any resistance. The kids love him and are inspired to impress.  Young, handsome, approachable, he is an accomplished musician and an experienced teacher who can create an atmosphere of passion and discipline. Lalo has been working with the kids every week at the community center, and the videos we have seen show just how focused they are.  They have progressed beautifully.

Lalo, who plays guitar and a host of other strings is fairly new to the uke.  Underrepresented and hard to find  in Mexico, he picked up a very basic starter soprano while in the capitol about a year ago, and fell in love.  Louis Wu at Ohana has generously offered to send Lalo a tenor-sized cut-away with a pick-up fit for a professional.

NOW, on to THE BOOZE!!!!

Kristi and Ross didn't like theirs at all!

Kristi and Ross didn’t like theirs at all!

A Cazuela, a clay bowl, is used to serve the epimonus drink.  Elaine had commemorative bowls inscribed for La Semana de Uke-Culiaria which we drained and took home.  I believe her secret recipie, passed down from her mother who was an event caterer, used pepsi.  Maybe there was some other stuff in there too. Vodka? You can’t fault me if I don’t remember…  It was a highlight of the trip.   This one looks simple to make.  Try it out- invite me over!

2 oz tequila
1 dash salt
1 sliced lime
1 sliced orange
1 sliced grapefruit
1 sliced lemon
1 tsp grenadine syrup
fill with Squirt® citrus soda

In a cazuela that is made of clay, put ice, salt, a slice of lime, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Add grenadine, tequila, and fill with squirt. Use a straws to shake, and serve. Hilarity will ensue.

CHEERS!!!!!

CHEERS!!!!!