Day-after the Dead Show

Our First Show!   This shot was taken 11/1/09   It's our 5 year anniversary

Our First Show! This shot was taken 11/1/09 It’s our 5 year anniversary


Kid’s Show with
HEIDI SWEDBERG and the Sukey Jump Band
at McCabes!
Is Halloween ever really over for little ones, who dress up every day?
We’ll sing songs and tell stories in a show just for the pre-school crowd.
Sunday November 2, 11 am     
$8   Kids under 2 FREE
and yes, it will be a busy day-
at 3 I will be at the Coffee Gallery in Alta Dena for a benefit show for Survivor Girl Ukulele Band!



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.


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



Big Bunny!


We had a hoppin’good time at the LA Zoo over the weekend, playing 10 shows in 3 days and hanging with the Big Bunny.  We packed breakfast burritos with green chili and lunch burritos with red chili to share with another New Mexican, Luis Guerra who played the sassy new Ohana bass.  (Can’t wait to take this little powerhouse to the Reno Uke Fest this weekend!)


Who can resist a  carousel?  Sure wish we had the chance to ride in the Dung Beetle Chariot!


Week of the Young Child Online Event




I am excited to be participating in a new-fangled kind of event- in celebration of the Week of the Young Child I will be joining NAEYC in an online conversation vial Google+.  Event details can be found on NAYEC’s website, HERE.

Teaching children and families is a privilege and a joy for me.  Although I have studied formally half as much as I would like to, I have spent hundreds of hours learning from the children themselves, and I am grateful for the gift every child has given me.

I hope you will join in on this conversation, and I am honored to be asked to be part of it.  Especially as i will be alongside colleagues I worship, including Dan Zanes, Aaron Nigel Smith and Marcy Marxer, along with several more whom I can’t wait to meet.  We will do a little talking and a little singing, and Daniel and I look forward to the experience of making music in our living room with you- where ever you may be!

Ukulear Family returns

The fun four-week family class known as the Ukulear Family returns to McCabes in the month of March.

I loves me the kiddles!

I loves me the kiddles! A backstage lesson…

4 consecutive Saturdays- March 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30.  All ages are welcome- even adults without kids!  $110, Kids under 8 are $50 (with participating adult!)

It’s been an exciting year already- sometimes I just don’t have the time to post great photos of the fun times, so here’s a few.

With Francis England and a tenor recorder at the Kid's Grammy Concert

With Francis England and Daniel Littleton and a (tenor recorder!) at the Kid’s Grammy Concert

The beauty that is You Are My Flower and Elizabeth Mitchell

The beauty that is You Are My Flower and Elizabeth Mitchell

A mezzo with an alto (recorder)

A mezzo with an alto (recorder)

Shows, workshops and MORE in PHX

Here’s our schedule for Phoenix later this month- with a big shout out to all the great people who helped us put these gigs together, especially Jim D’Ville!  If you don’t already know about Jim and his adventures, check out his website- Jim and his lovely wife live in an Airstream trailer and spread the love of ukulele around the country and the WORLD!  (we are thrilled that Jim will be leading the Weekend Ukulele Warriors to victory on March 1.  More on that soon!)

SATURDAY, February 22 10 am and 11 am

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix   All-ages good time music with the band.  Here’s a review of the last time we were there. (thank you Zooglobble, aka Stefan Shepherd) This time we’ll have Craig McClelland on Bass (and tuba if we can scrounge one! anybody got one to lend?) and Daniel on uke and more.

Our man Craig holds down the low end

Our man Craig holds down the low end

SATURDAY, February 22 6:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Global Family Philanthropy Imagine 2014    While we are in Phoenix we will be attending a gala fundraiser for GLOBAL FAMILY PHILANTHROPHY, the wonderful people we went  to Haiti with a few years back.  Please consider attending this event or donating to the charity- we will be adding a UKULELE BASKET to the items to be auctioned.  Tickets HERE.

The kids in Haiti enjoying a meal with the ukuleles hanging on the wall behind them.  We painted the mural and chords for 3 Little Birds on the wall for them to play!

The kids in Haiti enjoying a meal with the ukuleles hanging on the wall behind them. We taught them 3 Little Birds and they taught us Wi Wa!

SUNDAY, February 23 1-4 pm

The Refuge Café   4727 N. 7th Ave. Phoenix, 85013

Clinic and Concert with Heidi and the Sukey Jump Band at a FANTASTIC new coffee/wine bar- this place has endless great reviews and donates it’s profits to charity.  Did I mention beer and wine?! Lets jam!

$35. Concert and clinic

THURSDAY, February 27 3-6 pm

Sun City Ukulele Club   Concert and Workshop. Come and meet a great ukulele community.  You might find yourself joining!*** We will be raffling a beautiful OHANA Zebrawood CK 15Z

Ukulele with gig bag!***

$20 RCSC members/guests add $2

Come and get me!

Come and get me!


Daniel Ward and Craig McClelland (aka the Sukey Jump Band of the moment) will be doing a big, wild and crazy ROCK SHOW and there’s rumors that CHER might be making a guest appearance!

Daniel gets up close and personal with Cher at last year's 1973 fundraiser for PVCC

Daniel gets up close and personal with Cher at last year’s 1973 fundraiser for PVCC

7:30pm, Saturday March 1st,  2:00 pm Sunday, March 2nd

Spirit of ’76 – 2014 Fine & Performing Arts Scholarship Fundraiser

PVCC Center for the Performing Arts
   The 2014 Fine Arts Fundraiser, titled SPIRIT OF ’76, features some of the biggest hits from 1976 including songs from The Eagles, Bob Seger, Queen, KISS, Tom Petty, Boston, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Hall and Oates, The Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller Band,  Peter Frampton, Blue Oyster Cult and much more!

Kid’s Music Grammy Nominees Concert

I am excited to be participating in this great SOLD OUT show for families coming up in 2 weeks-  One of my musical heroes, Elizabeth Mitchell, has asked me to play some uke and recorder (!) with them.

Justin Roberts Rocks the wee folk at the 2011 Grammy Kid's Concert, and will do it again this year.

Justin Roberts Rocks the wee folk at the 2011 Grammy Kid’s Concert, and will do it again this year.

CHILDREN’S GRAMMY® Nominees Perform Family Concert at The Moss Theater on January 25th

The Children’s Recording Arts Alliance announces the fifth annual family concert featuring all five of this year’s children’s album GRAMMY® Award nominees (Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jennifer Gasoi, Elizabeth Mitchell, Alastair Moock and Justin Roberts), on Saturday, January 25th at 10:30 am at the Moss Theater at New Roads School, 3131 Olympic Blvd., in Santa Monica. Tickets to the one-hour, all-ages concert

All net proceeds support Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (, which keeps music alive in schools by donating instruments to under-funded music programs.

Tickets to the one-hour, all-ages concert ($12 in advance, $15 day of show) are available now via BrownPaperTickets .