DAY-AFTER THE DAY OF THE DEAD
DAY-AFTER THE DAY OF THE DEAD
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.
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
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!
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!
This weekend the Sukey Jump Band is excited to be playing a new family music concert series in Venice CA. There just is not enough of these events in LA! The Ecole Fontaine at 1047 Abbott Kinney has a cool thing going- they are hosting family concerts with a drum circle afterwards lead by the Sandra Sandia, a performer known for sharing latin influenced music with LA Kids and adults for 20 years.
We are also excited to be partying with the Big Bunny over Easter Weekend at the LA Zoo. Friday, Saturday and Sunday we will be doing shows in “The Treetops” at the zoo from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be crafts, a Big Bunny and… ANIMALS, natch!
Hope to see you there!
Also this weekend- the Weekend Ukulele Warriors continues, with Daniel Ward teaching Sevillanas, traditional Spanish Guitar for the ukulele!
The fun four-week family class known as the Ukulear Family returns to McCabes in the month of March.
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.
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.
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.
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
Ukulele with gig bag!***
$20 RCSC members/guests add $2
BUT WAIT- THERE’S MORE!!!
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!
7:30pm, Saturday March 1st, 2:00 pm Sunday, March 2nd
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!