Reason #1: Wardrobe. You get a swell looking jacket and cravat, plus a jaunty hat!
THE SMOKING JACKETS are (from left) Daniel Ward, Heidi Swedberg, Craig McClelland and John Bartlit. Craig is gigging in WI this summer, and will join us in November
The Smoking Jackets are hitting the road in trio formation- John Bartlit, Daniel Ward and I will presenting the first Rocky Mountain Ukulele Festival in Durango, Colorado. We have a great day of workshops planned, starting Friday July 10th with our “song of the year”, Silly Love Songs. The next day will be filled with classes: 3 sessions of 3 classes, offering a beginning, intermediate and advanced class each session. (I wish I could take John’s ukulele percussion class!)
Reason #2: Smoking is good for you. When you are doing it on an instrument, that is.
At the end of summer John will be coming out our way and we three will head up to the Wine Country Ukulele Festival together for four days of ukulele fun, September 10-13. We will be teaching, performing and doing all things ukulele, including a public show at Velo Vino on Sunday afternoon, September 13. The festival in Wine Country is everyone’s favorite because, well…wine. Ukulele. ‘Nuff said!
We are working out details for a show or two in Los Angeles before John flies back to New Mexico, and will update the schedule with that soon.
Reason #3: It makes you seem sophisticated. That’s our motto- “Sophisticated, Educated, Medicated”.
All the beautiful photos in this post are by Allison Shallert, Allisonphoto.com
In November all four of us will come together in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico for the New Uke-Culinary Fiesta. Highlights of this event include two public shows, one for the Smoking Jackets and a full-on flamenco show. There will be great workshops in a beautiful setting, plus we will be teaching cooking classes focusing on combining New Mexican and classic European dishes. Old world meets new- or as we like to call it, Nuevo Mundo. And there will be big-time BBQ- our other favorite way to SMOKE!
(For the record, none of us are smokers, nor do we endorse the use of tobacco. We’re just in it for the costumes.)