Let’s MAKE MUSIC!

MAKE MUSIC DAY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21st at the SKIRBALL CENTER

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PARTY AT THE SKIRBALL! Make Music Day is 100% good times!

Play your ukulele! (Or learn to play!) Raise your voice! Daniel Ward and I will be leading a teach-and-strum along with Ohana ukuleles to lend at this FREE event at the Skirball.  Join us at noon, stay for Drumming with Rhythm Child, and a full day of musical programs you can interact with and enjoy.

I am hoping ukulele clubs, kids, families and ALL AGES of ukulele enthusiasts or wana-be uke players come to this event! If you are experienced, you will enjoy sharing your knowledge.  If you are new to the uke you can learn in a super-charged, loving and non- judgmental environment.  We are committed to sharing joy and connection through music, and would love to see YOU there, having fun, too.

The magnificent Alissa Hunnicutt will be on hand to make everything that much more fun, and Ohana will have a table set up where you can borrow and instrument for the day of buy one to take home to keep! ( We are so glad to have Ohana’s support on this!)

Here is some information on Make Music Day from their website:

Last year, over 750 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21.

It all started 35 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

LA Ukulele EXPO 2016

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Join me next Saturday, July 9th in Little Tokyo, the heart of downtown Los Angeles, for a mass-celebration of ukulele! There will be jams, demonstrations, give aways, concerts, talks, and free lessons- Who knows, we might even break a world record!

I will be coming straight from McCabes, where I am starting a 3-week class– there is still room if you want to join- and will jump right in to leading a sing and play along, including Hawaiian songs, Japanese songs and favorites songs you can sing and strum along with- even if you have just learned your first chords!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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Why I Uke

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Thank you, Ukulele Magazine, for asking me to write this article.  I love reading people’s comments about the friends they have made through ukulele, about playing for Alzheimer’s patients, about songs of childhood which still sing in their soul.

May 2016 bring us all more opportunities to share, to love and to connect.  Here’s to raising our voices together this sweet 16!

 

McCabes Kid’s show and COLOR-ALONG Party!!!

The ink is drying and it looks like I will be picking up our newly-minted copies of COLOR-ALONG UKULELE this Saturday.  How prescient that we have a show booked for the NEXT DAY at McCabes.  Although I hadn’t really planned it that way, it looks like we will be having an impromptu release party!

The hills are alive! Cover image by El Rey

The hills are alive! Cover image by El Rey

We will be singing songs featured in the book, as well as playing on the world’s largest twister mat and dancing up a storm in California’s coolest under-age mosh pit.

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Books will be available and I’d love to sign a copy for you or someone on your holiday shopping list after the show.

Reno Uke Fest and the Ohana Bass

The last song... with everyone on stage!

The last song… with everyone on stage! Photo by Ivan Olarte

“How many instruments do you need?” the flight attendant asked as we boarded the plane with a guitar, the Ohana bass and two ukuleles.  The honest answer was more then we can cary on, as we had an additional re-enterant uke checked as baggage.  And of course my shakers.  If I had hands free I might have snapped a shot of us filling the overhead bin.  But honestly, beats schlepping a cello or two!

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Cell Phone star Daniel Ward teaches Sevillanas. 70 cell phones and one still camera- thank you Ivan Olarte

The festival was fabulous.  Smooth organization, happy workshops, collaborations with friends, and a great venue with great sound and a great crew.  Makes life mighty easy and sweet.

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Michael Da Silva has a little flamenca in him. Literally. Photo by Craig Chee

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Flamenquitas Olé! Photo by Deborah Haight

 

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Catskills always kill with Gerald Ross. Photo by Craig Chee

and that theatre…

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Daniel and the Ohana bass were on stage most of the night, doing songs in our set, including “Play That Funky Music, White Boy” ( he would be the boy) and Gerald Ross played it for a few of our songs.  Daniel brought it back out for a bunch of songs in the second set with Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel.   The next night Jason Arimoto played the fretless version for Daniel Ho. Ohanabass Daniel

It’s a sweet axe, and Daniel’s made a video to tell you all about it- click HERE for his review.

Jim D'Ville proves there's no wrong way to play it!  Photo by Craig Chee

Jim D’Ville proves there’s no wrong way to play it! Photo by Craig Chee

Big Bunny!

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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!)

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

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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

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$20 RCSC members/guests add $2

Come and get me!

Come and get me!

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!

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

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   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!