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.


Wagging The Tail of Summer

Squeeze out the last bits of summer fun before it is officially autumn. The kids are back in school, and the warm weather hasn’t gotten the memo yet, so grab your uke and your dancing shoes and meet us in Ventura or at the Skirball Center for some music and fun.

ventura uke day flier

This Saturday afternoon we are teaching and playing uke at the Foster Library in Ventura, CA.  Daniel will take the intermediate and advanced players and I will teach the beginners and kids.  Jamming starts at 1, followed by classes and then Daniel and I will do a little show (maybe our students will join us?)  Daniel has some great new songs to unveil for you!

Saturday September 5th at noon and 2pm we are rocking out at the Skirball Center, doing a set inspired by Bill Graham.  Everything from Russian lullabies, French kid’s songs to Mustang Sally! We will tell a little musical tale of Bill’s journey from his escape from Nazi Germany to producing large scale rock concerts, and get you on your feet dancing!

The next weekend The Smoking Jackets takes off for the Wine Country Ukulele Festival… More to tell you about that soon, but you may be able to bag earlybird tickets if you jump on it today!