Ukulele Power Ballads! April 6 and April 13 2014


April is POWER BALLAD* month! Marla will host April ukulele sessions with a bevvy of ballads from Journey, REO Speedwagon, Air Supply, Manfred Mann, Foreigner, Boston, Styx, Led Zeppelin, Eagles, Kansas and maybe a couple of surprises.

SUNDAY APRIL 6th, 1pm-3pm  -  Open Lesson at the Public Library (small meeting room)
Starting at 1pm at the library, Marla will coach you on the basics of a few techniques commonly used in power ballads. Then we’ll walk across the street to Cafe M for an easy-going sneak preview of songs that we’ll play the following week. Think of it as a library lesson followed by a ukulele Power Ballad coffee klatch. — All are welcome! BYO Uke!

SUNDAY APRIL 13th, 7pm-9pm  -  Ukulele Pizza Jam at Colombo’s (backroom)
Marla will provide music sheets for some power ballads that all can play (and sing! emotively! …if that’s a word!) along on. There will be a mic set up, so bring a song you’d like to lead or perform, or just bring your uke and have fun strumming along. (The theme power ballads is just for inspiration — bring any song you like!)
Power Ballad Chord Sheets (PDF): Power Ballads
*What’s a power ballad? “An outgrowth of ’70s stadium rock, the ’80s power ballad combined keyboards, acoustic guitar, orchestration and tender lyrics with thundering guitars and drums…contributing to the rise in popularity of hard rock.”
If you were alive between 1975 and 1990, you can probably sing along with the choruses of a LOT of power ballads! If not, isn’t it about time you were exposed to the musical bedrock of baby boomer culture? A lot of them start out with pretty little fingerpicked intros and then descend into crushing rock and roll leads (which I for one can’t play, but we’ll have fun anyway!) The chords tend to be pretty easy and the structure repetitive, so don’t be shy: Come…strum…and be awesome!!


March Ukulele Blues Madness — March 16, 2014

March-Ukulele-blues-Jam-2014 If you got the Montana Midwinter blues, here’s your chance to get out your ukulele and play ‘em.

Mark Grenier (that bearded guy who you see riffing all over the place while the rest of us are just strumming) is our host for this month’s ukulele fun.

Mark will be the host of our first ever UKULELE PIZZA JAM!
(In this case, a UKULELE PIZZA BLUES JAM!)
Mark will have a mic and amp set up so bring a BLUES song to lead or perform, or just come strum or riff along. This is going to be our first time uke-jamming at Colombo’s, and we are looking forward to a fun time! Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited, so come early if you want to grab some grub and a good spot.

WHERE: Colombo’s Pizza & Pasta (back room)
WHEN: Sunday March 16

If you’re a beginner and you’d like to practice up a bit before the jam, here’s a little cheat sheet for a 12-bar blues song in 4 different keys, and some blues scales. Once you get the hang of this, you will be ready to play along with most any blues song!  Beginner Blues

(Big thanks to for the scale graphics that I used in the PDF)

B.Y.O. UKE! — See you there!

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That was fun… Valentine uke night 2014 in review

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As is often said in ukulele lore, “I thought it would be funny to wear that pantsuit…” and then comes the morning after…

Thanks everybody for coming out to an incredibly crowded but pretty darned fun Valentine open mic and play-along! Thanks again, Wild Joe’s Coffeespot for hosting our event for the second time in a row, and making us feel very welcome. And thanks to all the helpers, open mic-ers and play-alongers who stuck with us through the crowds! We hope you had as much fun as we did.

The next events will probably be a bit quieter and lower key, but just as much fun!

  • An Open Lesson — Sunday, March 2, 2014, 1pm at the Bozeman Public Library Small Meeting Room
  • Our first-ever Ukulele Pizza Jam — Sunday, March 16, 2014, 7pm at Colombo’s Pizza (Back Room)

Valentine Play-Along Practice Preview

valentine songs 2014For those of you who would like to practice up a bit ahead of time for our Valentine Ukulele Open Mic & Play-Along Night (7-9pm Feb 14 2014 at Wild Joe’s in Bozeman) here’s  a PDF of the songs with chord charts pretty much as they’ll be on the 14th. (We will hand out songbooks the night of and it’s possible that they might differ slightly from this draft, but it will be pretty close.)  valentine songs 2014

These (and maybe a surprise or two) will be the songs that we all play together. It will be fun! Everyone is welcome!

The evening of Feb. 14 2014 will go something like this:

6:30pm* - Sign up for remaining open mic slots. (They are going fast online! You can DIBS an open mic slot NOW or sign up night-of, on a first-come basis. — So, dibs a slot NOW if you want to be sure that we allow time for you to perform.) Please note that since time is limited, we ask that performers play only ONE song until everyone has had a chance. If there is extra time, we’ll ask for encore volunteers.)

*Don’t to forget to buy a drink or treat to show appreciation to our generous host, Wild Joes!

We break up the night into four half-hour sets:

7:00 First set of open mic

7:30 First set of play-along

8:00 Second set of open mic

8:30 Last set of Play-Along (Audience votes on “Saddest Song,” “Sweetest Song,” and “Most Elegant Valentine Attire.”) (Your own interpretation of elegant is encouraged.)

9:00 Awards and last play-along song.

It will be a hoot! Even if you don’t have a ukulele, you can come, sing along and vote! But if you DO have a ukulele, come, strum and be awesome!

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Free ukulele lesson/ practices planned Jan 26 and Feb 2

Mark Sinclair will host practice sessions at the library Jan 26 and Feb 2, 2014 at 1pm

Mark Sinclair will host practice sessions at the library Jan 26 and Feb 2, 2014 at 1pm

Here’s your chance to dust off the ukulele and practice up for the open mic night!

Before the Valentine open mic night (Friday Feb 14 at Wild Joes), we have two open ukulele lesson/practice sessions planned.

Mark Sinclair (of Sinclair’s Bakery in Belgrade) will be hosting these two sessions. He will provide some songs to work on, but feel free to bring an open mic song you want some help with. This will be a casual pace, learn-as-you-play coaching session, where you can ask questions and get help as needed.

WHERE: Bozeman Public Library’s small meeting room
WHEN: Sunday Jan 26 —and— Sunday Feb. 2
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Valentine Ukulele Night Feb 14 2014

What's more romantic than a ukulele?

What’s more romantic than a ukulele?

Valentine Ukulele Night at Wild Joes is set for Feb 14!

The Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret hosts its third annual Valentine ukulele open mic and play-along night from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, Feb. 14 at Wild Joe’s Coffeehouse in Bozeman.

Play along with us!
Ukulele players are invited to come out and play along on love songs and heartache laments ranging from to “I’ve Got You, Babe” to “Bye Bye Love” and other super-fun tunes. Song sheets with ukulele chords are provided, so players of all abilities can strum along. Get out your ukulele and join us! There’s no such thing as “not being good enough.” We didn’t name it the Valentine Ukulele Massacre for nothing!

Open mic with prizes for songs and attire!
Performers will have a chance to serenade their sweetie or wallow in heartbreak at a ukulele-only open mic set! Prizes for Saddest Heartbreak Song, Sweetest Love Song and Most Elegant Valentine Attire will be decided by audience ballot, but every performer is guaranteed a warm reception and enthusiastic applause.

Sign up now!
Open mic players, please sign up in advance online (It’s really helpful for planning purposes). Any remaining open mic slots will be available for sign-up starting at 6:30 the night of the show. (Don’t feel shy about your ukulele skill! Have a go at it! —It’s all for fun! We PROMISE to love you!)

Join the fun!
The public is invited to cheer on the performers, vote for their favorites, or bring a ukulele and join the fun. To dibs a spot on the open mic list, fill out the form below and click submit. (Please sign up for only one song. If we have extra open mic slots after everyone who wants to perform has had a chance, we’ll ask for encore volunteers.)

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Valentine’s Day Ukulele Massacre Feb 14 2014

valentine-uke-feb14-2014What time is it? It’s Valentimes!

So dust off your ukulele and invite your friends. This year’s Bozeman Valentine Ukulele bash will be on ACTUAL VALENTINE’S DAY, Friday, Feb 14 7-9pm at Wild Joe*s!

This is your big chance to practice up a song and perform for prizes in the categories of “Sweetest Love Song” and “Saddest Love Song.” You don’t really have to be that good! We will love you NO MATTER WHAT.

AND we’ll have a play-along too, so even if you don’t plan to take the stage, bring your uke + strum along!

If you plan to perform, please DIBS an OPEN MIC SLOT ahead of time. Simply drop a message in the comment box with your name and the song you plan to do, or send a message via Facebook or fill out this super nifty form and click SUBMIT.

(You can still sign up night-of, but it really helps with planning if we know how many plan to play.) DO IT! It’s FUN! And it will IMPRESS your SWEETIE! (No sweetie? It’s also a great way to drown your Valentine sorrows and/or improve your love life.) EVERYBODY LOVES A UKULELE PLAYER!!!!!

Songs about hearts broken or otherwise — and anything (even remotely) on the LOVE theme are IN! Suggestions for play-along songs welcome, too. Mark thy calendar! Tell your pals!

If you need help (a lot or a little) preparing your performance, or a loaner ukulele for the night, let us know. Ukulele nuts are standing by.

See you Friday, Feb 14, if not sooner!

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New ukulele fun for 2014 – Please share your input!

ukes-rockinHi friends, it’s 2014!

Welcome to the third year of the last ukulele craze on earth: The Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret! (Many hold that Bozeman, Montana is the last place that trends arrive—from sushi, to cupcake stores, to restaurants with one-word names, to ukulele-playing! So, take a moment to appreciate the distinction that Bozeman’s ukulele craze may officially be the last ukulele craze anywhere! This doesn’t make us behind the times…it makes us COOL! Like Lost Horizon! Or that VW Beetle in Sleeper! Don’t hide your ukulele late-comer light under a bushel, grab a ukulele and plink like there’s no tomorrow!)

Great news for 2014: UKULELE CLUBHOUSE under construction!
(Well, virtually under construction…we’re not talking bricks and mortar.)

Two local volunteers, (Mark Grenier, the sweetest, most mellow man that ever plucked four strings, and Mark Sinclair, Belgrade’s mysteriously quiet but secretly-super-fun 1/4-Hawaiian artisan baker and ukulele strummer) have volunteered to help Marla Goodman (reluctant but cheerful ukulele instigator) lead regular ukulele get-togethers this year! …It’s been dubbed The Ukulele Clubhouse! …As of right …Now!

Please Please Please Share Your Input!!!
We’re ready to get started (and get you practicing for this year’s Valentine’s Day Ukulele Massacre at Wild Joes, Feb. 14). All we need is a little input about your interests so we can put our heads together to best serve your uking desires. We’ll try to plan a meeting day that best suits the majority of likely attenders, and customize our plans to help everyone’s uking dreams come true.

SO! Please fill out this form to help us get the new UKULELE CLUBHOUSE underway! (forms go straight to Marla and are not published). (Just type your answers in the boxes. It’s short! Honest! –And don’t forget to click the SUBMIT button when done.)

Thanks! And here’s to another year in the last, best place for ukulele fun!

Songs for Caroling

Holiday-carolingHello ukulele friends!

I’ve arranged up some songs with ukulele chord charts for ukulele caroling. (Join us Dec 14, 2013! More info here.)

I selected mostly cheerful, festive songs and not so many traditional hymns, partly because the Jingle Bells category sounds appropriate on the ukulele and is easy-ish to play! If you’d like to see a particular song on our caroling list, feel free to request it and I’ll see if I can add it.

I picked keys based on “easy to play” before “easy to sing,” so we’ll just have to do our best with the vocals. (I try to make songs as accessible to beginners as I can, so please bear this in mind if you have to jump an octave to sing the chorus.)

Here’s a PDF that you can print for yourself. (Let me know if you see and glaring errors, and I just might fix them!)  Holiday songs

And following are the songs as browseable jpgs.

Enjoy and happy holidays!

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Dec. 14 2013 – Holiday Ukulele Play-Along and Caroling Party


Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret is hosting a holiday ukulele play-along & caroling party Saturday, Dec. 14.

The day will start at 10 a.m. with a play-along practice session at Eckroth Music, followed by ukulele caroling at Highgate Senior Living at 11 a.m. All are welcome to bring a ukulele and strum along on fun holiday songs. We’ll provide ukulele music sheets with chord charts, so there is no need to fear that you won’t be ready to jingle bell rock and roll!

Again that’s Saturday, December 14
10:00 a.m. — Eckroth Music Holiday Ukulele Play-Along & Practice Session
11:00 a.m. — Highgate Senior Living — Ukulele Caroling
(We will play the songs we practiced at Eckroth!)
Festive holiday caroling attire encouraged!

For event updates, join the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret’s Holiday Ukulele Play-Along and Caroling Party Event on Facebook.

Eckroth Music is located at 621 W. Mendenhall and Highgate Senior Living is located at 2219 W. Oak Street in Bozeman.

We’re busy field testing a variety of holiday tunes, and will upload practice sheets soon for those who like a bit of practice time.

Tentative Holiday Play-Along Song List:

“Frosty the Snowman”

“Good King Wenceslas”

“Here Comes Santa Claus”

“Angels We Have Heard on High”

“Holly Jolly Christmas”

“Jingle Bells”

“Silver Bells”

“Jingle Bell Rock”

“Let It Snow”

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

“Winter Wonderland”

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

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