Valentine Ukulele Night at Wild Joes Feb. 13
The Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret hosts its fourth annual Valentine ukulele open mic and play-along from 7 to 9 pm, Friday, Feb. 13 2015 at Wild Joe’s Coffeehouse in Bozeman.
Ukulele players are invited to come out and play along on familiar love songs and heart-ache tunes. Song sheets with ukulele chords are provided, so anyone who brings a ukulele can strum along. Here’s a sneak-preview PDF of the 2015 Valentine Ukulele Play-Along Chord Sheets: Valentine 2015, in case you want to try them out ahead of time!
Open mic performers can serenade their sweetheart or wallow in heartbreak, as the case may be. Prizes for Saddest Song, Sweetest Song and Most Swellegant Valentine Attire will be decided by audience ballot. Every performer is guaranteed a warm reception and enthusiastic applause. The public is invited to cheer the performers, vote for favorite songs, or bring a ukulele and join the fun.
Open mic players: You can sign up for a performance slot in advance online, but you must confirm your slot in person at Wild Joe’s by 7pm on Feb. 13th, or your slot may be given to someone else. (A sign-up sheet for remaining available slots will be posted at the door starting at 6pm.) Please perform only one (1) song so more people have the opportunity to play. If we have extra time at the end of the night, we’ll ask for encore volunteers.
All ukulele players, regardless of experience level, are welcome to perform or play along. If you would like to perform but need some ideas for a song to play, here’s a link to some of our favorite ukulele song sites:
For info, or to grab a spot on the open mic list, submit the contact form below.
* If you have a chord sheet that you want to share for us all to play along on, it’s helpful if you bring 15 or so paper copies. (But I’ll also bring the whiteboard, so we can post chords on the fly.)
(There will be no first-time beginner lesson this time, but beginners are welcome to join us. Usually there are a variety of songs, some of them easy-ish.)
The next First Sunday Ukulele session is Sunday Dec. 7, 2014.
This will be a two-part session. We’ll start at the Bozeman Public Library small meeting room with our monthly free beginner crash course (1:00-1:30pm) and a Holiday Song Practice Session (1:30-2:30pm). Afterward, we will travel to Highgate Senior Living for a Holiday Singalong with the residents there (Meet at 2:45, start at 3pm).
If you don’t need any practice, feel free to show up at Highgate with your ukulele (and a music stand if you have one) at 2:45 pm. Song sheets are provided and also downloadable here, for your practicing convenience: Holiday Songs
1pm-1:30pm: BEGINNER CLASS
30-minute crash course at Bozeman Library (This is always the same beginning introduction for people who have NEVER played before. It does not build from previous months, so no need to attend if you’ve played before.)
1:30-2:30pm – HOLIDAY SONG PRACTICE SESSION
A chance to tune up and run through our holiday songs at the Library before we head to Highgate.
2:30-2:45 pm - Travel to Highgate Senior Living 2219 W Oak St (MAP) and meet in the front entry near the piano. (Wear something cheery and bring music stand if you have one.)
3:00-3:45pm HOLIDAY SINGALONG AT HIGHGATE
Uke players of all experience levels are invited to bring a ukulele and join the fun. Song sheets with chord charts are provided.
Subsequent First Sunday Ukulele times and locations will be announced as we go, so check back. (They may not ALL be at the library, depending on room availability, so join the First Sunday Session FACEBOOK EVENT or check our CALENDAR for updates.)
For more information, to get on the email list, to reserve a loaner ukulele, ($5 donation optional) or drop a comment, please submit the form below.
Join Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret for a a free ukulele lesson and workshop Sunday, Nov 2 at the Bozeman Public Library from 1-3:00 pm
1pm-1:30pm: Beginner Crash Course
1:30-2:00: WORKSHOP: Songs of the 1920s and 30s with Geoff Gamble
The most fun way to learn ukulele is to play songs that you like! Here are a few of my favorite resources.
Sites with ukulele chords to songs:
Lots more songs with chords:
Uke chords: http://www.ukulele.nl/chordfinder.php
Transposing tools: http://www.simusic.com/transpose.html
Of course there are lots of other resources available on the web. These just happen to be a few that I’ve found especially enjoyable.
Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret Songbooks: I haven’t been very organized about how I post songs from our own events — they’re kind of sprinkled here and there throughout the blog. But here are links to some of our most popular songbooks from past events:
This year, the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will host a free “First Sunday” ukulele lesson and play-along series.
Each month, we’ll offer a 30 minute crash course, introduce a few new intermediate level songs, and have a fun play-along with familiar songs all can join in on.
The series starts Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1-3pm at the Bozeman Public Library.
Here’s how we envision it going:
1pm-1:30pm: Quickie 30-minute crash course for beginners.
1:30pm-2ish: All levels will work on a few new songs together as a group.
2ish-3pm: We’ll all play some familiar and fun songs together!
As always, Ukulele players of all experience levels are invited to bring a ukulele and join the fun. Song sheets with chord charts will be provided.
If you don’t have a ukulele, you can reserve a loaner. (Our suggested donation of $5 to borrow a ukulele is optional!)
Subsequent First Sunday Ukulele times and locations will be announced on Facebook, via the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret email list, and on our online calendar.
For more information, to get on the email list, or to reserve a loaner ukulele, please submit the contact form below.
Well, we up and did it. Bozeman Ukulele Picnic 2014 is a wrap.
I hope everybody had a good time!
The date is set! Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will host its 2014 Summer Ukulele Picnic at Lindley Park Pavilion (in Lindley Park) from 3:30-10 pm on Sunday, August 17. A beginning ukulele lesson is offered from 3:30-5pm. All are welcome to join us for a no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along at 6:00 pm.
That’s SUNDAY, AUGUST 17 at LINDLEY PARK PAVILION (map)
3:30 pm UKULELE CRASH COURSE: If you don’t play the ukulele but want to learn, we’ll offer a free BEGINNER crash course to get you up and running. Registration for the lesson is closed (as of 1pm Aug. 17) but walk-ins are welcome–Just understand that we have a limited number of lesson materials and loaner ukuleles. The lesson is for BEGINNERS who have never played before. It is geared for a mixed age group, but is likely too fast-paced for children under 8 years old.
6:00 pm PICNIC, JAM and PLAY-ALONG: Bring your ukulele, your picnic dinner and “play-along-able” song(s) to share or perform (if you like). Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide ice cream, lemonade and song sheets for some ukulele tunes that we can all play along on. We’re prepared to serve about 30, so if more show up, we’ll improvise and share!
8:00 pm Sunset Flash Mob? Depending on how things go, it might be fun to walk over to Peet’s Hill and salute the sunset with a ukulele tune. We’ll see!
Other details: Beer/wine are allowed, but moderation is strongly encouraged. Dogs on leash are allowed in the park, but they can be pretty distracting, so you’re encouraged to leave them home. Since we’re not sure how much seating we’ll have or need, it might be a good idea to throw a lawn chair and a music stand in your rig if you have them handy!
On July 9 and 10 Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret gave a ukulele crash course to 35 teens and a few chaperones during Montana 4-H congress. It was amazing how fast they learned! Most of these kids went from never having touched a ukulele to playing 4-chord songs like “Johnny Be Goode” and “Dynamite” all within within a couple of hours.
We started out with rhythm and rhyming games and before the workshop was over, all could play C, Am7, C7, G7, F, G and Am. We even had time to break into groups to write and perform original versions of “The 4-H Congress Blues.”
Volunteers Susan Johnston and Debra Waggener helped keep ukuleles tuned and keep fingers untangled (Also, Debra took these great pictures during Wednesday afternoon’s workshop!) With 17 students per session (a few brought their own ukes) we leaned on our ukulele community to lend ukuleles.
Thanks Mark G., Susan J., Geoff G., Debra W., Shawna L., Catey L, Wren G. and Mike G. for letting these kids use your ukulele! (And thanks to all who have paid for lessons or given tips/donations, the funds from which helped me buy six ukuleles to use as loaners and rentals.) And thanks, Montana 4-H for inviting us. We had a great time!
Here is the curriculum I used, in case you took the workshop and want to review it, or teach someone else. Yes Uke Can 4-H Lesson