Volunteers get their ukes out

It’s been a busy summer! So far in 2016, we’ve provided free lessons to start the following folks on the road to ukulele glory (AKA ruin):

  • 35 4-H teenagers
  • 20 Montessori Students
  • 100 Boy Scouts
  • 20 Senior Citizens
  • 50 Community Members

And, putting their ukulele powers to good use, our awesome group of volunteers visited the Gallatin Rest Home twice a month and brought ukulele fun to these community events. Thanks to all of our teaching and uke-playing volunteers (those mentioned below and unsung heroes alike), not to mention our tireless technical support/roadie/photographer/helper (David).

Senior Center Luau, Aug 2016 – Thanks Vicki, Chan, Susan, Mark G, Mark S, Dennis and Camille!

 

Gallatin Valley Food Bank Volunteer Appreciation Picnic, Aug 2016 – Thanks Peter, Nan, Julie, Susan, Geoff, Bill, Jane, Mark G and Chan!

 

Sweet Pea Festival Aug 2016 – Thanks Molly and Klara!

Beginner Ukulele Clubhouse starts at Bozeman Senior Center

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Ukulele beginners: We’re offering a new opportunity to get our your uke!

Join us downstairs in the Bozeman Senior Center Rec Room for three casual beginner level ukulele play-along sessions, 10 a.m. Wednesdays August 24, August 31 and September 7. Play along on easy songs, ask questions and build playing skills. Music sheets provided. Free and open to the public. BYO-Uke if you have one! Loaner ukuleles available while they last. To reserve a loaner or for more info, get in touch with the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret via the contact form on the ABOUT page.

This drop-in group is scheduled for three Wednesday morning sessions, Aug. 24-Sept. 7, 2016. Continuation will be based on participation and volunteer availability. (If you’d like to volunteer to lead a beginner group–either regularly or occasionally–please contact Marla at the Ukulele Cabaret!)

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Ukulele Picnic Set for Saturday, Sept 10, 2016

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Pickin’ in the Park hosts Bozeman Ukulele Picnic at Story Mansion Sept. 10

The fourth annual Bozeman Ukulele Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Story Mansion.

At 3:30 a free ukulele crash course for first-time beginners starts. If you’ve never touched a ukulele before, this is your chance to learn to hold, strum and play your first songs with easy chords. The 1-hour crash course is appropriate for all ages (8+). (Kids under 12 should attend with a parent).

At 5:30pm the no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along start. We’ll open up the mic for anyone who wants to perform a song while we dine and after open mic time, we’ll all get together to start the play along.

Bring a ukulele, your own picnic dinner and a song to share or perform, or just come join us and strum or sing along on the play along songs!

Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide lemonade and a selection of songs for all to play along on. The event is hosted by the City of Bozeman’s Pickin’ in the Parks program in partnership with Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret.

The Story Mansion is located at 811 S. Willson in Bozeman. In the case of rain, activities will move indoors.

Those who don’t have a ukulele can borrow a loaner while supplies last. To reserve a loaner for the lesson, contact Bozeman Ukulele Via the form on the ABOUT page or find Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret on Facebook.

 

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Ukulele Cabaret Joins Community Art Fun at Sacks July 8

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The Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret and Community Art Bozeman will host art walk fun in the parking lot of Sacks Thrift Store Friday, July 8, 2016 from 6-8 pm.

Community Art Bozeman will host a “musical easels” game that invites artists of all stripes to take turns working on paintings.

Strummers from the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide the music.

The public is invited to bring a ukulele and be part of this Art Walk Ukulele Flash Mob. Songbooks with chord charts are provided and loaner ukuleles will be on hand.

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Featured ukulele performers, Jeannette Skankin, “arguably the only ukulele reggae band in Bozeman that dresses like Montana’s historic congresswoman,” are also slated to make an appearance.

All are welcome to stop by, sing along, watch the musical art follies, or pick up a brush and take part.

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This free public event is being organized by Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret and Community Art Bozeman in support of Sacks Thrift Store. Sacks is a non-profit thrift store, operating with public donations of merchandise to support the Help Center and Sexual Assault Counseling Center.

For info, drop us a line via the contact form on the ABOUT page.

 

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Summer Season 2016

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As the weather warms up, Montana ukers tend to scatter to the four winds, so no ukulele play-alongs are planned for May-August 2016.

However, ukulele sing alongs at Gallatin Rest Home will continue throughout the summer on an every-other-Monday basis. Check here for more info and visit the Calendar page for upcoming date confirmations.

To find fun songs to play this summer, check our songs page.

If you would like to organize your own ukulele event during the summer season, we’re happy to help spread the word.  Just send a message via the contact from on the About page.

Happy Spring!

 

 

Spring Ukulele Play Along May 10 2016 – Planet Ukulele

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BYO uke + play along on songs about nature, spring + other earthy stuff with the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret this April 10.

This group play-along is open to the public and anyone is welcome to come and join us.

We’ll provide chord + lyric sheets for a selection of songs. You can bring a song of your own to lead or perform if you like.

All are welcome. We’ll meet in the LARGE meeting room at the Bozeman Public Library, Sunday April 10 from 4-6pm.

Sneak Preview of songs: (These are subject to last minute changes, as always! I’ll bring copies, so there’s no need to print your own.) PDF: April 2016

If you need to borrow a loaner ukulele, or have questions, get in touch via the contact form on the “About” page.

A Folking Good Time – March 13 2016

Thanks everybody for coming out, pitching in and joining the fun! Mark Grenier made the sound happen for our open mic and Geoff Gamble provided inspiration for our folk song line-up (not to mention leading many songs). Thanks David for the photos and thanks open mic performers for putting it out there. You (folk) rocked! See you next time.

 

Folk Uke Night at Colombos March 13 2016

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Grab your uke!

Folk Uke Night is on for SUNDAY, March 13 from 6-9pm.
We’ve put together a fun night of folk songs. Meet in the back room at Colombo’s Pizza & Pasta for pizza starting at 6. Bring your ukulele and sing + play along on some familiar folk songs with easy chords!

With help from our own crack team of living, breathing relics from the 1950s-60s, we’ll provide ukulele chord & lyric sheets so all can play along. You’re also welcome to bring a song of your own to lead or perform.

Feel free to dine before, during or after (or just come ready to play, no dining required). Music will start around 6:30. (If you want to order ahead, call Colombos at 587-5544.)

All are welcome!

Like to practice ahead of time? For a sneak preview of our folk song list check out this PDF.

Folk Uke 2016 Final List

Valentine uke night 2016 photos

Well, we did it again. Another night of Valentine ukulele fun at Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot in downtown Bozeman. Thanks to all who came out, helped out, and belted out love and heartache songs with us, and special thanks to Sinclair’s Bakery for our delicious apfelstrudel prizes! If you want to relive the fun, here’s this year’s song list. Get out yer uke!  Valentine 2016 FINAL

 

Valentine Ukulele Night Feb. 12, 2016

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Woo your sweetie! Drown your sorrows! Get out your uke!

Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret’s 5th annual Ukulele Open Mic and Play-Along is set for 7-9pm Friday, Feb. 12 at Wild Joe’s Coffee House, 18 W. Main, Bozeman. The theme is “Songs for Lovers, Lonely Hearts and Heartbreak Survivors.”

This annual love fest is a chance to warm up your Valentine weekend and strum away the winter chill, with or without a date. The evening includes an open-mic roster as well as play-along songs that everyone in the house can join in on, so bring your uke and croon with us. Chord charts and lyrics are provided, so you don’t have to be a virtuoso to join the fun.

Sign ups at the door for open mic slots start at 6pm. Or, to dibs a slot ahead of time, you can contact us by filling out the contact form on this page or getting in touch via facebook or email.

In keeping with Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret tradition, the audience will elect prize winners among the open mic players for “sweetest love song,” “saddest heartbreak song” and “Valentine attire”.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to come, sing along and cheer our ukulele open-mic participants to glory.

Don’t be shy! Bring your ukulele and have some fun!

For a sneak preview of 2016 Play-Along songs, go here:  Valentine 2016 FINAL

Please fill out and submit this contact form to dibs an open mic slot for the 12th.

Note: If you do NOT show up by 7pm Fri Feb. 12 to confirm your presence, your open mic slot may be given to someone else. Check in at the sign-up sheet at the front of the house when you arrive. Please sign up for only one (1) song per person (or group) so as many as possible can play. If we have extra time at the end of the evening, we will open up the mic for encores. 

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