Pickin’ in the Park cohosts Uke-toberfest at Story Mansion Oct 14 2017


Uke-toberfest, the fourth annual Bozeman Ukulele Picnic, is Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Story Mansion.

The event starts with a free drop-in ukulele crash course for first-time beginners of all ages (7+) at 3:30pm. A no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along follows, beginning at 5pm. The public is invited to bring a ukulele, a picnic dinner and a song to share or perform. Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide lemonade, door prizes and a selection of songs for all to play along on.

The event is hosted by Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret in partnership with the Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department’s “Pickin’ in the Park” Program. 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, send a message via the contact form on our “about” page or find Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret on Facebook.

The Story Mansion is located at 811 S. Willson in Bozeman.


Grab Yer Uke and March for Science 11am April 22, 2017 – MSU Bozeman

Get out your ukulele and March for Science, Saturday, April 22, 2017.

This community event is organized by MSU students, but all science loving citizens are welcome. Wouldn’t it be fun to add a colorful ukulele presence to the atmosphere? It’s a national non-partisan effort to support the vital role science plays in global health, safety, economies, and governments.

WHEN: The March for Science rally is scheduled to begin at 10 am Saturday April 22 on the MSU Centennial Mall, which is just South of Montana Hall (the red brick building in the center of campus with a bell tower). The March is scheduled to start sometime between 11 and Noon, so let’s set our ukulele timing as follows:

UKERS MEET UP 11:00 am in front of MSU Renne Library to pick up music and maybe do a run-through. (The library is just across the Mall from Montana Hall, a bit to the SW, so if you are at the rally, you’ll be able to glance over and see if we’re there. From there, we can get organized and still keep an eye on rally doins. Once we feel “as organized as we’re getting,” we’ll rejoin the rally and march as a group.)

I’ll bring masking tape, so we can tape music to the person in front of us if needed! 🙂 It’s an easy 3-chord song, though, so even if you don’t know it yet, join us!

If the weather’s nice, I’ll bring some other spring songs and we can have an impromptu Earth Day play-along afterward if people feel like it.

SEE YOU THERE! Plan 15 minutes for park & walk, as there’s not a lot of parking near MSU! The Field House lot across from Town & Country is always a safe option if you can’t find anything closer.

Here’s some more background on the event and below are resources for practicing our Galaxy Song.

Bozeman Chronicle: April 19 2017 story by Gail Schontzler

Bozeman March for Science Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1845058772420131/  (This page includes maps and stuff, in case you’re not familiar with the campus area.)

March for Science Bozeman page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marchforsciencebozeman/

Not familiar with the Galaxy song? Here’s the darling Eric Idle himself performing it (we’ll skip the instrumental):

I’ll provide music sheets for Monty Python’s Galaxy Song, which you can also download here as a PDF:  Galaxy Song

Or practice right from here (sorry, we’re not playing in the same key as the video):


Love Song Play-Along and Unamplified Open Mic Feb 19 2017

What's more romantic than a ukulele?

What’s more romantic than a ukulele?


Sunday, February 19 3-5pm

Bozeman Public Library Small Meeting Room

Everyone welcome! BYO Uke!

Grab your ukulele and play along on fun, familiar love songs!

AND! If you feel brave, you can even get up and perform a love or heartbreak song at our “Unamplified Open Mic!” You might win the prize for saddest or sweetest song. Or, if you prefer to play it kind of chill,  just come join the fun, cheer our performers and play along.

We’ll start out with the (unamplified) open mic at 3, and then all play some songs together.

Sign up for your “open mic” slot on the dry erase board, day-of!

Need a loaner ukulele? Just let us know!
If you can play guitar, you can play ukulele. We provide chord charts for all play-along songs, so come out and have some fun with us. Playing ukulele has been shown to be good for your heart!

Like to practice up ahead of time? Here’s a Sneak Preview PDF of our play-along songs.



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Songs of Unity and Friendship Jan 15 2017 Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret


This January’s Ukulele Play-Along is on the theme of unity and friendship. Bring a ukulele to the Bozeman Public Library on Sunday, Jan 15 at 4pm and join us. It’s super low key and everybody’s welcome!

“Mom, you have, like, 9 hours worth of music here,” my hyperbolic daughter said, as she dutifully played the part of blind run-through guinea pig. Actually not. More like, maybe 1.2 hours. Anyway, we may skip a few on Sunday depending on who shows up and how everybody feels, but I had fun trying out these songs, so I’m uploading the whole list here. Don’t worry if you don’t know some of them. They’re all easy to learn as you go.

Ukulele Songs of Unity and Friendship Preview: jan-15-2017-preview

Here’s the final version, tweaked a bit: jan-15-2017-finalhr

I will bring enough copies for everyone on Sunday, so there’s no need to print unless you want to practice up ahead of time. (I usually encounter a few mistakes and re-order the pages before I print out music, so if you print this preview, it probably won’t match the final version.)

See you on Sunday! If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.



Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret Caroling at Highgate Senior Living Dec 4 2016

Thanks Elizabeth Crowell for sending us a link to this video of our Dec 4 2016 caroling outing to Highgate Senior Living! Between the practice/play-along at Cold Smoke Coffee and the caroling event at Highgate, more than 25 ukers came out last Sunday.

Thanks to our hosts Cold Smoke and Highgate, and to Susan J. for organizing, David D. for photos, and all the ukers who came, played, sang and schlepped music stands, folding stools and other ukulele cabaret paraphernalia!

Our volunteer troupe also played carols at Gallatin Rest Home on Monday, Dec. 5. Thanks to all the strummers who make the time to bring a smile to our Bozeman seniors.

If you’re interested in visiting the Gallatin Rest Home with our drop-in ukulele group on alternating Mondays at 3pm, check out more info here.

Holiday Ukulele Caroling Party Dec. 4 2016


Our Holiday Ukulele Caroling Party is planned for 1-4pm Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

It’s a 2-part thing. First a rehearsal/get-together at a coffee shop, followed by caroling at Highgate.

1:00pm – Meet at Cold Smoke Coffeehouse to rehearse/socialize. — Get your own beverage. We’ll provide some snacks.
2:45pm – Head to Highgate Senior Living to sing and play ukulele carols with the residents there. (Meet in main lobby)
— Festive caroling attire encouraged! (…but not required)
— BYO ukulele (+ a portable music stand if you have one)
We’ll provide music sheets for all!

Come to either or both parts of this 2-part event!
If  you don’t feel a need to rehearse, it’s OK to just join us at Highgate!
If you don’t feel ready to “perform” it’s OK to just come to Cold Smoke!
The main thing is to GET OUT YOUR UKE and have some holiday fun!

Cold Smoke Coffee House is at 2051 W Oak St Suite 5
Highgate Senior Living is at 2219 W Oak St

If you like to practice ahead of time, here’s a link to a PDF of our Holiday Songs.

Here’s a picture from a previous year’s caroling fun!
(You don’t gotta wear a Santa hat…but nobody’s saying you cant!)



October Ukulele Playalong – Oct 9 2016 Bozeman Public Library

Get out your uke and blow that icky political gunk right out of your noggin! No politics! Just fun!


Sunday OCTOBER 9, 4-6pmCommunity Ukulele Jam at the Bozeman Public Library Small Meeting Room

This is an easy-going play-along. Everyone is welcome! Bring a ukulele and play along on songs we provide, or bring your own song to lead or share.

We’ll be playing fall faves from past Ukulele Cabaret events, plus a few fun surprises! (Check out the sneak preview of songs posted in our Facebook event.)

Ukulele chord charts are provided for every song, so even if you are a guitar player or novice ukulele player, you can dive in and have fun. Seriously, don’t be ‘fraid—you ARE good enough to join us! We always start with some easier songs for beginners in the first 30 minutes, and there’s no shame in just faking it on stuff that’s over your head. 😉

Wi-fi and projection are available so we can also share songs from online sources.

— Don’t be square. See ya there!


2016 Picnic Photos

If you missed the 2016 Bozeman Ukulele Picnic at Story Mansion Park, here’s a taste of the fun. Thanks to those who helped out and showed up, and thanks to our co-sponsors, Bozeman Parks and Recreation, for providing this fabulous venue through their Pickin in the Park program.

We had 10 students for the beginner lesson, and a good sized smattering of picnickers who came out to join us on a perfect sunny day.

We had some great open mic performances and played some fun songs together with help from Mark G, Mark S. and Joe and Tara. As usual, Marla’s partner, David, did much of the grunt work and took photos for us!

We were pleased to see some new players join in the play-along. They even helped us bid a fond farewell to our good friend, Mark Sinclair, famous baker and ukulele all-star, with the songs “I’ve Never been to Spain” and “Amigos para Siempre.” (Henceforth there will be no mention of the “Stairway to Heaven” train-wreck! 🙂

In celebration of 5 years (and possibly our last picnic) we ordered some keen swag and gave out some door prizes. Congrats to lucky winners and thanks to all who patronized our swag table — I hope you’re all loving your tee shirts, tote bags and coffee mugs! If you missed the chance to buy something I’ve posted the leftovers on our facebook page. Thanks again to all who helped make this year’s picnic happen.


Bozeman Ukulele Picnic Saturday Sept. 10 2016


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

3:30 pm Free ukulele crash course for first-time beginners
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).

5:o0pm no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along
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 Park program in partnership with Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret.


We’ve ordered our first-ever run of Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret Tee shirts! So bring a Jackson (that’s $20) if you’d like to purchase one! We’ll also be giving away some fun swag to our faithful volunteers and a lucky door prize winner, so show up and get your just desserts! You can also find all kinds of custom Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret swag HERE and order your own.

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.


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!