Valentine Ukulele Night Feb. 12, 2016

Feb 12 Ukulele Night Bozeman MT

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 2016preview

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. 

Free jump-start for ukulele beginners Jan 23 2016

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Grab your ukulele!

Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will offer a free community ukulele class for first-time beginners 2pm Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Bozeman Public Library.

If you just bought a ukulele, got one as a gift or have one gathering dust, this quick-start lesson is designed to get you up and running.

The 2-hour class focuses on holding, strumming, pressing down strings, making chords and playing fun, easy songs. Participants will also get a chance to practice tuning.

No experience is needed as this class is especially for beginners (adults and youth ages 10-up).

Bring your own ukulele or contact us to reserve a loaner.

(Instruction is geared to soprano ukuleles. If yours is a baritone, please email for additional info.)

For more information or to reserve a loaner, find Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret via facebook, or via the form on our about page.

Ukulele Picnic photos Sept. 27, 2015

About 30 ukulele players showed up to send off summer at Beall Park Recreation Center on Sunday Sept. 27. People had a chance to eat their dinners while we had a little open mic segment. Then we cut the awesome ukulele cake brought by our friend and fellow uker, Jane. There were also special ukulele cookies from Nana’s (AKA Sue’s) homemade cookie-torium.

Thanks to our open mic entertainers, and also to David, Wren, Mark and Chan for help with set-up. Another big thanks to all who donated to the room rental pot! And thanks, all, for coming out and having a good time!

Here are a few photos. If you’d like a higher resolution file of any of them, let me know!

Bozeman Ukulele Picnic Sunday Sept 27 at Beall Park

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The Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will host its third annual end of summer ukulele picnic at Beall Park Center at 415 N. Bozeman on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 5:30-9:30pm.

Bring your ukulele, your own picnic dinner and a song to share, if the mood strikes you. We’ll provide ice cream and lemonade and some songs that all can play along on.

From 5:30-6:30, it’s open mic and dinner time. Walk up to the mic with your uke and take a turn serenading us while we dine.

Starting at 6:30 we’ll do some all-play songs that everyone can join in on. We provide chord charts and song sheets, so bring your ukulele and join the fun.

For more info or to reserve a loaner uke, drop us a comment!

Free ukulele starter classes Sept 26 2015 at Story Mansion in Bozeman

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On Saturday, Sept. 26 2015 we’ll be teaching beginner ukulele starter classes for kids and adults at the Story Mansion (811 S. Willson) in collaboration with Bozeman Parks and Recreation’s Pickin in the Park community music program.

There are two workshops:
Session 1 (1:00pm-1:45pm) is a 45-minute starter class for youth ages 7-11*
   *Children in session 1 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Session 2 (2:00pm-4pm) is a 2-hour starter workshop for adults and youth ages 12-up

Both classes are for players who have never touched a ukulele before!
They begin at the very beginning and are not intended for experienced players.
Ukuleles are provided, or you may bring a soprano, concert or tenor ukulele.
(We will be playing in a GCEA tuning and will not cover baritone chord shapes).

CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

To register, contact City of Bozeman Parks and Recreation at 582-2910, stop by Beall Park (8:30-4:30M-F) or Bozeman Swim Center, or access their Fall Recreation Guide online for more info.

If you register online through Bozeman Parks and Recreation, be aware that the ukulele classes are hidden several levels deep in their registration system. Begin here. Then click Online Registration> Register for Activities> RecreationPrograms> Recreation Fall & Winter 15/16> and then scroll to find and click Pickin in the Park, then click Beginning Ukulele workshop. Select Session 1 for children 7-11. Select Session 2 for Adults & Youth 12-up. 

4-Hers rock the uke

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle did a nice article covering our workshops for Montana 4-H Congress.

Aspen Pointe June 18 2015

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A handful of Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret ukers put on a little show June 18, 2015 at Aspen Pointe in Bozeman.

We performed a few songs and did a little sing-along portion. Those who had a uke handy came and joined in the fun! Thanks to all who played and sang, ukers and audience members too!

If you want to try the songs we played, here they are:

Aspen Point Play-ALong

(The arrangements in this set came from our friends Dr. Uke and San Jose Ukulele Club.)

Summer Hiatus 2015

Gone-Fishin Hooray! It’s spring! Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret doesn’t plan events for summertime, because everybody is outside messing around in nature, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep playing your ukulele.

Check our our “Songs”  page to find songs (on this and other sites) that you might enjoy playing.

And don’t forget, you can always organize your own ukulele event, picnic, party, etc.! If you plan to host a ukulele event in the Bozeman area this summer, feel free to get in touch with us to have it posted on our facebook page or sent out via our email list. Just drop a note by submitting this contact form, or send a message via Facebook.

Valentine Ukulele Open Mic and Play Along Feb 13, 2015

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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.

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