Monthly Archives: July 2013

Victor and Penny Ukulele Workshop + Concert — Aug. 5 Bozeman

Victory and Penny

Victory and Penny

The Kansas City based Antique Pop duo Victor & Penny arrived in Bozeman Sweet Pea weekend. The Monday after their Sweet Pea performances, they’ll give a downtown workshop and concert at Wild Joe’s.

Performing on ukulele and a lovely old guitar, Victor & Penny are known for their twist on the music of the early 20th century as well as unique arrangements of modern tunes and clever originals. Their jazz guitar licks are anchored by a fiery one-ukulele rhythm section.

Sweet Pea organizers put the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret in touch with Jeff Freling and Erin McGrane (Victor & Penny) to help them organize a downtown workshop and concert for folks who’d like a closer look and a chance to pick up a little of their technique.


Victory & Penny’s Downtown Bozeman Ukulele Workshop + Concert
— Monday, August 5 at 7pm
— Wild Joe’s Coffee, 18 W. Main
(A $5 donation for the concert and workshop is suggested.)

THE WORKSHOP: “Ukulele as a rhythm instrument”
Erin McGrane and Jeff Freling of Victor & Penny will show you the difference between just strumming along and driving the rhythm. Learn simple but effective strumming techniques and delve into the styles of swing and gypsy jazz. They’ll also demonstrate how to arrange songs for ukulele including interpreting the feel and finding useful chord substitutions to help you play more confidently and musically.Bring your ukulele! Or soak up some tips even if you don’t have a ukulele! The 45- to 60-minute workshop, open to all ages and abilities, begins at 7, with the concert to follow.
Don’t miss this chance to get out your ukulele on Monday, August 5 at Wild Joe’s — Come! Strum! Be awesome!
— B.U.C.
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Ukulele Picnic wrap up

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Hey, thanks all, for coming to the Ukulele Picnic at the Lindley Center. We met some new faces and ate some good eats and drank cold raspberry lemonade until we could hold no more. We played some songs, and did some serious damage to some others, but all walked away from the wreckage unscathed.

We had two ukulele makers in our midst. Jeremiah, with his hand-made harp-ulele, came all the way from Walkerville! And Timothy Ferguson brought one of his beautifully crafted ukes. Yes, his dad, Ren Ferguson is the well-known luthier — so this kid has a pretty good teacher. Tim’s not a bad singer, either!

Mark Sinclair (now known as Baker Mark, to distinguish him from Mark Classic) graced our table with European pastry samples from Sinclair’s Bakery. Our friend Carmel brought a sinful crumble made from fresh huckleberries that she claims to have picked with her own “10 thumbs.” And there were fresh garden veggies and all sorts of other good stuff.

Not to gloat, but if you weren’t there, you totally missed out! Maybe next year!

Bozeman Ukulele Picnic Thursday July 25 6:30PM

Uke-PurpThe Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret is hosting a summer ukulele picnic Thursday, July 25 at the Lindley Center in Bozeman. The fun begins at 6:30 pm and we’ll probably go until 9 or so.

This will be a chance to get together, play outdoors and hopefully enjoy some lovely summer weather, but we can move inside the Lindley Center in case of inclement weather. (Please note that dogs and smoking are prohibited at the Lindley Center)

If you want a full-on picnic experience please bring your own picnic dinner and accoutrements.

We’ll provide ice cream and lemonade!

This will be a low-key come-as-you-are kind of jam. Bring your ukulele and song ideas if you want to lead a song  or songs. We will also have our projector and whiteboard handy for play-along fun or jam-ergencies that require chord diagrams.

All ages and abilities of ukulele players are welcome. If you’re a beginner, you’ll probably meet someone to help you along!

Hope you can come!

Lindley Center is located east of Lindley Park at 1102 E. Curtiss Ave. (Turn onto Cypress from Main, then left onto Curtiss.)

Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret seeks input for Summer events

Ukulele-summer-fun We’re trying to gauge interest for some ukulele summer events in Bozeman, so please help: Comment if you might like to be involved!
1. JULY Summer Ukulele Picnic. I’m thinking we’d do this at a local park in a jam format from 6:30 to 8:30 on Thursday July 25. — Any interest?
2. AUG 3 Sweet Pea Parade: Does anybody want to be in the Sweet Pea Parade as the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret? Parade is 10am Sat. Aug. 3 and registration deadline is this Wed., July 17. If anybody wants to do it tell me NOW! NOW! NOW!
3. AUG 24 Talking Heads ukulele performance: A local promoter has asked if we would like to do some ukulele Talking Heads covers before an outdoor showing of “Stop Making Sense.” If you would like to perform a T.H. song (solo or with group) please let me know right away so I can confirm our participation. SEE BELOW a brand-new ukulele chord chart for “People Like Us” that this event inspired me to whip up.
4. SEPT Uke Flash Mob: Would anybody be interested in doing a ukulele flash mob at the Bozeman Art Walk Friday, Sept. 13? If I get 4 or more replies, I’ll mastermind a plan.
5. Monsters of Arena Rock + Power Ballads night: Anyone in for a night of 70s/80s power ballads and arena rock hits at a local bar? (Think Journey! Kansas! Foreigner! Styx! Etc!) Any interest? If I get 4 or more replies, I’ll book a venue.
If you would like to participate in any of the events above, please COMMENT on this post so we’ll know whether or not to proceed with plans.

And speaking of great Talking Heads songs: Thinking about performing Talking Heads songs outdoors made me think of the great scene in “True Stories(my favorite movie, ever) where John Goodman performs “People Like Us” for the big sesquicentennial celebration in Virgil, Texas. I looked for chords on the internet, but the only version I could find was a bit out of my singing range. I went ahead and added ukulele chord charts for that version, but I also transposed it to a girlier key, in case any of the ladies out there want to sing it. Enjoy!

People like us CPeople like us G
PDF of People like us C (girlier key)

PDF of People like us G (original key)

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