Monthly Archives: January 2014

Valentine Play-Along Practice Preview

valentine songs 2014For those of you who would like to practice up a bit ahead of time for our Valentine Ukulele Open Mic & Play-Along Night (7-9pm Feb 14 2014 at Wild Joe’s in Bozeman) here’s  a PDF of the songs with chord charts pretty much as they’ll be on the 14th. (We will hand out songbooks the night of and it’s possible that they might differ slightly from this draft, but it will be pretty close.)  valentine songs 2014

These (and maybe a surprise or two) will be the songs that we all play together. It will be fun! Everyone is welcome!

The evening of Feb. 14 2014 will go something like this:

6:30pm* – Sign up for remaining open mic slots. (They are going fast online! You can DIBS an open mic slot NOW or sign up night-of, on a first-come basis. — So, dibs a slot NOW if you want to be sure that we allow time for you to perform.) Please note that since time is limited, we ask that performers play only ONE song until everyone has had a chance. If there is extra time, we’ll ask for encore volunteers.)

*Don’t to forget to buy a drink or treat to show appreciation to our generous host, Wild Joes!

We break up the night into four half-hour sets:

7:00 First set of open mic

7:30 First set of play-along

8:00 Second set of open mic

8:30 Last set of Play-Along (Audience votes on “Saddest Song,” “Sweetest Song,” and “Most Elegant Valentine Attire.”) (Your own interpretation of elegant is encouraged.)

9:00 Awards and last play-along song.

It will be a hoot! Even if you don’t have a ukulele, you can come, sing along and vote! But if you DO have a ukulele, come, strum and be awesome!

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Free ukulele lesson/ practices planned Jan 26 and Feb 2

Mark Sinclair will host practice sessions at the library Jan 26 and Feb 2, 2014 at 1pm

Mark Sinclair will host practice sessions at the library Jan 26 and Feb 2, 2014 at 1pm

Here’s your chance to dust off the ukulele and practice up for the open mic night!

Before the Valentine open mic night (Friday Feb 14 at Wild Joes), we have two open ukulele lesson/practice sessions planned.

Mark Sinclair (of Sinclair’s Bakery in Belgrade) will be hosting these two sessions. He will provide some songs to work on, but feel free to bring an open mic song you want some help with. This will be a casual pace, learn-as-you-play coaching session, where you can ask questions and get help as needed.

WHERE: Bozeman Public Library’s small meeting room
WHEN: Sunday Jan 26 —and— Sunday Feb. 2
WHAT TIME: 1 pm
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Valentine Ukulele Night Feb 14 2014

What's more romantic than a ukulele?

What’s more romantic than a ukulele?

Valentine Ukulele Night at Wild Joes is set for Feb 14!

The Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret hosts its third annual Valentine ukulele open mic and play-along night from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, Feb. 14 at Wild Joe’s Coffeehouse in Bozeman.

Play along with us!
Ukulele players are invited to come out and play along on love songs and heartache laments ranging from to “I’ve Got You, Babe” to “Bye Bye Love” and other super-fun tunes. Song sheets with ukulele chords are provided, so players of all abilities can strum along. Get out your ukulele and join us! There’s no such thing as “not being good enough.” We didn’t name it the Valentine Ukulele Massacre for nothing!

Open mic with prizes for songs and attire!
Performers will have a chance to serenade their sweetie or wallow in heartbreak at a ukulele-only open mic set! Prizes for Saddest Heartbreak Song, Sweetest Love Song and Most Elegant Valentine Attire will be decided by audience ballot, but every performer is guaranteed a warm reception and enthusiastic applause.

Sign up now!
Open mic players, please sign up in advance online (It’s really helpful for planning purposes). Any remaining open mic slots will be available for sign-up starting at 6:30 the night of the show. (Don’t feel shy about your ukulele skill! Have a go at it! —It’s all for fun! We PROMISE to love you!)

Join the fun!
The public is invited to cheer on the performers, vote for their favorites, or bring a ukulele and join the fun. To dibs a spot on the open mic list, fill out the form below and click submit. (Please sign up for only one song. If we have extra open mic slots after everyone who wants to perform has had a chance, we’ll ask for encore volunteers.)

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Valentine’s Day Ukulele Massacre Feb 14 2014

valentine-uke-feb14-2014What time is it? It’s Valentimes!

So dust off your ukulele and invite your friends. This year’s Bozeman Valentine Ukulele bash will be on ACTUAL VALENTINE’S DAY, Friday, Feb 14 7-9pm at Wild Joe*s!

This is your big chance to practice up a song and perform for prizes in the categories of “Sweetest Love Song” and “Saddest Love Song.” You don’t really have to be that good! We will love you NO MATTER WHAT.

AND we’ll have a play-along too, so even if you don’t plan to take the stage, bring your uke + strum along!

If you plan to perform, please DIBS an OPEN MIC SLOT ahead of time. Simply drop a message in the comment box with your name and the song you plan to do, or send a message via Facebook or fill out this super nifty form and click SUBMIT.

(You can still sign up night-of, but it really helps with planning if we know how many plan to play.) DO IT! It’s FUN! And it will IMPRESS your SWEETIE! (No sweetie? It’s also a great way to drown your Valentine sorrows and/or improve your love life.) EVERYBODY LOVES A UKULELE PLAYER!!!!!

Songs about hearts broken or otherwise — and anything (even remotely) on the LOVE theme are IN! Suggestions for play-along songs welcome, too. Mark thy calendar! Tell your pals!

If you need help (a lot or a little) preparing your performance, or a loaner ukulele for the night, let us know. Ukulele nuts are standing by.

See you Friday, Feb 14, if not sooner!

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New ukulele fun for 2014 – Please share your input!

ukes-rockinHi friends, it’s 2014!

Welcome to the third year of the last ukulele craze on earth: The Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret! (Many hold that Bozeman, Montana is the last place that trends arrive—from sushi, to cupcake stores, to restaurants with one-word names, to ukulele-playing! So, take a moment to appreciate the distinction that Bozeman’s ukulele craze may officially be the last ukulele craze anywhere! This doesn’t make us behind the times…it makes us COOL! Like Lost Horizon! Or that VW Beetle in Sleeper! Don’t hide your ukulele late-comer light under a bushel, grab a ukulele and plink like there’s no tomorrow!)

Great news for 2014: UKULELE CLUBHOUSE under construction!
(Well, virtually under construction…we’re not talking bricks and mortar.)

Two local volunteers, (Mark Grenier, the sweetest, most mellow man that ever plucked four strings, and Mark Sinclair, Belgrade’s mysteriously quiet but secretly-super-fun 1/4-Hawaiian artisan baker and ukulele strummer) have volunteered to help Marla Goodman (reluctant but cheerful ukulele instigator) lead regular ukulele get-togethers this year! …It’s been dubbed The Ukulele Clubhouse! …As of right …Now!

Please Please Please Share Your Input!!!
We’re ready to get started (and get you practicing for this year’s Valentine’s Day Ukulele Massacre at Wild Joes, Feb. 14). All we need is a little input about your interests so we can put our heads together to best serve your uking desires. We’ll try to plan a meeting day that best suits the majority of likely attenders, and customize our plans to help everyone’s uking dreams come true.

SO! Please fill out this form to help us get the new UKULELE CLUBHOUSE underway! (forms go straight to Marla and are not published). (Just type your answers in the boxes. It’s short! Honest! –And don’t forget to click the SUBMIT button when done.)

Thanks! And here’s to another year in the last, best place for ukulele fun!