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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:  (This page includes maps and stuff, in case you’re not familiar with the campus area.)

March for Science Bozeman page on Facebook:

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.



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!


Ukulele Picnic Set for Saturday, Sept 10, 2016

Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret Basket of Ukuleles

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 5:00pm 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


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.


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.


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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Spring Ukulele Play Along May 10 2016 – Planet Ukulele


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.

Folk Uke Night at Colombos March 13 2016


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 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 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.