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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.


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.


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!

Beginner Ukulele Clubhouse starts at Bozeman Senior Center


Ukulele beginners: We’re offering a new opportunity to get our your uke!

Join us downstairs in the Bozeman Senior Center Rec Room for three casual beginner level ukulele play-along sessions, 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 26 (except Oct. 12 – No group that day!). Play along on easy songs, ask questions and build playing skills. Music sheets provided. Free and open to the public. BYO-Uke if you have one! Loaner ukuleles available while they last. To reserve a loaner or for more info, get in touch with the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret via the contact form on the ABOUT page.

If you’d like to volunteer to lead a beginner group–either regularly or occasionally–please contact Marla at the Ukulele Cabaret!)


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Summer Season 2016


As the weather warms up, Montana ukers tend to scatter to the four winds, so no ukulele play-alongs are planned for May-August 2016.

However, ukulele sing alongs at Gallatin Rest Home will continue throughout the summer on an every-other-Monday basis. Check here for more info and visit the Calendar page for upcoming date confirmations.

To find fun songs to play this summer, check our songs page.

If you would like to organize your own ukulele event during the summer season, we’re happy to help spread the word.  Just send a message via the contact from on the About page.

Happy Spring!



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.

Ukulele Workshop: Songs of 1920s and 30s Sunday, Nov. 2 2014

  Join Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret for a a free ukulele lesson and workshop Sunday, Nov 2 at the Bozeman Public Library from 1-3:00 pm

1pm-1:30pm: Beginner Crash Course

A 30-minute crash course for first-time beginners. (NOTE: This will be the EXACT SAME crash course as last time, so if you came last time, you may not want to attend again. It is for first-time-ever players to learn basic strumming and fingering for a few easy chords.)

1:30-2:00: WORKSHOP: Songs of the 1920s and 30s with Geoff Gamble

Guest presenter Geoff Gamble will lead a workshop for more experienced players featuring songs from the 1920s and 30s. He will demonstrate some barre chords and focus on the ukulele sound that was wildly popular throughout the jazz age. If you have mastered C, G, F etc., want to learn a few new chords, and are ready for something new, this is for you!
For those who like to get a jump on the chords, attached are PDFs of two songs that Geoff plans to teach.
And here are some videos to help you learn the tune!
–Lillian Roth sings “Ain’t She Sweet” circa 1933:
–The classic Mama Cass rendition of the 1935 song “Dream a Little Dream of Me”
2:00-3:00 Play-Along Time
As time allows, after the workshop, players of all levels can join in a casual ukulele play-along.
We will focus mostly on oldies. Most will feature pretty easy chords!

A few last notes:
Song sheets with chord charts will be provided! All are welcome!
Those who don’t have a ukulele can reserve a loaner for a suggested donation of $5. (Submit the contact form below to reserve)
Future First Sunday Ukulele session times and locations will be announced soon! We’re working on a holiday caroling event in early December. Details to come!


First Sunday Ukulele group starts in October

Ukulele-artFirst Sunday ukulele group to meet at library starting Oct. 5 2014

This year, the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will host a free “First Sunday” ukulele lesson and play-along series.

Each month, we’ll offer a 30 minute crash course, introduce a few new intermediate level songs, and have a fun play-along with familiar songs all can join in on.

The series starts Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1-3pm at the Bozeman Public Library.

Here’s how we envision it going:

1pm-1:30pm: Quickie 30-minute crash course for beginners.

1:30pm-2ish: All levels will work on a few new songs together as a group.

2ish-3pm: We’ll all play some familiar and fun songs together!

As always, Ukulele players of all experience levels are invited to bring a ukulele and join the fun. Song sheets with chord charts will be provided.

If you don’t have a ukulele, you can reserve a loaner. (Our suggested donation of $5 to borrow a ukulele is optional!)

Subsequent First Sunday Ukulele times and locations will be announced on Facebook, via the Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret email list, and on our online calendar.

For more information, to get on the email list, or to reserve a loaner ukulele, please submit the contact form below.

Bozeman Ukulele Picnic Sunday, Aug. 17 2014


The date is set! Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will host its 2014 Summer Ukulele Picnic at Lindley Park Pavilion (in Lindley Park) from 3:30-10 pm on Sunday, August 17. A beginning ukulele lesson is offered from 3:30-5pm. All are welcome to join us for a no-host picnic, ukulele jam and play-along at 6:00 pm.


Lindley Park occupies the 900 block of E. Main in Bozeman. It’s not far past the library as you are heading East out of town. There is a parking area in the park, at the top of the hill as you enter the park from Main. The pavilion is located to the left (East) side of the parking area, north of the playground equipment. It’s pretty easy to find. Watch for signs!

3:30 pm UKULELE CRASH COURSE: If you don’t play the ukulele but want to learn, we’ll offer a free BEGINNER crash course to get you up and running. Registration for the lesson is closed (as of 1pm Aug. 17) but walk-ins are welcome–Just understand that we have a limited number of lesson materials and loaner ukuleles. The lesson is for BEGINNERS who have never played before. It is geared for a mixed age group, but is likely too fast-paced for children under 8 years old.

6:00 pm PICNIC, JAM and PLAY-ALONG: Bring your ukulele, your picnic dinner and “play-along-able” song(s) to share or perform (if you like). Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret will provide ice cream, lemonade and song sheets for some ukulele tunes that we can all play along on. We’re prepared to serve about 30, so if more show up, we’ll improvise and share!

8:00 pm Sunset Flash Mob? Depending on how things go, it might be fun to walk over to Peet’s Hill and salute the sunset with a ukulele tune. We’ll see!

Other details: Beer/wine are allowed, but moderation is strongly encouraged. Dogs on leash are allowed in the park, but they can be pretty distracting, so you’re encouraged to leave them home. Since we’re not sure how much seating we’ll have or need, it might be a good idea to throw a lawn chair and a music stand in your rig if you have them handy!

GET IN THE KNOW: Join the Ukulele Picnic Facebook Event or ask to be added to our mailing list for updates about this and other events!

Playin the Montana 4-H Congress blues

On July 9 and 10 Bozeman Ukulele Cabaret gave a ukulele crash course to 35 teens and a few chaperones during Montana 4-H congress. It was amazing how fast they learned! Most of these kids went from never having touched a ukulele to playing 4-chord songs like “Johnny Be Goode” and “Dynamite” all within within a couple of hours.

We started out with rhythm and rhyming games and before the workshop was over, all could play C, Am7, C7, G7, F, G and Am. We even had time to break into groups to write and perform original versions of “The 4-H Congress Blues.”

Volunteers Susan Johnston and Debra Waggener helped keep ukuleles tuned and keep fingers untangled (Also, Debra took these great pictures during Wednesday afternoon’s workshop!) With 17 students per session (a few brought their own ukes) we leaned on our ukulele community to lend ukuleles.

Thanks Mark G., Susan J., Geoff G., Debra W., Shawna L., Catey L, Wren G. and Mike G. for letting these kids use your ukulele! (And thanks to all who have paid for lessons or given tips/donations, the funds from which helped me buy six ukuleles to use as loaners and rentals.) And thanks, Montana 4-H for inviting us. We had a great time!

Here is the curriculum I used, in case you took the workshop and want to review it, or teach someone else. Yes Uke Can 4-H Lesson