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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.

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Beginner Ukulele Clubhouse starts at Bozeman Senior Center

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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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Ukulele Picnic Set for Saturday, Sept 10, 2016

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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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Ukulele New Year Party – SUNDAY JAN 4, 2015 at Colombo’s

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Happy New Year! GET OUT YOUR UKE!
5pm SUNDAY JAN 4 at Colombo’s
Meet in Colombo’s back room for pizza and a Ukulele New Year open mic/play-along. I’ll provide a couple of pizzas and some beverages to get us started.Think up a song!
YOU bring a uke and a song to perform or share* (or just come play along on songs we provide!).
We’ll have a small PA set up for at least one uke and mic — nothin’ real fancy.Easy going, low tech, new year fun!
Anything goes as long as it’s F-U-N! Rumor has it we may have some Grateful Dead songs on the list, maybe some disco-era surprises, at least one current pop hit, and anything else that you feel like adding to the mix! Here are the play-along chord sheets if you want a sneak-peek: New Year Songs

* If you have a chord sheet that you want to share for us all to play along on, it’s helpful if you bring 15 or so paper copies. (But I’ll also bring the whiteboard, so we can post chords on the fly.)

(There will be no first-time beginner lesson this time, but beginners are welcome to join us. Usually there are a variety of songs, some of them easy-ish.)

See you 5pm SUNDAY, JAN 4 at Colombos
Colombo’s is at 1003 W. College, Bozeman — Map
If you need to reserve a loaner uke, please contact us via the form on the ABOUT page to reserve one.
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVZp5505cn8
–The classic Mama Cass rendition of the 1935 song “Dream a Little Dream of Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-AxpbrFrZo
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!

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Hawaiian Ukulele with Mark Sinclair – May 2014

May-Ukulele-Jam-2014-V Our friend Mark Sinclair (AKA Baker Mark) will host May’s ukulele jam! Yay!

When Mark was a school teacher in Hawaii, he taught his students traditional Hawaiian songs and techniques. Now, we’re in for the good fortune of learning some Hawaiian songs straight from the Hawaiian’s mouth. — A perfect way to greet the month of May!

May is our last Ukulele Pizza Jam before summer hiatus, so don’t miss out!

PREVIEW the Hawaiian songs on video HERE.

DOWNLOAD a practice PDF of the Hawaiian Songs May 2014

SUNDAY May 18
MAY UKULELE PIZZA JAM
WHERE: Colombo’s Pizza & Pasta (back room)
WHAT TIME: 7 pm
This is low key and fun, so don’t be shy! Bring a fun song to perform or lead, or just bring your uke and strum along. Mark will lead us on a few Hawaiian songs, then it’s open mic and jam. Let’s play some songs to say goodbye to winter and hello spring! Bring any song you like for the jam/open mic. (It doesn’t have to be Hawaiian.) Come as early as you like to order pizza and beverages.

Don’t have a ukulele?

You can now rent one from B.U.C. during the session for a suggested donation of $5. (The money goes to buy more ukuleles for future use in classrooms and community enrichment efforts.) If you would like to attend, but don’t have a ukulele, please send a note via the contact form below to reserve one. (If you don’t have $ for a donation, that’s OK, it’s just a suggestion.)

 

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March Ukulele Blues Madness — March 16, 2014

March-Ukulele-blues-Jam-2014 If you got the Montana Midwinter blues, here’s your chance to get out your ukulele and play ’em.

Mark Grenier (that bearded guy who you see riffing all over the place while the rest of us are just strumming) is our host for this month’s ukulele fun.

Mark will be the host of our first ever UKULELE PIZZA JAM!
(In this case, a UKULELE PIZZA BLUES JAM!)
Mark will have a mic and amp set up so bring a BLUES song to lead or perform, or just come strum or riff along. This is going to be our first time uke-jamming at Colombo’s, and we are looking forward to a fun time! Everyone is welcome, but seating is limited, so come early if you want to grab some grub and a good spot.

UKULELE PIZZA JAM
WHERE: Colombo’s Pizza & Pasta (back room)
WHEN: Sunday March 16
WHAT TIME: 7 pm

If you’re a beginner and you’d like to practice up a bit before the jam, here’s a little cheat sheet for a 12-bar blues song in 4 different keys, and some blues scales. Once you get the hang of this, you will be ready to play along with most any blues song!  Beginner Blues

(Big thanks to UkeBuddy.com for the scale graphics that I used in the PDF)

B.Y.O. UKE! — See you there!

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