Tuesday, December 29, 2009

NYE Uke Drop; Uke Cabaret; Uke Burlesque and More!

Dear Readers,

This is cut and paste job from an email I set out to the 100+ folks on the NY Uke Salon list. If you'd like to be on that list, send an email to rickbruner at gmail dot com and I'll add you to it. These are various announcements of upcoming stuff.

  • New Year's Eve: Sonic Uke's 6th Annual Ukulele Ball Drop
    321 23rd Street, Brooklyn. Get there shortly before midnight. Details at www.sonicuke.com
  • Uke Ooh-La La: Ukulele & Burlesque Show, February 11 at Jalopy Theatre
    Ellia Bisker of Sweet Soubrette is organizing. Promises to be loads of fun. Details still forming, but check her site.
  • Also Noted:
    • January 2: Second Annual Connecticut Ukulele Invitational at Molten Java, 102 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT. Still maybe 1-2 open performing slots. Details at www.edukatedfleas.com
    • January 23: Craig Chesler's CD Release party at Banjo Jim's. Lots of performers. Details at www.craigchesler.com
    • February 25: Bliss Blood, Kelli Rae Powell & Al Duvall at Jalopy's. Plus lots more opportunities to see Bliss at www.blissblood.com
    • Stay Tuned: NY Uke Fest 2010!!!! Details pending at www.nyukefest.com

Also, as always, players of all levels are welcomed at Makalina's weekly NY Ukulele Meetup.

2010 will surely see a resurgence of the Ukulele Salon, including exclusive parties at some of NY's coolest residences, plus public performances likely at Otto's, The Living Room and elsewhere. (If
anyone has a great home or performance space to recommend, please drop me a line.)

We're also looking to include some special guests such as Jonathan Coultan, John Hodgman, Nellie McKay and other NY-area quasi-famous ukulele celebrities. (If anyone has their email addresses, lemme know, or please direct them to this blog entry.)

Seriously, how lucky are we that this town boasts a Uke Salon, a Uke Cabaret, a Uke Burlesque, a Uke Fest, a Uke Meetup and so much more!

Also, if you haven't checked it out lately, give GoChords a look. A NY venture, the site is continuously improving to be a great social network of sorts and tool for building, browsing, and sharing ukulele songsheets.

Finally, a shout out to a favorite discovery of 2009, the OTHER guy who constantly practices uke on the uptown #1 train, Jon Braman. If like me, you would think ukulele hip-hop seems a stretch, think
again. Check out his site and remarkable album Climatastrophunk.

May you learn many new chords in 2010! Hoping to strum together soon.

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