Sunday, January 31, 2010

Introducing The Suaverinos

So, our act, The Suaverinos, had our debut on Friday at the NY Ukulele Salon. The act features the golden throated Rush Kress, our musical maestro Joe Silver (largely obscured in these videos due to an unfortunate camera angle), the eye-pleasing dynamo Anna Gerard, and myself, the brains of the operation.

The intros to a couple of the songs got clipped in the recording, but you can get the general idea:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

NY Uke Fest 2010! May 14-16. Get Your Early Bird Discount


I had coffee the other day with Ken "Bari" Murray, who last year took over management of NY Uke Fest. The guy is a prince with a heart of gold. He shared countless fantastic details of plans for Uke Fest and related NY uke activities he's backing, but they're not all quite nailed down for public release yet. Suffice it to say, Uke Fest 2010 will be fantastic.

May 14-16. Mark your calendars now! And check out the Early Bird Discount until January 31.

More details coming soon.

Ukulele Cabaret Returns to Banjo Jim's, Friday, Jan. 29

I am especially excited to plug the upcoming Ukulele Cabaret, as it's going to be the debut of my new act, The Suaverinos, which includes our golden-throated warbler Rush Kress, the eye-pleasing dynamo Anna Gerard, our secret weapon Joe Silver, and myself, Rick Bruner, the brains of the operation. Show up early, as we're the second act in the 8pm hour!Sonic Uke, the organizers of the legendary NY Ukulele Cabaret, write:

That's right! Friday, January 29th, The Ukulele Cabaret Returns to Banjo Jim’s.

For those of you who have not experienced the Ukulele Cabaret, you are in for a treat. Leave your expectations at the door. Dozens of ukulele performers will wow you with everything from rock to opera; punk to glam; Hawaiian to Maori; mod to new wave; Beatles to Bach; country to vaudeville; sleazy to sexy; crooners to comedy; folk to metal; experimental to just down right mental.

OK, you get the idea - it’s free-form madness at its best.

Featuring: Andru Kahn, Ben Dultton, Carl Carrara, Chris Combs, Dana McCoy, Dixie Piver, Duncan Pflaster, Leslie Chase, Makalina, Mark Dutton, Moose Karloff, The Suaverinos, The Ukemen, and Vanessa Boyd.

8 PM
Dixie Piver
The Suaverinos [That's us!]
Mark Dutton
Ben Dultton
Carl Carrara

9 PM
Leslie Chase
Vanessa Boyd
Moose Karloof
Dana McCoy

10 PM
Chris Combs
Duncan Pflaster
The Ukemen
Andru Kahn

Banjo Jim’s
Ave C and 9th Street in the East Village

Show time: 8:00 to 11:00

Sonic Uke (your host) and Ukulele Cabaret

“Uke-Ooh-La-La!” Ukulele Burlesque show at Jalopy's on Thurs, Feb 11

Ukuleles and Burlesque: what sounds like more fun than that? Clearly, it's been done aplenty back in the day. But in 2010, NY has Ellia Bisker, aka Sweet Soubrette, to thank for this genius idea. 

Ellia's promo material from the Facebook Event page:

“Uke-Ooh-La-La!” is a ukulele & burlesque extravaganza where the 4-string meets the G-string. On February 11, ukulele-playing heartthrobs and homewreckers team up with burlesque dreamboats and femmes fatales to present an evening of original music and classic striptease with live accompaniment. See some of NYC’s hottest stars strumming and strutting their stuff, all in the spirit of St. Valentine. With a special appearance by the World Famous *BOB* and hosted by Sweet Soubrette at Brooklyn’s most romantic venue, Red Hook’s Jalopy Theatre. Ooh la la!

Featuring performances by: Agent 99 * Bliss Blood * Ekaterina Sknarina * Ginger Baker * Jamie Scandal * Josh Bisker * Les Chauds Lapins * Mike Richter * Sonic Uke * Sweet Soubrette * the World Famous *BOB* & more…

Thursday, February 11, 8:30pm
Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia St (Red Hook)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 395-3214
$12 cover

Take the F or the G subway to the Carrol St. stop, and then walk several blocks. 
Print this map

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Uke Shop in Tokyo

My friend is in Tokyo and passed this uke shop. I knew ukes were big in Japan (so to speak), but this is funny.


HBO Seeking Nude Female Ukulele Player

Who isn't seeking a beautiful young naked ukulele player? Much as it sounds like my ad, it's HBO who is really doing the asking. Here are the details, if you or someone you know is interested:


18-30, Beautiful, young girl, naked except for a ukulele. Strumming and singing "The Japanese Sandman." No breast augmentation. Nudity is required for this role.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE, Episode 106 (Additional Roles)


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