Monday, November 14, 2011

The Suaverinos, Friday, Nov. 18, at The Uke Hut

The Suaverinos are back with a fresh, season-pleasing set of covers from the '40s, '60s, '70s and 2011. Hope you can join us.

This Friday at the Uke Hut, around the corner for the Empire State Building, downstairs from Maui Taco. An odd, but charming venue.

Friday, November 18
9pm (30-minute set; come for after-work drinks)
The Uke Hut (downstairs at Maui Taco)
330 5th Avenue (between 32nd & 33rd Street)

Also, mark your calendars in advance for the Suaverinos on December 13, 9pm, a Tuesday, at the PATH CAFE in the West Village, an hour set of new stuff, including a couple of holiday favorites.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ukulele Song Arrangement Resources

Browsing around looking for uke arrangements for a new uke group I'm working with at my Unitarian Universalist church (the First UUkulele Strum Circle), I have collected these various collections of uke arrangements. Please feel free to let me know about others I should add to this list.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

NY Ukulele Salon: June 18, The Living Room

The NY Ukulele Salon presents another evening showcasing great talent from NYC's rich trove of ukulele performers.

June 18, 2011
8:30pm to 10:30pm

At The Living Room's upstairs venue, Googie's Lounge
154 Ludlow Street

No cover charge. 1 drink per hour minimum and tip bucket for the performers.

8:30: The Whistlin' Wolves
A rollicking quartet with a down-home American sound, featuring two-time world champion whistler Emily Eagan, harmonica wizard Trip Henderson and Spiff Wiegand and Chris Q. Murphy ripping on various instruments, including no shortage of ukuleles.

9:00: Doctor Uke and Daughters
A Ukulele Salon favorite, the Rosokoff family, Jim, Sylvie and Jacq, regularly pack Googie's with fans for great reason, with gorgeous harmonies, creative arrangements and delightful song selections. Most of the arrangements the act performs are in the archive of more than 500 arrangements on

9:30: Roger Greenawalt
Jolly Roget is a popular Williamsburg record producer, musician and organizer of Beatles Complete on Ukulele. His act will likely surprise you and may well feature guest talents from among his wide circle of musician friends.

"Oospie, I quit!" (Blond not included)
10:00: The Suaverinos
The Ukulele Salon house band, The Suaverinos, is a swinging ensemble covering the likes of Al Jolson, Nina Simone, Antonio Carlos Jobim, The Kinks, Gnarls Barkley and Radiohead. Rush Kress and Rick Bruner on vocals and ukuleles, Elizabeth Walsh on vocals and bass, and introducing Melody Litwin on vocals, mandolin and washboard, and InĂªs Baptista on vocals and percussion.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

NY Ukulele Salon: May 21, Saturday @ The Living Room

Join us every month for a showcase of NYC's amazing breadth of ukulele
talent at:

The Living Room's upstairs venue, Googie's Lounge
154 Ludlow Street @ Rivington St. in Manhattan's Lower East Side (map)

Saturday, May 21, 2011, 8:30 to 10:30pm

No cover. 1 drink minimum per set + tip bucket for the artists

8:30pm - Patsy Monteleone
A Salon favorite, Patsy is one of the foremost interpreters of the Great American Songbook on ukulele.

9:00pm - Ben Lerman
A rising star on the NY comedy circuit (not to be confused with blooper-king sportscaster Len Berman), Ben delivers hilarious originals or your money back. (Oh wait, this gig is free!)

9:30pm - The Suaverinos with Pedro da Silva
Ukulele Salon house band, The Suaverinos, are joined by the ripping professor or the strings Pedro da Silva for some swinging pop and jazz standards

10:00pm - Bliss Blood
Bliss Blood practically invented playing ukulele in NYC. Doing originals and classy covers like nobody's business.

RSVP via Facebook.

The Suaverinos at The Algonquin Seaport Theater

The Suaverinos -- Rick Bruner, Rush Kress, Maggie Kus and Elizabeth Walsh -- are a tight ensemble of ukuleles, bass and vocal harmonies that swing everything from Cole Porter, Al Jolson, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Thelonious Monk to The Kinks, Pink Floyd, OutKast and Radiohead.

Come see us at our first hour-long gig:

May 14, Saturday, 7pm

The Algonquin Seaport Theater
Pier 17: 89 South Street  NY NY 10038
(The theater is located on the 2nd floor inside the Seaport Mall)
(212) 349-7505
A short walk from the 2/3 train at Fulton

$10 Cover

RSVP on Facebook.

New NYC Ukulele Event: Brooklyn Uke Nights

The Ukuladies present Brooklyn Uke Nights! Every 4th Thursday at the new Freddy's Bar in Brooklyn.

Uke Nights will bring together uke players of all ages, shapes and sizes for an open jam and song sharing session from 8-9pm. 9:30 will showcase a featured ukulele act until 11pm.

Thursday, May 26th will launch the series featuring The Ukuladies in a full evening of music and antics beginng at 8pm after a hiatus from playing to welcome some riteous "ukubabies" who have arrived on the scene. The following month, June, 23rd, we will officially begin Brooklyn Uke Nights and invite everyone interested to bring a song and lead sheets to share, try out a new tune you're working on, share tips on techniques, tell some jokes, etc. Featured act in June is Kellie Rae Powell! Following month, Thursday, July 28th features Robin Aigner!! Stay tuned for schedule updates.

Freddy's is located at 627 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (map).

Contact Katie Down for more information on coming to or participating in Uke Nights at glassmusicsound at gmail dot com or ukuladies at gmail dot com

Monday, April 18, 2011

Evanescent in Tribecca on Friday

A favorite of the NY uke scene, Evanescent (Bliss Blood and Al Street) is playing this Friday night, April 23. Read this rave review of their new album!


Cin-M-Art Space
43 Murray Street, bet W. Broadway & Church
New York, NY
$10.00 cover

Thursday, April 14, 2011

NY Ukulele Salon: April 23, Saturday @ The Living Room

The NY Ukulele Salon is back at The Living Room again, upstairs at Googie's Lounge, for another great night of the best ukulele music New York City has to offer. As usual, the show runs from 8:30pm to 10:30pm on Saturday night, April 23, 154 Ludlow Street.

No cover. 1 drink minimum per set + tip bucket for the artists

Download the flyer and pass it out to all your friends and neighbors! :-)

8:30: J. Walter Hawkes, brilliant interpreter of jazz-age gems on uke,
voice and trombone.

9:00: Sarah King, charming, delicate renditions of pop and jazz standards
9:30: Lorinne Lampert, tunes old and new delivered with theatrical panache
10:00: Jessica Delfino, "a-million-hits-on-the-Internet famous"

Sunday, February 13, 2011

NY Ukulele Salon: February 19, Saturday @ The Living Room

The NY Ukulele Salon is back at The Living Room again, upstairs at Googie's Lounge, for another great night of the best ukulele music New York City has to offer. As usual, the show runs from 8:30pm to 10:30pm on Saturday night, February 19, 154 Ludlow Street.

8:30pm: Makalina. A guiding light in the NY ukulele scene (organizer of the NY Ukulele Meetup, currently featured on posters in the NY subways for!), she a friend to us all and a great talent. She's "not far away."

9:00pm: Esther Ku. A semi-finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing and a regular on the national comedy circuit, she puts her unusual brand of comedy to music delightfully on the uke. But don't let that adorable exterior fool you: this girl works blue!

9:30pm: Pedro Da Silva. Composer, assistant professor at NYU and virtuoso of stringed instruments, Pedro can really rip it up. A clip I made of him improvising at Ukulele Mansion is my most-viewed video on YouTube. This is his first time at Ukulele Salon, but we hope he'll be a regular.

10:00: The Suaverinos. We really need a web site, and a proper group picture! We are the house band of the Ukulele Salon, a swinging ensemble of ukes, piano, bass, horn (not this performance) and many voices. Lots of new material this show.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

NY Ukers Sought for Uke Mob for Beatles Complete on Ukulele, January 15

Roger Greenwalt is calling on all NY uke players for the Uke Mob kickoff to the 3rd Annual Beatles Complete on Ukulele event, where Greenwalt and friends play through the entire cannon of the greatest band of the 20th Century on ukes for the whole weekend.

Many of you are probably familiar with this event from the epic PR it generates. Part of its hook, aside from The Beatles on ukuleles, is the inspirational fundraising, first for Warren Buffet, then last year for Yoko Ono, and this year for the worthy cause of Mark Zuckerberg, a man who needs all the friends he can get. Join the event "Friending Mark Zuckerberg" 

The Uke Mob, a great photo opp, kicks off the event with a huge play-along of a song or two.

5pm on Saturday, January 15
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue, (Williamsburg) Brooklyn, NY.

Free entry to anyone with a uke; otherwise, $10 cover.

The whole event is on both Saturday (6pm to Midnight) and Sunday (2pm to 8pm). Uke Mob participants are requested to show up at 5pm to learn the song and get organized for the kickoff at 6pm.

Nelly McKay is going to be there and possibly some other indie uke headliners.

Roger is also looking for folks who want to sing a song. He's got a list of available songs. If interested, you can email him directly at jollyroget at gmail dot com. Roger's been sick, so let's wish him well for 2011 with a big turnout.

Happy New Year!

Here's wishing you many happy hours strumming and/or listening to ukuleles in 2011!

Bliss Blood and Al Street Are "Evanescent" this Monday at Googie's

Last-minute gig alert:

Bliss Blood, everyone's favorite NY uke scenester, and jazz guitarist Al Street together are Evanescent, at The Living Room's upstairs venue and regular home of the NY Ukulele Salon these days, Googie's Lounge, this Monday night.

Monday, Jan 3
9:30 to 10:15pm
Googie's Lounge
154 Ludlow Street, between Stanton and Rivington.

Their act is great, and they helped me help the Googie's booking agent with a quick fill-in, so show them some love.