With all the announcements generated this week-end, and the growing list of Flea Jumpers to send information to, I thought this might be a more efficient way to communicate.  I’m new to this, so please bear with me as I get things sorted out. I’ll try to maintain a calendar of uke-related events and see what other tools might be available. If this doesn’t work, we can try creating a Yahoo Group.  Let me know what you think about this new format. Here goes:

Our kind of guy!

Our kind of guy!

If you’re interested in going to the Bob Brozman Workshop in Santa Cruz on April 4, you need to get your application in right away.  They will be opening up a Sunday workshop, if there’s demand, but I will driving down on Saturday for those who want to carpool. To guarantee your reservation, please send payment (check or money order) in advance (per person: $65 for the 2-5pm workshop — $80 for the 2-5pm workshop plus the advanced session, 5-6pm) to:  Bob Brozman, P. O. Box 1181, Ben Lomond, CA  95005. Checks and money orders made out to Bob Brozman are best (they do not accept credit cards). Upon receipt of the registration fee, they will send complete info about the workshop location, plus directions and everything you need to arrive. Be sure to include your email address or email Haley:   info@bobbrozman.com  I saw Bob at the NAMM Show in Anaheim.  He is amazing! For more info: www.bobbrozman.com   Here’s more:

• This will be a very hands-on your uke workshop, with lots of playing! •

The workshop will be geared for beginning/intermediate, intermediate players

If you can change between basic ukulele chords, and keep basic time, you will be very comfortable in this workshop

(There will also be an additional one-hour session immediately following for more advanced players)

The Workshop will Teach
• One finger strums • Two finger strums • Three finger triplets and strums •
• Full five finger strum techniques • Picking individual strings to enhance melodies •
• Quick chord change methods?• Learning the simple relationships between chord shapes •
• Chord inversions up the neck • Chord melody within chords • Chord melody using inversions •
• Classic Mainland Jazz & Popular Tunes of the 1920s and 1930s?•
• Hawaiian Tunes • Blues • Swing • Calypso! •


gabby_flyer3Here’s a slightly different take on the ‘ukulele for those of you looking for something else to do on a slow Wednesday evening in Cotati, Ukulele Gone Wild! at Zone Music .  Mike Upton from Kala ‘Ukuleles will be at Zone Music on March 18  to guide you on a tour of the different ukulele types, woods, and tunings and he will be performing with his band! (I didn’t know he had one.) Mike is the fellow that brought us the pineapple, kiwi, and watermelon ‘ukuleles we gave away at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival last year (as well as the lovely spalted maple, cut-away tenor). He tells me he is working on a grape `ukulele for us …. I’m hoping it’s ready in time for the festival in September! Gabby La La (and her new band) and  Rose Harting  (with Chris Vibberts) will also be performing.  “These talented North Bay girls are the fresh new wave of the ukulele tsunami.”  Tsunami? 

Zone Music is at 7884 Old Redwood Highway in Cotati.  Directions are on their website: www.zonemusic.com


ukuleleslamletter Just to make sure you don’t miss next month’s `Ukulele Slam n’ Jam, hosted by our own very multi-talented Erich Sylvester, mark your calendar for April 4.  Erich bills himself as “a guy who sings with a uke” and is in a band called the Faux Hawaiians.  This is an ongoing, monthly event held the first Saturday of the month from 7pm to 9pm at the Café International in San Francisco, at 508 Haight St. ( near the corner of Fillmore).   It sounds like they are still developing a format and improvising depending on who shows up, which means it can turn into anything you want it to: song circle,  jam session, or open mike.  What a great opportunity for all of us, but it needs our support.  Let me know if anyone is interested in organizing a carpool to this event. 

The Café International serves beer & wine, coffees & teas, sandwiches, soups, middle eastern foods, and desserts.  Cash only; no checks or credit cards.  Please don’t call the café about the Uke Slam;  contact Erich directly:  Erich@SylvesterValuation.com  or  415-359-9826.


ukulele_lg1 Here’s a reminder about the Wine Country `Ukulele Festival Logo Contest: The deadline is for submissions is April 28 and first prize is a beautiful, all koa, gloss finish, soprano `ukulele, with a sound hole rosette, (suggested retail  $489) generously donated to us by Louis Wu of Ohana ‘Ukuleles There’s really no criteria for the design, except that we would like to emphasize the “wine country” aspect of our ‘ukulele festival and would naturally prefer something as colorful and engaging as the image we used last year, or even incorporating last year’s image.  (We could also use a theme song if anyone wants to work around “I wanta go back to my little grass shack in Napa Valley.” ) The winning design would become the property of the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival; we would be using it in all of our advertising and promotion regarding the festival as well as on posters, T-shirts, etc. We’re happy to give you credit for the image and a link to your website, if appropriate.

 The image should be submitted to me (elainede@sbcglobal.net) as a jpeg or pdf with the option of enlarging it successfully to 12″ by 18″. Use “WCUF Logo Contest” in the subject line.  Give it your best shot!
The dates for the festival are September 11 – 13.  I’m still working out a few details and will keep you posted.
Cheers, Elaine