jake-at-chico-3We did it!  Yes, Jordan and I  drove all the way to Chico and back (3 hours each way) just to see Jake Shimabukuro in concert at the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and it was worth every I-5 minute.  He is unbelievable–talented, musical, exciting, and just plain delightful–a fantastic role model and a great inspiration.  If you ever get a chance (and you will), take your kids and/or your grandkids, too, to see Jake perform live; it will change their lives. (Your parents and grandparents will enjoy it, as well.) If  you click on the picture (note the blur of his right hand), you’ll be able to download the entire concert.  Better yet, purchase his new “Live” CD, it’s almost as good as being there.

Jake will also be at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz, this Thursday, April 9.  And, if you can wait until October 21, he will be performing at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Get your tickets early. (They go on sale to the public July 20.)  His concerts always sell out!

And the Bob Brozman workshop down Santa Cruz-way on Saturday was also fabulous.  Bob is a wealth of information and provides it in a very accessible, enjoyable format. I have enough material now to keep me busy for a year. If there’s enough interest up here (and there ought to be) I’ll see if I can get him to come to the Napa Valley and bring his workshop with him.  Do we have anyone ( a winery perhaps?) that would like to host that? By the way, ‘ukulele is just one of the instruments Bob’s a master of.

Wow!  No sooner had I asked you to let me know if anyone knew what “chunking” was and this tutorial from ‘Ukulele Underground was sent to me by new Flea Jumpers, Steve and Paula, from Benecia.

Practice, practice, practice and we should be ready to knock ’em dead with “Drop Baby Drop,” at the next Flea Fest at Jeanne’s house, Sunday, April 19.  (You’ll need to contact me directly for the address.)  By the way, please don’t forget to RSVP, so Jeanne knows how many are coming. And, bring pupus.  If you need a Flea Jumper Songbook, let me know and I’ll try to remember them this time.

In the meantime, don’t forget the Thursday Night Flea Jumper Follies at Nimbus this Thursday night, April 9.  We’ll start off with Lois teaching hula at 6:15, beginning ‘ukulele at 7:00 and moving into a little more “advanced” ‘ukulele at 8:00.  Lois will be teaching “A Maile Lei for Your Hair” and, if we have time, “Ulapalakua.” Feel free to show up for any or all of it. $5.00 donation, please.

aint-nobody-here-but-us-chickensAnd here’s the Song Du Jour:  “Ain’t NOBODY here but us Chickens,”  dedicated to the Petalukes (busily strumming away over there in Petaluma) and made famous twice: first by Louis Jordan in 1946, then again by Asleep at the Wheel.  Now it’s our turn. Lyrics and chords are posted (or will be soon) on our (slowly) growing Song Files page.



 Meanwhile, here’s a little something by Asleep at the Wheel to refresh your memory and brighten your day:

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We will get back to our Hawaiian roots, soon.  I promise.