Well, last week-end was certainly jam-packed with ‘ukulele adventures all over the Bay Area. But, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend (Friday or Saturday evening), you might want to mosey on over to Sonoma Academy in Santa Rosa (off Kawaana Springs Road, behind Costco) and catch the “World of Pop!” featuring, among other incredibly talented students, Alex de Man.  (Yes, that’s my daughter, and she has the pipes in the family.) Alex will be singing “Henehene Kou Aka” (a la IZ) accompanied by other students playing slack key bass and a couple of  ‘ukuleles, very generously provided to the school for this performance by Kala Brand Ukuleles.  Faith Ako also stopped by during one of the rehearsals to give the kids some professional pointers, so you know it’s going to be good. In addition to Hawaiian music, the students will be performing pop music from around the world, under the incredible direction of Doug Gallagher. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Performances are this Friday and Saturday evening (May 1 & 2), 5 – 7 pm at the Jackson-Banke Amphitheatre at Sonoma Academy.  It will be outside on the grass, so bring a chair and/or blanket and dress in layers. Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children or $12 and $7 at the gate.  Call (707) 636-2010.  If do you come, be sure to visit the snack bar; I’ll be dishing up fresh strawberry shortcake!

Just in case you missed Bill Tapia at DaSilva ‘Ukulele in Berkeley on Monday, here’s a chance witness just a little of what you missed and to play along with him:


And last, but by no means least, fellow Flea Jumper Dick Loomis asked me to share this with you, and I am so glad he did. Pay attention, there is an  ‘ukulele in this world-wide ensemble:

Wow!  The power of music simply astounds me. 


 It’s all good.  Have a great week!