Don’t forget, we have an incomparable meeting of the ukuleles coming up this Sunday (July 31) with Jim D’Ville, who will be teaching his very popular and informative Play Ukulele by Ear workshop,suitable for all skill levels (and actually all instruments.)   This is a skill we should all try  to develop and the workshop will be in place of our regular monthly meeting, but we’ll still meet at 5 pm at studio of  Gunther Huether (The Hay Barn) in Napa, at 1821 Monticello Road. Click here for a map.

The cost of the workshop is $20 (cheap, cheap, cheap) and don’t forget the beverages and pupus!  If you’re coming, please RSVP by sending a message via  yahoo groups: (Incidentally, if you haven’t yet become a member of the Flea Jumper Yahoo Groups, this would be a good time to do so if you want to be kept up to speed on monthly meetings and other flea jumpers happenings.)

Jim D’Ville also publishes a very informative weblog, packed with great musical information and ideas for familar songs you can learn to play by ear. I highly recommend you subscribe to it. 


James Hill & Friends

Friday, Sept, 9, 2011   8 pm

Tickets are on sale now at the Napa Valley Opera House for the ukulele concert of the year with James Hill and Anne Davison, Lil Rev, Aaron Keim, and Gerald Ross.  All incomparable musicians!

$25, $35, and $50

($50 ticket  includes preferred seating and a pre-concert reception in the Cafe Theater at the Opera House (6:30 – 7:30)

This is the kick-off to the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival.  You don’t want to miss it!




 Oxbow Public Market and Judd’s Hill Winery present

Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow

King Kukulele to Perform on Friday, August 12, 2011, Oxbow Public Market in Downtown Napa

Proceeds to Benefit the Napa Valley Youth Symphony

Judd and Holly Finkelstein of Judd’s Hill Winery, along with Oxbow Public Market present “Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow”, a special polynesian evening on Friday, August 12th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the popular public market in downtown, Napa, CA. The evening includes a special appearance and performance on the Oxbow River Deck by the incomparable King Kukulele, polynesian themed specials offered by Oxbow merchants, a raffle for a performance quality ukulele provided by the Wine Country ‘Ukelele Festival, vintage beach and polynesian clothing for sale, and other exciting surprises during this inaugural polynesian evening event at Oxbow Public Market. Proceeds from “Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow” will benefit the Napa Valley Youth Symphony and their upcoming trip to eastern Europe in 2012.

Admission to the family-friendly “Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow” is FREE. For more information or to learn more about Oxbow Public Market, please visit

But wait!  There’s more! 

(But Shhhhhhhhhh!  It’s a secret!)

There will also be an ukulele flash mob as part of the festivities and we want YOU to be part of it. If you’re not quite sure what a flash mob is, take a peek:

Stay tuned,  I’ll post the song we’ll be doing and the key as soon as I hear from “The King.”  In the meantime, Save the Date!