With the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival behind us, it’s time to look forward to some terrific events just around the corner. So, save the dates:

Saturday, October 13: Sacramento Aloha Festival, at Cal Expo in Sacramento

Tuesday, October 16: UpValley Strummers.  This is a new group started by Bob Dwyer that will meet the third Tuesday of every month (6:30 pm) at Scarlett’s Country Inn in Calistoga, 3918 Silverado Trail. (You don’t have to join Meetup.com to attend, but it does make it easier to RSVP so folks know how many to expect.)  Bring songs to share & pupus.  All levels welcome.

Saturday, October 27: Fall Kanikapila with Kehaulani Hula Studio.  I am so glad this is happening and that we got invited. It’s from 1 – 5 pm at Rincon Valley Park in Santa Rosa.  Kehaulani Hula Studio is under the direction of our good friend Kumu Pomaika’i and you don’t have to hula to join in the fun.  Bring your ukulele(s) and some songs to share, if you’re so inclined.  If nothing else, it’ll be a great way to connect with our neighbors to the west.  Fun for the whole family!  Here’s a flier if you’d like to help spread the word: Fall Kanikapila

Sunday, October 28: Napa Valley Flea Jumpers at the Gordon Huether Hay Barn in Napa.  I’ll do another “mini-workshop”  at 5 pm, this time on “Messing around with the City of New Orleans,”  where we’ll do a little work with closed chords and chord melody embellishments…suitable for beginning and intermediate players.  We’ll break for pupus at 5:45.  Then on to our regular flea fest!  By the way, if anyone else ever has anything they’d like to share with the group in one of these mini-workshop sessions, just let me or Eva know.

Thursday, November 1: Early Bird Deadline for the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat.  This is the first announcement we’ve made to the general public that registration is now open for the 2013 West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat, May 8 – 12 at Asilomar in Pacific Grove. Past attendees have been signing up in droves and we do have limited space available.  Four days and nights of ‘ukulele instruction, fun, camaraderie, and general mayhem on the beautiful Monterrey Peninsula with Andy Andrews, Gerald Ross, Joel Eckhaus, Kumu Pomaika’i, Sarah Maisel, Jason Arimoto, and Rick Turner….and probably one or two more. Take a peek at what went on last year:

Monday, November 5: Free ‘ukulele workshop with Daniel Ho at the Guitar Center in San Mateo, 53 West Hillsdale Blvd.  This might be well-worth a trip to San Mateo.  Daniel is an extremely knowledgable and generous instructor of the ukulele, among many other things. Call (650) 312-8270 for more info.  The workshop starts at 7pm.

Saturday, November 10: Ukes on the Loose! I went to this last year and had a blast!  A very low-key day. full ukulele playing, learning, and sharing in a stunning location, Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg.  Just plain fun……and super affordable.


Oxbow Public Market and Judd’s Hill Winery present the 2nd Annual

Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow!

King Kukulele to Perform on Friday, August 10, 2012 at Oxbow Public Market in Downtown Napa

Proceeds to Benefit VOICES Napa

Oxbow Public Market, along with Judd and Holly Finkelstein of Judd’s Hill Winery present “Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow”, a special Polynesian evening on Friday, August 10th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The evening includes a special appearance and performance on the Oxbow River Deck by the incomparable King Kukulele, and guests are encouraged to bring their own ukulele and perform!

That includes the Napa Valley Flea Jumpers!  So, print out a copy of “On a Coconut Island,” and practice, practice, practice.   We will meet up a little before hand to rehearse…those plans will be revealed  here:  http://www.meetup.com/Wine-Country-Ukulele-Meet-Up/   (If you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to join our Meet-Up Group so you can stay informed about all the local ukulele happenings.  It’ll also help us figure out how many Flea Jumpers will be there)

In addition King Kukulele, Polynesian-themed specials will be offered by Oxbow merchants, including a Napa Valley version of the classic Hawaiian “pizza” and an Ahi Poke appetizer and a Kahlua porchetta at Todd Humphries’ Kitchen Door, carnitas tacos with pineapple and hibiscus orange tea at C CASA, $5 Judd’s Hill wines by the glass at the Oxbow Wine Merchant, made-to-order coconut lemonade with a twist of pineapple at Pica Pica Bar, Mauna Kea caramel with sea salt at Anette’s Chocolates and more. Vintage beach and polynesian clothing provided by Melissa Gruenhagen of Retro Diva will be for sale, Kani Ka Pila will be on hand offering ukuleles and other merchandise for sale. Proceeds from “Uke-A-Palooza at Oxbow”, including a raffle for a professional ukulele and gig bag donated by Ohana Music and the Wine Country Ukulele Festival (Sept. 7-9, www.winecountryukefest.com) will benefit VOICES Napa, providing support services for foster youth.

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 www.oxbowpublicmarket.com.

Here’s a Flier for you to print and distribute:


Hope to see you there!

Thanks so much to everyone who turned out last Sunday!  The beginning workshoppupu hoursing along format seemed to work well, so we will do it again!  Here are links to the songs that we practiced in the workshop.  (They’re two to a page so we can 1) save paper and 2)fold in half and use with the kani-ka-pila klip.)

The Yellow Rose of Texas and Cornbread and Butter Beans

Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby and Chain of Fools

Jambalaya and Get Together

Also, I’m trying to update the list of other ukulele clubs and scheduled jam sessions in the area. If you know of any that I have not included (and I’m sure there are many) and can send me the link to their website, I’ll get them included as soon as possible.

Here’s Something New

From Kani-Ka-Pila!  Handy dandy ukulele fret stamps in different colors and a limited-time price reduction:

Click on any of the links for more information.

Benefit Concert

And last, but certainly not least, here is an email I received this morning from Cathe Glass:

Aloha   kakou!
This invitation is coming to you because you are a dear friend and I hope you may want to help. . . . .  as you may or may not know, my twelve year old grandson James is currently battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  We are sure that he will win! 
Herb Ohta Jr.(Santa Clara, CA - Benefit to Fight Non-Hodgkins Lympho...With great aloha, my dear friend Herb Ohta Jr has decided to dedicate his concert at Santa Clara University to James and the fight against Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  All proceeds will be donated the medical fund.  Please join us for an evening of wonderful Hawaiian entertainment and support for the cause.  With your help, it will be memorable.  Details are below.  Hope to see you there.                                            
Herb Ohta Jr.(Santa Clara, CA – Benefit to Fight Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma…
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
6:30pm until 9:00pm
Santa Clara University – 500 El Camino Real Building [114] Music & Dance, Recital Halls, Santa Clara, CA 95053
More information about the event:  http://wwwSblentertainment.com/event./111711/
Mahalo!  Me ke aloha no,  Cathe  
Extra attraction – Na Leo Nahenahe, the San Francisco Hawaiian  Chorus will open for Herb.

Cornbread and Butter Beans

And I leave you with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Cornbread and Butter Beans

What a fun time we had last night!  Thank you every one for coming, with special thanks to Elaine H. and Mandalyn May for joining us and bringing it up a notch!  I, for one, celebrated last night’s success by having chocolate for breakfast this morning!

For those of you who are interested in learning more about Mandalyn and hearing some more of her music (“lyric-driven folk that pops”), you should pay a visit to her website. And, remember, your purchases and downloads help keep these promising young musicians afloat! (Note, for those of you whe weren’t there last night, the chocolate reference above was on behalf of one of the songs Mandalyn shared with us, “Chocolate for Breakfast.”)

Here, too, is a  link to the ukulele festival Mandalyn is organizing in Chico, Feb. 12:  We (Heart) Ukulele.   A “Uke Walk?”  How much fun is that going to be? Folks who want to carpool might try to organize that through the Flea Jumpers Yahoo Group.  You’ll have to join, if you haven’t already, but once you do you’ll be able to communicate with other Flea Jumpers more easily. 

Speaking of festivals,  the 42nd annual Ukulele Festival of Hawai’i, put on by Roy Sakuma, will be held July 22nd in Kapiolani Park in Honolulu.  So, if you’ve got a hankering to visit the islands this summer, you might want to plan your dates around this.  It  does showcase the best of the best, and it is absolutely free! I don’t know who’ll be there this year, but in the past Jake Shimabukuro and James Hill have graced the stage.  And, I’m pretty sure that Peter Luongo and the amazing Langley Ukulele Ensemble appear there every year as well as all the great ukulele talent in Hawaii.

On another note, some of you already know I was at the NAMM show in Anaheim last weekend where ‘ukuleles are clearly gaining momentum. In addition to exploring all the new ‘ukuleles on the market,  I found myself spending quite a bit of time at the huge Hal Leonard and Alfred Music Publishing booths, skimming through what has grown to be a massive array of song and instruction books for ukulele.  The ones I liked (and I didn’t like all of them) I ordered for Kani-Ka-Pila. But, while there, I realized what a bonus it was to actually be able to hold the book in my hands and really see what it had to offer before making a decision to buy. So, I am going to be reviewing each one in some depth before putting all these new ones up for sale on the website.  This is a work in progress, and I’ll be adding to it in the days and weeks to come.  So, if you’d like to stay updated on reviews as they are posted and new books as they become available, you should subscribe to the Kani-Ka-Pila blog. In the meantime, here is my take on Ukulele Fretboard Roadmaps: The Essential Patterns that all the Pros Know and Use, by Fred Sokolow and Jim Beloff. 

As a performer in the 1970s, Fred Sokolow played with the likes of John Herald, Frank Wakefield, and Jerry Garcia and opened for the Grateful Dead, the Doors, B.B. King, and Country Joe and the Fish. He has written more than one hundred  instructional books for guitar, dobro, banjo, mandolin, and ukulele. Today Fred lives in Santa Monica where he performs retro jazz guitar, often with the former British rock star, Ian Whitcomb (now known as America’s Foremost Tin Pan Alley Man), and the legendary folk singer Tom Paxton. He also continues to produce instructional books, including three for the ‘ukulele (Fretboard Roadmaps,  Blues Ukulele,  and Bluegrass Ukulele, and to teach. In fact, Fred is one of our featured instructors at the West Coast Ukulele Retreat.

In this, his first book for ukulele, Fred reveals a few tricks of the trade in a logical, easy-to-use manner, starting with a few strumming and picking patterns you’ll use throughout the book. Then he dives into the fretboard, uncharted territory for so many of us, yet with lots of important real estate we need to explore if we’re ever going to move ahead in our playing.  You don’t have to memorize every note on every string, but a few basic principles will help you figure it out, if you need to, and Fred offers them here.

The real meat in the book, however, are the chapters on movable chords, the ones that contain no open, or unfretted, strings.  Of course it’s a little challenging when the first chord he offers is an E (a tricky proposition for many of us) but it’s like doing the dishes or swimming laps.  “It has to be done.”  And the good news is, once you’ve mastered this, the fretboard is, essentially, yours.  By page 28 it all comes together—the closed chords and the finger-picking patterns—in the old folk song, Sloop John B (I’ll bet you thought the Beach Boys wrote that) in the key of Eb! And, because of the way the material is presented you can make it as challenging for yourself as you need to. In fact, that’s what I like about all of Fred’s books for ukulele: you can keep it simple, just playing the chords and strumming, or you can take it up a notch or two at your own speed and eventially a little light bulb will go on over your head and….you get it!

Fretboard Roadmaps is packed with good stuff, including a chapter on chord soloing, something we are always asked about, and ideas for improvisation…so you’ll have some notion about what to do the next time some nods at you and says “take it away.” The icing on the cake, however, is the tunes you’ll learn along the way with the skills you’ve just been taught.  And, if there’s any confusion as to what they’re supposed to sound like, the book comes with a CD so you can listen to (or try to play along with) Fred.

I would say that if you are serious about understanding your instrument and how it works, and you are committed to getting better at it in a focused, disciplined manner, this is the book for you. It could well be the best $15 you ever spent. You can order this and Fred’s other ukulele books online from Kani Ka Pila.com

Jim D’Ville is Coming to Town!

Jim D’Ville will be joining us at our next monthly flea fest (July 31) to teach his extremely popular “Play by Ear” workshop!  Jim is one of the most highly regarded instructors at both the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival and the West Coast ‘Ukulele Retreat–a powerhouse of information and technique. So, if you’re on the fence about coming this month, jump off and join us.  This will be fun and informative, and it’s appropriate for ALL skill levels.  And, he is doing this, especially for us, for the super low price of just $20!!!  You can’t beat that.

We’ll be  meeting at the same time (5:00 pm) and place (Gordon Huether Studio) and follow-up the workshop with a short sing-along to practice all our new play-by-ear skills.

Click here to download the Play By Ear Flyer and distribute.  It would be great if we could get a big turn out for this special meeting.  (And, yes, there will be pupus.)

Festival Registration is now open!

We have some great workshops lined up, again, this year at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival, and to enhance the experience for everyone, we will be limiting enrollment.  So, if there are any workshops you are particularly keen on taking, be sure to register early. As a word of warning, Gerald Ross’ and Jim D’Ville’s workshops are filling quickly. 

Festival Volunteers

Calling all volunteers!  We will be needing help again before, during, and after the festival. If you’d like to help out please come to the meeting on July 31 at 4:00, just before the workshop with Jim. I’ll have a sign-up list and we’ll be able to talk about what needs to happen to make things run as smoothly as possible.  It’s hard work, but it must be fun! Some of you just keep on coming back!  And, we simply couldn’t do it without your help and support.

If anyone would like to get a jump on volunteering, I could use some help right away with securing advertisers for the festival program. (See below for more details.)

Advertisers Needed

We are going big time this year and are printing a festival program.  It’s looking like it will be about 20 (full-color) pages long with lots of great articles.  But, we need advertisers to make it happen.  If you know of anyone who might like to take out an ad in the program, please download the Sample Program & Insertion Order, print it out, and distribute it freely. Anyone is fair game: doctors, lawyers, real estate agents, wineries, restaurants, caterers, retail stores, music instructors,  music stores, and ukulele groups. You can even do a shout-out to your favorite ‘ukulele player! I’m sure you’ll think of more. We’ll be printing 500 copies at the very least.  The deadline is July 29, so we don’t have a lot of time. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


James Hill at the Napa Valley Opera House

The not-to-be-missed ‘ukulele concert of the year (and opening celebration of the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival) will be at the Napa Valley Opera House on Friday, Sept. 9, featuring James Hill, Anne Davison, Aaron Keim, Gerlad Ross, and Lil Rev.  If you missed last year’s concert with James Hill & Friends, I’m sorry.  If you didn’t miss it, you can be rest assured that James and the gang will have a whole new bag of tricks up their sleeve.  Tickets go on sale through the Opera House on July 14 and are $25, $35, and $50.  (You can save some bucks on your ticket by purchasing them in person at the opera house box office, Monday through Friday from 10-5, Saturday from noon to 4, and 60 minutes before each show.) The $50 tickets get you VIP treatment, with preferred seating and an invitation to the pre-concert reception with food and wine from some of the Napa Valley’s finest purveyers. 


And finally….

Jake Shimabukuro will be playing at the Napa Valley Opera House this Wednesday night, July 13, and I understand that there are still tickets available.  This is another must-see ‘ukulele performer, if you haven’t seen him already.

That’s it for now.  Hope to see you on the 31st!



“The  Mighty Uke” (and James Hill) are coming to a town near you!  Click on the picture below to see the trailer for the film.  The schedule of showings and concerts follows.

According to James:  “I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that the release of this film is a defining event in ukulele history. The documentary offers a birds-eye view of the worldwide ukulele scene; it’s funny, sad, amazing, quirky, surprising, entertaining. .. a celebration of all things uke and a perfect way to introduce your friends and family to the wild world of ukulele.”  

What: The MIGHTY UKE Roadshow featuring a post-film performance by James Hill!
When: Monday, February 22, 2010. 7:30pm
Where: Balboa Theatre (3630 Balboa Street, San Francisco)

What: The MIGHTY UKE Roadshow featuring a post-film performance by James Hill!
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2010. Start time TBA.
Where: Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael)

What: The MIGHTY UKE Roadshow featuring a post-film performance by James Hill!
When: Thursday, February 25, 2010. Start time TBA.
Where: Rio Theatre (1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz)

What: The MIGHTY UKE Roadshow featuring a post-film performance by James Hill!
When: Sunday, February 28, 2010. 7pm.
Where: Museum of Making Music (5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad)

Don’t see your town listed? Click here. 

More from James: “The Mighty Uke Roadshow is a tour like no other. The Roadshow turns each screening of the film into an event: a movie, a concert and a ukulele jam. Who could ask for anything more?”

But wait!  There’s More!

Yes, it’s true. You, too, can eat like a real ‘ukulele player, thanks to Australian strummer Rose Turtle Ertler who has compiled the definitive guide to eating like an ‘ukulele player. The 60-page What Do Ukulele Players Eat? includes favourite recipes from James Hill  (Mushroom Almond Pate), Janet Klein (Garden Greenery Pasta), Ralph Shaw (Eggplant a la Veggie), Li’l Rev (Millet and Cabbag Combine) and many others. (I can’t believe Lil Rev didn’t include a recipe for One Meatball!) And it’s just $10 plus postage and handling.  Such a deal.





  The  Petalukes have spawned a new  ‘ukulele group in the area: the Healdsburg Jam. Their next meeting is Friday, Feburary 12 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Healdsburg Senior Center, 133 Matheson Street. Looks like they’re growing by leaps and bounds and will be meeting on the second and fourth Friday of every month. For more information on how to get in on the action, visit the Petalukes site and sign up. 

The Tahoe Area UkeFest, coming up March 19 – 21, has a stellar line-up: James Hill AND Jake Shimabukuro performing in twin concerts at John Askuaga’s Nugget. James will be on the 19th and Jake on the 20th.  The festival is also offering a number of enticing workshops with Jim D’Ville, Ukulele Bartt, and more.  Click here for more information. 


If you don’t want to travel that far, you can catch Jake at the Napa Valley Opera House, Friday March 19.  And James will be performing at Sonoma Academy, in Santa Rosa, the week of March 22.  We’ll get you the date for that as soon as possible.

And don’t forget our own next gathering, Sunday February 28 at Lois’ home in Napa.  You’ll have to RSVP to me get the address. 

 Thinking ahead:  We’re actively looking for sponsors and volunteers for the 2010 Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival.  Our biggest need right now is for individuals or organizations who’d like to “adopt” one (or more) of our visiting musicians.  Let me know if you’d like to help!

Whew!  That’s it for now.  Happy Valentines Day! And remember,Victoria Vox Loves You!

Thanks everyone who came to the fleafest at NapAloha on the 30th.  And special thanks to Steve and Diana for hosting us (again, and from here on!), Erich for offering to be our fearless leader, and Sean for making us sound good.  Among other things we chose the songs we’d like to perform at the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival, October 10, and worked on various arrangements. Here’s what we came up with:

  • Moonglow (b)
  • Five Foot Two (in C)
  • Hanalei Moon (in F)
  • Jamaica Farewell
  • Ukulele Lady
  • My Little Wine Rack

They’re all in the Flea Jumpers Songbook (if you’ve been keeping it up-to-date) and most of them are posted here under Song Files.  We will be rehearsing at NapAloha on Wednesdays at 6pm on September 16, 23, 30, and October 7.  Erich will be back with us at our next FleaFest on September 27. Anyone is welcome to come and play and practice with us on Wednesdays, whether or not you actually want to perform at the festival. Since our slot on the stage is only 15 minute (including getting on and off the stage) we may need to cut one or two songs.  Any other issues we can deal with on Wednesday. Hope to see you then.

Festival Registration Now Open!

For-webRegistration for the Wine Country ‘Ukulele Festival is now open and we have some nifty give-aways to encourage you to register early, including a weekly drawing for great prizes you can enjoy during your visit here. The Workshop descriptions have also been posted.  There seems to be some confusion about all this.  Basically you only need to register if you are attending any of the paid events (Judd’s Hill Hula Party, Flora Springs Lu’au, MinerFamily Sunday School, or the ‘Ukulele Film Fest) or if you want to take any of the workshops. If you just want to come out and listen to the music or visit the vendors or just come taste wine, there is no need to register. However, all of the usual tasting and tour fees at Beringer Vineyards will apply.

We will post the actual workshop schedule as we iron out a few more of the details.


New Contest!

IMG_6599_edited-2I hope some of you are inspired to enter this one! We are looking for a 30- to 60-second “commercial” that would encourage people to pack up their ‘ukuleles and walk, ride, run, swim, or fly to the Napa Valley for the 2nd annual Wine Country Ukulele Festival.  Originality and humor (in good taste) rank very highly. Clever parodies of popular and well-known songs get extra points, as does the subtle (or not-so-subtle) inclusion of MusicGuyMic who is donating the prize. Entries will be judged on originality, comments from viewers (even if the viewer is your mother), and the number of views. You can enter as many times as you like. The winner will receive a Kala KA-ST tenor ‘ukulele with a hard shell case.

ka-stThe Kala KA-ST has a solid Sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides, giving this ‘ukulele a rich sound, great volume and tone. It also has die cast tuners, a nice binding, high gloss finish and GHS strings (though Mike will probably trick-it-out a little more.) 

It’s up to you to upload your commercial to You-Tube, then send us the link (you can leave it as a comment here on the festival website) so we know where to look for it.  Assuming it passes the first test (meaning, essentially, that it is suitable for all ages) we will then upload it to the Wine Country Uke Fest channel on You-Tube and try to help you promote it, both here and there. The deadline for posting is September 25 and the winner will be announced October 10, at the festival. (You need not be present to win.)  But, the sooner you get it done, the more opportunites you have to get it viewed.

So give it your best shot, and good luck. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Coming Up!

HukilauPoke, spam, hula, music, prizes, drink specials, and general merriment– Island Style……what more can you ask for?  It’s all happening this Saturday, September 12, at the Hukilau in San Francisco, 5 Masonic Avenue (SW corner of Masonic and Geary. This sounds like fun! It’s the 8th annual  Sam Choy Poke Festival “All you culinary, top chef poke masters–this is your chance to test out the next great Poke recipe http://poke.dahukilau.com/  and if you have what it takes, we’ll send you to Hawai’i!  And, if you are more on the receiving end,  go ahead and sign-up for da Spam Musubi Eating Contest and see if you can dethrone da King.  Email us at spam@dahukilau – with your name, contact info, and why Spam is like manna from da gods!  For those with the necessary intestinal fortitude, we have great prizes as well.”

hawaii_smThe following week-end is jam packed.  For starters, on Friday, September 18, the Napa Valley Opera House is sponsoring Hawaiian Tropical Nights, featuring Kumu Hula Kawika Alfiche & Halau O’ Keikiali’i, Grammy-Award winning Hawaiian Slack Key Musician Cyril Pahinui, and  Napa’s own Manaleo (with Sean Allen). What a great way to visit the Hawaiian Islands in the midst of harvest!

2009AlohafestlogoThen, the following Saturday, September 19, is the Napa Valley Aloha Festival, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Napa Valley Expo, put on by the Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation. This is a free family event, they only ask that you bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Napa Valley Food Bank. There’s lots of incredible  entertainment lined up, including Cyril Pahanui, Faith Ako, and our very own Sean Allen (in Manaleo). 

cyrilpahinui_200x200Guest artist Cyril Pahanui will also be teaching two slack key guitar workshops on Sunday, September 20, at the Embassy Suites (1075 California Blvd) in Napa. The first workshop is from 11am-2pm and the second is from 3pm-6pm. The cost is  $60 per person.  For more information, call  (707)  363-1999 or email:  slackkeyworkshop@prodigy.net. 
Whew! Cyril is going to be one busy guy!



Ukulele Classes

Holly Rudin-Braschi is about to start teaching her 2009 Fall session at Santa Rosa Junior College on Thursday, September 10-October 15, 7:00 PM-8:45 PM, 189 Forsyth Hall, Santa Rosa Campus. I have it on very good authority that she is an excellent teacher!  To read more and to register, please log onto: https://busapp02. santarosa. edu/CommunityEdu cation/ListCours e.aspx?CourseVrs nNbr=01005904&ID=2009753&AvailToPublic= 1  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Holly at: 707-763-3863. 

Eugene UKEtoberFest 2009

ukeParade2And the Eugene UKEtoberFest 2009 is open for biz.  I went last year and had a ball (I took the train).  I also came home with a fabulous raffle prize, a brand spanking new little soprano from Spruce House ($30 worth of raffle tickets…not a bad investment).  And, as I recall, there was lots of beer! This year’s festival will once again take place on the lovely University of Oregon campus, October 16-17,  2009. Victoria Vox, will be there as will the Canote Brothers, Boulder Acoustic Society, Moe Dixon, a bunch of wonderful local folks, and the amazing king of the ukulele, Ralph Shaw.  Tickets are available online. You can also order a T-Shirt featuring  the “Ukulele Fertility Pumpkin” logo designed by cartoonist Andy Singer.  If you are comin’ in from “outta” town, Brook and Keith recommend you take a look at the accomodations page on their website. The Secret Garden B&B, the University Inn, and the Eugene Hostel all have agreed to make special deals for UKEtoberFesters (festers?). They provide lodging for all budgets from swanky to modest.

See you next Wednesday, I hope.