Ukulele players from all over Austin and beyond got together on the first Thursday of July to enjoy each other’s company by singing, strumming, learning, and listening to ukulele music.
To kick things off, local ukulele news and events were shared. We then warmed up our fingers and voices with “Three Little Birds.” Bob then performed an “America-themed Medley” of George M. Cohan classics (“Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag“) coupled with Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” he put together for us. There are songs every ukulele player ought to know, and these three fit that bill well. Bob took the group through helpful chord progression exercises, and we played the medley through a few times. After the group practiced the tunes a few more times, Lyda set the camera up to record our performance for our YouTube friends around the globe. Check it out:
To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our “American Medley” or download a copy of the presentation and instruction guide (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).
We took a break and enjoyed fantastic open mic talent, of both originals and creative covers, by five wonderful solo performers: Roger, Alexandria, José, Jack, and Sho.
We look forward to meeting with everyone again in just 5 short weeks, on Thursday, August 10th! 🙂
We also hope to see you all at another fantastic Ukulele Open Mic Night on Saturday, July 22nd! Once again the venue is the fabulous Rattle Inn, at 610 Nueces St. in Austin, at the corner of West 6th Street and Nueces. We’ll have sign-up from 6:00 until 6:30pm, with performances running from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Even if you’d rather not play, come out for a cool beverage (they have a great drink menu), good company, and a wonderful show! No cover, plenty of cold A/C, and you are welcome to bring in food from the adjacent food trucks or nearby restaurants. Don’t miss it!!
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