What can we say?! There are few words that can describe the feeling of elation experienced in a room of 100 ukulele-playing friends. Bob and Jen had an absolute blast hosting the first in-person AUS meeting in two years! We are thrilled to be hearing from many who attended that you also had a wonderful time.
We brought back our tried and true format, by kicking things off with a brief introduction of the evening’s agenda and having everyone share their names (and locations, if visiting from outside of Austin). We shared some local ukulele news and had some friends mention their upcoming meetings and gigs. We warmed up our voices, hearts and fingers by playing Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” As always, we wrapped up our night with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.”
The month of March brings us many things to celebrate, including St. Patrick’s Day. We were excited to learn a big hit by one of the most popular rock bands of all time, who hail from Ireland: U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
Bob performed his lovely arrangement of the song to get us familiar with the tempo and style. We got down to business, using his thoughtfully-prepared exercises, and learned the strum style, the picking option, the chord progressions, and the vocal harmony options. We sounded great when we put it all together and played it through. Check out our performance:
To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for our arrangement of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” 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).
It was fantastic to enjoy the sounds of Jay Clement, Kathy & the Kilowatts (Kathy Murray and Bill Jones), THE John Davenport and Anna K Dysart, and Jack Pott during our open mic portion of the evening.
Clockwise from top left: Kathy Murray and Bill Jones, Jack Pott, THE John Davenport and Anna Dysart, and Jay Clement
We can’t wait to see everyone back for the next in-person meeting, on Thursday, April 14. We also look forward to our upcoming virtual meeting on Thursday, March 31. Happy spring, everyone! 🙂
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Ukulele Society T-shirts!
As you may know, we create a new t-shirt every fall. Celebrating our global AUS community, we are thrilled to unveil our latest edition t-shirt, “Ukulele Around the World,” designed by the talented Lyda Guz!
The shirts are silk screened here in Austin at a fantastic locally-owned print shop and are available for purchase via mail order. The new “Ukulele Around the World” design, “10th Anniversary,” Mermaid, Cowboy,” and “Austin Lasso” shirts are $20 – all other styles are $15. Please drop us a line if you’d like to purchase a shirt (or two or three). 🙂 At this time, we can only ship orders within the U.S.