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Open Mic Night at the Rattle Inn – February 19

The Austin Ukulele Society’s second open mic night on February 19 gave us an evening filled with excellent and varied music! From creative originals to “Gangster’s Paradise” to “Goody, Goody,” all that attended and performed had plenty to delight them! Thanks to the The Rattle Inn for hosting! See everyone again soon!

The Austin American-Statesman sent photographer Rodolfo Gonzalez to the event and he posted several additional photos on Austin360.com. You can check them out here.

Woody, Ray, Kathy, Alex:
Woody  Ray  Kathy  Alex
Kendra, Cindi, Bob & Kendra:
Kendra  Cindi  Bob and Kendra
Joy, Frank, Bob, Bill, Cindi & Mike:
Joy  Frank  Bob  Bill  Cindi and Mike
Elizabeth, Jack, Jack & Elizabeth:
Elizabeth  Jack  Jack and Elizabeth  

Another trip to Uketania

After our November AUS meeting came Uketania, at the Sahara Lounge at the edge of downtown Austin. Here’s Jen’s report of the evening:

uketania2“Jacob Borshard’s Beebort Records and the Austin Ukulele Society were privileged to present Return to Uketania at the Sahara Lounge, on November 14th.  The ‘sequel’ to June 14th’s Voyage to Uketania left a delighted audience and full house looking very much forward to future incarnations of the Uketania series of ukulele music nights, at the eclectic and inviting Sahara Lounge.

“The theme of Return to Uketania was for various ukulele-centric artists to cover new wave and punk rock bands.  Jacob Borshard started off the evening with a uketania1great solo set of Ramones tunes.  Highlights include audience participation on fist pumping the air on “Hey Ho, Let’s Go” during “Blitzkrieg Bop.”  Jacob was followed shortly thereafter by our very own Bob Guz, who played fantastic ukulele-driven renditions of brilliant and varied Elvis Costello songs including “Allison” and “Radio Radio.”
“Shortly after Bob’s set, a lovely quintet of ladies known as the Missy Fits took their stage for the first time, ever, though you would never have guessed it.  They played ukulele, and more, while harmonizing on beloved Misfits tunes, including a charming and deliciously impish version of “Last Caress.”  Luna Tart came next and covered the Boomtown Rats; she started off the set by sharing the chilling but true story behind “I Don’t Like Mondays” and delivering a powerful version of the classic.
“Jen regrets that she generally turns into a pumpkin around pumpkin time, so she regretfully missed seeing the talented and alluring Rhonda Roberts perform a set of Talking Heads covers. Having seen Rhonda Roberts at the first Voyuketania3age to Uketania, she highly recommends any opportunity to see her when she visits Austin, and you can look for her when you visit Houston.  The Skeletors closed out the night with a terrific Violent Femmes set.
“On behalf of ukulele music players and appreciators, Viva Uketania!”
Will there be another visit to Uketania in the cards? We don’t know, but we hope so!

The Austin Ukulele Society is enjoying having many members of the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters in Austin this weekend! We had a blast at the UOGB show last night, at the combo jam this morning, and we have one more exciting event tonight!

Come out and spend some time with your AUS and DUH ukulele enthusiast friends! From 7:30 – 9:30pm, we invite you to hear the wonderful ukulele driven musical talents of Bob Guz (7:30 – 8), Kathy and the Kilowatts (8:10 – 8:40) and The Love Leighs (8:50 – 9:30), at the Rattle Inn – 610 Nueces St. $10 cover, 21 and over.

The Rattle Inn has a woodsy, warm and cozy interior, and a full bar.  You can bring food in with you or grab a bite at one of the many great local restaurants nearby, before or after the show.  🙂

Will you be attending one of the UOGB concerts?

The UOGB, of course, is the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Jen has passed along some information about the two concerts we’ll see here in Austin:

“We know many of you are planning to check out one or both of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB) shows, on November 21st and November 22nd, at the McCullough Theater next to the Bass Concert Call, on UT’s campus.
“Below is some info which you may find helpful and/or exciting! Read more here, too: http://texasperformingarts.org/season/ukulele-orchestra-great-britain-austin
1)  The shows are technically sold out, but the Texas Performing Arts group recently released some more seats for both shows, so if you still need tickets, grab some now!
2) Parking on campus can be complicated or expensive, especially when there are multiple events on the same night.  (Chicago is playing at the Bass). There is a 50% discount for reserved parking ($6 instead of $12 on the night of the show) if you purchase the parking voucher in advance. You can do so here, before 10pm the day before your show:
3) Some members of the Austin Ukulele Society are performing just above the lobby, before the show begins, from roughly 6:15 – 6:50pm.  There will be a full bar in the lobby, so come early, get your car parked, and enjoy a beverage while the AUS performs for you.
4)  The UOGB will have a play-a-long with audience members, so feel free to bring a ukulele.  The song will be Tom Petty’s “American Girl” in the key of A; you can get familiar with it here:

“Looking forward to seeing many of you at our meeting on Thursday the 14th.”

Ukes playing around Austin

Want to hear some live uke music around Austin? Here you are…

Kathy & Kilowatts
Date: Saturday 9/7
Cost: no cover
Location: Green Mesquite (Barton Springs Rd & Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX, 78704)
Time: 7:00pm

Who: Paper Moon Shiners
Date: Friday 9/13
Cost: no cover
Location: Tantra Coffeehouse (217 E. Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX, 78666
Time: 8:00pm

Who: The Love Leighs
Date: Saturday 9/14
Cost: no cover
Location: Botticelli’s  (1321 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704)
Time: 8:00pm
+ Tuesday night residency at the White Horse at 11:50pm

Who: various artists, Ukulele Open Mic Night
Date: Wednesday 9/18
Cost: no cover
Location: The Rattle Inn (610 Nueces St, Austin, TX, 78701)
Time: sign up 7:00, performance starts 7:30

Who: Pops Bayless & the Dark City Trio
Date: 
Thursday 9/26
Cost: 
no cover
Location: The Whip In (1950 IH35 South, Austin, TX 78704)
Time: 
9:00p

For more info about The Paper Moonshiners and their upcoming gigs, visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/papermoonshiners
For more info about Kathy Murray & Bill Monster Jones and their upcoming gigs, visit www.kathymurraysongwriter.com
For more info about The Love Leighs’ upcoming gigs, visit: http://artistdata.sonicbids.com/the-love-leighs/shows/

A time to meet, and a time to rattle

Austin Ukulele Society will hold our monthly meeting on Thursday evening, September 12th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at, as usual, the Memorial United Methodist Church. Six days later, however, AUS will also hold its first-ever open mic night, on Wednesday, 9/18, at 7:30 at the Rattle Inn.  Members like you who perform during the open mic portion of the meetings (or even those who don’t) now have a chance to play on a real stage with real mics, in a live music venue.

The Rattle Inn is a great venue in the West 6th street area (bonus – parking is free on Wednesdays, after 6, and there is plenty of street parking.)

Date: Wednesday, September 18th

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (open mic performance signup starts at 7)

Place: The Rattle Inn – 610 Nueces St, Austin, 78701

This event is open to the public, and free – the only restriction is that it’s ages 21 and over.