Wanted to say big thanks to Mana Maddy and everyone in attendance at the last Ukulele Love-In on May 11th. I was the featured performer and had so much fun teaching a workshop and performing in front of 31 ukuleles and their owners (or temporary caretakers)! For those of you that don’t know the Ukulele Love-In is a monthly event started by the Bay Area’s own Madeline Tasquin, that includes an all levels ukulele lesson followed by a featured performance then group sing-along. Oakland North did a great piece about the event as well. The event takes place place at Actual Cafe, a favorite Oakland hangout spot that has great food and drink, displays local artists’ work, and has live music. Please support local, and check them out if you haven’t already.
The BIG news is that Maddy is leaving very soon for her first European tour and the Love-In will be put on hiatus during her trip. For all you East Bay ukers that want your monthly fix, there will be a new event starting at the brand new music school and venue Mynah Music at 543 Athol Street in Lake Merrit, every 1st Saturday of the month starting on June 1st. The event will involve an all levels lesson of a song chosen by YOU! Or one of you, or some of you…really I choose, but I choose from your suggestions so if you want to get your two cents in, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me a song you have always wanted to learn on the uke. Maybe you’ll be the lucky one chosen! If you haven’t already done so, you can sign up for the East Bay Ukulele Love group on facebook for more info and latest news. Good luck Maddy, and we are eagerly waiting for the return of the Ukulele Love-In in a new second Sunday of the month time-slot starting September 8, 2013. Set your calendars!