Come and join us for an evening with world renowned ukulele artist and educator Kimo Hussey. Kimo is joined by accomplished musician, composer, and teacher Zanuck Lindsey to share their knowledge of music and ukulele with all of us. A small intimate house concert is to follow featuring Kimo and Zanuck along with bay area ukulele artist John Nash. Spaces are limited and will sell out, so purchase now to reserve your spot and receive location details. The Facebook event is HERE and be sure to check out the video below for some inspiration :)
Want to learn to play the uke in a small group setting? Check out our 4-week beginners series focusing on the basics of playing the ukulele. The class size will be 6-8 people so go to https://squareup.com/market/ukulele-inspired and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for location details and to reserve your spot!
When: April 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd from 8-9PM
Where: Ukulele Inspired Studios Oakland, CA
Why: Cause it's gonna be fun!
How much: $100
I've been waiting awhile for the Ukulele Underground to make it to the bay. I headed over to San Francisco last Tuesday for a workshop/concert by the world famous Aldrine Guerrero and Aaron Nakamura. Unfortunately I had students until late that day and of course hit rush hour traffic on the bridge so I unfortunately missed the workshop section of the event. The event was organized by Edgar Dang of Aloha Warehouse. If you haven't got a chance to check out his shop yet, do yourself a favor and stop by to talk ukes and drool over his incredible inventory. Although I missed the workshop, the concert was well worth the trip over. Aldrine and Aaron put on such a memorable performance and I haven't seen a crowd have a better time at any other ukulele event I've ever been to. Aldrine was really funny and genuine and I loved how much he interacted with everyone in the audience. They played a good mix of stellar covers and some of my favorite originals all while keeping a very funny and informal vibe to their set. Check out all of us chanting for Aaron "The Voice" Nakamura to sing us another song.
Last Saturday I made the trek up north to visit The Strum Shop in Roseville for a workshop/concert with two of my favorite ukulele artists playing today, Kimo Hussey and Kalei Gamiao. I have been hearing and seeing a lot about the Strum Shop over the past year as they have had some great artists and teachers come through their doors as of late. It was great to finally meet local ukulele guru and Strum Shop owner, Stu Herreid. He has created a really great community up in the Sacramento area through teaching, different events, and organizing the local ukulele club, Uke University.
Kimo taught a fantastic workshop covering some basic chord movement and chord replacement. He also discussed training your ear to learn when to hear when chord changes should happen. He had such a great energy and was really good at connecting with all of the participants. Kalei's workshop covered some of the basic ideas behind his right hand techniques, from strumming to lead picking. It was interesting to hear about some of his creative process and how he discovers and executes some of his incredibly intricate rhythms.
The concert portion of the event was one of my favorites by far. Kimo's solo set was so intimate, he is such a great musician and story teller and his ability to evoke different feelings and emotions in his playing is unparalleled. I have been waiting to hear Kalei play live for quite some time now, as he was one of my first inspirations when I started playing ukulele. His technique is breathtaking to watch, and their were several wow's from the audience at the end of a few of his more intense pieces. After both solo sets they played a short set together which was the highlight of the night for me. It was really special and I feel lucky to have been there to enjoy it.
Both of these guys are real busy the next couple of months with teaching and performing at different events around the world so be sure to check them both out if you have a chance. Also if you are in the northern California area keep an eye out on the Strum Shop's calendar where there are always some great ukulele events happening!
Kimo Hussey: http://kimohussey.com/
Kalei Gamiao: http://kaleigamiao.com/
Strum Shop: http://thestrumshop.com/
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