Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nick Lucas and Buster Keaton

Apparently taken on the set of The General, here's Buster Keaton and Nick Lucas (who made Tiptoe Through the Tulips a hit). With occasional Chaplin actor Tom Murray holding the cases.


Danielle Pellizzeri Finds Her (Ukulele) Calling

Inspiring story of a Palos Verdes teen who overcame ADHD and established a non-profit aimed at helping kids believe in themselves and their potential via our favorite four-stringed instrument. Link

Read more about her organization, UkeCANdoit here. And check out her original song. Danielle has a great voice, too boot!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wine Country Ukulele Festival Registration Closing Soon!

There is one and only one reason to miss a minute of the fabulous Wine Country Ukulele Festival this year. And that's because you're coming to my ukulele class at Lamorinda Music on September 6.

Yes, I blew it, and scheduled our first class on that Saturday.

But good news! The festival events run from Thursday the 4th through Sunday the 7th. Plus you'll have plenty of time after the class to drive up for the new super-special open mike event Saturday night.

More info at this link.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Sarah Marie Young

A friend of mine mentioned that her niece sang and played the ukulele at her sister's wedding and pointed me to her Soundcloud page. I thought since she was nice enough to point me to the page I'd take a listen. I expected to hear a girl and a ukulele. I did not expect to be completely blown away.

Ever fall deeply in love with a voice at first hearing? I just did.

Sarah Marie Young won the 2011 Shure Montreaux Vocal Competition armed with a baritone uke and the most impressive set of pipes I've heard in a long time. I'm postively intoxicated. Ukulele fans will enjoy her work on Too Late to Say Goodbye, or on Simple Love (video above), but hang around and hear her full range of styles.

I'm cutting this short to go listen to more. Link
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