Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Still Strumming: William H. Macy

It's been a while since we've checked in with stalwart uker William H. Macy. Nice to know he's still strumming. Link

h/t Marilyn!


Kamaka Brothers Receive Congressional Gold Medals

I'm a proud owner of a sweet 1970s Kamaka soprano, and couldn't be happier for the Kamaka brothers and their entire family on their having received this well-deserved honor. Link

h/t Marilyn!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Profile of Koaloha 'Ukulele

Nice feature from Hawai'i Magazine on one of the three legendary "Ks": Koaloha. (The others being Kamaka and Kanile'a, natch.) Link

Mahalo, Waven

Thursday, July 01, 2021

The Baseball Sheet Music Project

Attention Baseball Fans. This scholarly site has 175 mostly Tin Pan Alley period sheet music titles related to America's Pastime. Note: offensive racial stereotypes are present.

The Baseball Sheet Music Project

Friday, June 25, 2021

Comprehensive Look at Bass Ukuleles

This is a pretty thorough review and evaluation of bass ukuleles. Usually these kind of sites a just clickbait for affiliate links. And yeah, there are affiliate links, but the writers have done a solid job of compiling information that you'll find super useful if you're in the market for a bass. Which I really should be...

The Best Bass Ukulele | Beginner Guitar HQ

Jake Shimabukuro Named to the National Council on the Arts

President Biden has nominated Jake to serve as a member of the National Council on the Arts

"The National Council on the Arts advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who also chairs the Council, on agency policies and programs. It reviews and makes recommendations to the Chairman on applications for grants, funding guidelines, and leadership initiatives."

Well deserved, Jake. What an honor! Link


Friday, May 07, 2021

Rev. Robert Jones' New Old Zimnicki Uke

I really need to tell you all the story of my Zimnicki Reclaimed Wood ukulele, built by Detroit-area luthier Gary Zimnicki. In the meantime, here's a video of Detroit's own Rev. Robert Jones, a noted blues artist and storyteller playing the sister to my uke. Enjoy, and do check out Gary's work


Sunday, April 04, 2021

Midnight Ukulele Disco Lives!

Back in the early days of the Third Wave there was Midnight Ukulele Disco. When the resurgence was gathering a head of steam, and when the ukulele was still a fringe instrument. Twenty-some (very) odd years ago Midnight Ukulele Disco introduced us to a new world of performers. Nice to see that the shows are archived on YouTube!

Midnight Ukulele Disco - YouTube
 
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