April 3, 2014 Meeting – Stuck in the middle of 70 strummers!

The Austin Ukulele Society’s April meeting provided a fabulous evening of favorite tunes from our repertoire like “Runaway” and “Ring if Fire” along with great harmonies on our newest song, the 1972 rock classic by Stealers Wheel, “Stuck in the Middle With You”:

You can download the lyrics and chords here. Download a copy of the instruction sheet for this song (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along) here.

We appreciate all our returning and new members for bringing together such talent and would like to offer a special thanks to those of you who delighted us with a solo or duet number during the open mic portion of the evening. :)

70 happy strummers!
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Walter, Ray, Thayer and Leta, Liam
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Erin and Ryan, Jack, Ian, Randall
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Looking forward to strumming and singing with you again on May 8th! :)

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Ho! Our March 13, 2014 Meeting! Hey!

The Austin Ukulele Society’s March meeting was a wonderful time for regular and new members alike. We moved out of the classroom we’ve been using for well over a year and tried out the gym for the first time. Our group has grown so much! Feedback was positive regarding the increased elbow room. We had a blast learning to strum and sing the Lumineers’ 2012 hit “Ho Hey” and enjoyed playing some of our other favorites as well. Here we are practicing “Ho Hey”:

You can download the lyrics and chords here. Download a copy of the instruction sheet for this song (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along) here.

As always, we appreciate you for being there! A very special thanks to our gracious open mic participants – Ian, Woody, Katie, Steve, Kendall, Randall and Jacob. We look forward to seeing you all soon, and please remember, our April meeting is on the first Thursday (April 3rd). :-)

Our happy gang in our new spacious digs
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Ian, Woody, Jacob, and Steve
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Randall and Katie
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As always, we look forward to making beautiful ukulele music with you at the next meeting, Thursday, April 3! :)

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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:
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Kendra, Cindi, Bob & Kendra:
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Joy, Frank, Bob, Bill, Cindi & Mike:
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Elizabeth, Jack, Jack & Elizabeth:
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Our February 2014 Meeting: Thursday, February 13

At our February 2014 meeting, we had a wonderful time practicing the romantic jazz standard “L-O-V-E” by Bert Kaempfert and Milt Gabler. Written for Nat King Cole’s last album of the same name, it has been covered by many. Enjoy!!

You can download the lyrics and chords here. Download a copy of the instruction sheet for this song (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along) here. A hearty ukulele welcome to all the first-timers who came to the meeting! Special thanks those that shared a song during the open mic part of the evening: Joy, Jacob, Kevin, Ian, Kendall and Leta, Woody, and Jack — with special guest Maryann Price.

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As always, we look forward to making beautiful ukulele music with you at the next meeting. :)

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Our January 2014 Meeting: Thursday, January 9

The Austin Ukulele Society kicked off its 4th year with a bang!
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Since our very first meeting in January 2011 we’ve started every one of our monthly meetings with the legendary Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” to warm up our fingers and voices, and to remind ourselves that every little thing is gonna be alright. You can download the lyrics and chords here. Download a copy of the instruction sheet for this song (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along) here. Enjoy!!

A hearty thank you to all of the wonderful ukulele players and enthusiasts who attended the first AUS meeting of 2014! We are grateful to all first-timers as well as our special guests from Charlotte, NC! Each and everyone of you contributed to the wonderful singing and strumming, and we thank those that shared a song they’re working on, during the open mic part of the evening.
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As always, we look forward to making beautiful ukulele music with you at the next meeting. :)

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The UOGB and DUH were in town–what a great weekend

The weekend of November 22 and 23 was something special for ukulele folks. On the evenings of Nov 21 and 22 (Thursday and Friday), the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain was in town, pulling out their combination of rock music cover songs (with a little country mixed in) and gags from their collective hat. It was a great show–everything from a Lady Gaga song to the theme from the old Beverly Hillbillies TV show. About 50 members from the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters had come down from their own city to see uogb6the show, too.

Before Friday’s show, our usual assembly of AUS members performed on a stairwell above the audience, and looking down at the audience, we saw a lot of smiles. We played some of our old favorites, like “Runaway” and “Love Potion #9.” and some newer things, too, like “Wagon Wheel.” The next morning the Austin American-Statesman ran a photo of us playing,ausduh2 calling us the “Ukulele Society of Austin” (USA?) and that we were a “flash mob.”

We invited the UOGB members out for a pint after the show, and three of them joined us: George (the group’s leader), Dave, and Jonty. They told us that they had to be up at 5:30 a.m. to catch a flight to Philadelphia, but they stayed and chatted for awhile.

ausduh1At 10 a.m. on Saturday morning, most of the DUH members had stayed overnight, and we had an interesting singalong session, with the leader of a song switching between Mark Levine of DUH and our own Bob. (With the projector and PowerPoint slides shown by Kathy and Lyda, their respective spouses.) It was a lot of fun, and gave us a chance to sing some songs we’ve never played as a group.

We’re glad we had a chance to see the UOGB, and to get together with the DUH members, uogblobby1and we hope we get a chance to do it again. Oh, and here’s a picture of Bob, Jen, and me (Walter) in the lobby with a sign featuring our participation–yay, us!–in the show.

AUS T-shirt Headquarters

We wanted to add a page you can use to get information about our lineup of AUS austhirt3T-shirts and how to order them. Please take a look, and we hope you’ll order at least one shirt. All feature the artwork of Lyda Guz, and all proceeds from sales of the shirts go to support AUS and its activities. Even if you don’t live in Austin, won’t it be ultra-cool to wear one of these shirts?