May 14, 2015: Dancing In the Dark!

Dancing In The DarkWith first-timers from as far as Oklahoma and Austin Ukulele Society veterans alike, the 90 or so May meeting attendees enjoyed an energetic and fun-filled evening. We learned and played Bruce Springsteen’s mega-hit from the 80’s, “Dancing in the Dark.” Bob broke down the chord progressions, making it easier for us to put the song together and sound great playing it after just a few run-throughs. The Boss himself would be proud.

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Dancing in the Dark” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

We also enjoyed revisiting Roy Orbison’s “You Got It” as well playing our usual warm up and closing tunes.

We were thrilled to have a talented assortment of open mic solos, duos, and trios:
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Christine, Charlie, and Brock    |    Kendra and Bob
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We’re looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on June 11! :)

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April 24, 2015 – Performance at Lakeway!

Members of the Austin Ukulele Society had a wonderful time playing some of our favorite songs for a sold out event at the Lakeway Activity Center. With rhythm by Gary on upright bass, kazoo solos by Walter, a surprise guest appearance by a Lakeway Sing Along member on sax, and sweet harmonies throughout, the attendees were delighted by our performance. A special thanks to Nick Renneker and Joann Anderson for inviting us back, to Bob for his musical guidance, to Jen for coordinating the group, and to Lyda for great photography.
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April 9, 2015: Build Me Up Buttercup!

ButtercupThe Austin Ukulele Society’s April meeting attendees had a terrific time learning and singing “Build Me Up Buttercup,” the contagiously catchy Foundations hit that likely gets stuck in your head whenever you hear it. Well, now you can sit down and strum and sing it the next time that happens! We also enjoyed revisiting the Jimmy Buffet classic “Margaritaville,” as well as our traditional meeting songs “Three Little Birds” and “On the Road Again”.

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Build Me Up Buttercup” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

We were treated to delightful and varied open mic performances by Vince, Cranius, Walter, Richard, Leta, and Liam, with a great mix of original songs, covers, and our first ever song performed and sung in Japanese.

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As always, we look forward to the next time we meet on May 14, and we hope to see you out and about at some live ukulele music shows, soon! :)
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March 12, 2015: You Gotta Get Up and Try, Try, Try!

2015_03_12_pinkThe Austin Ukulele Society had a fantastic March meeting with a terrific group of ukulele players and enthusiasts. After kicking off the year with classic Elvis and Sam Cooke songs, we enjoyed learning, playing, and singing “Try,” a huge 2012 hit for P!nk. Bob taught us how to play both the strum and picking during the instrumental parts of the song which gave us the chance to create some great harmonies.

You can download the lyrics and chords for P!ink’s “Try” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

As always, we were delighted to have great talent shared during the Open Mic portion of the evening. Big thanks to Paige, Cranius Astounding, Kathy and Bill, Leta, Richard, Woody, Annie, and — all the way from Brazil — VerĂ´nica Nunes and Ricardo Vogt.

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We’re looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on April 9th! :)

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February 12, 2015: Cupid, let your arrow go!

The Austin Ukulele Society was thrilled to host its 50th monthly meeting to date with over a 100 players! In keeping with tradition from the previous February meetings, we learned and played a Valentine’s/love-themed song. We sounded great crooning and strumming Sam Cooke’s “Cupid,” and we enjoyed revisiting “L-O-V-E” from February 2014’s meeting. “Eight Days a Week” was a blast, too, in keeping with the love song theme.

Here we are playing “Cupid”:

You can download the lyrics and chords for “Cupid” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project up on the wall for all to follow along).

We really enjoyed the Open Mic Night portion of the evening – a big thanks to all!
John backed by the Tuesday Ukulele Group, Kevin and Bob
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Richard, Ray, Luke, Elizabeth
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Norville, Janet, Woody
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We’re looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on March 12th! :)
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January 8, 2015 – Happy Birthday Elvis!

The Austin Ukulele Society kicked off its fifth year with a rockin’ good time, as we paid tribute to the King of Rock and Roll on his 80th birthday. Elvis would surely have enjoyed “Don’t Be Cruel,” “All Shook Up” and “Return to Sender” played and sung by 80+ ukulele players. We are so grateful to all of our members for the continued success of our great meetings. :)

You can download the chord charts here:

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Watch us play each tune:

A special thanks to those who shared originals, Elvis and other covers, and much enjoyment during the Open Mic portion of the evening!

Jack, Phillip, Kevin
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Richard, Leta, Liam
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Richard, Jacob, Bob
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We’re looking forward to seeing you all at our next meeting on February 12th! :)
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4th Annual Holiday Potluck and Jam!

The Austin Ukulele Society’s December 11, 2014 meeting kept a lovely tradition going by having our 4th Annual Holiday Potluck and Jam at Susan and Ted’s lovely South Austin home. We enjoyed the chance to chat with old and new friends, eat and drink, and play ukulele music together in an intimate setting. Thanks to Bob for leading the group in “Blue Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and our Rockin’ Christmas Medley. Much appreciation to Leta and Anna, Bill and Kathy, Walter, Alex, John and Woody for sharing solo and group play-a-longs of other holiday favorites and originals. Special thanks to Jen for managing the invitations, RSVPs, and all the many details that made the event possible.

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We wish everyone a joyous and safe holiday season, and we look forward to kicking off our 5th year with an extra fun meeting on Thursday, January 8th! :)

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