December 1, 2016: 6th Annual Holiday Potluck and Jam!

MeleKalikimakaA cheery group of Austin Ukulele Society members got together a week earlier than we usually do at the Austin Moose Lodge for our 6th Annual Holiday Potluck and Jam, as we just couldn’t wait to toast the season and sing and play some great Christmas songs together on the ukulele. During the first hour or so, we enjoyed mingling and consuming some delicious bites and beverages together. We then sat down to play all of the Christmas songs we have learned together over the past six holiday seasons – it was a wonderful way to get the holiday spirit going! Of course our tunes included the latest addition to our holiday repertoire: a medley of “Holly Jolly Christmas and Marshmallow World“:

You can play along with all of Christmas tunes by downloading the charts and watching our videos:

Blue Christmas Chord Sheet Presentation
Holly Jolly Christmas / Marshmallow World Chord Sheet Presentation Video
Mele Kalikimaka / Jingle Bells Chord Sheet Presentation Video
Rockin’ Christmas Medley Chord Sheet Presentation Video
Santa Claus is Coming to Town Chord Sheet Presentation Video

We were treated to terrific open mic performances with a variety of holiday and other tunes by Bob S., Liam and Allison, Walter, Helen, Barry, Bill “Monster” Jones, and Sho and Shin. The whole group closed out the evening with “On the Road Again.”

We’re so grateful for the Austin Ukulele Society community and we wish you all peace, love, and joy during this holiday season. We’re looking forward to more merriment in 2017, as we kick off our seventh year on Thursday, January 12th! See you then!πŸ™‚

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T-shirts!
charcoal_tshirtPerfect holiday gifts for yourself and your loved ones, we have plenty of great Austin Ukulele Society t-shirts on hand, including our terrific new “Capital of Texas Ukulele” design beautifully created, as always, by Lyda Guz! They will be available at our December 1 Holiday Party! Please bring cash ($15) per shirt or a check that you can write out to Bob Guz or Jen Richardson.
Available in Navy Blue and Charcoal Heather.

For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

November 10, 2016: Margaritaville!

MargaritavilleThe Austin Ukulele Society’s November meeting was an enjoyable and unique blend of holiday cheer, combined with a bit of wistfulness for the warm weather we recently bid goodbye to, as we learned to sing and strum a lovely medley of “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Marshmallow World” (video coming in December!) while also revisiting and recording an old favorite, “Margaritaville.” Written about a drink Jimmy Buffett found in a restaurant right here in Austin, the story goes that he wrote most of the song that very night at a friend’s house in Austin and later finished it in Key West.

To play along with us, you can download the lyrics and chords for “Margaritaville” or download a copy of the presentation (what we project on the screen for all to follow along, including exercises and drills).

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We enjoyed a great assortment of talent during the Open Mic performances. Margaret and friends – a quintet of five ladies with lovely harmonies and strums – kicked things off beautifully. We then enjoyed duets by Jack Pott and Maryann Price, Nancy and Shelly, and delightful solo performances by Betty and Helen.

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New T-shirt Design!
charcoal_tshirtJust in time for holiday gifts for yourself and your loved ones, we have plenty of great Austin Ukulele Society t-shirts on hand, including our terrific new “Capital of Texas Ukulele” design beautifully created, as always, by Lyda Guz! They will be available at our December 1 Holiday Party! Please bring cash ($15) per shirt or a check that you can write out to Bob Guz or Jen Richardson.
Available in Navy Blue and Charcoal Heather.

As a friendly reminder, our next meeting will NOT be at the church nor on the second Thursday of the month. Instead, we will be celebrating our 6th Annual “Holiday Potluck and Strum-a-Long,” on Thursday, December 1, at the Austin Moose Lodge! Details coming soon!πŸ™‚

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For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

October 13, 2016: Spooky!

spookyThe Austin Ukulele Society had a sp’uke’tacular meeting last Thursday, as we continued our October tradition of singing and strumming a song to get in the Halloween spirit. This year, our tune is “Spooky,” an eerie and bluesy tune popularized in the 1970s by Dusty Springfield and the Atlantic Rhythm Section.

Our meeting kicked off with information about other local ukulele jams and live performances as well as a special announcement about the upcoming ukulele music night – Uke-A-Mania 2 – at the Sahara Lounge on November 3rd. After warming up with “Three Little Birds”, Bob did a demonstration of “Spooky” so we could all get familiar with the song and the arrangement we’d later play. Bob then took us through some drills, to help us get comfortable with the chord transitions and the rhythm; it definitely got “Spooky,” as the group practiced the song a few times.

Very special thanks to featured guest soloist Bill “Monster” Jones of Kathy Murray and the Kilowatts! Check it out:

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

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The Open Mic performances by Bill and Kathy, Sho and Shin, Vince, William, Norvll, and Walter – Halloween-themed and otherwise – were all fantastic and much appreciated. A special shout-out to our caveman Ogg and skeleton-masked player, who made the evening a bit more ghoulish.

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As always, we greatly look forward to meeting next month, on Thursday, November 10th!πŸ™‚

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For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

September 8, 2016: You’re My Wonderwall!

wonderwallOn a warm September evening, a wonderful group of ukulele players gathered again to make music together at the monthly Austin Ukulele Society meeting. We began by sharing local ukulele news and introductions, warmed up with “Three Little Birds,” and moved on to learn our song of the month, Oasis’ megahit from the mid-90’s, “Wonderwall.” Bob led us through some drills to get us comfortable with the chord transitions in the song. We then put it all together, and even fit in some vocal harmonizing on the chorus.

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

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We were treated to tremendous performances by Liam, Bentley and Carlos, who performed a beautiful piece of Tango (El Choclo), Kevin and Mark (on U-Bass!), Tom, Cranius, and Phillip. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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We’re looking forward to a sp’uke’tacular time at our next meeting, Thursday, October 13th!πŸ™‚

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For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

August 11, 2016: Rocket Man!

Elton JohnA wonderful group of over 140 ukulele players from near and far gathered together for the August 2016 meeting of the Austin Ukulele Society. We began the evening with introductions and hearing about opportunities to support local ukulele live music as well as warming up with “Three Little Birds.” Bob then took us through exercises of chord transitions and harmonies as we learned the classic Elton John hit “Rocket Man.” We were all pleased with how good we sounded from even the first run-through of the song, and we just got better as the evening progressed. Judge for yourself:

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

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During the open mic portion of the evening, attendees were treated to fantastic talent on the ukulele (and bass and kazoo!) by Kevin Carroll’s Ukestra, Walter, Helen, Sho, David and Laura, and Christine, Brock, Charlie and Marshall.

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We look forward to singing and strumming with you at next month’s meeting on Thursday, September 8th!πŸ™‚

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For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

July 14, 2016: Africa

Toto - AfricaOur July 2016 meeting created a truly special atmosphere in the room, as we learned the beloved Toto hit from the early 80’s, “Africa.” This song is a bit more complex than some of the songs we’ve learned recently, as the number of beats per chord varies in the refrain. However, Bob patiently led us to success with exercises that gave us a chance to practice each chord progression in the song. After practicing the song a few times, we sounded great and Bob’s solo complemented our efforts beautifully.πŸ™‚

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

We were also thrilled during the Open Mic portion of the evening by the UT Ukes and their performance of “Royals” and Ray Carr’s wonderful rendition of “Comes Love.”

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We look forward to the opportunity to learn, strum and sing with all of you at the next meeting, on Thursday, August 11th!πŸ™‚

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For more downloadable music, visit our Ukulele Music Library. For more Austin Ukulele Society videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

Contact Us if you have any questions or would like to be added to our mailing list!

June 25, 2016: Keepin’ Austin Weird!

For the fourth year in a row, an ensemble of Austin Ukulele Society members wowed the runners in the Keep Austin Weird 5K! Despite rain, heat and humidity, and loudspeakers close by, to paraphrase Tom Petty, “We did not back down!” It was a hot time for runners and strummers alike! MANY thanks to everyone who came out. Can’t wait til next year!

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We’re looking forward to our July meeting, on Thursday the 14th!

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