Debut Rehearsal: ‘Ukulele Ensemble
Everyone is invited to attend the initial informal meeting and jam session for the newly minted ‘Ukulele Ensemble: Tiny Bubbles (date, time and, location TBA). Experience is not required. Anyone can learn a few basic chords and be strumming along in no time. I have one extra uke that people can play at the first meeting. Also, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square may rent them to non-school students in case anyone wants to do a trial run for a few weeks. Alternatively, ‘ukuleles are not exactly expensive instruments – a good starter uke is about $50. Contact the event organizer with any questions.
We will learn a few songs and talk about ideas I have for the group and ultimately what people want out of it. The songs we play will be just like the uke: quirky, sweet, whimsical, fun, and a little heartfelt, just like the conductor. Speaking of which…
Steven Kellert has been a musician his whole life, starting off with piano, flute, piccolo, and alto sax. He studied modern dance in college and wound up competing in ballroom with his sister, which introduced him to a love of partner dance and a whole new world of music. Never giving up music for good, he used to sing with his sisters as the Clams of Wisdom in Washington, DC and eventually started playing ‘ukulele in Chicago in 2014. He couldn’t resist when his friend Eric from the Jazz Ensemble suggested he start an ‘ukulele ensemble with Lakeside Pride.