Ukulele Social 2012
Astoria Park / Shore Boulevard
Take the N Train to Astoria Boulevard and walk West until you are on the shore then walk thro ugh the park along the shore for:
Organized Spontaneity : Ukulele Performance, Jam, Teach-In
I’m coordinating a series of Ukulele-centric events in Astoria Park in Queens this summer and I’m hoping many (if not all) of the NYC Meetup posse will stop by and participate in a Group Jam / Performance / Teach... In.
Three consecutive Sundays – August 5, 12th and 19th from 1-6pm, Shore Boulevard, the romantic thoroughfare, will be designated motor-vehicle free, and revelers from Queens and beyond will participate in a myriad of activities designed to re-imagine the space. This is the third year of the “Shore Fest” and the fun and good times are much anticipated.
I have been inspired by the Ukulele picnics in Hawaii and Japan, the Make Music NY Ukulele Mass Appeals coordinated by Rick Bruner, the Luau portion of the Uke Fest and myriad other instance of ukulele magic to coordinate the dedication of a section of the reclaimed Shore Boulevard for Organized Spontaneity: Ukuelele Style. I talked to the Astoria Park Shore Fest organizers and they are very excited about the concept.
If you don’t know Astoria Park, it’s a real gem - big and green, with plenty of both sun and shade, river views and picnic spots, the jewel of a neighborhood famous for it’s diversity of humans and food. It’s going to be a great space for members of the uke community to meet and jam.
If folks would like to have a spotlight (or sunlit) performance I’d be happy to arrange and promote it – I can promise little to nothing in monetary compensation but, as a part-time busker, I highly recommend this event for developing audiences. So if you’re interested, in a scheduled performance of 20-30 minutes let me know.
The focus is going to be on participatory Ukeacracy. We’re going to have a “bag of ukes” that will be pressed into service for teaching and spreading ukulele joy. There may be a couple non-uke instruments in the bag too I’m hoping lots of you will show up ready to play, with friends and song ideas and spare ukuleles in tow if you can.
I’d like to facilitate whatever magic is possible, so let me know your thoughts any time between now and the event. . I’m still kicking concepts around. Please do mark your calendars – I’m looking forward to seeing you.
The logo was provided by Tom Gambino in honor of the Sorbet Flavor that will be created in honor of the event by Malu Sweet Shoppe. Samples of Ukulele Social Pineapple Sorbet will be at the event if you hit it at the right time.