Ukulele Social in Astoria Park

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.

 

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  • Scott

    Robert did a great job in organizing and supporting the enthusiastic playing and learning effort of all the good folks who participated. Good fun!

    August 8, 2012

  • Dan A.

    Though I got there mega-late, I had a blast strumming in the park and dug the whole 'dancing chalkboard' idea. Won't be around for this coming Sunday, though I look forward to attending on Aug.19th promptly.

    August 7, 2012

  • Robert

    Thank you, Nick! If you want to di one of your songs as a sing-a-long with dancing chalkboard I'd facilitate the heck out of that. But that's entirely up to you.

    August 7, 2012

  • Nick M.

    Thanks for putting this together. I thought it was great. I'm thinking I'll likely come again this Sunday and maybe be more social/fun this time.

    August 7, 2012

  • Robert

    Rhanks fir coming, Pen. I avoided scheduling in favor of trying to suss out what the predominant interest was at any given time and hedging my bets by switching it up regularly. However, if you have folks lined up let me know when they want to do what and I reckon I can accommodate. Send me an email please or leave a comment on the meetup calendar for the 12th.

    August 6, 2012

    • Pen

      Thanks for the offer. It's very kind of you. I think that people were planning on dropping in whenever. I dont

      August 7, 2012

    • Pen

      Think I could plan for each person. It's cool.

      August 7, 2012

  • Robert

    Thanks to NYCUM for helping to promote today's Ukulele Social. And a big thanks to everyone who came today and to those who planned on coming but got waylaid. I had a fantastic time. Although we lost a little momentum when the R&B truck kicked in, I was pleased to see the mobility of the mighty uke enabling most of you to find another shady grove for jamming and grateful you came back for more fun after the hour was done. I was assured we won't have sonic interference next week and I have some ideas for making next week even better. Plus the Pineapple Sorbet will be there next week. Unfortunately, I was too wrapped up in playing to take any photos. If you did please post to this Meetup or the Buscarsi Facebook. I;m looking forward to week 2 of Ukulele Social.

    August 5, 2012

    • Pen

      If there is a schedule for the day next week, that would be great. I know some folks were hoping to swing by and learn a little bit about the Uke and maybe join in a strum-a-long. :-)

      August 6, 2012

  • Robert

    The weather is holding. NOLA still says 30prcnt chance of some rain before we're done. I'll have a tent to huddle under just in case vutnrught now seems like the sun is taking over the sky. I hear rain or shine. Brushing up on my " singing in the rain."

    August 5, 2012

  • Robert

    Thanks, Makalina, I'm starting to feel the good kind of nervous. The response has been so good I know there will be plenty of ukuleleists to help generate music and fun. Now I'm just watching the skies and hoping the rest of the " bag o ukuleles" arrives.

    August 3, 2012

    • Pen

      I can bring one or a couple if you need extras.

      August 3, 2012

    • Robert

      Thanks, Pen. Only if it's a Ukulele you're willing to risk loss or damage to. I've got 4 Maholos ( the least expensive model I consider playable) and will have a couple more "beater ukes." I'm not sure how much demand we'll get for loaners.

      August 3, 2012

  • Colin C.

    Lookin forward to coming up and meeting you all!

    August 3, 2012

  • Makalina

    This looks awesome guys!....IF my schedule changes, I may be able to drop by

    August 3, 2012

  • Pen

    I attend the big Astoria Arts & Music fest there every summer. Such a wonderful park for live music. :-). I will be there!

    1 · July 19, 2012

  • Fernando F.

    As someone who lives in Queens and never works on weekends, I am very excited for August.

    2 · July 19, 2012

  • Robert

    Now if you no RSVP'd, I'm sure you have your reasons but I just want you to know you can always change your mind and will be welcomed with open arms. Don't forget you have three Sundays, five hours of each to make an appearance and represent. Queens has been a Ukulele desert too long - we're going to make it Ukulele Dessert this year.

    1 · July 19, 2012

  • Makalina

    Roberto Buscarsi will be Hosting this event

    July 14, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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