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Steel City Ukuleles promotes community, entertainment, performance and education among ukulele enthusiasts in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. All players are welcome, from beginners to professionals.

Upcoming events (5+)

Ukulele Test Drive and Beginner Strumming (Last Thursday of the month)

It’s all about Fun, Friends and Ukuleles! 1. Help a beginner or novice learn to strum. 2. Play some live music with fellow ukulele players in a relaxed bar/restaurant setting. It’s fun and now here’s your chance! Burgr’z on 8 restaurant/bar has partnered with Steel City Ukuleles to offer a “Ukulele Test-Drive” monthly beginner strumming event. You can help folks learn to play a basic song or two, and even sit in with some more experienced players. We guarantee (almost) that anyone can play a song in less than 10 minutes. Ukuleles, basic song and instruction sheets are provided – all you have to do is show up. Any Steel City Ukulele player is welcome as well as friends. Burgr’z on 8 is a family-friendly establishment, has a great menu, with (of course) some of the best burgers in the area. The bar includes lots of cold drinks, including domestic and craft beers on tap. Try a beer or martini flight and/or have a Burger! Get ready to Play-Sing-Teach! Check out the Burgr’z on 8 website (https://www.burgrzon8.com/) for the menu and more details. Come over, bring your uke, sing, play and stay for the evening. It’s all about Fun, Friends and Ukuleles!

1st Wednesday of Month - Regent Square Area

Wilkins School Community Center

$3.00

LEADER: Kathy Come at 6:45 pm to tune-up and talk. We play from 7 to 9 pm, starting with the playlist below, followed by requests. No experience required! All levels are welcome, from beginners to professionals. If you don't know the chords... just sing louder. Winter locale is Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave., Regent Square, PA 15218. Leader: Kathy PLAYLIST: A Mishmash YELLOW Careless Love 49 Erie Canal 77 Good Day Sunshine 92 I Can’t Give You Anything But Love 117 Pennies From Heaven 188 She Loves You 206 Wade In The Water 252 BLUE Breaking Up Is Hard To Do 51 It Never Rains in Southern California 190 One Fine Day 273 Who’s Sorry Now 388 White Rabbit 390 Your Mama Don’t Dance 410 LISTEN: song starts about 1:28) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKkT1sInMgY FILES Smile (Charlie Chaplin) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2NsVT1kNy6ra1dDVlBjTFpMR1k/view?usp=drivesdk Listen here: https://youtu.be/a0Hi-ZKAKMo Fire and Rain James Taylor https://docs.google.com/document/d/17LgiUobLGq1o4UkGS1FU2FXBge-gqAzmeCzLCM7yPRI Listen here: https://youtu.be/JOIo4lEpsPY Rainin’ in My Heart https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wJKFN2pzsmv2dGsFBSgVWewzkrQfMbCu/view?usp=drivesdk Listen here: https://youtu.be/13ouPkX3IT0 *Petticoat Junction ( for Suze!) https://drive.google.com/file/d/15OvozgF3X9OT-HPlUSb6iUoRFaVMjYTc/view?usp=drivesdk ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT YOU NEED: Uke, a tuner, a music stand. The Daily Ukulele book (YELLOW) by the Beloffs and The Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition (BLUE) by the Beloffs. If you do not have the music books yet, people will gladly share with you. FILES can be downloaded. If you would like to introduce a new song to the group, please bring a minimum of 20 copies to pass out. Participants are also welcome to bring snacks and drinks to WSCC Meetups to share during the mid-session break. Please contact us if you would like to recommend a future "theme" or if you want to lead a future session.

The Quiet American: Aaron and Nicole Keim workshop

Wilkins School Community Center

$30.00

A SCU First: the Keims are coming to Pittsburgh! On their way to Altoona's Uke Soiree, they will be stopping by the Burgh to share their uke knowledge with us! They will play a few songs immediately after the workshop. Chords Up the Neck (All Levels) You have all those frets, but you seem to be trapped on the first 3! We don't have to be crazy virtuosos, but it's pretty easy to learn some new chord shapes higher up the neck. These new positions will make your songs more interesting and challenge you for a lifetime. We will also take some of this knowledge and harmonize some simple melodies. We will also learn about how music theory supports this idea, but don't worry, it wont be scary! Tickets are $30 and you can register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aaron-and-nicole-keim-uke-workshop-tickets-57150362272 You can buy tickets at our WSCC meetups in advance--cash only but you would avoid online fees. (RSVP on this site does NOT register you for event--you must pay through Eventbrite.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bios: No stranger to the ukulele world, Aaron has been teaching ukulele techniques and performing at festivals since 2004. As an educator with a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Musicology, his true talents lie in his ability to adapt instruction to fit a wide range of learners and learning styles. Aaron is an ambassador for old time folk music in the ukulele world, adapting banjo and guitar techniques to the ukulele (including playing in the "clawhammer" tradition). His YouTube instructional videos have gained a worldwide following and have led to teaching and performing opportunities in N. America, Europe and Australia. Aaron is also a luthier, building instruments for Mya-Moe ukuleles[masked] and as Beansprout Musial Instruments from[masked]. www.thebeansprout.com Nicole earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education and taught K-5 elementary school music for nine years in the public schools while living in Colorado. She sang professionally for several years with the nationally recognized Ars Nova Singers and has taught private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages since 2002. In 2012 (after moving to Oregon), Nicole took a sabbatical from teaching elementary school in order focus on her fiber arts business and to perform and travel with Aaron as The Quiet American. She has taught several singing workshops and has developed a passion for teaching beginning ukulele instruction to adult learners.

Lunch Enroute To Soirée

Everyday Gourmet & Fine Food Merchant, LLC

Some of us are stopping for lunch at a great restaurant we discovered last year on our way to the Soirée. The Everyday Gourmet at 204 W. High Street in Ebensburg, PA has great food, great service, and very hospitable owners. It is just off of the main highway route to Altoona, and easy to find. We plan to arrive there about 1 PM on Friday, May 3, and stay until about 3 PM. You can come at 1 or you can come later. Note that there is a wonderful antique emporium just across the street if you arrive early, or want to visit after lunch. I recall that there was also a music store nearby. Please RSVP so that we can tell the restaurant how many to expect.

Past events (700)

4th Wednesdays--Big Band

Wilkins School Community Center

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