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SoloRule
01-23-2018, 03:38 AM
Leaving from Toronto (Canada) end of the week, stopping in Nashville soaking in some country music then Dallas / Forthworth , Austin, San Antonio , New Orlean for more jazz and blue. Oh yes Graceland too!

UU is a great place to ask for travel tips.

Nashville - I plan to drop in on JohnnyFootStamp. Please give me your performance time and place ! I will be there this Sunday night.

Is there any places / festival I should visit in these areas that are of interest to Uke players? Of course the real reason of this post is - is there any uke / luthier I should search while I am there? I waited till now to pop the question so I can't place any order in time for delivery. ;) It doesn't hurt to LOOK!

Return trip may be a detour to Eldery if I come home empty handed! ;)



Thank You!

Rllink
01-23-2018, 03:54 AM
That sounds like a lot of fun. I have no advice what-so-ever, but I will be interested in what you have to say about it when you are back, as I want to do a very similar trip this summer with UWC as the first stop. I hope that you have a great trip.

Osprey
01-23-2018, 04:05 AM
Sounds like a great trip. I would enjoy seeing a running travel log of your adventures. Every stop you mention should have some great music. I am not sure if Southcoast Ukulele has a retail store in the the New Orleans area, but I would inquire about visiting Dirk. Seems like a really nice guy and has great strings. You have a great time and take lots of pictures.

SoloRule
01-23-2018, 04:13 AM
Sounds like a great trip. I would enjoy seeing a running travel log of your adventures. Every stop you mention should have some great music. I am not sure if Southcoast Ukulele has a retail store in the the New Orleans area, but I would inquire about visiting Dirk. Seems like a really nice guy and has great strings. You have a great time and take lots of pictures.

SOUTHCOAST ? Did you say Southcoast and Dirk? Oh my, I better email him. I am changing my suitcase from small to extra large now. I hope downupdave doesn't see this post. He will hand me a long list of what strings to buy.

DownUpDave
01-23-2018, 06:57 AM
SOUTHCOAST ? Did you say Southcoast and Dirk? Oh my, I better email him. I am changing my suitcase from small to extra large now. I hope downupdave doesn't see this post. He will hand me a long list of what strings to buy.

Nope......I did not see that post......shopping list to arrive shortly:cool:

You really should contact Dirk he is a wealth of info on the music scene down there. Good call on that one Cliff (Osprey)

southcoastukes
01-24-2018, 12:28 PM
SOUTHCOAST ? Did you say Southcoast and Dirk? Oh my, I better email him. I am changing my suitcase from small to extra large now. I hope downupdave doesn't see this post. He will hand me a long list of what strings to buy.

Hello!

No we have no storefront here; while New Orleans has a few excellent players, this area is not exactly a frenzy of Ukulele activity. People do stop by here in Mandeville (across Lake Pontchartrain from the city) so you're welcome to come by if it works for you. I'd need some advance notice. At the least, I can, as Dave mentioned, give you some tips on where to find Ukulele performers as well as people and places in general, and yes, we have a few strings. One caveat; I am undergoing a seemingly endless series of medical tests right now and if you were to arrive tomorrow, I'd have to decline. Hopefully things will improve shortly.

And in the deep south in general Ukuleles just aren't as prominent as in places like the West Coast, or even Florida. There used to be a nice place in Dallas, UkeLady music. It might still be there but I doubt it. The store lists only one William King Tenor in stock and that might be an oversight.

The Ukulele Lady was Noel Tardy who I think had a hand in every Ukulele festival in Texas. I attended one a few years back, and it was a first rate affair all the way. Unfortunately, she passed away in November. Here is an article on Noel:

https://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2010/10/28/uke-it-up/

and here is the notice of her passing by the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters.

https://www.meetup.com/ukulele-84/messages/boards/thread/51239244/post/130907689/?_cookie-check=MwVcjquPCfj6cR18

Contacting them for an oversight of things in the area will likely be very worthwhile.

SoloRule
01-24-2018, 12:55 PM
Hello!

No we have no storefront here; while New Orleans has a few excellent players, this area is not exactly a frenzy of Ukulele activity. People do stop by here in Mandeville (across Lake Pontchartrain from the city) so you're welcome to come by if it works for you. I'd need some advance notice. At the least, I can, as Dave mentioned, give you some tips on where to find Ukulele performers as well as people and places in general, and yes, we have a few strings. One caveat; I am undergoing a seemingly endless series of medical tests right now and if you were to arrive tomorrow, I'd have to decline. Hopefully things will improve shortly.

And in the deep south in general Ukuleles just aren't as prominent as in places like the West Coast, or even Florida. There used to be a nice place in Dallas, UkeLady music. It might still be there but I doubt it. The store lists only one William King Tenor in stock and that might be an oversight.

The Ukulele Lady was Noel Tardy who I think had a hand in every Ukulele festival in Texas. I attended one a few years back, and it was a first rate affair all the way. Unfortunately, she passed away in November. Here is an article on Noel:

https://lakewood.advocatemag.com/2010/10/28/uke-it-up/

and here is the notice of her passing by the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters.

https://www.meetup.com/ukulele-84/messages/boards/thread/51239244/post/130907689/?_cookie-check=MwVcjquPCfj6cR18

Contacting them for an oversight of things in the area will likely be very worthwhile.

Dirk
So happy to hear from you. I will be in New Orlean on Feb 8 and 9. I heard it’s festival time
I hope you are feeling better and that this is just temporary situation
Please keep well and thank you for the suggestions

Futurethink
01-24-2018, 02:25 PM
Brenda, you can visit the Ukudelics page for information about events around Nashville where they will be performing.
https://www.ukedelics.com/events/

Of check out the Nashville Ukulele Societyís Facebook page (if you are a memberóIím not, so I canít see the page).
https://www.facebook.com/groups/8246686315/

or check here for info about Bob Tigert and Bobís Your Uncle
https://www.facebook.com/Bobs-Your-Uncle-Nashville-168631163511015/

The only local instrument builder (I know of) is Jonathan Mann. He builds awesome electric ukuleles. I donít think he has a storefront.
http://www.manndolins.com/electric-ukuleles.html

If there is more happening here Iíd love to learn about it.

SoloRule
01-24-2018, 02:43 PM
Brenda, you can visit the Ukudelics page for information about events around Nashville where they will be performing.
https://www.ukedelics.com/events/

Of check out the Nashville Ukulele Society’s Facebook page (if you are a member—I’m not, so I can’t see the page).
https://www.facebook.com/groups/8246686315/

or check here for info about Bob Tigert and Bob’s Your Uncle
https://www.facebook.com/Bobs-Your-Uncle-Nashville-168631163511015/

The only local instrument builder (I know of) is Jonathan Mann. He builds awesome electric ukuleles. I don’t think he has a storefront.
http://www.manndolins.com/electric-ukuleles.html

If there is more happening here I’d love to learn about it.

Thank you for the Nashville links. I will be there this Sunday.

Doug W
01-24-2018, 03:39 PM
If you are making your way back through Indiana on your way to Elderly you need to stop at the other Nashville, Mainland Ukes (http://mainlandukes.com/) in Nashville Indiana, then head up to Fort Wayne Indiana and stop at the Sweetwater Music Campus (https://www.sweetwater.com/local/).

RichM
01-24-2018, 03:55 PM
If you like music stores, Nashville has a few great ones:

Gruhn's: http://guitars.com/
Cotten Music: http://www.cottenmusic.com/
Carter Vintage Guitars: https://cartervintage.com/collections/ukuleles

Steedy
01-24-2018, 05:49 PM
Nashville's coolest music store is Fanny's House of Music (http://www.fannyshouseofmusic.com), and they're open on Sundays! :cool:

SoloRule
01-25-2018, 02:57 AM
I can totally turn this into shopping plus meeting the local UU members trip!
Thanks for the great information

RichM
01-25-2018, 04:49 AM
Nashville's coolest music store is Fanny's House of Music (http://www.fannyshouseofmusic.com), and they're open on Sundays! :cool:

Wow! I've never been to Fanny's but it looks awesome! Next trip!

Osprey
01-25-2018, 05:14 AM
Nashville's coolest music store is Fanny's House of Music (http://www.fannyshouseofmusic.com), and they're open on Sundays! :cool:

One of my sons lives near Nashville. I will have to visit Fanny’s later this Spring when I am up for a visit.

Osprey
01-25-2018, 05:30 AM
Brenda,
I am sure you are on a tight schedule but I would invite you to attend the PUPS (Pensacola Ukulele Players Society) in Pensacola, FL on Saturday morning Feb 10th at Blues Angel Music. If you can’t you can’t and I understand, but you would be welcome. It would be great to meet another UU member.
Cliff

SoloRule
01-25-2018, 05:47 AM
Brenda,
I am sure you are on a tight schedule but I would invite you to attend the PUPS (Pensacola Ukulele Players Society) in Pensacola, FL on Saturday morning Feb 10th at Blues Angel Music. If you can’t you can’t and I understand, but you would be welcome. It would be great to meet another UU member.
Cliff

Is that in the Florida panhandle area?

Osprey
01-25-2018, 06:15 AM
Is that in the Florida panhandle area?

Yes, Pensacola is the Western most city in Florida. About a 3 hr drive from New Orleans.

SoloRule
01-25-2018, 06:50 AM
Yes, Pensacola is the Western most city in Florida. About a 3 hr drive from New Orleans.

What time? Address please. I will PM you if I can make it

Osprey
01-25-2018, 07:05 AM
What time? Address please. I will PM you if I can make it

Blues Angel Music, 657 N Pace Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32505, We meet at 10:30 AM every Saturday. If you can make it let me know and I will forward the music we will be doing that day.

Blues Angel Music is a general music store supporting local school bands, has lots of guitars, amps, etc and mostly entry to mid grade ukuleles. We are fortunate they let us meet there, they are fortunate also because we buy stuff.

Cliff

SoloRule
01-25-2018, 07:11 AM
Cliff
I will pm you either way. Thanks for the invite.

TobyDog
01-25-2018, 09:59 AM
If you do end up stopping at Elderly on the way back.....you might be able to pick up a concert Romero Creations. I got an email from them today, that they don't have any in stock yet but they'll have them as soon as possible. RC's Instagram page said they have them ready to go. So, I'm checking just about every day;)

Have fun!!

SoloRule
01-25-2018, 10:01 AM
If you do end up stopping at Elderly on the way back.....you might be able to pick up a concert Romero Creations. I got an email from them today, that they don't have any in stock yet but they'll have them as soon as possible. RC's Instagram page said they have them ready to go. So, I'm checking just about every day;)

Have fun!!

You are so bad. I might just do that. Ha ha.

DownUpDave
01-25-2018, 10:12 AM
You are so bad. I might just do that. Ha ha.

With all the generous invites and new music stores to visit you better stretch this road trip to 4 weeks minimum. If you get down into Florida and you don't visit Lenny your name will be mud!!!!:p

Poor mister Ed better learn to play ukulele or he will just be your Ukulele Roadshow chauffeur

SoloRule
01-25-2018, 03:16 PM
With all the generous invites and new music stores to visit you better stretch this road trip to 4 weeks minimum. If you get down into Florida and you don't visit Lenny your name will be mud!!!!:p

Poor mister Ed better learn to play ukulele or he will just be your Ukulele Roadshow chauffeur

Downupdave, I can't stretch it more than 3 weeks. You will start charging my children room and board. I hope they are behaving well in your care?

mm stan
01-29-2018, 01:39 PM
Wow sounds fun, safe travels

MopMan
01-29-2018, 02:24 PM
When you are in New Orleans, if you want to hear the music the city is famous for--the jazz clubs are clustered on Frenchman Street just north of the eastern corner of the French Quarter. I recommend swinging up there after dinner and enjoying drinks and beats into the morning :)

And if you happen to be near the French Quarter on Sunday, Buffa's at Esplanade & Burgundy hosts a great dixieland band for brunch.

Have fun on your trip!

SoloRule
02-05-2018, 03:24 AM
When you are in New Orleans, if you want to hear the music the city is famous for--the jazz clubs are clustered on Frenchman Street just north of the eastern corner of the French Quarter. I recommend swinging up there after dinner and enjoying drinks and beats into the morning :)

And if you happen to be near the French Quarter on Sunday, Buffa's at Esplanade & Burgundy hosts a great dixieland band for brunch.

Have fun on your trip!


Thank you for the information
Yea we booked a hotel right inside the French quarter
Got to get there before the parade

SailingUke
02-05-2018, 09:21 AM
If you are in Memphis on a Tuesday night look up the Memphis Ukulele Flashmob.
PeteyMac runs a great singalong. We were treated very nice when we visited.

Rllink
02-07-2018, 02:34 AM
Brenda, I'm very interested in what you find in Austin,Texas. Quite frankly, I'm interested in your whole trip. But my wife and I are thinking about leaving Puerto Rico at the end of the month and flying to Austin for a bit of a vacation, then up to Iowa to see our grand daughter. So when you get done with your trip, please let us know what you liked, and what you didn't like. Have fun.

hoosierhiver
02-07-2018, 04:06 AM
Not sure of how long your trip will be, but if it lasts into spring you might want to make your visit to Elderly coincide with Mighty Uke Day, May 11-13th in Lansing.