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  1. mattydee

    Milwaukee Uke Fest VIII - October 1, 2016

    Hey gang, Lil Rev tells me the Milwaukee Uke Fest will be Saturday, October 1, this year. A bit nicer weather than years past! Still at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove. Guest Artists are yet to be announced, but it's always a great line-up. I'll update this thread as I know more, but mark...
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    Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

    I made a resolution to get back to recording weekly this year. Here's my first foray of 2016. I will be taking requests from subscribers and pals, so if there's something you'd like to hear me cover, let me know, and I'll put it on the list! Cheers.
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    Milwaukee Uke Fest 7!

    Sadly, I can't make it this year, but two little months are all that separates you from... Milwaukee Uke Fest 7! Join us on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 for a full-day festival at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, WI. Doors open at 8:30 am Classes begin at 10 am Workshops, vendors...
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    Don't You (Forget About Me) - Simple Minds

    I haven't recorded in a good long while, but I've been wanting to get back to it, and hope to get posting weekly (or at least regularly) again. Here's this, though, one of my favorite tunes from the John Hughes 80s teen movie era.
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    A Record Year For Rainfall - The Decemberists

    I haven't been posting in the Seasons lately, but I haven't stopped playing. Here's the latest. I used the original track to underscore a scene in a play I directed and the cast requested I learn it to play for them. Here it is.
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    FS: TC Helicon VoiceLive Play GTX, vocal/uke processor

    (Mods, if this should be somewhere else, please move it...) Hey Gang, For Sale is my VoiceLive Play GTX from TC Helicon. This is a multi-effects pedal which will add all manner of effects to your uke (or guitar), and your voice. It also has a built in looper with limitless overdubbing...
  7. mattydee

    FS: Ohana Vita Uke - Spruce/Rosewood

    Pictures of the binding imperfections:
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    FS: Ohana Vita Uke - Spruce/Rosewood

    For Sale is an Ohana Vita Uke -- concert body, soprano scale. Solid Spruce Top Laminated Rosewood back and sides Currently strung with Aquilas This is a great little uke -- a great punchy sound, and the spruce really fills out the tone. I bought it here on the marketplace last summer. People...
  9. mattydee

    140th Season of the Ukulele: What's New Pussycat?

    Bess and I are watching and commenting now.
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    140th Season of the Ukulele: What's New Pussycat?

    Welcome to the 140th Season of the Ukulele! As some of you may remember, my wife and I lost our beloved cat, Dexter, to the ravages of time this past summer. The house has felt ever so empty since, that is, until this week. On Monday, we we welcomed three (!) new kittens to the neighborhood...
  11. mattydee

    6th Annual Milwaukee Ukulele Festival

    Some of you may know about this already, but here is the info for this year's Milwaukee Uke Fest! November 22nd, 2014 for a full-day festival at the Sunset Playhouse in Elm Grove, WI. Doors open at 8:30 am Classes begin at 10 am Workshops, Vendors, Concerts, Jamming, Friends, Fun! This...
  12. mattydee

    Amp / PA advice

    I will be playing an outdoor gig in August, on a large patio at a senior center, for about 100 people. Currently, the only real amplification I have is a Fender Acoustasonic 90. I think I will probably need to beef up the sound a little. Can I buy a couple of 10 inch passive speakers like these...
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    111th Season of the Ukulele

    1 H1t 1-ders! (One-Hit Wonders!) Welcome, cats, and kittens, to the 111th Season of the Ukulele! This week's challenge is to cover a song that made an act a one-hit wonder, that single song that got a band onto the Billboard Top 40, but was a success they were never to repeat. This rule can...
  14. mattydee

    Original Baritone Ukulele Instrumental

    Here's my third composition -- second instrumental.
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    92nd Season of the Ukulele: Na-na-na-na-na-nonsense!

    Welcome, cats, and kittens, to the 92nd Season of the Ukulele! This week's challenge is to sing a song that relies heavily on nonsense words in the lyric. Lots of possibilties here, from the varied exhortations of doo-wop to Van Morrison's simple repetitions of "La-la-la." Please note -- the...
  16. mattydee

    Just saw Jake in Milwaukee

    What an amazing show! Mostly stuff from the new album, but a couple of older things as well. A new (to me) arrangement of Gently Weeps as the final (pre-encore) song. And an amazing rendition of Dragon, all electrified. I was fortunate to have amazing seats -- 4th row center -- so I could...
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    Shine - An original instrumental

    My first original instrumental...
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    Uke Stand for Multiple Ukes

    Lil rev has one that was custom made, I think -- but he puts 7 or 8 on that thing. When I perform with three ukes, I usually do 1 of two things. Three folding floor stands, i.e.: these basic Kala stands Or one of those stands, and this string swing dual uke hanger if I am using a mic stand...
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    Milwaukee Uke Fest - October 19, 2013

    I'm super excited to announce The Fifth Annual Milwaukee Ukulele Festival! Organized by Milwaukee's own Lil' Rev and the Milwaukee Ukulele Club. Saturday October 19th, 9am-10pm at the Sunset Playhouse, in Elm Grove, WI Jamming, Vendors...
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    I wrote my first song!

    I'm part of a cool art project with a bunch of friends. We all took a blank book, decided on individual themes, and month to month you add a piece of original art to the book and pass it on round-robin style. Then you do another original piece based on the theme you just received and so on. The...