What to look for on the calendar (displayed below):
• Jams at the church: The first and third Thursday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., Church of the Nativity, Estill House building, 8849 Ray Road, Raleigh. We gather to strum and sing songs from our book. Bring a uke and a music stand. We don’t use a setlist. Anyone can suggest a song. If you’d like access to our online songbook, email email@example.com and ask for a link to our Dropbox account.
• Jams at Pelagic: Downtown Raleigh, the final Tuesday of each month, 7 to 9 p.m., Pelagic Beer & Wine Company, 300 Pace Street (near the Krispy Kreme). We meet, much like our regular jam, except we’re playing for the patrons. The beer is excellent.
• Open Mic nights: What’s an open mic? A ton of fun. The fifth Thursday of the months with five Thursdays, 7 to 9 p.m., at the church. If you would like to rehearse and perform a song (individually or in combination) for the rest of group, be ready to play! We set up the room as if you were on a stage. You don’t have to memorize the song unless you want to. Music stands encouraged. Any type of uke music, instrumental and/or vocal, welcome. Our group “audience” is extremely supportive. Anyone who would rather listen than play should join us. Everyone has a great time, we’ve heard some fantastic performances, and we’ve added some of the songs performed to our book. (If you want to find collaborators, please connect with them in advance to make sure they’re willing and prepared to play.)
• Night Market jams: We’ve reserved space at several Raleigh Night Market locations. Owner Sara Buxton invited us to play at the first one at City Market in 2018 — which we did. It was great. The Raleigh Night Market operates street markets with vendors, artists, and performers once monthly in six locations: Raleigh’s City Market (Moore Square) and Glenwood South (Smoky Hollow); Durham; Cary; Apex; and Garner. The main event at City Market draws several thousand visitors. We will play, weather permitting. Sara generously has offered to let us perform at others without charge. (This is her business and normally the spaces sell out.) If you’re interested, be sure to check in beforehand because we usually have a set list. You’ll also need to bring a chair if you want to sit, and parking can be a challenge. Again, it’s a lot of fun and you may run into friends and other fascinating people!
• Other events. If we’re invited, we play at senior centers, assisted living facilities, and similar places. We’ve even played at Wake County libraries! Look for details when we have these events on the calendar.
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