Dear Somerlele Community,|
After checking in with all our performers and our venue, and giving this much thought, we've made the difficult but very necessary decision to cancel our 2020 event as a precaution related to the coronavirus.
We will be rescheduling Somerlele, hopefully for the same weekend next year, on May 16, 2021. We're still working out all the new details and will update you as soon as possible. We will still have Stu Fuchs as our headliner as planned and hope to offer you the same great instruction, jams, concert, and more that we were planning for 2020.
We hope you will be able to attend our rescheduled date in 2021, but if not, refunds are available by contacting Brown Paper Tickets at email@example.com. Please be sure to include your order confirmation number.
If you're not sure about your plans for next year but would like to offer your purchase as a contribution to our organization, we truly appreciate your support. Please email Amy at 4stringserenade AT gmail DOT com to let us know.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we hope to see you again soon. In the meantime, soon we'll be sharing some links where you can watch great ukulele performances, take online classes and private lessons with some of our staff, and/or shop for all your ukulele needs.
Amy Kucharik - Somerlele
The second annual Somerville Ukulele Festival, Somerlele, is an afternoon and evening of workshops and performances, open to all skill levels. Participants will have opportunities to learn and advance their ukulele playing skills, perform in an open mic, and attend a concert featuring our ukulele masters. Our headline performer for this year will be Grammy-nominated performer and teacher Stu Fuchs! We'll also feature the Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra with Bernice Lewis and Mariah Colorado. Amy Kucharik opens. See bios below for more information!
Workshop leaders include Stu, Bernice, Mariah, Danno Sullivan, and Anne Ku. A complete schedule of workshops will be available soon! Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up in advance for workshops once our schedule is finalized.
This year, we're also hosting a top-notch selection of ukulele-related vendors from across New England! More info on vendors coming soon!
Advance registrations are recommended. Participants may want to bring a folding music stand. BYOU (Bring Your Own Uke). This event, though open to all ages, is recommended for ukulele players ages 13 and up.
Stu Fuchs (https://stufuchs.com/) has toured and taught around the world for more than 25 years, performing virtuosic and entertaining music on ukulele & guitar as well as teaching playful, holistic & wildly innovative ukulele workshops at festivals across North America, the Caribbean & Europe. Stuart is passionate about sharing music as a practice for self-care & wellness and offers teaching that harness mindfulness practice, yoga & qigong in order to experience a mind-body connection that allows music to be experienced as a natural flow. The workshops of Ukulele Zen offer a transformational & deeper experience of music through cultivating presence, deep listening, breath work and radical playfulness to approach any subject from a positive and improvisational flow. Stus popular YouTube channel Ukulele Zen offers weekly ukulele lessons and inspiration to over 42K subscribers.
Known for their eclectic repertoire, ranging from ukulele favorites to original songs and a cover of the Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian," The Ladies Auxiliary Ukulele Orchestra (https://www.facebook.com/Ladies-Auxiliary-Ukulele-
Orchestra-180942345699) started more than 25 years ago in the Berkshires. Since then, the band has morphed into a touring mother-daughter duo composed of renowned singer/songwriter and arts educator Bernice Lewis, and Mariah Colorado, a sophomore at Brandeis University, who began playing the keyboard and ukulele at age six and has been performing her own songs in front of crowds since she was 12. Together, they have performed at Kripalu (Stockbridge, MA), Omega Institute (Rhinebeck, NY), Kerrville Folk Festival (Kerrville, TX), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, (Hillsdale, NY) Williams Colleges 62 Centre (Williamstown,MA, Uncle Calvins (Dallas, TX), Anderson Fair (Houston, TX), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), and many more, as well as lots of house concerts and clubs.
Kerrville New Folk winning songwriter and performer Amy Kucharik [/kuh-CHAR-ick/] (amykucharik.com) energizes swing dance, folk festival and listening room audiences alike. Drawing from blues, folk and Vaudeville traditions and with a street-smart stagecraft honed in the subways of Boston, Amy transports her audience to a place both timeless and familiar, but nevertheless innovative. She tours and performs as a one-woman band with ukulele, tenor guitar, foot percussion, mouth trumpet and harmonica, or with her Boston-based bands. Amy was a formal showcase artist at SWRFA in 2015, Rich Warrens pick for the DJ showcase at NERFA in 2016, and was selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and Somerville Arts Council's December Artist of the Month in 2018. Amy has taught ukulele workshops at festivals throughout the Northeast, and headlined the Flower City Uke Festival in Rochester in 2019. Amy teaches regularly at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and is the founder and organizer of Somerlele.
Center for Arts at the Armory (Ver)
51 Farragut Ave
Somerville, MA 02144
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