Village Ukulele People began as an off-shoot of the Sedona Ukulele Posse classes which were taught once a month, for 2 years, by Tommy Anderson at Sedona Arts Center. Cathy Gazda, Aurelia Simon and Vicki Payne wanted to practice ukulele with others on a weekly basis, and began to look for a relaxed and fun atmosphere in the Village of Oak Creek.
Diana Hughmanick, owner of Oak Creek Espresso, graciously offered space for Village Ukulele People to meet! Known for hosting Open Mic night every first Friday for local musicians, poets and stand-up comics of all ages, and for her generous support of community organizations and the arts, Diana's Oak Creek Espresso provides the perfect environment for our weekly gatherings (with outstanding coffee, fresh pastries, breakfast and lunch). In August 2016, Village Ukulele People was born!
Village Ukulele People meets every Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 pm at Oak Creek Espresso in the Village of Oak Creek, 6500 Highway 179, Sedona, AZ 86351. *
We are a diverse and inclusive ukulele group with a wide range of experience levels, from beginners to seasoned players, and everyone is welcome! We invite you to bring your ukuleles and get your strum on!
An interest in playing ukulele is all that's needed. We usually have an extra uke on hand that can be borrowed during our gathering, if you don't have one. Even if you've never played, many chords are easy to learn and play within a few minutes.
Those who come just to listen, sing along or even dance to our music while enjoying a hand-crafted drink or delectable edible from Oak Creek Espresso are always welcome! And while you're there, buy some artisan hand-roasted organic coffee beans from Greg or Solana at Ren Tao Roasting...and outstanding homemade dairy and vegan ice creams, sorbet, and gelato created by master ice-cream maker, Nate, from Spud's Ice Cream.
Our objective is to have fun! Please join us...it's FREE...and all are welcome!
* Strummers who are able to carry their gear, please park along Cortez Drive (in front of PJ's Pub), or in a nearby
parking lot...so patrons of the coffee shop have parking available. Thank you!
"NON-UKULELE MUSICIANS" WHO WOULD LIKE TO JOIN IN THE FUN:
We DO have a lot of FUN! And, sometimes 'Non-Ukulele Musicians' want to join in. Here are a few "Rules of the Road" to keep in mind, so we're all on the same page.
First and foremost, we are an Ukulele (pronounced oo-koo-lay-lay) group. Our focus is on having fun while playing ukulele and, as stated above, we welcome ukulele players at all levels. We've grown beyond our wildest expectations over the last year and a half, from 3 ukulele players to over 80 (some from out-of-state who join us when they're in town).
While we are not a community band or a jam session, some people assume 'we need' a (fill in the instrument) non-ukulele musician. Many of our Village Ukulele People members are accomplished musicians on other instruments such as guitar, harmonica, percussion, saxophone, sousaphone, piano, etc.; however, they bring their ukuleles to our Wednesday gatherings.
Village Ukulele People have always been welcoming to non-ukulele musicians, and we would like to continue including them in the fun as long as the focus remains on our reason for being...which is ukuleles :-) .
Given the intent of our group and the space limitations of our venue, priority seating at the table must be given to musicians with ukuleles. As it is, our bass ukulele players stand in the outer circle with their music stands. Most of our songs have specifically assigned instrumentals. We would like non-ukulele musicians to allow musical space for uke players, play at a volume that allows everyone to hear the ukulele players & singers, and take solos only when invited. Thanks, so much!
OTHER UKULELE GROUPS IN THE AREA:
Flagstaff Ukulele Jam :: Meets every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm (FREE)
Mount Calvary Lutheran Church School, 2605 N Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Jerome Ukulele Orchestra :: Meets first and third Thursdays, 6-8 pm at The Bordello, 412 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331 - (FREE)
Sedona Ukulele Posse :: After a great 2 year run, the Sedona Ukulele Posse has disbanded, as of December 6, 2017.