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Title: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on March 16, 2017, 05:12:03 PM
The Delta Strummers present their Ukulele Revival II concert at El Campanil Theatre in Antioch, CA on May 21. See here (https://www.elcampaniltheatre.com/delta-strummers.html) for more details. This refurbished Vaudeville-era theatre is a great venue for audiences and performers alike.

On a personal note, we leave on our summer RV sojourn after the concert. Meanwhile, I'm rehearsing weekly with the band.
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: SeilerBird on March 16, 2017, 05:21:39 PM
Sounds cool. When are you guys playing in Florida?
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on March 16, 2017, 05:23:47 PM
No plans to play in Florida. We don't tour, and play essentially local venues.
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on March 30, 2017, 07:15:31 PM
With just 7 rehearsals remaining before show time, our Music Director is homing in on the final playlist and also focusing on numbers where we're a bit rough around the edges. I caught myself playing a few 'wrong' chords at this week' s rehearsal, thanks to having repeatedly played a couple of our 'uke numbers' on guitar. Muscle memory has a way of messing with you when you change instruments.
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on April 01, 2017, 07:33:09 PM
El Campanil Theatre has us in their 'Coming Attractions'; We're in distinguished company with The Four Aces, William Florian (previously of the New Christy Minstrels), and the James Taylor Tribute Band:

https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ect
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on April 01, 2017, 07:34:25 PM
With all the spots on us, when the house lights go down, we can't see the audience; We're looking out at a sea of black, and we have to rely on audible feedback. In a fully lit venue, we see how the audience responds to our performance, and I get a lump in my throat when I see audience members crying during my closing patriotic solo. The only feedback I get in this venue is to see feint 'shadows' of folks standing and holding their hearts.
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on May 10, 2017, 11:06:59 AM
We ran a 'full show' rehearsal last evening. 45 of the 49 performers showed up; A few are on vacation, and our guest bass player couldn't make it. The guest MC showed up and, as usual, did a great job; He's a semi-pro performer with his own Sinatra show, sings in a large chorus, and plays drums with other groups, so he has great stage presence.
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on May 17, 2017, 11:35:35 PM
Joined the Maestro meeting with the theatre sound techs today. They were walked through the show step-by-step, and given detailed requirements for hot leads, mic's, monitors, lighting, etc. Also checked out camera angles for Chris to video the show. All that's left is for everyone to turn up and perform.
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on May 19, 2017, 08:04:30 PM
Getting some press coverage, which hopefully will drive up last-minute ticket sales. The photo in this East County Times article was taken by Chris a couple of years ago when we played for a local elementary school. Sorry, but I'm front, stage left (house right).

http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/15/delta-strummers-present-ukulele-uprising-ii-at-el-campanil-theatre (http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/15/delta-strummers-present-ukulele-uprising-ii-at-el-campanil-theatre)

There's also a 2-page spread in today's Contra Costa Times.
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Larry N. on May 19, 2017, 08:26:54 PM
Good coverage, Tom. Thanks for sharing that.
Title: Re: Ukulele Revival II concert
Post by: Tom on May 19, 2017, 08:30:36 PM
Thanks Larry.