Free range Folk from Sonoma County
Multi-instrumentalists and award winning song-writers, accompanied by Tom Kuhn on stand up Bass, Megan Mclaughlin and Anita Bear Sandwina, create the Musers. Artful, and energetic. Poetic, rhythmic and acoustic. It's home grown music presented with verve and heart.
My introduction to the Ukulele was totally accidental. I was given a Martin in college and did not play it for 20 years. It was not until my wife expressed an interest in learning the banjo that the old Ukulele came out. I have at this point played every day for the last 5 years, and made about 600 videos (mostly for the Seasons of the Ukulele on Ukulele Underground). I play from the front porch, no training, no theory- just songs. My songs are big on heart and small on technique, but they seem to make folks smile. You can find about 600 of them here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1xday0NyeuItGfSKVnR8-w
DeMario Glemann (gleaming, like a diamond), is an amazing 30 year old vocalist and ukulele player from Santa Rosa, California. Be prepared to let DeMario captivate and seduce you with his smooth voice as he expertly fingers and strums his beautiful and enchanting instruments. With influences ranging from Ray Charles, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars, to J Boog and J Cole; DeMario guarantees to make you feel good through his music and stage presence.
Gary Sugiyama has played with several performing groups connected to hula halaus in the North Bay. Gary is active several ukulele clubs in Sonoma County and has led workshops at the Sebastopol Ukulele Festival, Ukes on the Loose, and the Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival. One of the Ukulele groups, the Bohemian Ukuleles, is schedule to play at the 2016 Ukulele Festival at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. He can also be heard on the soundtrack of the Documentary, ”Leap of Faith”, with the local band, “New Skye”. This film, by Lina Hoshino, chronicles the efforts of local teens of the Community Church of Sebastopol who stood vigil over the Enmanji Buddhist Temple against vandals during the Second World War.
The Bohemian Ukuleles
come from a variety of musical backgrounds and experiences. We perform an eclectic blend of folk, pop, Hawaiian, rock and roll, and original tunes. We believe the ukulele complements all genres of music and enjoy sharing both traditional and contemporary styles of music with audiences of all ages. We have played the Northern California Ukulele Festival, the Wine Country Ukulele Festival, the Sebastopol Ukulele Festival, & more recently, the 46th Ukulele Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Scott Gifford spent almost 30 years as a 5th & 6th grade teacher. His first ukulele was a gift from the Sebastopol Uke-Stars, six years ago this Christmas. IT CHANGED HIS LIFE. Today, he makes his living with a Kala concert, a Kala low-G tenor and a 1925 Gibson ukulele banjo at local elementary schools, preschools and senior living facilities, teaches privately and for the Sonoma County Library's "Uke 101" adult & family program. FAVORITE QUOTE: "If you're not having FUN — you're doing it WRONG!"
Tropical fuzz punk, Kick off your doc's and walk on Tha Beach. Ken James and company!
Sonoma County Children's Music School
Sir B. Mantis Baylee has been playing ukulele for 3 years with a style of Progressive Psychedelic Folk, Sir B. Mantis likes to groove and make everyone feel good. Lyrical content includes heartbreak, joy and getting through the struggles of life.
was founded by James Freund at the Bennett Valley Senior Center in Santa Rosa, July of 2011. We have grown from just a few people in a small room to over 400 members. We now play in two groups at the Person's Senior Center in Santa Rosa.
Ukestars originated with five strummers in a Sebastopol living room eight years ago. They now number about forty, and they get together to strum every Friday morning from 9:45-11:45 at the Community Church in Sebastopol. They play a few gigs here and there, but their main focus is having fun making music together every Friday morning.
Sorry Not Sorry
Lorelle, Ursa, and Leilani are three Santa Rosa working moms with a passion for music, ukuleles, cargo bikes, social justice, and community. With a diverse set of covers ranging from Sia to Tom Petty to Beyonce, they put their own unique, three-piece-harmony spin on old and new favorites, taking to heart the words from that old Cat Stevens song: “If you want to sing out, sing out!”