Join a ukulele flash mob

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BRATTLEBORO >> Come on down to Harmony Place on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m., as renowned guitarist and singer-songwriter Lisa McCormick and Parks and Plazas, Inc. host a community Ukulele Flash Mob.

All are welcome to come and play, sing along, or just listen and enjoy. Anon's Cuisine Thai food truck will be on site to add to the festivity.

Players from McCormick's Ukulele for Beginners class will participate, ready to flash their new ukulele skills. Uke enthusiasts at all levels are encouraged to join in.

If you know just a few basic chords on the ukulele, jump on in! If you haven't touched your uke in a while and need a primer, or help getting it in tune, there are many ukulele videos on the web.

What's a 'flash mob'? According to Wikipedia, a flash mob is "a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment and artistic expression."

Ukulele playing is growing in popularity at an alarming rate! According to Atlantic Magazine, the National Association of Music Merchants reported a 54 percent jump in ukulele sales in 2013. In 2016, a quick internet search found 44 ukelele festivals all across the country.

Ever since its introduction in Hawaii in 1879, this "jumping flea" (uke's Hawaiian translation) has been making waves in mainstream (think Arthur Godfrey), pop (Tiny Tim) and rock (Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder's Grammy winning Ukelele Songs.)

Hawaii native Jake Shimabukuro is the latest ukulele prodigy on the scene, and is a driving force behind the sudden resurgence of interest in the ukulele. Oh, what four short strings can do!

So don't be shy, there won't be a quiz. Just come to Harmony Place on Thursday, August 25 at 6:00 pm, and start strumming, sing along, or simply listen and enjoy.

Bring your appetite and enjoy dinner by area favorite Anon's Cuisine Thai food truck, which will be open from 5:30-7:30.

This is a bring-your-own chair event.

Harmony Place is located in the back of the Harmony Parking Lot in central downtown Brattleboro. The event is free, open to all, and handicapped accessible. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Brooks House Atrium, directly across from Harmony Place.


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