Students are busy learning and practicing new ensemble pieces preparing for a busy 2017 of activities:
We’ve begun rehearsals for a new recording to start building at Native Sound in May, 2017 on rockabilly music. We’ll be recording songs like, “Honey Don’t” “Rebel Rouser” and “Mystery Train.”
UPDATE: Our fourth collection of recordings have begun at Native Sound in the Cherokee Arts District. Strings Attached youth went to work on songs such as Carl Perkins’, “Honey Don’t,” Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser,” Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day,” and more. We enjoyed the atmosphere of Native Sound and learned about how the multi-track recording process works, including discussions on the innovations of Les Paul in this field and the use of another of his inventions, slap back echo.
And we started a new initiative to get more ukuleles in the library system by hosting a training workshop for St. Louis County librarians to learn the basics of ukulele so they can teach kids and teens or use the ukulele for storytelling activities.
Our 2017 spring recital will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Earthdance Organic Farms in Ferguson. On Saturday, May 6th, we’ll be at the Florissant Valley of Flowers with an info booth on Strings Attached and giving free ukulele lessons to kids and parents.
UPDATE ON THE SPRING RECITAL: Our outdoor recital planned at Earthdance Organic Farms was moved indoors due to heavy rains for several days in the Midwest. But the show must go on and did! We had another huge crowd of families, friends and community to hear students play. Performances included our kids Saturday ukulele class, individual performances, small and large group ensembles on “Stand By Me,” “Lean on Me,” “Penny Lane,” and a guitar mash on Chuck Berry’s, “Surfin’ U.S.A.”
Also coming up is the 2017 St. Louis Gives Day, 24 hours of giving! on May 11th. Donate to our INSTRUMENT FUND at www.givestlday.org/stringsattachedproject
On June 21st we’ll be participating in the 2nd annual “Make Music Day – St. Louis” with performances from Strings Attached students and free ukulele lessons for the public.