Okay, this is for all of my students out there: the only way to get better at the ukulele is to practice---there are no shortcuts! Natural musical talent is good, but without practice it will remain dormant. So many things in our push-button world are designed to deliver on command, but that's not how music works. Music is a natural process, so we must cultivate our ability slowly and surely. Relaxed, steady practice that is focused on one little trick, or one little song leads to good results. I just don't feel right if I can't play for a few hours every day! Remember to stretch out your wrists and hands before playing, and spend your practice time trying to smooth out your changes----this stuff takes time. Listen to versions of the song you're learning!!! Get to know the tune. At the end of practice, finish with something that is easy for you----and recall how far you've come, step by step. There is no end in the journey of music...so keep on uke-in'!
Calling all dance fans! Let's celebrate the Summer with a Dance FX Block Party on Friday, June 22nd. The V-Tones are kicking it off at 6pm, followed by hip hop DJs, DJ Butterbean (Swing), Dance demos and all kinds of entertainment. You should check with the good people at Dance FX for more information. They're at the corner of Rutledge and Huger, here in Charleston, SC. Tickets are $10, in advance. Check it out!!!!
It is so much fun playing our monthly Swing Dance! We'll be back at Spirit Moves, on Savannah Highway, across from the Ye Olde Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor (that's here in Charleston, SC). The date is Friday the 15th of June, my friends,a nd the cost is only $10. Now, in addition to the V-Tones, the hosts (the Roaring Twenties Hot Jazz Dance Club) also provides snacks and lessons. The intermediate lesson is at 7:15, and the beginner's lesson is 8pm---we usually start to play around 8:45. So, come on out to dance or just to listen (that's allowed). It's a very cool, fun, happenin' place.
Hey vintage enthusiasts! The V-Tones are happy to be playing for the Carolina Burlesque Festival on Friday, June 8th at the South of Broadway Theatre. That's up in North Charleston, in the Park Circle neighbourhood. The doors open at 7pm, Burlesque acts begin at 8pm, and we'll play afterward at 10pm! Tickets are $20. Calling all warm blooded adults! This one's for y'all!
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Friday, February 16th, The Amazing Mittens at Savannah Grace happy hour, 3pm, private//
Saturday, Feb. 17th, parading at Folly Gras, Folly Beach, 11am-12:30pm//
Saturday, Feb. 17th, V-Tones at Losar, Tibetan New Year party, 4pm, private//
Saturday, Feb. 24th, The V-Tones of Charleston at Bliss fundraiser, Mount Pleasant, 6-9pm, more info tba//
Sunday, Feb. 25th, Lime and the Coconuts at Sierra Club Oyster Roast, Bowen's Island, 2-5pm//
Sunday, Feb. 25th, She Goes He Goes at Prohibition for Swing Dance,8-11pm, free//
Wednesday, Feb. 28th, The V-Tones of Charleston open for Parker Millsap at Marion Square for the Food & Wine Festival, 6-8pm, more info tba//
Thursday, March 15th, V-Tones trio at Jack's Cosmic Dogs, 7:20-9:30pm, private//
Thursday, March 22nd, The Amazing Mittens at Bar Normandy, 7-9pm, free//
Saturday, March 24th, Lime & The Coconuts, Art in the Barn, 2-5pm, more info tba//
Saturday, March 24th, She Goes He Goes, dance in Summerville, more info tba//
Saturday, March 31st, music for the Annual Hat Ladies Parade, 10am-11am, Broad Street, Charleston, free//
Friday, April 6th The V-Tones in Beaufort for private party, 6-9pm//
Sunday, April 8th, The V-Tones of Charleston at the Bee Expo! noon-3pm, Cinnebaree, free//
Thursday, April 12th, She Goes He Goes on the Pourhouse Deck, 6-9pm, free//
Friday, April 13th, The Amazing Mittens at the Summit House on Daniel Island, 4pm, private//
Sunday, April 15th, Lime & the Coconuts gig, more info tba//
Sunday, April 22nd, The V-Tones of Charleston, Tom & Olivia, private wedding//
Friday-Sunday, May 4-6th, V-Tones at the French Broad River Music Fesitval, more info tba//
Sunday, May 20th, She Goes He Goes at CHX (Lindy exchange), more info tba//
Saturday, June 30th, Kids Ukulele Workshop at Hungry Monks Music School, big fun!! 10am-noon//
Saturday, July 7th, V-Tones for the Charleston Tibetan Society. HH Dalai Lama party, more info tba//
Saturday, July 28th, Adults Ukulele Workshop at Hungry Monks Music School, big fun!! 10am-noon//
Wednesday, October 31st, Noodle at Franke at Seaside, 2;30-3:30pm, private//