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Avid Ukulele Player and teacher, member of the V-Tones of Charleston, the Amazing Mittens, Lime and the Coconuts, 'Tucky, and She Goes He Goes.

Happy Noodle Year

Whew! What a fantastic year 2014 has been---and 2015 is looking good, too! Thanks for all of the support and encouragement. In the face of a gloomy, self-destructive world, music and community are my greatest defense and my greatest source of hope. Thank you all! 
  Have you got plans for New Year's Eve? I'm playing with She Goes He Goes at good ol' O'Hara and Flynn's winebar.  We'll be there on Wednesday, and playing from 9 'til midnight. It's a cozy, some say romantic spot, that's down on Meeting street, in the roaring heart of Charleston. If you are out and about downtown, and need a free spot, come on down! We'll be having a party and hope you'll join us!

Big Jim Allen at the Jack of Cups!

Big Jim Allen, a fabulous ukulele player from Florida, will be joining me at the Jack of Cups on Friday, December 26th for some get-out-of-the-house entertainment! The Jack of Cups Saloon is on the main street on Folly Beach, they've got great food and a fun bar decorated with Tarot cards--wild! It's always fun to jam with Jim, we'd be delighted to some familiar faces out there! 7:30-9:30pm, no cover...

MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y'ALL!!!

10th ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!!

Well folks, this is the big one! The V-TONES OF CHARLESTON will present their 10th ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA at the MAIN BRANCH of the PUBLIC LIBRARY!!! Yes, it is free, and at 3pm, on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20th. We are happy to showcase members of the African dance troupe, WOSE, plus we've got the legendary ROGER BELLOW, and our SUPER SURPRISE MYSTERY GUEST!!! And TAP DANCING, ukulele, sing along, wild costumes, and tons of fun. The whole show should last about an hour. Wow! Drop on by---it's a holiday tradition!

Great opportunity to learn some music!

Hey Strummers!
  My good buddy JIM DEVILLE, is presenting a can't-miss workshop! This is the stuff that'll help you get to the next level of musicianship. Jim has been travelling all around the world teaching his workshops and helping ukesters everywhere. The workshops are appropriate for folks 10 years and older. Come on out and learn something! Bring your ukulele! I recommend it.
-your local neighborhood Noodle


Jim Deville Ukulele Workshops
Hungry Monks Music School
1948 Belgrade street
Sunday, December 7th
1-3:30pm
#1-Learning to Listen
#2-Circle of Fifths
$20 for one workshop or $35 for both

A post with YOST

Warm up with the irascible V-Tones TONIGHT, Wednesday, November 19th at Prohibition, downtown Charleston on King street! There'll be a free Swing/Lindyhop dance lesson at 7pm, followed by music from The V-Tones of Charleston from 8-11pm. I've asked Roger Bellow to bring his 20s style Stroh Violin to the show! Be there---oh, and it's free!

On Saturday, November 22nd, I'll be out in the open air with YOST, at the Johns Island Farmers' Market---that's just past the library, but across the street on Maybank Highway. The market and music runs from 9am-1pm. YOST is an exciting local band composed of youngsters. I'm quite thrilled to be playing some tunes with them and  to hear what they've got to express. YES!


Shows shows shows

There are so many chances to catch some live music these days, and the music scene is really bubbling along! Saturday, November 15th, Jeff Arnold and I will be representing the V-Tones at the John's Island Farmers' Market out on Maybank Highway. We'll be warming up the crowd from 9am-1pm---V for veggies!

  Then Saturday night The lovely and talented Mrs. Eden Fonvielle and I will be be getting warm and cozy at the downtown winebar, O'Hara and Flynn's! That's from 8-11pm.

 On Sunday, I'll be back on stage with She Goes He Goes for the Sunday night Swing dance---free lesson at 6pm, live music from 7-10pm.
Thanks for all the support folks! 'Preciate Cha!

PROHIBHITON!!!! 1 year anniversary

Yes folks, the wheels 'keep on a'turnin', and sometimes they turn up something good! Prohibition has been a very welcome addition to the downtown music and dance scene here in Charleston, and several of the bands I play with play there. This Wednesday, November 12th, Prohibition is celebrating with a giant blow-out party including sets from a all star V-Toens/She Goes He Goes/ Roger Bellow band, plus music from Cameron Harder-Handel and Soul music late night, Plus there'll be a magician!!! and Burlesque by Evelyn DeVere, and of course dance instruction from Stephen Duane and the Roaring 20s Hot Jazz Dance Club. Whew! What a club, what a show, what a night! Oh yes, and psst....no cover.

Rare appearance by the V-Tones at the Pawley's Island Tavern!

A V-Tones expeditionary trio will be voyaging to Pawley's Island for a rare show at the Pawley's Island Tavern! That's on Thursday, November 6th, and we'll play from 7:30-10:30pm---it's free! Check out this superhero hideaway! We'll be there and we'd love to see some friendly faces.  THANK YOU

Folly Jazz Festival!

The Folly Jazz Festival is going to be great! There are bands from all the avenues of Jazz: Brazilian to Big Band, and of course, the V-Tones' own quirky, vintage sound. I've got Roger Bellow and Fuller Condon on board with me this time, and our trio will be hitting the Island Grill Stage at noon on Saturday, November 1st. Most of the music is free for this festival--so come on down to Folly Beach!

Also on Folly Beach, Tuesday night (October  28th) at the Jack of Cups Saloon, a V-tones trio with Peter Coish--that's also a free show, but it's from 7:30-9:30pm. With Peter, we just let it fly---you never know what will happen!

Need to dance? Come on down to Prohibition on King street Wednesday, October 29th--the V-Tones will be there with our special guest Riley Hart on the steel guitar!  There's a free dance lesson at 7pm, and live music 8-11pm. Also fun, also free!

More to come! Stay tuned!

Harvest Festival!

The good folks of North Charleston will close down East Montague street for their annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 25th. The V-Tones will be there with several other bands to provide music and wild times! We've got the dazzling Roger Bellow on board this time around. So grab your costumes and come on out to support this fun, Free, family-oriented event. It's good, clean fun from the V-Tones of Charleston!
Ahoy there Mateys! Join the V-Tones at our free show at the Georgetown Wooden Boats Festival! That's Saturday, October 18th, and we'll play from noon-4pm. Georgetown will full of pirates and mermaids. There'll be other bands, food, and lots of boats to check out. We hope to see y'all out there! AVAST!

Ol' McDoodle had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

hey y'all! Yours truly and Jeff Arnold will be a pickin' and a grinnin' at the John's Island Farmers' Market on Saturday, October 4th, bright and early, from 9am to 1pm. The Farmers' Market is on Maybank Highway, just past the library branch out there, but across the street. They've got some cool vendors--and I'm sure it's a good time to get some zucchini!
V for Vegetables!

She Goes He Goes/V-Tones Dance

Prohibition is the place to be on Sunday and Wednesday nights! They, in conjunction with the Roaring 20s Hot Jazz dance club, host a Swing Dance each and every Wednesday.  There is a free, yes free dance lesson which is taught by Stephen Duane, then a real live band takes the stage! Wowza!
  This week She Goes He Goes plays on Sunday, September 28th, lesson at 6pm, music from 7-10pm.  Wednesday, October 1st, the wack-a-doodle V-Tones of Charleston play. The lesson is at 7pm, music from 8-11pm. Drop on in!  The zone is your own.

Big Jim Allen

This week provides all of y'all out in Ukuleleland the rare opportunity to catch Big Jim Allen play some strings with the V-tones! Jim is from the Tampa, Florida area, and hops up to Charleston from time to time. This time he'll be joining us on stage at Prohibition for the weekly Swing Dance--that's Wednesday, September 24th. There is a free dance lesson at 7pm, and then live music from 8-11pm.
 On Thursday, Jim and Noodle will be camping out at the Goorin Brothers hat shop (King Street) for some hat shop jammin! That show is also free, and it's from 5:30-7:30pm. Drop on in and get some quality hob nobbing!

hats hats, everywhere hats

Come on down all you hat enthusiasts for two weeks of hair raising hatstravagance and head bobbing fun! On Thursday, September 18th, the V-Tones of Charleston will be at the Goorin Brothers Hat Shop (on King street, near Calhoun) to celebrate their 2nd year anniversary. That's from 6-8pm, and it'll be free, but come on...you've been saving up for a hat, haven't you?
  The following Thursday September 25th, I'll be back at hat shop with a visiting ukulele/string wiz, namely Jim Allen, from Florida. We'll be there, providing some songs for chapeau shopping.
 Jim will also be joining the V-Tones at Prohibition the night before (Wed. Sept 24th ) from 8-11pm, for the weekly dance night. Also a free show, and also Swingin'! So, don't flip your lid, get your lid hid!

Blackwater Ukulele Festival!

Whew! It's that time of year again! Each Fall my buddy Jim Ravoira pulls together a massive ukulele festival at Cypress Gardens. This year it's on Saturday, September 13th, and it goes on all day. Admission to the festival is included in the garden admission (which is $10 I think). Now, I'll teach a beginner's workshop bright and early, at 10:30am! The V-Tones will take the stage at 1:30pm, but there'll be lots and lots of other activities--ukulele vendors, the Charleston Hot Shots! boat rides! Jamming! Hula Workshop and demo! Reptilarium! Swamp gardens! Then the whole day ends with an open mic (which is really popular)---so come on out and get tuned with the local ukulele enthusiasts! ALOOOOOOHA!

RAMONES

Ramones tribute show: Tin Roof Sunday, September 7th--cast of thousands, including some V-Tones. 

Follow me to Folly!

Join the V-Tones at the Jack of Cups saloon out on Folly Beach on Tuesday night (September 2nd, 7:30-9:30ish). We'll have Folly Beach local Mr. Fuller Condon on the upright bass this time around. Tooo much fun!

Wednesday, September 3rd has She Goes He Goes back at Prohibition for their dance night! Stephen Duane provides a free dance lesson at 7pm, followed by the sultry sounds of SGHG.

Dance Craze, Dance Craze, USA

Double dance opportunities this week!

She Goes He Goes at Prohibition on Wednesday, August 27th---free lesson at 7pm, dance from 8-11pm, Get all sweaty!
V-Tones of Charleston at Prohibition on Sunday, August 31st, free lesson at 6pm, live music 7-10pm, don't sweat the small stuff!

PLUS: FARMERS' MARKET SHOWS
Noodle and Eden at the Daniel Island farmers' market, Thursday August 28th, 4:30-6:30pm
Noodle and ??? at Johns' Island farmers' market on Saturday, August 30th, 9am-1pm

AIN'T WE GOT FUN?

Summertime ain't Slumbertime!

Latch on to the circus train of fun! Life is happening now! Let's enjoy it while we can!

Friday August 15th
Noodle and Jeff Narkiewicz
O'Hara and Flynn's winebar
8-11pm
free

Twilight Jazz Spectacle

Saturday August 16th
Noodle and Jeff Arnold
John's Island Farmer's Market
9am-1pm
free

V for Veggies!

Tuesday, August 19th
V-Tones of Charleston
Jack of Cups, Folly Beach
7:30-9:30pm
free

Let's Get Weird

Wednesday, August 20th
V-Tones of Charleston
Prohibition
dance lesson 7pm
live music 8-11pm
free

A Cast of Thousands! All Star Band!

Thursday, August 21st
V-Tones of Charleston
The Sparrow, North Charleston
7:30pm
free

The Too Much Fun Club!

Frothy Beard Ahoy!

V-Tones of Charleston
Thursday, August 7
North Charleston Farmer's Market
Park Circle
4-6pm
free

Eden, Noodle and special guest star Roger Bellow invade the stage at this beautiful outdoor show this afternoon. Roger is a living legend, Eden is a funky and she only stops when she drops and Noodle is...well..Noodle is just plain weird! We'll probably swing into our Old Country and Western set list, but who knows what'll happen when these wild ones get together!

The Amazing Mittens (Eden and Noodle)
Saturday August 9th
O'Hara and Flynn's wine bar
8-11pm
free
  
This is one of the coolest little hideaways in Charleston. Eden and Noodle, seasoned road hogs from there recent min-tour, show you how they wowed the crowds up North! Drop on in for a night of romance and coziness as they breath life into the ghost of Vaudeville. Everybody is welcome!

The V-Tones of Charleston
Sunday, August 10th
Frothy Beard Brewery
2-5pm
free

The V-Tones are joined by steel guitar wiz (and Nashvillian) Mr. Josh Kaler. We'll be doing songs about sharks and beer. It's another free show by the V-Tones--your community jugband and supporter of local businesses (and beer)! 



V-Tones invade Folly Beach

Tonight! V-Tones at Jack of Cups on Folly Beach (it's on the main street down there). If the weather is nice we'll be outside! Come on out--it's a free show. 7:30-9:30pm---you'll be glad you did. Swing, Jazz, Tropical goofiness and maybe a Ween cover!

MINI-TOUR!!!!

Eden and Noodle are tripping...er..traveling up thru North Carolina! Let the whole world know!

Ukulele Workshop
Tuesday, July 22nd
6-7pm (free jam afterward)
Laurie's Eatery
Asheville, NC
$10

"Climbing the Coconut Tree" is Noodle's workshop on chord substitutions and movable forms. The ukulele club of Asheville has graciously invited Noodle to teach at their regular meeting. Drop on in! You might just learn something!

Eden and Noodle in concert
Wednesday, July 23rd
5-7pm
Barley's Tap Room and Pizzaria
Spindale, NC
free

Check out the Vaudeville antics of Eden and Noodle as they bring in a blast from the past at this rare, out-of-state appearance. You can even dance if you want to! It's big fun with tiny instruments as the travelin' two continue their incredible voyage! Don't miss it! 

The V-Tones of Charleston Trio
Ukulele workshop and concert
Friday, July 25th
workshop 5:30pm
concert 8-9:30pm
Ukulele Academy of North Carolina
Wilmington, NC
workshop and concert $35
concert only $12


The V-Tones are back at the academy! We're thrilled to be presenting our workshop and show at this thriving hub of uke culture. come on up or down or across to find us! Hob nob with uke enthusiasts! Improve your skills! Blow your mind! This one will go down in the history books!




Sol Slam!

The V-Tones of Charleston
Folly Beach Farmers' Market
Wed. July 16th
5:30-8:30 pm
free

Out on Folly Beach? We'll be there for a rare appearance at the Farmers' Market (downtown) on Wednesday. Folly Beach hasn't seen us since the Sea and Sand Festival, so now is the time to catch some rare Tropical Swing! Aloooooooha!

The V-Tones of Charleston
Sol Slam
plus Sol Driven Train, Elise Testone, Megan Jean, the Reckoning, etc...
Saturday, July 19th
we play 1:45-2:50ish
The Windjammer, I.O.P.
$20 ($35) for Friday and Saturday

Whew! OK so Sol Driven Train is doing it again for the 4th year in a row! On Friday night, they'll be a t the windjammer with Elise Testone, then on Saturday, they kick off the day with kids' show, which is followed by a set by your island hoppin' jugband! Then the evening proceeds with a cast of thousands! You'll want to check out Sol Driven Train's website for details---I know they'll have some kind of shuttle (parking can be tough on the I.O.P.) and some of the proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation. It'll be a great day, and we're so happy to be helping out again. Viva El Sol!

The V-Tones of Charleston
Swing Dance
Prohibition
Sunday, July 20th
lesson at 6pm
live music 7-10pm
free

OK--downtown again! The good folks of the Roaring Twenties Hot Jazz Dance Club hold court at Prohibition on Wednesday and Sunday nights. Come on down to dance, drink, or just watch the twists and turns. Then it'll be your turn to take a turn! V-Tones provide the soundtrack to your Jazz party--come on down! it's free!


the v-tones

H.H. Dalai Lama's birthday celebration

Each year, the good folks at the Charleston Tibetan Center host a massive party in honor of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and some of the V-Tones have volunteered to make some joyful music for this occasion! The event in happening on Saturday, July 12th at the Gage Hall (Archdale street). The event runs from 6-9pm and costs $15. They'll have some great food, a short speech about the Dalai Lama, music from the V-Tones and a Tibetan fellow from the Amdo region will present some songs of the nomads from the roof of the world. Of course you don't have to be a Buddhist to attend. The Dali Lama has said that the world doesn't need more Buddhists, per se, just more good people! We're trying our best! So, everyone is welcome!

Free Your Mind!

Independence Day--how will you celebrate? If you out and about, come on down to the O'Hara And Flynn's little winebar on Meeting street. Eden and I (The Amazing Mittens) will be there on Saturday, July 5th for our twilight Jazz spectacle and mini-love festival! It's a free show, but you'll want to enjoy a glass of wine and some tasty snacks--it's a cool place! We'll be there from 8-11pm. Drop on by!

Pups, Yups, and Food Trucks

The V-Tones are in gear! We've been really busy lately, and sources close to the band are rumbling about some sort of recording project! Stay tuned....Meanwhile, you can catch us LIVE at the Pups, Yups, and Food Trucks event on Thursday, June 26th. It's at the Palmetto Islands County Park, and runs from 5-8pm, and get this, it only costs $1! Wowza! Now, outside coolers and food is not allowed, but our canine friends most certainly are! We hope that you'll bring the whole  family out to this festive Summertime celebration.

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Celebrate the Solstice!

The V-Tones of Charleston
North Charleston Farmers' Market 
Thursday, June 19th
Park Circle
4-6pm
free

The Park Circle park is on East Montague up in North Charleston. We'll be there on Thursday to provide some tunes for the Summertime fun! V is for Vegetable! Celebrate the Summer with a big bushel of V-Tones--it's good and good for ya!

The V-Tones of Charleston
Seanachai
Saturday, June 21st
8-11pm
free

It's the longest day of the year! How will you celebrate? Will you go out and soak up the sunshine all day? Well, whatever you do during the daylight, come in and check out the twilight Jazz spectacle show provided by the V-Tones! Seanachai is nice and cool and and fantastic listening environment! Just take Maybank highway out to the Fat Hen---we'll be across the street. Come on out!

 V-Tones Trio
The Orange Spot 1st year anniversary party
Sunday, June 22nd
3-6pm
free

The Orange Spot is across the street from the Sparrow up in North Charleston's Park Circle neighborhood. We're helping them celebrate a successful year. If you like supporting small, local businesses, then come on out to the Orange Spot---it's the real deal. Plus, Corey's Grilled Cheese will be there and oh yes, extra-cheese from the V-Tones!

Prohibition dance craze!

Wednesday night is dance night down at Prohibition! Come on down for a free dance lesson at 7pm, followed by live music from 8-11pm! This Wednesday, June 11th, the V-Tones will be swing' with all our might! It's always a good time at Prohibition. Come on down to King Street, downtown Charleston.
  Sunday, the 15th, we'll back for the new Sunday night Swing thing, but that one is a little earlier, 7-10pm, with the lesson at 6pm. Lots of fun stuff! FREE!

The Amazing Mittens

When my wife and I play, it's a very different dynamic than when we play with the big band. Come catch a glimpse of the magic at a cozy, charming little wine shop called O'Hara and Flynn's.  It's the sort of enchanted place that you  might walk by without noticing, but once inside, you never forget! Go downtown Charleston, go to Meeting street (between Wentworth and Market)--you'll find it! we'll be there this Thursday---we love playing here and it's a chance to see the ukulele magic close up--If you're downtown for Spoleto is a special place to meet up, too. Thanks for the support! That's Thursday, June 5th, 8-11pm.

Piccolo Spoleto!

V-Tones of Charleston with Southern Flavor
Concert in the Park
sponsored by the Hampton Park neighborhood association and
Piccolo Spoleto
Thursday, May 29th
Allan Park
(corner of Ashley and Huger)
6pm
free

The V-Tones return to Allan Park for a to celebrate the neighbourhood and Piccolo Spoleto. We'll be going first during for this show, so grab your picnic blanket, or check out the food trucks and enjoy the wild and wacky Vaudeville spirit of the V-Tones! Then Southern Flavor takes the stage for a set of foot stompin' country music! This is always a beautiful time and a chance to catch the VTs on the big stage! Whoopie!

BRING BUBBLES AND JOIN THE BUBBLE BRIGADE--COME UP FRONT AND BLOW BUBBLES DURING 'TINY BUBBLES'


Prohibition Dance Night

Wednesday night down at Prohibition! Come on down for a free dance lesson at 7pm, followed by live music from 8-11pm! This Wednesday, May 21st, the V-Tones welcome local songstress Kay Haun to our stage! It's always a good time at Prohibition. Come on down to King Street, downtown Charleston.
  Sunday, the 25th, we'll back for the new Sunday night Swing thing, but that one is a little earlier, 7-10pm, with the lesson in between the sets. Lots of fun stuff! FREE!

DIY FESTIVAL

I love the pubic library! The Main Branch (downtown Charleston) is hosting a DIY festival on Saturday, May 17th, and some V-Tones will be there to provide background music. It should be fun. There'll be all kinds of speakers and craftspeople and folks who know stuff sharing with folks who want to know how to do stuff! It's cool! Thanks for inviting the V-Tones!
  Later that very night you can catch even more V-Tones at Prohibition for our dinner music show, 8-11pm. This will also be a free show, though you may want to splurge on a fancy cocktail or yummy food! There are so many chances to hear live music! Thank you Charleston!

I was walking down the street one day, in the merry, merry month of May...

The V-Tones of Charleston
Wed. May 7th
Prohibition Dance Night
7pm lesson
8-11pm live music
free!

Yes folks step on in to Prohibition for the hoppin' dance scene!  There's nothing like it in Charleston--our buddy Stephen Duane gives a basic Lindyhop/Swing/Charleston lesson and then the venerable V-Tones provide the soundtrack for your very own dance-o-rama! Yes! Good times are had by all---wild applause and squeals of joy! Plus, Prohibition has good food and fancy drinks. Don't miss out! When? Wednesday!

The Amazing Mittens
(Eden and Noodle from the V-Tones)
Saturday, May 10th
O'Hara and Flynn's wine bar
8-11pm
free

Just around the cozy little corner is O'Hara and Flynn's! They've been providing a special space for local musicians for many years now and we're happy to inhabit it! Saturday is wine and candlelight night, for and after dinner drink or pre-party party! Come check out the gentle Swing and jittery Jazz that Noodle and Eden create! Big fun! Now with ukuleles!

Classic Cocktails!!!

Hey everybody! Thanks for the support--May is going to be quite busy, and I appreciate all the enthusiasm. On Wednesday (April 30th) you can catch the V-Tones at Prohibition for their free dance night--lesson at 7pm, live music 8-11pm. Yee-dowgie!
  On Thursday, (May 1st) the VTs will be up in North Charleston at the Sparrow for an early night; that'll be 7:30-10pm. They'll provide classic cocktails, you provide the secret agents!

BREWERIES AND BUNNY RABBITS


The Amazing Mittens
(Eden and Noodle from the V-Tones)
Thursday, April 24th
8-11pm
O'Hara and Flynn's winebar
free

Be a tourist in your own town! Check out this teeny, yet romantic spot and enjoy wine by candlelight as the Mittens sing songs of love and longing. It's a date night for us, so it might as well be one for you too! O'Hara and Flynn's is next to Hyman's Seafood on Meeting street in the tourist zone. We'd love to see some familiar faces!

The V-Tones of Charleston
Saturday, April 26th
1-3pm
Coast Brewery, North Charleston
free

This exciting episode of the V-Tones features the "Chicken Pickin'" trio featuring Peter Coish. We plan on getting weird! There is some kind of race involved, and beer. We love Coast Brewery, who are local folks and the people behind the massively successful Brewvival. Let's hang out!

The V-Tones of Charleston
with Stephanie Santana
Food Truck Rodeo
Sunday, April 27th
1-4pm
Freehouse Brewery
free

It's Beer drinking season! This show has yet another version of the V-Tones as we have the ever busy Jeff Narkiewicz back on the bass. Stephanie Santana, hailing from Columbia will be there with us, and get this--she also plays the ukulele! Yahoo! Ukuleles everywhere! And Beer! Yahoo! Beer everywhere! Too much fun....


Take Back the Night Rally--Thursday, April 17th

The V-Tones of Charleston
Take Back the Night Rally and Celebration
Thursday, April 17th
Marion Square
6-9pm
Free

The VTs are honored and thrilled to provide music for this event which is presented by People Against Rape. Our longtime fiddler, Mz. Darbie Keck, works with PAR while she completes her degree at the CofC and holds down a job (and plays music)---way to go Darbie!  South Carolina, unfortunately, has high rates of sexual assault and abuse, and we can do something about it! By keeping this issue in the public, perhaps we can change the uglier aspects of our culture. This is one way to do it! Come on down to the square and support a good cause---we'll be there.

DIG! it! Busy week for music makers

Whew! Ah yes, I remember---in the Spring it surges! So, Prohibition hosts dance night on Wednesdays, and theV-Tones will be holding it down on April 9th and April 16th. Come in for a free dance (Lindyhop, Charleston, Swing, etc) at 7pm, then experience the wild mercurial sound of the V-Tones from 8-11pm. Totally Free!

  On Friday night (April 11th) you can a more intensive dance lesson at Trudy's Dance Studio at 7pm. The VTs play from 8-10pm there, and the cost for everything altogether is $10. Every time we play we tinker with the set list and personnel, so you can see us over and over again and it's never the same!

  Saturday (12th) morning, I've got a traditional Jazz trio playing at the Highwire Distillery for a brunch. This is part of the DIG! SOUTH conference and is only open to the DIGnitary level attendees. You know who you are!
  Saturday night (12th) V-Tones are back at Prohibition for dinin' and drinkin' music---8-11pm. FREE!

 Then Sunday, ( April 13th) I'll be playing a wedding for some local Rock Stars (you know who you are!) Very private!

She Goes He Goes at Prohibition on Saturday night

Step right up folks! Yes, come on inside for some good food, drink, and a band that can't be beat! She Goes He Goes does it all and check out that banjo player! Prohibition's getting better and better, too, with a new dance floor and improved sound system. Plus, folks, it is all free! Yes free! That's Saturday night, April 5th, 8-11pm. You'll be glad you came!

Spring Has Done Sprung

Things are popping up all over! The V-Tones are very busy--so there are lots of opportunities to catch us this week.
Wednesday (March 26th) we'll be back at Prohibition, a Jazz Club on King street. Wednesday is dance night-so get on your smooth shoes and cut loose! Stephen Duane gives a free lesson after 7pm, and then the live band (us) starts up at 8pm. This is lots of fun--good food, too!
 Got uke will travel? I'm leading the jam at the Gathering on Thursday, March 27th. The Gathering is on the corner of Sam Rittenburg and Orange Grove in West Ashley.  Usually we meet 6:30-9pm.  Free, but get some food or something to drink,-bring your ukulele!
  Sunday, (March 30th), ukulele friends and fellow musicians will be up at Cypress Gardens for a camp happy Days Luau, and that's 11am-2pm. The Luau lasts all day. The regular park admission is $10, I believe, and they've got boats and alligators and spring flowers! It should be nice and relaxing....

This week with the V-Tones!

Whew! What a weekend!  Thanks for coming out to see the V-Tones from downtown to Monks' Corner! This Week: dance night on Wed (19) at Prohibition - downtown Charleston---no cover, lesson at 7pm, music at 8-11pm. This place is so cool! Good food, too!
Thursday night (20)  --at the The Sparrow-North Chalreston--Park Circle neighbourhood--we've got a great line up for ya! -no cover, drink specials, 10pm-midnight.
Sunday (23rd)--Swing dance at Trudy's dance studio (Folly rd), lesson at 7pm, live music 8-10pm, "Firefighter's Rescue Dance" $10! Presented by the good folks of the Roaring Twenties Hot Jazz Dance Club
CHEERS!

Happy St. Pattie's Day...er Weekend!

Top o' the mornin' to ya! V-Tones will be be quite busy this weekend, so come on out and catch us if you can! We play lots of FREE shows, and entertain folks of all ages--we hope you enjoy what we do as much as we enjoy doing it for you! Whoopie! OK. Saturday, March 15th--Up on East Montague street, in the Park Circle neighbourhood of North Charleston you can find the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival--we're appearing outside of the Bar-B-Que Joint at 2pm. The Charleston Hot Shots appear before us (good friends and fellow ukulelians).
  Then, Saturday night, we'll be at Prohibition (downtown Charleston, King Street) from 8-11pm for free music! We'll have Joel Hamilton with us for that show (Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise) as well as long time V-Tone Darbie Keck! Remember: Nobody does glamour like you!

 Then Sunday, March 16th, join us as we judge an open talent show at the "Be  a Celebrity in Your Swamp" contest up at Cypress Gardens. Park admission is reasonable (they've got animals and boats and flowers, lovely tropic flowers)---after judging, we'll get up and play some music, too! That entire event is 1-6pm, but we play form 3-4ish. It's a nice day for Cypress Gardens, eh?
  Whew!

Teddy Bears' Picnic

V is for Volunteer! The V-Tones of Charleston are leading a marching mob for the Teddy Bears' Picnic at Hampton Park on Sunday, March 9th. We need you, big people and little people, to help us make some noise. Please grab your favorite stuffed animal and musical instrument (I especially enjoy the hand-made ones) and join us! The whole event starts at 1pm, but the parade is at 3pm. Yes, this is an event for kids! It's a whole bunch of fun, and it's FREE!

She Goes He Goes!

I play Banjo with the "She Goes, He Goes" band. We'll be at Prohibition on Wednesday, February 26th for the dance night, with a free lesson at 7pm, then live music from 8-11pm. Everybody is welcome! Big Fun!
  Then, on Friday, February 28th, SGHG will be back at Seanachai (that's out on Maybank Highway, next to Mcsweeney's) from 8-11pm for a free show at this cozy little Irish  bar. Come on out, yall! 

Dancing is going strong in Charleston!

Dancing is going strong in Charleston. Swing, Lindyhop, the Charleston, and all of the variations on these poplar dances can be found throughout the town. Saturday, February 15th, I'll be playing banjo with the New South Jazz Men as we play for the Charleston Swing Dance Association's dance. I'm not sure how much it costs, but I'm sure it is reasonable! We'll play from 8-11pm. It's at the Knights' of Columbus Hall on Calhoun street, across from Marion Square. Swing on by!

  Then I'll be back with the Jazz Men as they play the Sunday morning brunch at High Cotton. That's 10am-2pm. There is a small dance floor, too! Wahoo!

  Sunday night the V-Tones are at the Tin Roof for a Leukemia/Lymphoma fundraiser. We'll be playing a late night set (the earlier set is covered by the Flat Foot Floozies)--plus there is a Vintage fashion show and prizes! It all goes for a good cause. $10 at the door.

  Monday night I'm back at the Elliotborough Minibar (Bogard street), for some chill cocktail music. Come on in and get cozy and warm.  7-9pm.

  Wednesday night (feb. 19th) the V-Tones are presenting a night of Gypsy Jazz at Prohibition. They have a dance night every Wednesday there, with free lessons at 7pm, and live music starting at 8pm. We play 'til about 11pm, and the show is free! Prohibition is cool---good drinks and food and an awesome dance floor.

   Saturday night (feb. 22nd) Jeff Narkiewicz and I will be performing at O'Hara and Flynn's wine bar on Meeting street. Another cozy little joint! This place is good for tourists and locals alike. 8-11pm. No cover.

  Sunday the 23rd leads us to Tropical Swing night at the Charleston Ballroom Dance Club (1632 Ashley Hall road). The lesson starts at 6pm, live music from 7:30-9:30pm. We'll have the V-Tones with Kay Haun, Hula by Kathy Bach and music from the Charleston Hot Shots! $10 includes everything, $5 if you bring your ukulele. This is going to be great!

Whew!

4 shows on Valentine's Day!

Ah the ukulele---probably the most romantic instrument ever! On Valentine's Day I'll be doing my best to evoke the Global Eros with my tiny instrument (insert joke here). 9 am--bright and oily at the Elliotborough  Mini-bar for coffee and tunes (free). Then the lovely and talented Mz.Funville and I will perform at the Savannah House old folks' home for their afternoon concert. At 5:30pm some version of the V-Tones is opening for Sol Driven Train at the Palmetto Brewery (on Huger street, Charleston,SC)--that's got a cover charge, but will be a great show. SDT is so much fun! Then, Mz. Funville and I will perform as "The Amazing Mittens" at the mysterious and romantic O'Hara and Flynn's wine bar downtown on Meeting street. Whew!

this weekend's entertainment!

V-Tones
Saturday, Feb. 8th
Seanachai
8-11pm
free

Come on out to Johns Island and find the Seanachai Irish pub on Maybank Highway. It's across the street from the Fat Hen. The V-Tones are delighted to have Roger Bellow joining us again for this show, and we're always delighted to be playing at Seanachai. This place is the real deal---perfect for hob-nobbing, drinking, and listening to music. We'd love to see y'all there!

V-Tones with a cast of thousands
Lindsay Holler presents "Locals on locals"
Sunday, Feb. 8th
Tin Roof
8pm 
$5 (benefit for the Ronald McDonald House)

Local musicians play songs by local musicians, past or present. The V-Tones will be playing a short set of traditional Jazz--the kind played by hoboes, hillbillies and orphans 'bout a hundred years ago. Other musicians will be presenting their favorite tunes. Come check out the big boat of talent at Lindsay Holler's show. you'll be glad you did. 

NEED MORE MUSIC?
Noodle 
Friday Feb. 7th
Elliotborough Minibar
9am-noon
free

Anything can happen and often does at the EB Minibar. Come on by and hang out with Noodle at this coffeetime concert. Sleepy folk tunes, lost Country songs, ballads of despair and rebirth---stuff like that!

Beginner's Ukulele Class

Hey everybody! Do you have a ukulele that needs some attention? Are you interested in learning how to play it? We will be covering the basics in this 4 week Beginner's Ukulele Class. Tune, strum, pick and play your ukulele and learn how to make music with others. Noodle will have time to teach the class as a whole as well as provide individual attention. Learn songs that are fun to play on the ukulele each Saturday in February. The Kids' Class is from 10am -11am, followed by Adult Beginner's from 11am-noon. For the complete series it is $80, or $25 for drop-ins. We'll have you dreaming on Hawaii in no time!

Beginner's Ukulele Classes
Kids'-10am
Adults'-11am
Saturdays in February
at Hungry Monk Music School
1948 Belgrade (West Ashley)
$80 for all 4 classes
or $25 drop in

Noodle: Fearless leader of the V-Tones of Charleston and local ukulele enthusiast, Noodle McDoodle, has a colorful muical and theatrical history. He got his nickname while working at Wavy Gravy's Camp Winnarainbow (a circus and performing arts camp), and has studied the uke with Joel Eckhaus, Gerald Ross, Jim Deville, Li'L Rev and Pops Bayless. He has taught at the North Carolina Ukulele Academy, and at the Augusta Heritage Music Camp's Swing week. These days he enjoys playing music fro Swing dances, listening to records and solving quadratic equations.

www.ukulelenoodle.blogspot.com/
noodlemcdoodle@yahoo.com

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Massive Schedule

2017

Saturday, October 14th, V-Tones trio for baby shower, 4-7pm, private//
Sunday October 15th, Eden and Noodle at Gracie & Lacie's 20 year celebration! This is at the How Art Thou Cafe on Maybank, 3-6pm, we're performing at 3:35pm, free, tons of entertainment!//
Sunday October 15th, The V-Tones of Charleston at Prohibition for the Sunday Night Swing Thing, 8-11pm, free lesson at 7pm//
Saturday, October 21st, The V-Tones of Charleston at the Georgetown Wooden Boats Show, noon-4pm, down Georgetown, we're a the corner of Front and Screven, free//
Sunday, October 22nd, The Amazing Mittens at Dill Plantation for Musuem fundraiser,1-4pm//
Saturday, October 28th, The V-Tones of Charleston downtown at Marion Square for the Farmers' Market, 10am-1:30pm, free//
Saturday, October 28th, The V-Tones of Charleston for Ellitoborough Halloween Parade and party, more info tba, 6-9pm, free//
Sunday, October 29th, the V-Tones of Charleston at the West Ashley Farmers' Market, 12:15-4pm, free show!//

Sunday, N0vember 5th, V-Tones at the Cooper River Brewery, 3-6pm. free//
Tuesday, November 7th, V-Tones trio for Digital Corridor conference, lunch hour, more info tba//
Sunday, November 12th, Ukulele parade for playing Hava Nagila for Jewish Folk Festival, KKBE, downtown Charleston, more info tba//
Sunday, November 19th, V-Tones of Charleston at the West Ashley Farmers' Market, 12:15-4pm, free show//

Saturday, December 2nd, V-Tones at the Johns Island Homegrown Farmers' Market Bazaar with all kinds of musical surprises! We play 10am-1:30pm, free//
Saturday, December 9th, The Amazing Mittens at Jingles and Jammies, brunch party, private//
Saturday, December 9th, V-Tones trio for Christmas party, Bristol apts., 7-10pm, private//
Sunday, December 10th, The V-Tones 13th Annual Holiday Extravaganza, at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 3pm, free//
Saturday, December 16th, Holiday band for private Christmas party, pm//
Sunday, December 17th, V-Tones at Marion Square Farmers' Market, 11am-2:30pm, free//

2018