Flaming ukuleles 

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Midwest UkeFest No. 3 Indiana State Museum, plus many other venues Oct. 27-30 Tix range in prices and can be purchased at * Luna Music at 1315 W. 86th St., 317-252-5862 or 433 Massachusetts Ave., 317-917-5862 * Indy CD & Vinyl, 808 Broad Ripple Ave., 317-259-1012 * Arthur's Music, 931 Shelby St., 317-638-3524 * Key Learning Community office, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
James Hill, a 25-year-old musician from Langely, British Columbia, has been described as "the Wayne Gretsky of the ukulele."
See www.keystrummers.org for full schedule and information. On a trip to Hawaii five years ago, I fell in love with the ukulele (pronounced oo-koo-lay-lay in Hawaiian) - how comfortable and fun it felt to play compared to my various gigantic guitars; how it was a perfect instrument to walk with, nap with and sing with, whether it was the sweet Hawaiian of "Aloha 'Oe" or the infectious, goofy strains of "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue." A well-made ukulele has an amazingly rich sound and is a highly respected instrument in the islands. On the mainland, however, the uke can have a kitschy aura to it, abandoned in attics and high up in grandma's closet. Still, over the past 10 years, the little "dancing flea" has been embraced worldwide by a fleet of creative, virtuosic musicians, pushing the instrument into jazz, bluegrass, classical and rock 'n' roll. Jake Shimabukuro (a surprise guest at last year's Midwest UkeFest No. 2 and a gigantic hit at the Lotus World Music Fest in Bloomington last month) recently toured with Bela Fleck to great acclaim. Lucky you: It turns out Indianapolis is a hot spot for ukulele music, and this week make your way to the Indiana State Museum for Midwest UkeFest No. 3 and hear ukes, learn to play ukes, buy ukes, worship ukes. The Midwest UkeFest is the brainchild of music teacher Geoff Davis as, among other things, a fund-raiser for his jazzy ukulele youth group, The Key Strummers (students from the Key school). From Thursday to Sunday, you can hear local and regional performers, learn to play or increase your skill (30 plunking people ranging in age from 7 to 70 in one room is really an amazing phenomenon) and listen to James Hill, a 25-year-old musician from Langley, British Columbia, who has been described as "the Wayne Gretzky of the ukulele." Hill's new album, A Flying Leap, features genre-bending original works, including one composed in three movements for ukulele and string quartet. A particularly juicy performance should be the preview concert with Shorty Long (energetic Pops Bayless on ukes and Mysterious John on percussion) performing American Novelty, a faux history of American novelty music, with such songs as "Flaming Ukulele in the Sky" and "Prohibition Drag." Pops and Mysterious John are founding members of the Asylum Street Spankers, featured often on Bob and Tom. You can hear the concert Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in the Indiana State Museum auditorium; tickets are $5 at the door for this event. In addition to the daytime ISM performances, there are evening concerts on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Masonic Temple, 525 N. Illinois St., beginning at 7 p.m. There's even a late night WADSY (We Ain't Done Strummin' Yet) and a non-denominational church service at Lockerbie United Methodist Church on Sunday morning at 10:45 a.m. See www.keystrummers.org for full schedule and information.

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