Ukuleles – those small four string Hawaiian instruments – are popping up everywhere these days. Uke lovers who want to show their stuff have found a home in Tucker at the Greater Good Barbecue on the first Thursday of every month, starting today, May 2.
That’s when it holds its monthly 'open mic' night, hosted by local country folk string band Woven Pines. The event gives ukulele players a chance to perform in public on the Greater Good stage before family, friends and community members.
Ukuleles are having a renaissance for a number of reasons, including their portability, simplicity and the wide variety of music that people can play on them from folk to rock and even classical. They can be made of a variety of materials ranging from exotic woods to gourds and of course plastic. They also vary in sound and design; they can imitate mandolins, guitars and even banjos.
The open mic night is Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Diners, neighbors and friends are welcome. If you want to perform, all you have to do is prepare two songs, show up and sign in. You can also RSVP via the Southeast Ukers page on MeetUp.com. (No show is planned for July 4 because of the holiday.)
Greater Good is located at 4431 Hugh Howell Road in Tucker.