Of the many, many things we have going on at The Playhouse in the coming months, one that is really tickling me is our presentation of FOUNTAIN OF UKE featuring ukulele genius Lil' Rev. It's kind of cool how this show came into our lineup. I was having dinner with a friend two years ago who mentioned her new membership in something called the Milwaukee Ukulele Club. A few weeks later, looking for some entertainment for a fish fry we were hosting, I asked my friend Barb if she and her ukulele pals would come to a "Yum and Strum". They did, our patrons loved it, and we started to talk about future fun times. We we started to understand that their four-stringed leader Lil' Rev was interested in doing a show for our SideNotes Cabaret Series, our producer Peggy Peterson Ryan thought it would fit perfectly.
I had the great pleasure of talking with Rev today about the details of his show and another great event at The Playhouse. This September The Milwaukee Ukulele Festival will take place at The Playhouse on September 24 with a day of workshops throughout our facility and an evening concert featuring national superstars of the uke. It is going to be an unbelievably fun day. I had the chance to catch last year's concert, and I was blown away (I also won a beautiful uke in their raffle, which regrettably looks better than it sounds when I play).
We'll share more about Rev's show in the coming days, but he was on my mind today after a really fine meeting of the minds. Here's a little sample of Rev in action. I dare you not to sing-a-long.