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I like performing. I think I'm good. When I perform, people ask me when I'm performing next, if I have a CD out, etc. But I have a problem - I can't get gigs if I don't have an accompanist. I cannot afford to pay accompanists out of pocket. I need someone who likes playing, will like playing with me, and will work for an equal share of whatever we make. I'm sure once we gig more, we'll get better gigs and make more money, but I have to start somewhere.

Please help me find this accompanist. I work in a variety of styles, but probably the best person would be someone who has a swing guitar background or at least has a can-do attitude about figuring out songs by ear. My sets lately have been geared towards classic American songs of the early 20th century, but a typical gig back when I could play guitar for myself consisted of TV themes, Kurt Weill, cabaret, Americana, classic American songs from b'way and jazz, rock and my own twisted originals. I like playing and singing anything I think is good music.

Dear network, please help me.


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I'm networking furiously for this. If you know someone likely, please send 'em my way.

We've got our vocalist, banjolele player, clarinetist and trumpeter...now I'm looking for the backbone stuff: guitarist (capable of swing style rhythm), upright bassist, percussionist (capable of Afro-Carribean styles).

We'll be performing the classic calypso of the '30s - '50s. Atilla the Hun, Lord Invader, Sir Lancelot, Lord Kitchener and other nobles... Although some of our members come from other areas, the band is based in the East Bay (Berkeley rehearsal space). We'll be gigging some, I'm sure, but it's not a money-making prospect. We're playing for fun and the love of the music.

Let me know if you're interested or know of someone who's a good match. http://www.myspace.com/meganlynch
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My brother has actually put something on his MySpace Band Profile page.
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What would the world be like if:

  • Hitler never rose to power?

  • Scientists had never split the atom?

  • Ziggy had never learned to play guitar?

One of these questions will be answered resoundingly at San Francisco's The Rite Spot on April 23rd. An astonishing array of non-guitarists will be performing David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars from beginning to end -- on ukulele.

For one night only The Ukulele Apocalypse presents Uke-y Stardust! Featuring:


April 23rd, 2006

8:00 P.M.

The Rite Spot

2099 Folsom (at 17th St)

San Francisco, CA
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Date & Time: Thursday, April 13, 2006 8:00 PM
Location: DaSilva Ukulele Co.
2547 8th Street Suite 28
Berkeley, California 94710
More Info: 510 649-1548

Crooners & Songbirds is a monthly cabaret focusing on vocal jazz, blues and popular music from the '20s and '30s. Prepare to tap your toes and get runs in your hose as Megan Lynch scorches the torch songs and gets saucy, Tony Marcus caresses his archtop guitar into sweet submission, Kelly McCubbin shows you the dark side of ukulele, and Amy Z wrestles the saw even more melodically and provocatively than Marlene Dietrich did.

* Megan Lynch has crooned, warbled, belted, and yodeled at Crooners & Songbirds, Bijou, Mighty, Noe Valley Ministry and other establishments where they serve fine tarts.

* Tony Marcus has performed music from Dublin to Yokohama and from Alaska to Florida. Bands he has played with include R. Crumb & the Cheap Suit Serenaders, Cats & Jammers, Geoff Muldaur's Fountain of Youth, The Arkansas Sheiks, The Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, and The Frank Wakefield Band. He currently also performs with Patrice Haan as Leftover Dreams.

* Kelly McCubbin, The Uke of the Apocalypse - Uke with attitude and without
borders. Kelly plays favorites from the 20s, 30s and other popular decades.
If you've always wanted to hear Cliff Edwards segued into Billy Squire, this
is the uke player for you!

* Amy Zing has always loved shiny and dangerous things, and on that fateful
day in the hardware store, when her eyes landed on Stella, funny ideas began
to bubble in her brain. Liberating each other from lives of mundane utility,
they've both learned to appreciate the beauty hidden under the rust.

NOTE: Crooners & Songbirds is at a new venue for this month.


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