Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Under the Boardwalk - A Ukulele Love Story

News from Rhan Wilson's Ukelist
Premiere Screening Tuesday May 24,
Rio Theatre
Showtime: 7:30
Advance tickets $10/$12 @ door
Available at Nina Koocher Films, Streetlight Records
“Everyone is going to want to join the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz after they see 'Under The Boardwalk.' This heart-felt documentary shines a well-deserved spotlight not only on the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz but also on the very real pleasure that comes from making music with others. In focusing on Santa Cruz, the film reveals one of the key reasons for the current global resurgence of the ukulele.”—Jim Beloff, author of “The Ukulele, A Visual History.”

Five years in the making, Under the Boardwalk-A Ukulele Love Story chronicles the history, community, and joyous spirit of the Ukulele Club of Santa Cruz. Although Santa Cruz is a small town, it boasts the largest ukulele club in the world. With as many as 200 people at monthly meetings and an email list approaching 2000, the Santa Cruz Club offers a performance venue for all comers as well as for the best ukulele performers from the west coast and Hawaii.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds nice, Jeff, but...I was watching Mighty Uke the other night when I just had to turn the bloody thing off. That whole warm and fuzzy ukulele happy-talk approach to our instrument finally got to be too much for me.

    And that got me thinking about the 'see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil' mentality
    that rules the ukulele world, and the winds of Ukulele Correctness (UC) that sweep over us.

    So, I'm hoping this documentary takes a deeper 'warts and all' approach to its subject
    matter, although the Jim Beloff happy-talk blurb
    leads me to expect another 'Uni-corns in the sky with pastel-tinted ukes' film.

    What makes Rock That Uke stand out is its refusal to sugar-coat the uke scene. And this is what we need more of, now.