Lamorinda Ukulele Club
The Lamorinda Ukulele Club (LMUC) is a group of ukulele fans who meet at Lamorinda Music every Monday evening to play and sing together. The club is run entirely by volunteers and has been going strong for more than 5 years. On average, more than 40 people attend the weekly jam.
What kind of music does the group play?
Much of our material is drawn from popular songs of the 1920s to the 1970s, but we play plenty of other music, too. We’ve done everything from traditional folk songs to the Beatles, country classics, Bruno Mars, Hawaiian music, holiday tunes, and more!
We play songs from three sources: The Daily Ukulele: 365 Songs for Better Living (aka the “Yellow Book”), The Daily Ukulele - Leap Year Edition: 366 More Songs for Better Living (aka the “Blue Book”), and individual chord sheets. The Yellow Book and Blue Book are available for purchase at Lamorinda Music, while individual chord sheets are distributed to our members online. All of the songs for the weekly jam are generally chosen and announced in advance.
What is the format of the jam?
The doors usually open at around 6:15 p.m. We start playing at 7 p.m. Our standard format is to play songs from the Yellow Book or Blue Book for the first half, followed by a 15-minute break for refreshments. During the second half we usually have a few minutes of open mic time and then play a selection of songs from individual chord sheets. The jam ends at about 9 p.m.
Who leads the group?
We use a rotating leadership model. Any member or group of members can sign up in our calendar to lead a jam. These volunteers choose the music for the jams they lead. We are lucky to have many fantastic members who share their talents.
Is instruction provided?
The club does not provide instruction, but lessons are available at Lamorinda Music. Check out the lesson page here or contact the store for more details.
Who can attend?
We are a friendly, low-key bunch, welcoming players of all skill levels. Anyone can participate in the jam on any week. Simply show up with your ukulele and a contribution of $5 to help pay for the room rental and other club expenses. Music stands are provided. Members bring their own copies of the song list and music, but if you don’t have those the first time you attend, don’t worry. We’ll get you set up! We recommend early arrival for the best choice of seating (though no earlier than 6:15 p.m.)
Vaccinations and Masks
Come to the Monday night jams only if you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, i.e. only if it has been at least 2 weeks since your second Pfizer or Moderna shot or at least 2 weeks since your Johnson & Johnson shot. If you are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or if you are not feeling well or have any Covid-19 symptoms, do not attend.
Masks are not required. Some people may feel more comfortable wearing a mask, even if fully vaccinated. Doing so is optional.
Come join us!
When: Mondays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Where: Lamorinda Music Big Room, 81 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette, CA
Membership fee: $5 per week
Contact: Visit https://groups.io/g/LMUC, email us at LMUCemail@example.com, or just show up on Monday to find out what we’re all about!