We're hanging loose in February - ukulele loose that is! That means anything goes with a wide variety of songs from all eras. Lots for everyone! And remember, you'll get a LOT more fun out of the jam if you play through the songs ahead of time - we do!
WHEN: Wednesday February 22, 2023
TIME: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Red Bird Live Music, 1165 Bank Street, one block south of Sunnyside Ave., Old Ottawa South. Also, check out their Facebook page: Red Bird Live | Facebook. PLEASE support Red Bird by ordering a drink as they offer their beautiful space to us free of charge.
Red Bird is a new live music listening venue in Ottawa South with a brand new ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) HVAC ventilation system installed in November 2021 - ERV improves indoor air quality by providing fresh outside air. The venue is at street level with front and back doors.
COVID precautions: We really want to see you but please don't come if you're not feeling well. We also hope everyone has had all the vaccines they're eligible for - Mark and I have each had our 5 vaccinations. Right now Ottawa Public Health is recommending people wear a well-fitted mask in any indoor and/or crowded public setting, but it is not mandatory. And carrying along some hand sanitizer with you is always a good idea.
SONGS: We'll be playing through the songs in the PDF songbook posted below at the top of the SONG LIST and we'll display the songsheets on a screen at the front of the room. You can also download the songbook and chord charts to your device if you'd like to use your own device at the jam.
YOU CAN REQUEST A SONG THAT YOU'D LIKE US TO SING BY CHOOSING ONE FROM THE BUG SONGS LIBRARY and then emailing me the title at Sue@bytownukulele.ca And better yet - why not grab a couple of friends and volunteer to lead a song. It's wonderful fun when we get lots of different BUGs at the mics to lead songs, so please don't be shy! Of course, Mark and I and lots of other BUGs are always happy to sing and play along with you as well! Just let me know if you need it in a different key to suit your voice. You can also submit a new songsheet, in an editable text file, along with a link to a YouTube video that best represents how you like to play it to Sue@bytownukulele.ca. I'll work with you to format it for BUG.
DEADLINE for song requests & submissions: February 8, 2023
OPEN MIC: We're still assessing how best to use our new time frame. There will be two or three open mic spots this time round, if we get volunteers. If you're interested, please email me, Sue@bytownukulele.ca, with the name of the song you'd like to sing and the artist/songwriter. If spots are already taken this time around, we'll slot you in during an upcoming jam. If you love open mic sessions, we'd also highly encourage you to participate in Red Bird's Open Stage every Tuesday evening and their Coffee House every Sunday afternoon.
DEADLINE for open mic submissions: February 14, 2023
FOOD & DRINK: PLEASE support Red Bird by ordering a drink as they offer their beautiful space to us free of charge. In addition to being licensed, Red Bird has a delicious selection of light snacks, but keep in mind it is not a restaurant. Red Bird is very happy to work with as many local companies as they can: Local Lager, Simply Biscotti Colonnade, FNG Italian Bakery, Ashton Brewing Company, Top Shelf Distillers, The County Bounty, Saunders Hard Cider, and Seed to Sausage.
SEATING: 1000 square feet on the main floor with seats for up to 90 people, depending on setup, and the venue capacity is 100. There are some couches with side tables, regular chairs and tables, and high chairs and tables at the back and along the sides.
ACCESSIBILITY: 6 steps up from the Bank St. sidewalk, with handrails
WASHROOMS: on main floor
PARKING: street parking and small parking lot at the south end of the building.
IF YOU CAN'T JOIN US LIVE for whatever reason, no worries! We record the jam, so that you can play along with us anytime! Be sure to plug an external speaker into your computer to listen so that you'll hear the uBass and get the full effect! In the recording, no one's names appear on the screens! We'll upload the jam video and the songbook we use for the evening on our BUG Jam Videos page.
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