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Welcome to our Special Events Page! Here we list, chronologically, upcoming Workshops, Classes, Concerts, & all other Events that aren’t described on our ongoing Classes Page.

Everything listed on both the Classes Page & the Events Page, should also be found on our Calendar.

Please call (941) 966-5800 anytime to register or for more information. Registration is advanced payment, name, phone number, & email. It’s non-refundable unless we cancel the class or event, in which case you’ll be contacted by phone. Any registrations the day of an event or class, or surprise walk-ins, will be accommodated as best we can, if there is room, & may cost more.

Original Woodstock poster on display at The New York Public Library's installation, "You Say You Wanna Revolution"

Feature Fridays: ‘A Woodstock Collection’, with Jeff Hanna
An all levels ukulele class
Fridays: January 3 ~ 24 (no class January 31, Lil Rev will be here!); 1-2:30pm

‘Feature Fridays‘ is a class for all levels, & focuses on one genre or theme for a month (or more) of Fridays. Chord & technique challenges will be offered for those who seek them.

If fearful & find it foolish to follow paths to folly, do as you feel. You are free to suggest future features.

This Season’s Feature Fridays: ‘A Woodstock Collection’, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the big event!

If there are specific songs you’d like Jeff to include with the collection,

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Mike Lehner & Jeff Hanna at The Ukulele Place

Learning to Play Single Note Melodies on the Ukulele, with Mike Lehner
5 Mondays: January 6 ~ February 3; 2-4pm

Mike began offering this course at The Ukulele Place about 4 or 5 years ago, & it’s been a big hit with our uke students. Is this your winter to give it a try?

Note: if you’re interested & wondering about his “Chord Melody” class, that will begin February 24.

Mike describes his Single Note Melodies class:

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The Suncoast Sand Fleas Meetup Group

Sing ’n’ Strum-Along, with the Suncoast Sand Fleas
Friday, January 10; 6:30-8:30pm

SING ‘n’ STRUM ALONG – A Suncoast Sand Fleas Ukulele Meetup each month at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet. Everyone’s welcome, all levels of players, beginners to professional, & friends to listen & groove! Come strum, sing, toe tap, percuss, or simply relax & enjoy the music & merriment of some friendly folks.

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Open Mic-a-lele!

Open Mic-a-lele at The Ukulele Place!
Friday, January 24; 6:30-8:30pm

We invite you to our monthly event, an open mic night we like to call ‘An Open Mic-a-lele’!

Since adding an Open Mic portion of the evening to our monthly Ukulele Sing ‘n’ Strum Alongs, it became so popular that it was time to give it its own event.

Our first Open Mic-a-lele was in January, 2019. We were impressed by how many ukulele folks

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Lil Rev captivates with his music & storytelling!

It’s Lil Rev!
Friday, January 31
Workshop: 3-4:30pm
Concert: 7pm

Unnamed Workshop with Lil Rev
I dunno, does this guy really need to name & describe his workshops at this point?! You know he’s an excellent instructor, & that you’ll be inspired by his presence, teaching, strums, songs, techniques, & music. We all love it when he’s here. Open to all levels.

Concert with Lil Rev
Thoroughly entertaining as a musician & storyteller, Lil Rev features his repertoire that may include blues, folk, old time, tin pan alley, originals, ragtime,

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Original Woodstock poster on display at The New York Public Library's installation, "You Say You Wanna Revolution"

Feature Fridays: ‘A Woodstock Collection’, with Jeff Hanna, Continues
An all levels ukulele class
Fridays: February 7 ~ 28; 1-2:30pm

‘Feature Fridays‘ is a class for all levels, & focuses on one genre or theme for a month (or more) of Fridays. Chord & technique challenges will be offered for those who seek them.

If fearful & find it foolish to follow paths to folly, do as you feel. You are free to suggest future features.

This Season’s Feature Fridays: ‘A Woodstock Collection’, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the big event!

If there are specific songs you’d like Jeff to include with the collection,

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The Suncoast Sand Fleas Meetup Group

Valentine’s Day Sing ’n’ Strum-Along, with the Suncoast Sand Fleas
Friday, February 14; 6:30-8:30pm

SING ‘n’ STRUM ALONG – A Suncoast Sand Fleas Ukulele Meetup each month at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet. Everyone’s welcome, all levels of players, beginners to professional, & friends to listen & groove! Come strum, sing, toe tap, percuss, or simply relax & enjoy the music & merriment of some friendly folks.

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Steve & Darienne, Offshore Breeze

Steve Doublestein & Darienne Oaks, AKA Off Shore Breeze
February 22; 3-4pm

Friends Steve & Darienne perform as a duo called Off Shore Breeze, & invite you to An Afternoon of Music.

Darienne, Steve, & their guests support 4Ocean, an organization focused on cleaning the ocean & coastlines while working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits.

Since 2017 4Ocean has removed over 4 million tons of plastic from the ocean & 2,407 of those pounds were from Florida alone.

Their mission is funded primarily by 4Ocean product purchases. That’s where we come in.

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Barbara Gail Loves Her Beginner Djembe Students

Beginner W. African Djembe
Weekly Hand-drumming Classes this Spring!
at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet, Nokomis
8 Wednesdays: February 26 ~ April 15; 7-8:30pm

Learn to play the most popular hand-drum, with Barbara Gail of The Rhythm Inlet! 
Barbara’s been on a 4-year, semi-sabbatical to develop several new creative projects, & hasn’t offered djembe classes in 3 years! Due to requests, she’s returning to teach this one-time class.

With a focus on teaching proper hand technique & interlocking rhythm patterns, she masterfully & sequentially brings you to finding your place in the beat, & your class to playing as a multi-rhythmic ensemble!

Perfect for raw beginners, drum circle enthusiasts, musicians seeking rhythmic training, & folks with some exposure to drumming who want instruction with a solid foundation.

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Open Mic-a-lele!

Open Mic-a-lele at The Ukulele Place!
Friday, February 28; 6:30-8:30pm

We invite you to our monthly event, an open mic night we like to call ‘An Open Mic-a-lele’!

Since adding an Open Mic portion of the evening to our monthly Ukulele Sing ‘n’ Strum Alongs, it became so popular that it was time to give it its own event.

Our first Open Mic-a-lele was in January, 2019. We were impressed by how many ukulele folks

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Feature Fridays: The Country Collection

Feature Fridays, Spring Session, with Jeff Hanna
An all levels ukulele class
Fridays: March 6 ~ April 24; 1-2:30pm

‘Feature Fridays’ is an instruction & technique Friday class for all levels, & focuses on one genre or theme for a month (or 2 or more). Chord & strum challenges will be offered for those who seek them.

If fearful & find it foolish to follow paths to folly on Fridays, do as you feel. You are free to suggest future Friday features.

This Season’s Feature Fridays Theme, ‘The Country Collection’, returns from long ago!

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The Suncoast Sand Fleas Meetup Group

Spring Sing ’n’ Strum-Along, with the Suncoast Sand Fleas
Friday, March 13; 6:30-8:30pm

SING ‘n’ STRUM ALONG – A Suncoast Sand Fleas Ukulele Meetup each month at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet. Everyone’s welcome, all levels of players, beginners to professional, & friends to listen & groove! Come strum, sing, toe tap, percuss, or simply relax & enjoy the music & merriment of some friendly folks.

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The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio, in Concert
Saturday, March 14, 7pm

Heather Pierson’s Acoustic Trio, on tour from New Hampshire, is a rare bunch. With Heather’s original songwriting & her trio’s instrumental virtuosity, you’ll hear stirring, 3-part vocal harmonies, along with acoustic guitar, ukulele, U-bass, tenor banjo, keyboards, cornet, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, & stand-up bass!

These highly-skilled musicians bring

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Open Mic-a-lele!

March Open Mic-a-lele at The Ukulele Place!
Friday, March 27; 6:30-8:30pm

We invite you to our monthly event, an open mic night we like to call ‘An Open Mic-a-lele’!

Since adding an Open Mic portion of the evening to our monthly Ukulele Sing ‘n’ Strum Alongs, it became so popular that it was time to give it its own event.

Our first Open Mic-a-lele was in January, 2019. We were impressed by how many ukulele folks

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Mike Lehner & Jeff Hanna at The Ukulele Place

Learn to Play Chord Melodies on the Ukulele, with Mike Lehner
5 Mondays: March 30 thru April 27; 2-4pm
Pre-registration required & is limited to 12 students, so register early!

An introduction to chord melody playing on the re-entrant tuned ukulele, covering 3 different methods of chord melody arranging. Emphasis will also placed on right & left-hand techniques.

By completion, you’ll have sufficient skill & knowledge to create your own chord melodies!

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Jim D'ville, Visiting Artist from New Mexico!

Jim D’Ville from New Mexico, Ukulele Workshop & Concert!
Saturday, April 4
Workshop: 2:30-4:45pm (with a 15 minute break)
Concert: 7pm

Workshop 1st hour, The Emotional Value of Chords
There is a chord associated with each of the seven notes of a major scale. When played in context, each chord evokes a certain emotional response from the listener. Learning these chordal relationships will open your ears to the chord progressions to millions of songs. This is the first step to playing by ear. Knowledge of finger positions for C, dm, em, F, G, am, bdim are helpful.

Workshop 2nd hour, Buddy Holly By Ear
Buddy Holly changed the face of rock & roll. And he did it in just 18 months! With blues-based classics like

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The Suncoast Sand Fleas Meetup Group

April Sing ’n’ Strum-Along, with the Suncoast Sand Fleas
Friday, April 10; 6:30-8:30pm

SING ‘n’ STRUM ALONG – A Suncoast Sand Fleas Ukulele Meetup each month at The Ukulele Place at The Rhythm Inlet. Everyone’s welcome, all levels of players, beginners to professional, & friends to listen & groove! Come strum, sing, toe tap, percuss, or simply relax & enjoy the music & merriment of some friendly folks.

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Open Mic-a-lele!

April Open Mic-a-lele at The Ukulele Place!
Friday, April 24; 6:30-8:30pm

We invite you to our monthly event, an open mic night we like to call ‘An Open Mic-a-lele’!

Since adding an Open Mic portion of the evening to our monthly Ukulele Sing ‘n’ Strum Alongs, it became so popular that it was time to give it its own event.

Our first Open Mic-a-lele was in January, 2019. We were impressed by how many ukulele folks

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