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Send the Strum Bums to New York

If you appreciate ukulele music, this is your event. Cool Hand Uke’s Strum Bums Ukulele Extravaganza Rescue and Relief Band is presenting a night of entertainment with local musical luminaries Wednesday, the point of which is to amass a travel fund. The group plans to go to New York City where it will be featured April 27 at the Second New York Ukulele Festival.

This talented, down-home musical group grew out of a ukulele class offered by Dan Scanlan at the Nevada County Community Center (formerly the Senior Citizens Center) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Weekly classes are open to newcomers, as well as accomplished players of all ages, and members perform as a band around the area.

Scanlan performed solo at last year’s New York festival, emceed and gave workshops. This year he will take the Strum Bums, who will be the largest performing group at the festival with 18 members.

The March 21 event at the Nevada Theatre will feature numerous local singers and musicians who will use the Strum Bums ukulele orchestra as their string section. Artists include Utah Phillips, Eleanore MacDonald, several members of the cast of “The End of the Trail Saloon” radio program and many more.

WHAT: Strum Bums Ukulele Extravaganza and Spring Sing

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Nevada Theater, Broad Street, Nevada City

ADMISSION: Tickets are $10 in advance in Grass Valley at BriarPatch Coop or Gold Country Community Center; in Nevada City at Yabobo; $12 at the door.

INFORMATION: Contact 273-5153;

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