The next installment of the Virtual House Concert will be on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and it will be a Ukulele Players Showcase of performer who many of you have enjoyed on ukulele Zoom meetings over the past year, and it’s the opportunity for you to hear more from Deb Lynn, John Vitale, and Ken Mattsson.
Note: if you couldn’t see the show live, you can watch it on YouTube!
John Vitale was introduced to the ukulele about eight years ago at a dinner party, and was instantly hooked. He gradually made his way into the Manhattan/Brooklyn Ukulele Meetup scene. It was there that he met other like-minded musicians, and ended up collaborating with a couple of buddies to form a band called East River. From 2015 through 2019, East River had a regular Friday night gig at Bailey’s Corner Pub on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
John has recently immersed himself into Bluegrass music. He is infatuated with the “high, lonesome sound”, that is the hallmark of bluegrass greats— his favorites include Del McCoury, Bill Monroe, George Jones, the Louvin Brothers, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, and Michael Daves. On any given night for the past several years, you may have heard John at Bluegrass jam sessions throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island City.
Since the pandemic, John has discovered the incredibly rich ukulele meetup scene that has migrated to Zoom across the country. He is grateful to have met many wonderful and welcoming ukulele enthusiasts in meet-ups that originate in Boston, Buffalo, and Morristown.
Deb Lynn is a ukulele player from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia who has become a favorite of the Boston Ukulele Community for her eclectic mix of songs and her beautiful singing voice. You can expect a bunch of jazz standards with an Australian twist.
Ken Mattsson is a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked in the genres of folk, pop, classical and many others. While primarily a vocalist, Ken also has played and performed on the hammered dulcimer, recorders, whistles, flutes, autoharp, and for the past four years, the ‘ukulele. He’s been a member and organizer for the Ukulele Union of Boston (Watch City Ukers, Strummerville, Uke in the Afternoon) for the past two years, and has taught classes on music theory and performance for ukulele players.
Ken has been stretching his songwriting practice during the pandemic and will be presenting a number of his original songs.
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This concert will be presented through Zoom, and may be recorded. Please pre-register for the event to make sure you have access. The waiting room will be opened at 7:25 p.m. EST, 5 minutes before the start of the concert.
While this concert is free. This will be a low key event (think of it like being welcomed into our living room!) and we hope you will enjoy it. There is no cost, but donations accepted.
There will also be a post-concert reception at www.kumospace.com/kenmattsson.
We look forward to having another great virtual house concert!