Ukulele Masters Kick Off Popular Music Series

Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) Music & More 11th season kicks off on Sunday, March 24, with a special ukulele concert and workshop event, “Uke Can’t Play Ukes Without U,” presented by world renowned ukulele master Jumpin’ Jim Beloff and joined by his wife Leapin’ Liz. The program starts with a workshop at 2 p.m. for non-players and beginners, followed by the concert at 3:45 p.m. featuring Jumpin’ Jim, his wife Leapin’ Liz, and a bass accompanist.

Attendees with ukuleles will have the opportunity to join in on several songs during the concert.

The workshop will last about 90 minutes and with just a few simple chords and basic strumming patterns, participants will be playing popular tunes and fun songs on the ukulele in no time with skilled teacher Jumpin’ Jim. After the workshop, there will be a short intermission followed by the concert.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for CBSRZ members; children 16 years and under $15. Tickets can be purchased through the CBSRZ website at www. cbsrz/engage/events/music-more or follow CBSRZ on Facebook for updates.

The workshop is open to anyone eight years or older and no prior experience playing the ukulele is necessary. Jumpin’ Jim will be targeting those that are new or just beginning to play the ukulele, although even more experienced players are guaranteed to pick up useful tips and licks from the master.

Workshop participants must bring their own ukulele, tuned, and in playable condition. If you don’t already have an instrument, Jim Beloff and the Music & More team have compiled some affordable recommendations on the event links.

Follow the event links as well for resources on how to tune and setup your ukulele so you will be ready to “jump in with Jim” that afternoon.

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