Ukulele and Baseball

It was back in April when at the weekly Torch Club Acoustic Open Mic I led the gang (as in “She made the gang sing this song …”) in a rousing sing-a-long of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”  (The iconic Jack Norworth/Albert Von Tilzer song is now 106 years old.)

TMOTTBGAnd it was at last night’s Open Mic that I joined friends (Giants fans and fans of other teams alike) to watch Game 7 on the Torch Club’s sole television (hey … this is a blues bar, not a sports bar) while listening to fun music.  Congratulations to the Giants and their amazing World Series performance!


Now back to music:  Some of us from the Ukulele Rob Trio + 1 performed last night at the Open Mic, giving the folks in the audience a little preview of the great workshop and show we have coming up Saturday evening November 8th at The Strum Shop in Roseville CA.  Don’t be left out!  For tickets and information, go to or call (916) 787-8786.  We’re going to have a ton of fun!




I just love it when folks I know have success with a crowd-funded project.  Here’s the latest:  Lil’ Rev’s (Marc Revenson) “Harmonica Americana” 2-CD production (now available for purchase at the Storefront page at

One of Ukulele Rob’s best kept secrets (save for from folks who’ve actually heard my attempts to play the instrument) is that I’ve been trying to learn to play harmonica these past few months.  While it may be a long, long time before I add harmonica to the instruments with which I perform, the exercise has given me a whole new respect for those who play the harmonica really well.  And that group definitely includes Lil’ Rev.

Lil’ Rev describes the CDs as “A joyful collection of mouth organ music dedicated to rootsbased styles and regional traditions,” and “An eclectic mix of prewar blues, countrywestern, spirituals, Celtic, minstrel and stringband music. Consider this a melting pot of harmonica’s finest moments, reinterpreted for a new generation!”

I’ll say.  And more importantly, the music Lil’ Rev has recorded is just plain FUN.  Walk don’t run to Lil’ Rev’s website and order your copy today.

And speaking of great harmonica playing, don’t forget that John Wilusz, a wizard on both chromatic and diatonic harmonica, will be joining (along with bassist Zack Sapunor and vocalist Tori Sundheim) the Ukulele Rob Trio + 1 on Saturday evening November 8th at The Strum Shop in Roseville CA for a fabulous concert of great American songs.  Info at  Hope to see you there!


More Western Swing, And …

The Sac-Town Playboys were back last night, at Sacramento’s iconic Torch Club.

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Great musicians, led by singer/guitarist Geoff Miller (Keri Carr Band, Rowdy Kate, Twilight Drifters), and featuring on bass and vocals the amazing Zack Sapunor.


And now for the really cool part:  Zack will be sitting in with the Ukulele Rob Trio Saturday evening November 8th at The Strum Shop in Roseville!  See the latest post for more info.



It’s been a while since I posted something.  Recent trips have included a 4-day weekend at Disneyland, where, of course, we enjoyed the Enchanted Tiki Room, and a whole lot more:


Just wish I could have found one of these, a combination music box and ukulele, manufactured in the 1950s.  In fact, I have a vague memory of actually owning one: