Ukuleles Invade Brooklyn

Pool tables in the front, ukuleles in the back.

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(top left) Ukulele Cabaret audience at LP ’n Harmony with some ukulele players waiting to take their turn on stage (top right) Jason Tagg emcees the evening, plays his ukulele, and his photographs from his series on Cuba will adorn the walls for the month. (Bottom) Some of the ukulele performers among them Michael Wagner (center) and Chink Floyd (right)

Every month LP ‘n Harmony (683 Grand St, Brooklyn) has a solo art exhibit that adorns their walls that is curated by Alejandro Aguilar. March 26th was the art opening for Jason Tagg’s photograph series from his visits to Cuba. The multitalented Mr. Tagg was doing double duty at LP ‘n Harmony that night for he hosted and performed in the Ukulele Cabaret. Starting at 7:30 the stage presented a range of ukulele acts that went on past midnight. Jason Tagg first organized the Ukulele Cabaret a decade ago, and it has played regularly in the East Village. Recently he felt the need of North Brooklyn venue and found LP ‘n Harmony, which looks to be this cabaret’s new stage home.

The three acts I saw showed this show has something for everyone. The first act somewhat turned the calendar back 7 or 8 decades as he started with a classic from the American songbook and then played two original pieces that carried over that flare. The second to play was Michael Wagner who hails from New Orleans. If playing the strings off (in a wonderful way) his uke wasn’t enough to win over the audience his humor plus charm added points. He was followed by “The World’s Worst Pink Floyd Cover Band” named Chink Floyd. An amplified ukulele playing ambient riffs backed Master Lee who spoke in a meditative stream of consciousness meant to rattle nervy laughter out of those listening.

The word is there will be more Ukulele Cabaret’s coming to LP ‘n Harmony and don’t forget to check out the monthly solo art exhibits.

(LP ‘n Harmony is located at 683 Grand St, Brooklyn. Their hours are MON–SAT: 8am–4 am and SUN: 11am–4 am)

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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