August 26/27 2016

Davenport, Iowa

August 26/27 2016

Davenport, Iowa

River Roots Live

The Quad City Ukulele Club

5:00pm Saturday 08/27/16


The Quad City Ukulele Club or QCUC was born on March 3, 2012 when the first meeting was held at West Music in Moline. The club was conceived and led by Erin Mahr who was employed by West at the time. Erin developed an immediate interest in ukuleles when a green paisley uke arrived at West. She recalled, it was love at first sight. Ukuleles are fairly easy to get started playing, and are small and easily transported yet still offer the potential for a very high level of virtuosity if desired. QCUC provides a forum for ukulele musicians to play and sing together and generally just have fun. Erin foresaw the club members playing local venues like libraries, retirement facilities and "where ever ukulele is needed". Her vision has been realized as the QCUC now frequently plays these venues in and around the Quad City area. A partial list of events where the QCUC has performed include: Plus 60 events Various retirement/convalescent facilities Races such as Bix 7, Firecracker Run, Microbrew Mile & QC Marathon Special Persons Encounter Christ (SPEC) events Beaux Arts Fair River Music Experience Pioneer Village Festival of Trees The club is open to anyone interested in playing ukulele and there are no fees or registration. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month starting at 1:00 pm at West Music, 4304 44th Ave, Moline. Since there are no membership requirements the number of members is a bit difficult to put a figure on. However, typically meetings have anywhere from 6 to 20 attendees. Some people probably think of Tiny Tim or Don Ho when someone mentions ukuleles but that is not the typical repertoire of the QCUC. We will adapt our performances to match our audience, but folk tunes and classic rock comprises a lot of our music. Ms. Mahr unfortunately is no longer able to dedicate the time necessary to guide the QCUC, therefore the club now operates primarily under the direction of Phil Vernon who has been with the group from the first meeting.