Ukulele Festival Breaks Guinness World Record With a Teeny, Tiny Bit of Help From AlterNet
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At a not-so-solemn gathering in a suburb of Washington, D.C., last night, a Guinness World Record for the largest ukulele assembly was broken at the annual Ukulele Festival at the Music Center at Strathmore, when 944 strummers plucked their baby axes in something like unison. And AlterNet can claim a teeny, tiny part in the record-breaking, as the number 563 pasted to my sweater helped put the assembly over the top. (That's me with neo-soul poet and musician J. Scales, who was number 226.)
Okay, so this is truly an August blog post. At the end of summer, these are the times when big-time journos try to make some big metaphor out of something they saw on the golf course in the waves at the Vineyard. But for us lesser lights, no metaphor needed. Hey, two days after an earthquake and two days before a hurricane's due to hit -- and after a week of just ridiculous politics -- no metaphorical gravitas is required, just a little levity.
The gathering was hosted by Marcy Marxer and Cathy Fink, great, Grammy-winning musicians and curators of a whimsical piece of the D.C. folky scene. Uke and guitar virtuoso Gerald Ross joined them on stage, and we got to hear from two great duos, Victoria Vox and Katie Chambers (uke and cello), and The Sweater Set (uke, guitar, kazoos, finger cymbals).
Alas, I don't have any live video from the festival to share with you, but here's a snip from The Sweater Set performing at The Black Cat, a club that's something of a D.C. institution for a certain set of boy-band bloggers.