Minnesota Orchestra Ends 15-Month Lock Out

After what the Star-Tribune characterized as “15 months of bad blood, bad faith, worse publicity, and no music,” the bitter lockout of Minnesota Orchestra musicians is over. The Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors and musicians, who are members of the Twin Cities Musicians’ Union (Local 30-73), on January 14 ratified a new collective bargaining agreement […]

Blackbird Releases an Eco-Friendly Uke

It’s the sweet sound of sustainability. Blackbird Guitars has launched a new eco-friendly uke model. In November, the San Francisco-based instrument manufacturer introduced the Clara, a concert-sized ukulele made from Ekoa, a plant-fiber composite that looks like real wood.  According to the company, Ekoa is “a proprietary, first-of-its-kind, renewable, plant-based material that provides the warm […]

Jake Shimabukuro Releases Concert DVD

Hawaiian uke superstar Jake Shimabukuro, who spent the bulk of 2013 touring in support of his acclaimed Grand Ukulele CD, has released a DVD of his October concert in Boulder, Colorado. “It really captures the energy and essence of the tour,” Shimabukuro says in a phone interview while preparing to take the stage in Willmington, […]

Stringletter Announces New Ukulele Magazine & Media Brand

Players of the little instrument with the big following now have their own magazine and media brand, Ukulele, Stringletter founder and Publisher, David Lusterman, announced today. “After releasing two single issues in 2013 with strong retail sales, we’re ready to rock and hula with a subscription-based quarterly magazine and the customary panoply of digital platforms,” […]