by Fancy Brandy
Every year LUPEC events get amazing support from the community in the form of food & drink donations, raffle items, volunteers, local media and of course our fabulous performers. We thought we’d take a minute to get some inside info on the talented folks you’ll see up on the stage this Saturday. Stay tuned for their thoughts on tiki & hula culture! First up: Uke Springsteen!
Favorite cocktail: A whiskey cocktail called a Gingered Gentleman. It’s Maker’s and some crazy ginger concoction made by the folks at the Red Fez in Providence.
If you were in LUPEC (or DUdePEC, for the gents), what would your namesake cocktail be? Tanqueray and Wine.
Favorite bar? Either Highland Kitchen or Razzy’s, because they have been in stumbling distance of where I live for a few years and served me well. (Favorite place to sip a mai thai: The Hong Kong.)
What first drew you to the ukulele? I got a ukulele for my birthday a few years ago,and I didn’t know how to play it. Some friends were having a Bruce Springsteen party and I already knew the songs from years of loving them, so I figured it was a good way to learn how to play that instrument. Imagine if I had been given a tuba, and my friends were having a John Mellencamp party? Tuba Mellencamp just doesn’t have the same ring, does it?
Who inspires you? The Boss!
What do you like most about tiki? Hmmm. I guess floral shirts. But maybe I don’t fully understand tiki. [We'll take you under our wing, don't worry!]
What would you put on your tiki party playlist? Probably not Bruce Springsteen music, but maybe Don Ho, the Dixie Cups, Desmond Dekker, the Folkes Brothers.
How do you pack so much punch with that tiny little guitar? I plug it in and step on distortion pedals, and my digital audio accompanist, the D.A. helps out quite a bit.
Who are your ukelele & musical heroes? The highway’s jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive, so basically if the highway is jammed with heroes, I guess that means there’s too many to mention
When the chips are down, what keeps Uke rockin’? “I believe in the hope and I pray that some day It may raise me above these BADLANDS!!!”