If You Love Your Small Town…

by Dennis Peterson

05. December 2015 · Comments Off on If You Love Your Small Town… · Categories: Businesses, Loomis, Nighthawk, Okanagon, Omak, Oroville, Osoyoos, Riverside, Tonasket

If you like a smile with your music then seek out an ukulele player’s club to entertain you. If you’re patient one will find you! The Okanogan Ookoolele Club found the stage at Omak’s Art in the Park, Friday, and played to smiles on their little “jumping flea” instruments.

Okanogan Ookoolele Club with members of the Twisp Ukulele Club

Okanogan Ookoolele Club with members of the Twisp Ukulele Club

The club played several well-known tunes that got the happy audience to share their voices with the group, and several ukulele players from the Twisp area joined them on stage for the largest gathering of players in the history of the club. Spontaneously, the Randy Battle Bluz Band gathered at stage right to offer their harmonies, as well. The result as you may expect, produced even more smiles.

Randy Battle Bluz Band (left) Join Voices with the Ukulele Players

Randy Battle Bluz Band (left) Join Voices with the Ukulele Players

Ukulele clubs can be found in many communities around Washington state and even in the big cities. This easy to play instrument is great fun and offers an excellent opportunity for singer/players at home to get out and have some group fun. The residents of the Okanogan Valley need go no farther than Omak Music to find a wide range of instruments, and ukulele clubs are constantly seeking new members to share the fun with. Join the fun!

Photos and video by Nancy Peterson

Okanogan Friday Fun

by Dennis Peterson

Sometimes life just knocks on your door and you’re off to adventure and fun. In this case it came as an email and as happens when stars align, circumstances found me riding my Harley home in 5:30am morning chill from a Wenatchee sleep study lab but with a welcome diversion to the Omak hills. Singer/songwriter Erica Swanson asked me if I’d record a session of her singing a composition she had written and I just can’t say nope to something I like doing, so wife Nancy brought our audio gear from Oroville and we all met in a quiet home on a glacial bench west of the Okanogan River.

The accompanists were Randy Battle and Linda Pruitt of the Randy Battle Bluz Band. I soon had my mics in place and sound-checked, then the artists began collaborating on the music.

Brain storming the session

Brain storming the session – Photo by Nancy Peterson

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