For eighteen years the Ukulele Cabaret has provided a stage for musicians, artists and performers from New York's underground ukulele scene.

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Ted and Jason of Sonic Uke started the cabaret in May 2005 in the back of Julius bar in West Village. After outgrowing our stage there we settled in for a residency at legendary East Village gastropub Jimmy's 43, with cameos at Barbes, The Zipper Factory and Banjo Jim's before moving to The Red Room at the KGB Bar -- an East Village speakeasy that in 1914 was the headquarters of Emma Goldman's Secret Society of anarchists.

We've now taken up residence at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, by the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

"The uke scene is developing around here. It's quietly simmering": The New York Sun

Last month, it was almost 2 a.m. before Jason and Ted took the stage and invited all the performers up for the finale, their ukulele anthem, Four Strings or Fight: The New Yorker

"Don’t you just hate when there’s someone playing the ukulele between you and the bar?" Scotty said as he waited backstage: The Alternate Side Parking Reader

"No matter what your instrument of creativity may be, it is inspiring to see such diversity in talent so deep-rooted in a sense of community": Stephen Bailey

Night of 1000 Dollys

5pm Saturday April 20th

Two Doors Down from the ordinary, step into a Smoky Mountain fairy tale. This spring, the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse transforms into a Dolly Parton paradise. Big hair, dazzling sequins, and country classics await! Don't just Think About Love, come experience it in every strum and harmony!

Featuring Amie Amis, Angus Loten, Anthony Rev Wills Jr III, Claudia Goddard, Dan Rendich with Sevrin Mason, Dana McCoy, D’yan Forest, Jamie Scandal, John Vitale, Katie Down, Les Chauds Lapins, Liz Schnore, Lloyd United, Makalina, Pete Sturman, Rush Kress, The Shiny Squares/Les carrés brillants and Ukelinda and hosted by Sonic Uke.

Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That with your fabulous Dolly-inspired outfits? We're not just Islands in the Stream – we're a whole ocean of Dolly love!

Join us at:
Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse
165 2nd St, Brooklyn

Dress Code: Sparkles, Rhinestones, and Country Charm!

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