Marilyn & the G Strings, Kirkland’s own original ukulele rock band are in the house! Known for their motto “wine drinkers with a ukulele problem”, Marilyn & the G Strings will get you “boogieing your sneakers away” with their eclectic repertoire of old and new tunes you’ve never heard performed on ukuleles before.
The band came together on a whim back in 2009 to perform a couple tunes for a New Year’s Eve gathering of friends from the Grape Choice Wine Shop and Wine Bar in Kirkland. Band member Susan Stearns who is an accomplished pianist came up with the idea of learning to play ukuleles for the performance. None of the group had touched a ukulele before…and so it began. They played only 4 tunes that first performance and were so well received decided to push on to greatness, riches and stardom, build a “huge” repertoire and continue to perform. The rest is ukulele history heaven.
While the band instrumentation is predominantly ukuleles with fiddle accompaniment your ears will be treated to the sounds of keyboard, mandolin, various percussion instruments and a hefty dose of bass played on a bass ukulele of course!
The band's repertoire encompasses all era's and styles, from the 1920's, to Beatles, Rolling Stones, Queen, Jimmy Buffett, One Republic and everything in between!
Marilyn & the G Strings, consist of:
Susan Stearns “Cruisin’ Susan“ - ukulele, keyboards and vocals
Mike Metteer “Mikey Mike” - ukulele and vocals
Greg Jackson “G-Jack” - ukulele, mandolin and vocals
Timothy DeHan “timmy Page” - music director, bass ukulele, ukulele and vocals
Marilyn Pedersen “Marilyn.i.am” - fiddle
Steve Pedersen “Steve-O-Rino” - vocals and percussion
Sherry Calvert “Sherry Baby” - vocals and percussion
Marti Bartlett “Smarty Marti” - vocals and percussion
Chuck Bartlett “Boy Toy Chuck” - vocals and percussion
You do not want to miss an opportunity to catch the “boogie your sneakers away” fun at one of many Marilyn & the G Strings live performances, this year. Or stop by and say hi at one of their typical Wednesday evening or Sunday afternoon backroom practices at the Grape Choice Wine Shop & Wine Bar in Kirkland Marina Park.
Here are a few of the bands upcoming performances:
Urban Coffee Lounge in Juanita Village – Friday May 29th 7-9pm
Kirkland Wednesday Market (kick off) – Wednesday June 3rd 5-7pm
Bellevue Thursday Farmers Market – Thursday June 18th 5-7pm
The Grape Choice Wine Shop & Wine Bar – Sunday June 21st 2-4pm
The Den Coffee House in Bothell – Saturday July 11th 7-9pm
Juanita Friday Market – Friday July 17th 5-7pm
The Dunn Gardens 100 Year Celebration (Seattle) – Sunday July 19th 2-3pm
Bellevue Thursday Farmers Market – Thursday July 30th 5-7pm
Kirkland Summerfest – Saturday August 8th 11am-12noon
The Grape Choice Wine Shop & Wine Bar – Sunday August 9th 2-4pm
For a complete list of performances visit their website at www.marilynandthegstrings.com