Marilyn & the G Strings -- energetic and zany troupe announce summer schedule

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 “” - 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

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