Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
|York, SC. Some of these historic men include: Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Thomas Sumter, General Daniel Morgan and SC Author/Historian William Gilmore Simms. And now Ukulele Performer/Bicyclist Aaron Lee.|
|I always enjoy riding past a farm that advertises grass fed beef and free range eggs. Food has been a big theme of this trip and it's nice to see the source of what is probably some really good grass fed beef. Mmmm.|
|Our Community Farm Project, a Multicultural Sustainable Urban farm run by Refugees from Burundi through Refugee Family Services. In late November the farm is still producing hot peppers and other produce, but getting ready for winter. It was great to get to take a look at the farm and then ride over to an amazing show put on by RFS and the Southeast Ukers at Fellini's Pizza.|
|Tropicana Orange Juice makes it's way north from Florida. A great example of food in transit. This trip has taught me to pay more attention to where my food comes from and how it gets from the source to the consumer.|
|Cafe Campesino in Americus, GA. This fair trade coffee roaster and cafe hosted the final show of the tour along with the Fuller Center for Housing.|
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
On Saturday, I had two shows scheduled, one from 10-12 AM and one at 2 pm. Naturally they were approximately 21.7 miles apart, which is a doable ride in 2 hours, assuming everything goes right. I wrapped things up a bit early at the KidSenses Childrens Museum in Rutherfordton, NC and started riding towards Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs. I told myself I would not check the time, but just keep riding. I rolled in at 1:20 pm, in plenty of time, and a ride of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Not bad. At Gardner-Webb, I played for Hopefest 2010, which was billed under the title "Bringing People Together for Something Good"-- A perfect fit for my tour. I had a lot of fun playing and I really enjoyed some conversations with students. I also had the opportunity to paint a ukulele on a block of wood, which I left behind.
Last night I played in a black-lit clothing store in a show sponsored by the Clemson Students for Environmental Action, who have recently changed their "A" from Awareness to Action. Being aware isn't good enough any more, it's time to act. I have been very impressed with the passion and the knowledge that these students have for environmental and sustainable issues. There is a lot going on at Clemson, including, but not limited to, a new wind turbine testing facility and a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The Snidely Sidewinder show has become immensely popular in Spartanburg, SC because it is fun and accessible to everybody. Who doesn't get into a show where you are encouraged to wear a fake mustache?
Not only is Snidely Sidewinder Spartanburg's finest all-ukulele band, but they are the Hub City's most bike friendly band, as they bike commute to many of their gigs around town. Check them out if you get the chance!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today, on a tour of downtown Greenville, SC, Ed, of the Greenville Organic Foods Organization, pointed out the downtown recycling collectors, which are a collaboration between the art community, local businesses and the government. Each collector features the work of a local artist and an advertisement of a local business. The collectors are paid for by the advertisement, local businesses and artists get some exposure and recycling becomes easy and fun. Win win win. I am looking forward to playing in Greenville tonight.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
|Mac and Beanee Weenee. A culinary delight.|
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
October 17, 2010 - Alexandria, VA
Four Mile Run Farmers Market
4109 Mt. Vernon Avenue - 9:00 am
October 19, 2010 - Harrisonburg, VA
The Little Grill is a collectively owned restaurant that has ties to many community based projects in Harrisonburg. This show will benefit the Petrol-Free Gypsy Carnival Tour, a Harrisonburg based bicycle music and art tour.
621 N Main St - 8:00 pm
October 20, 2010 - Charlottesville, VA
Random Row Books is a used bookstore. The evening will feature a meal at 7 and will benefit the Charlottesville Quality Community Council
315 W Main Street - 7:00 pm
October 21, 2010 - Lynchburg, VA
Lynchburg Grows is an urban farm that takes a hands-in-the-dirt approach to teaching others how sustainable food production promotes a healthy planet.
Show at Rivermont Pizza, 2496 Rivermont Ave - 8:00 pm
October 23, 2010 - Roanoke, VA
Sharebike's core mission is to make sustainable, community-friendly transportation available to all in the Roanoke Area.
513 S Jefferson Street - 7:00 pm
October 25, 2010 - Elon, NC
Elon University Campus Coffee Shop. Elon Outdoors is sponsoring this show and will be promoting
October 26, 2010 - Greensboro, NC
The Green Bean
341 S. Elm Street - 8 pm
October 28, 2010 - Boone, NC
The Boone Bicycle Initiative is dedicated to increasing bicycle usage in and around Boone, NC by addressing safety and awareness while distributing bikes at little or no cost to members of the community.
Show At: Espresso News
267 Howard Street - 7pm
October 30, 2010 - Asheville, NC
Laurey's Catering afternoon show will benefit Chefs Move to Schools.
67 Biltmore Ave - 2 pm
November 1, 2010 - Hendersonville, NC
Bountiful Harvest Community Garden
November 3, 2010 - Fort Mill, SC
124 Confederate St. - 7:00 pm
November 11, 2010 - Spartanburg, SC
Presented by Partners for Active Living and the Hub Bub. With Snidely Sidewinder and the Unrepentant Uke Boys, a Spartanburg Ukulele based band.
November 13, 2010 - Boiling Springs, NC
Gardner-Webb University Hopefest 2010 Gardner Hall Patio. 2:00 pm
Monday, October 25, 2010
I was very lucky to be added last minute to the Four Mile Run Farmers Market and had a great morning playing for those guys and reconnecting with some of the folks from Velocity.
Had a really fun show and some great mexican food at the Little Grill. Nick Melas played a great opening set and it was a lot of fun to hang out with all those connected with the Little Grill and the Petrol-Free Gypsy Carnival Tour, and amazing bicycle musical tour that happens every May and powers their PA system with bicycle generators. I also made a sweet purchase (pictured below) at Roses - the Ocean State Job Lot of the south.
After a day of riding the mist/rain and up and over Rockfish Gap, I ended up in Charlottesville for a wonderful community-based evening. The folks at Random Row Books had organized a community dinner with donated food and a great turnout enjoyed a meal of pasta with eggplant sauce, 2 salads, sweet potatoes and french bread, while seated around a makeshift banquet style table. The show was really fun, and I was really glad to see some great kids (and great adults) have a great time.
Lynchburg Grows put on a really amazing fundraising event and in addition to splitting the donations, got 10% of the proceeds from Rivermont Pizza in the process. Rivermont Pizza created a special menu using produce from the 6 acre urban farm and it was all amazing. The evening was a true celebration of a great group of people who are doing some fantastic work. I was fortunate enough to stick around on Friday as well and help out on the farm, which was the best possible way to spend a day off from riding. Lynchburg Grows is a really cool operation, and I recommend stopping by if you are anywhere near Lynchburg. A special thanks to all those who made me feel at home on my visit!
Really cool show in Roanoke at Sharebike, with probably the best percussion section of the tour and some great dialogue with the audience about my observations of the tour. Riding in and out of Roanoke, although hilly (some might say mountainous) was some of the most beautiful rides of the trip. Also it had been 70 degrees and sunny with out fail from Thursday-Sunday.
|These trains are full of Coal which is obtained my chopping off mountaintops in West Virginia and is sent by train through Roanoke to Portsmouth Harbor on the VA coast where it is shipped around the world (mostly China, I'm told).|
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
One last show in Alexandria, VA on Friday. Stay tuned for the second leg of the tour, coming to the south in late October.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Had a great time at the Local Foods BBQ at the Wild Oats Market in Williamstown, MA. All of the food came from within 100 miles of Williamstown, and all of the food was excellent and included burgers made with 100% grass-fed beef; local, naturally raised BBQ chicken; salads made with locally grown vegetables; and grilled corn on the cob. My set was well received and I was fortunate to meet some great people who forwarded me a few links of interest:
Transition Towns Initiative - The Transition Towns movement is about building resilience in community to prepare for the decline of oil and climate change. This link goes to the northern berkshires chapter.
BikeLoc - Two guys biking across the US in support of local food and community!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday 8/19: Rode up and down 3 hills from Lyme, NH to South Royalton, VT and had a very nice time playing at the Farmers Market and the opportunity to eat some great local produce. Beets, Radishes, Tomatoes from a very generous farmer, and some local grass fed beef from the Luna Bleu Farm.
Friday 8/20: A beautiful day of riding up the valley of the 2nd branch White River. In Barre, VT I came across LACE (Local Agriculture Community Exchange), whose mission is "to provide a commons for family farms and their community where they can celebrate local food, LEARN from one another and build fellowship TOGETHER." LACE has a very nice store front in Barre which sells local food as well as local art and seems to be working towards being a great community center. I kept with the tradition of eating local, and had some local chicken salad for lunch. In the afternoon, I headed north from Montpelier, up a few hills until the roads turned to dirt and I eventually found myself walking into the Adamant Cooperative General Store. The Adamant Coop is a wonderful community in a beautiful spot and I immediately felt very happy to be there. In the evening, I peformed at their community dinner, which happens every friday throughout the summer, and is the perfect example of people coming together just to be together and to celebrate their community.
Saturday 8/21: Route 2 from Montpelier to Burlington is generally downhill, which was just what I needed on a somewhat cool and grey day. After a brief stop at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, where Rosetta and Melissa made me a farm fresh second breakfast, I made it to Burlington around 1pm and almost immediately fell asleep on a futon. In the afternoon and evening, I was lucky enough to attend a pig roast. Another great gathering of people - who came together to eat a local pig. I find it interesting, but not surprising, that local foods have played such a big role in the first week of my trip. We will see if the trend continues.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Today, I rode the very familiar route from Portland to Water Village, NH, while making sure to stop at the world famous rope swing on route 25. The evening featured a very special concert at the Ossipee Mountain Grange Hall, home of GALA (global awareness local action), a great organization working on all sorts of community building and sustainability projects. Josh Arnold, founder of GALA gave the audience a small lesson on the history of the grange, which was/is an organization that allows farmers and their families to work together, but more importantly, to come together and interact. Tonight, a group of us came together to share music, including some great singalongs and percussion performances by members of the audience. The grange is a great space to perform and to be with people and had a wonderful energy tonight.
I'll be riding towards Vermont tomorrow!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
- Will Gibney The Bates Student: March 23, 2010
The appreciative audience laughed, sang and even danced as Aaron proceeded through his repertoire of original tunes (which require that the word “ukulele” appears in each song at some point).
It is a great evening’s entertainment. Aaron’s CD is often played at our studio to lighten the mood after a long day at work.
- Elaine Xenelis Fuller, Owner of The Red Door Pottery Studio - Kittery, ME
I will provide an uplifting community experience by performing ukulele music and travelling between concerts by bicycle.