The Jalopy music hall on Columbia Street has emerged as one of the city’s leading blues and folk spots. So why is the venue playing with toys next month, when the Paris Uke Fest comes to town?
“The ukulele is not a toy,” said Ellia Bisker (pictured), organizer of the four-string festival.
Unlike ukulele legends — Tiny Tim is really the benchmark here — Bisker proudly sings real songs of doomed romance.
“Sure, I sometimes get tired of answering questions like ‘What other instruments do you play,” she said, “but the truth is there is a very rich community for ukulele enthusiasts in New York and beyond.”
This festival is living proof. This year’s version will feature many Brooklyn artists, like songstress Kelli Rae Powell, who revels in her love for the mini guitar.
“People give me a hard time, but the ukulele is so cute and small, it just makes everyone happy,” said Powell.
Paris Uke Fest at Jalopy [315 Columbia St. at Woodhull Street in the Columbia Street Waterfront District, (718) 395-3214], Oct. 8 at 8 pm. Tickets are $10.