The uke signal went out all over the southeast United States. Ukulele players used various ways (mostly, thanks to the internet) to seek out others that loved the 4 stringed instrument. Meeting up in local coffee shops, restaurants and parks (that would have us) to talk shop, jam and form friendships. With growing numbers in the local ukulele players, UKE Republic sponsored the 1st Annual UKE-2-GETHER, summer 2009 at Sweetwater State Park. Ukulele players from all over converged that day and we knew we had to form a group to meet up on a regular basis and form a community. We were appropriately dubbed the SouthEast Ukers.
What's with the possum logo?
At the First uke-2-gether, John Eller was saying that ukulele players were minimalized and not taken seriously in Georgia. We are in bluegrass country so guitars, mandolins, banjos were considered real instruments, but ukuleles are just considered toys. He said that ukulele players were "just road kill on the music highway" and we needed to "fight the power". (Recorded in the video, at 1:44) This inspired Jas to create the roadkill possum logo with the Fight the Power slogan. And there you have it.
Meet the SouthEast Ukers
Video made at the 1st Annual UKE-2-GETHER, summer 2009, at Sweetwater State Park.