I played the Ale House on Friday night, and it was great! The venue has the coolest Celtic knotwork on the walls, the pizza they serve is excellent, and the atmosphere is lighthearted and friendly. You really couldn’t ask for a better venue — which is a good thing, since I’ve been booked for three more events in the coming months! 🙂
The only downside was that my current sound setup (one mic for me plus Ook) was not enough to fill the venue. Even when they hooked me up to their significantly larger system, I felt like the uke got lost. Since this has continually been an issue clear back to when I did the Casino Night gig, it has forced my hand — I’m shopping now for an acoustic-electric ukulele. While I absolutely love my Luna for everything it’s done for me — if I’m going to continue doing this live gig deal, I need an instrument I can plug in. There’s no way around it.
I’m currently looking at a Kala KA-CE (concert size acoustic-electric) or -TE (tenor version) from Hawaii Music Supply. With their package deal (that includes shipping, nonetheless!!!), you get a hard case with your instrument. I’m also considering the Lanikai LU21-TE (tenor size acoustic-electric), but I’m not exceedingly fond of the look of the instrument’s wood (nato). They do make a pretty glossy black one though, and the Lanikai does boast “professional grade” electronics. Out of all the reviews I’ve read, it seems to come down to personal preference.
Regardless of what I choose, next time, I’m going to be prepared!! 🙂