survivor girl ukulele band project presentation at the red barn theater!!!
7:00 PM19:00

survivor girl ukulele band project presentation at the red barn theater!!!

experience the ministry helping survivors of human trafficking in india, presented by laurie kallevig, founder of the survivor girl ukulele band project.

i'm returning to my home town of hendricks minnesota to give a multimedia presentation on survivor girl ukulele band project at the red barn theater!! 

program will include the minnesota premiere of my short film, "i want to be", a story about working with survivor girls, and a fun video of life at the shelter home with a song from the upcoming cd as soundtrack! we might even learn a song and sing together!! 

looking forward to seeing old and new friends at the red barn theater in hendricks mn on thursday the 9th of november!!

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1:00 PM13:00


Gustav and I are pleased to host a fundraiser for Laurie Kallevig’s survivor girl ukulele band(sgub) with Deana Rose Handmade Jewelry.

The survivor girl ukulele band project strives to bring restoration and hope to survivors of human trafficking through the healing power of music and love.

If you live in Chicago, or the surrounding area, it is likely you have received an invitation to join us for the fundraiser. [And we hope you can!] [If you want an invitation, send us a message, and we will send you the details!]

But, we understand that you might not be able to physically attend the fundraiser, and so we have offered additional ways to participate.

You can directly donate to sgub (a 501c3 non-profit organization);


You can purchase jewelry from Deana Rose October 20-27, 2016 (and up to 20% of each sale will go to sgub).

We sincerely hope you will consider participating in raising funds for sgub. Of course, if you have questions, please let us know!

Want to uke it forward? Read more about hosting a sgub fundraiser to participate in the uke it forward movement!


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to Aug 21

silver creek international ukulele carnival will uke it forward for survivor girl ukulele band!!

this weekend, august 19-21, the silver creek international ukulele carnival will UKE IT FORWARD FOR SURVIVOR GIRL UKULELE BAND!! i'll be speaking a few minutes on saturday afternoon and also have a SGUB table in the vendor area all day saturday!! hosted by the two harbors ukulele group (close to duluth mn), this is the launch of UKE IT FORWARD in the USA!! i can't wait!! see you there!!

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2:30 PM14:30

sgub fundraiser at ukefest geraldine -- in new zealand!!!

survivor girl ukulele band project is again, for the second year in a row, the featured charity at ukefest geraldine!! here are the details: 

saturday july 9 2.30PM



A highlight of Ukefest Geraldine, Hugh & Fi lead a mass strum-a-long. Music sheets projected. Loan ukes available | DONATIONS to SGUB WELCOME

ukefest geraldine has been named one of the top 6 not to be missed ukefests in the world!! wowowow! 

survivor girl ukulele band is so grateful for the support of the ukulele people in new zealand. hurrah!!

and if you have your own ukulele event somewhere else in the world, please consider supporting survivor girl ukulele band!!

thank you thank you thank you for joining the band!!!

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4:30 AM04:30

Art + Music + You = LOVE! a benefit for laurie kallevig and her survivor girl ukulele band project

Laurie Kallevig's Survivor Girl Ukulele Band Project ( brings restoration and hope to survivors of human traffcking through the healing power of music and love. The Humble Cup hosts a night of music and art to benefit to benefit SGUB Project. This your chance to be part of this unique and powerful project that directly benefits girls in India who have been rescued from forced prostitution. Join the baaand!!

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5:30 AM05:30

upcoming benefit concert -- november 15th!! see you there!!

this year's survivor girl ukulele band benefit concert is going to be the best ever!!

what a lineup! brad colerick, tom corbett, bliss bowen; john o'kennedy with eric kufs; and heidi swedberg with daniel ward. surprise guests and a special performance by pastor briant cuffy.

and a free yummy dinner hosted by bethany church of sierra madre and post-concert reception. wowowow!!

and i'll give a short update about my most recent six months at sanlaap shelter home in kolkata india.

to rsvp for the dinner please contact sharon hannah at

see you there!!

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wine country ukulele festival
to Sep 14

wine country ukulele festival

i've been invited as a guest instructor, joining heidi swedberg and daniel ward's workshop, where we'll teach the bengali version of "auld lang syne."

i'll also be at the festival all weekend and would love to meet you there!!

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house concert at kate and odom stamps house in south pasadena
2:30 AM02:30

house concert at kate and odom stamps house in south pasadena

  • 318 Fairview Avenue South Pasadena, CA 91030 (map)
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house concert at kate and odom stamps' historic home and gardens in south pasadena on sunday, august 30th to support survivor girl ukulele band.

music starts at 5:00 pm. it will be a fabulous evening of great music by local artists.

opening the program are brad colerick, david plenn, and ed tree.



other featured artists:

podunk poets



318 Fairview Avenue  South Pasadena, CA 91030

more details to come. see you there!!

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benefit at the coffee gallery -- the smoking jackets with heidi swedberg; and brit rodriguez
1:30 AM01:30

benefit at the coffee gallery -- the smoking jackets with heidi swedberg; and brit rodriguez

  • coffee gallery benefit nov 2 at 3pm (map)
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Heidi Swedberg

Heidi Swedberg

benefit concert for survivor girl ukulele band project at the coffee gallery, 2029 n lake ave, alta dena, ca

november 2, 3 pm

seating is limited!

reservations suggested.

rsvp to


THE SMOKING JACKETS with Heidi Swedberg

Sophisticated, Educated, Medicated.

The Smoking Jackets are a band of virtuoso multi-instrumentalists who bring their brilliance and bon-vivance to the smallest and hippest strings- the ukulele. Daniel Ward, John Bartlit and Craig McClelland team up with actress Heidi Swedberg for some serious music and comedy. Their repitoire includes twisted takes on jazz, classical, avant-guard, flamenco and pop standards. It's a Pink Martini shaken by Victor Borge and served to Dean Martin...with a twist!


and Brit Rodriguez

Brit Rodriguez

Brit Rodriguez

Brit Rodriguez, an emerging singer and songwriter, is known for her soulful, smoky voice that beautifully contrasts with the bright, colorful sound of her ukulele. As a musician, she is renowned for her lyrical content and melodic prowess. As a performer, audiences are captivated by her unique sense of humor and down to Earth personality. Influenced by late fifties R&B and nineties dance music, Brit is a hybrid of the raw, youthful energy of today and the great soul and folk divas of the past.


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benefit for laurie kallevig's survivor girl ukulele band project featuring the tall men group
4:30 AM04:30

benefit for laurie kallevig's survivor girl ukulele band project featuring the tall men group

  • benefit for laurie kalleving and her sgub project (map)
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tall men group

in december of 2011 jimmy yessian invited five prominent los angeles performing songwriters to join him for a monthly gathering sharing food and original music. each writer accepted the invitation and the group began meeting in January 2012. the songs created during these meetings inspired the group to join together as an acoustic touring act, “Tall Men Group." marty axelrod, severin browne, jeff kossack, john stowers, ed tree, and jimmy "muffin" yessian are TMG. in november 2012 they toured the west coast from southern california to portland, oregon and back. the overwhelming audience response and success of that tour prompted the band to release their first album, 12 by 6, which has garnered rave reviews.


also playing:

aireene espiritu, a singer-songwriter based in northern, california, plays mostly original songs accompanied by latin/african rhythms, folk, bluegrass pickings and inspirations from gospel music - a mix of stompin', swayin', and timeless americana. her new cd, put back charlie, is awe-inspiring!

bliss bowen, a sierra madre local, is a soulful americana artist who has been likened to patty griffin, norah jones and nancy wilson. well known in la's americana-roots community, she is currently working on her album ghost trees and is happy to support the survivor girl cause.

kendall forrey is a singer-songwriter and producer who lives in sierra madre. his song, the narrow road, was featured in the documentary crime after crime, which played at the sundance film festival.

lorin hart, who has been a great friend and supporter of sgub project, is a very gifted la-based blues, gospel, folk and pop singer-songwriter with a beautiful, soulful voice. she is also very close to completing her second cd!

john o’kennedy, who four years ago came up with the brilliant idea to do a benefit concert for me and my work in india, is a multi-instrumentalist who does sessions work all over la. john is returning to bethany and brining amazing artists, including john cartwright, who played the upright bass with harry belafonte for 35 years, and mb gordy, who has played with the likes of the doobie brothers, josh groben, and rita coolidge. as always, john has a sensational surprise with guest artists which will undoubtedly leave us breathless.

tim tedrow started out as a poet that evolved into songwriting when he picked up a guitar and soon after a mandolin. with beautiful and joyful music, he has performed in numerous venues and concert halls throughout california.

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