Courtesy of Mallory Whiffen
By David Cawthon
If you build it, they will come. That was the mind-set of Alex Mayes and Devin Scott when they founded their Sikeston-based ukulele club in 2014. They weren’t sure who would show up to a ukulele club in southeast Missouri.
Devin found the instrument therapeutic and decided to teach others how to play.
“The ukulele is such a fun, social instrument that I’m playing every day,” he says.
The duo held the first meeting this past summer, and, indeed, the ukulele players came.
“The difference in skill level is really cool because I didn’t realize that there were that many people who knew how to play around here,” Alex says.
Anyone can join the club on the last Tuesday of each month. The evening starts at 6 pm with a tune-up. Then, there’s an hour-long basics course, and the second hour is an open-mic night that ends with a jam.
Grab a ukulele, and join the club at Parengo Coffee at 109 W. Malone Avenue in Sikeston.