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Ohio State ukulele club to strum up Mumford & Sons, Ingrid Michaelson tunes in concert

Courtesy of Michelle Forbes

Music from Mumford & Sons, Ingrid Michaelson and The Beatles will play a prominent role in an all-ukulele concert this Friday, with proceeds benefitting charity. 

Ohio State’s Ukulele Club is set to present its spring concert at 7 p.m. in the Ohio Union’s U.S. Bank Conference Theater. 

Michelle Forbes, communications director for the Ukulele Club and a third-year in anthropology and economics, said the concert will show what the club has been working on this semester.

“We actually have a concert towards the end of every semester,” Forbes said. “We started doing them because a lot of people wonder what our club is all about and what we do together. It’s also a super fun way to show how much we’ve grown and improved in our ukulele abilities.”

In addition to being a demonstration of the Ukulele Club’s talents, the concert will also serve as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

“The concert will be free, but we will also be selling T-shirts, buttons and other merchandise,” Forbes said. “All proceeds will be going to charity.”

Michelle Meek, the Ukulele Club’s advertising director and a second-year in Spanish and linguistics, said attendees of the concert can expect to have a lot of fun.

“That’s what the Ukulele Club is all about,” she said. “We’ll be playing a variety of songs.” 

Meek said the group’s songs come from popular artists like Mumford & Sons, OK Go, Ingrid Michaelson, The Beatles and more.

“We’re playing a ton of really fun songs, both new and old,” she said. “We have a lot of small groups and a few soloists, so we have a wide variety.”

To advertise the concert, Meek said the club has made a Facebook event, passed out fliers and spread information via word-of-mouth.

Stef Dever, a first-year in design, said she plans on attending the concert.

“I like live music, and this is definitely something unique,” Dever said. “I’ve never had the opportunity to hear an all-ukulele concert before.”

Meek said the audience always makes the concerts great.

“We always ask for audience participation, so it’s really fun to see everyone singing along and clapping,” she said. “It makes the event so much better.”

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