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Wednesday, March 2, 2011



For Immediate Release: March 1, 2011

On March 8, Fat Tuesday revelers at the Buckwood Bistro on Route 46 in Delaware, NJ will have a chance to win a ukulele as part of the evening’s festivities. Everyone who brings a can of food or other nonperishable food item to the restaurant will receive a raffle ticket. The food will be distributed by a local food bank. “We are happy to be part of this effort,” says Chef Jean Louis.

The ukulele giveaway is part of Ukuleles for Food, a new effort by Uke Jackson and the Ginseng Roots Band. “I love to give away ukuleles,” says Jackson, a band leader and playwright who is best known locally for his radio broadcasts of ukulele music. Among his past efforts giving away ukuleles was Ukes for Troops, which sent more than 2,000 ukuleles to troops who requested them while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ukulele has long been a favorite among soldiers and sailors in far away conflicts, due to its diminutive size and portability. It was a source of live music for troops serving in the trenches in both world wars. 

“We will be giving away a ukulele at every gig for the foreseeable future,” says Uke Jackson. “We call ourselves a ‘good time music’ band. With times being hard, it’s only right to help the less fortunate while we party. Giving away a ukulele to benefit local food banks makes it fun for everyone, and easy to help out. It’s a no brainer.”

Chef Jean Louis loves the idea of tying the Mardi Gras revels, an annual celebration at the Buckwood Bistro, to the kick off of Ukuleles for Food. “Traditionally, Mardi Gras is the night before Lent begins. We get a great crowd here that night. This year everyone can go home to bed knowing that they benefited the less fortunate.

 Adds Uke Jackson, “And all thanks to the ukulele! How cool is that?

In addition to the ukulele, Jackson will also be giving away a copy of his novel Broadway Vampire and the paperback version the book and lyrics from his cult hit musical comedy Ukulele Land.   

The festivities begin at 7 pm with Uke Jackson and the Ginseng Roots Band playing a selection of New Orleans jazz and other favorites from the American song book until 11 pm. Guests will be festooned with traditional Mardi Gras beads. Dinner reservations are advisable and can be made by calling 908-475-5777. The Buckwood Bistro is located across the street from the Knowlton Township Elementary School on Route 46 in Warren County.

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