October 2011 So California Ukulele Events
Aloha and Greetings to EVERYONE, hope you've been having a great year!
Check out the concerts, festivals and other events below and mark your calendar with everything that appeals to you!
I want to point out a very special event happening on Saturday October 15th - Artists from the Pacific Atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu will be putting on a rare performance at UCLA's Royce Hall. Presented in the most distinguished universities and theaters in the country, Water is Rising will present the most exciting music and dance traditions of the Pacific while at the same time illuminating the plight of Pacific Islanders.
Saturday, October 1st, 2011 10:00am - 8:00pm
California Ukulele Festival
241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Admission free to performances
At the Muzeo Plaza in the city of Anaheim. This year, we have taken a "back to the People, or Uke players approach". Our workshops will be conducted from 10am to 6pm and there will be performances on the main stage all day long by the big Ukulele Clubs, and simultaneous performances by the small Ukulele groups on our Kani Ka Pila Stage. Our artisans, craftspeople, boutique and food vendors will be open from 10am to 9pm on our very chic Boutique Lane. There will be more than ample public parking at the venue. Come and join us for a wonderful day of good music and each other's company. I'm looking forward to seeing all of you, and once again, Mahalo Nui Loa for your support and aloha.
Ukulele Club Performances: 10:00am-6:30pm
Performances MC Kamaka Brown, Moana and others
Polynesian Dance Finale: 7:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday, October 1, 2011 5:00-9:00 pm
Bill Tapia, Live at the Warner Grand Theatre CD Release Party
Paniolo Productions World Headquarters
3552 Kelton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034
CLICK HERE to RSVP on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183550601713818 or email RSVP to: email@example.com
Event is free to the public - Food and drink items are appreciated - Friends and folks of all ages are welcome!
Saturday - OCTOBER 1, 2011 3:00PM and 8:00PM
Ledward Kaapana will be joined by Hawaiian music legends Dennis Kamakahi – Hawaii’s most prolific song writer, Nathan Aweau – 16 year bassist with Don Ho and long time HAPA vocalist and Hawaii’s finest 12 string guitarist Mike Kaawa.
RUTH B. SHANNON CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS AT WHITTIER COLLEGE
For tickets contact: <http://www.shannoncenter.org/>http://www.shannoncenter.org/
Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 8:00pm
AlohaFest! Featuring Amy Hanaiali’i!!
“HAWAIIAN JAZZ” DEBUTS UNDER THE HOLLYWOOD STARS OCTOBER 2
“AlohaFest! Features Amy Hanaiali’i”
Music and dance from paradise will bring the Aloha Spirit to Tinseltown as Hawaii’s premiere vocalist, Amy Hanaiali’i makes her entrancing “AlohaFest” Ford debut at the historic Ford Amphitheatre on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 8:00pm. Singer/songwriter Tini Grey and the dancers of Ke Po’okela Cultural Foundation round out the AlohaFest experience.
The multi- Grammy nominated and multi-Hoku Hano Hano awarded Hanaiali’i has been dazzling audiences around the world with her mesmerizing voice.
“AlohFest!” will also introduce the audience to the acoustic style of singer/songwriter Tini Grey. As a young Pacific Islander, Grey spent many years honing his musical skills in Hawaii playing and singing traditional and contemporary Island music.
To make the evening’s concert even more enjoyable, Ke Po’okela Cultural Foundation share their Aloha through traditional and contemporary Hawaiian dance. Founded by Kumu Hula Rolanda Reese, KPCF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation and preservation of the Hawaiian culture through formal education in the study of traditional Hawaiian dance, music, language, values and traditions, history, arts and crafts. They bring visibility to the Hawaiian culture by providing seminars, workshops and concerts, sponsoring other Pacific Islander cultural events and by participating in community events.
As a special pre-show component, PAE Live! will be introducing the champion of the first ever Pacific Island Talent Competition. The winner, who was selected in early September, will have the opportunity to present a debut performance to the Ford audience.
Go www.FordTheatres.org The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA. 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl
PAE Live! presents
“AlohaFest! An Evening with Amy Hanaiali’i”
With Special Guests Tini Grey & Ke Po’okela Cultural Foundation
Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 8:00pm
The John Anson Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA. 90068
Box Office: 323-461-3673
You can hear my ukulele spotlight presentation of Amy Hanaiali'i here: http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/mp3/kpfk_110929_111530ukulele.MP3
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8TH, 10:00AM- 2:30 PM
UKULELE SATURDAY Ukulele Bartt Warburton presents this half-day mega-workout at the Coffee Gallery in Altadena. TWO different workshops, a big jam, a concert, and FREE AQUILA STRINGS for everyone who signs up in advance via PayPal. Bartt will give out a gorgeous Mid-East baroque-style ukulele, an Ohana ukulele, free tuners, gig bags and goodies, plus Bartt's new instructional booklet full of FREE song charts and lessons. ALL of this for just $29.99. And that includes the free Aquila Nylgut strings, too! Details and Sign-ups at http://bartt.net/Page-Saturday
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 North Lake Avenue
Altadena, CA 9100 (626) 398-7917
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
World Festival of Sacred Music Gala Concert: Water Is Rising
Music and Dance amid Climate Change
Artists from the Pacific Atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu
Performance and purpose collide in this powerful American stage premiere that illuminates the plight of the Pacific Islands. Scientists report the vulnerable coral atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu are already experiencing rising sea levels as a result of global warming and climate change. Thirty-six dancers and musicians express their deep connection to nature and their ancestral past through multi-part harmonies, poetry, and gracious movement cascading over dynamic rhythms inspiring us all to be better stewards of our shared planet. Water is Rising harnesses the power of performance art in an impassioned plea for global awareness and environmental change.
A project of the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance in collaboration with Foundation for World Arts, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and EarthWays Foundation.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture and the National Dance Project (NDP) of the New England Foundation for the Arts. NDP is supported be lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the Metlife Foundation, and Boeing Company Charitable Trust.
Additional support by His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for the Western United States; Cultures of Resistance Network; and Lekha Singh.
Royce Hall at UCLA
340 Royce Dr.
Los Angeles 90095
October events at Hulaville Cafe:
oct 1 saturday Duo Tones in Concert 8-10pm $6 call 949 369 1905 for reservations
oct 2 sunday ukulele night 5-8
oct 6 thursday open mic night 6-8
oct 7 friday steel guitar jam session 6-8 pm
oct 8 saturday Uncle Henry Kamae Ukulele Concert 8-10 pm $6 call 949 369 1905 for reservations
oct 9 sunday ukulele night 5-8
oct 9 sunday 10-1130 am special Slack key Concert with Na-Hoku Award Winner John Keawe
$23.00 per person, Ala Carte brunch served 9:00-11:00 call 949 369 1905 for reservations
oct 13 thursday open mic night 6-8
oct 16 sunday ukulele night 5-8
oct 20 thursday open mic night 6-8
oct 22 saturday Auntie Geri & Mehana Hawaiian Concert 8-10pm $6 call 949 369 1905 for reservations
oct 23 sunday ukulele night 5-8
oct 27 thursday open mic night 6-8
oct 30 sunday ukulele night 5-8
2720 Camino Capistrano
San Clemente, CA 92672
Center for Inspirational Living
Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach, California
More Info: http://www.myspace.com/makenamusic
Uncle Pete Naluai leads kanikapila music every Sunday morning at Bob's Okazuya.
10am - 4pm
16814 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA
Come hear beautiful ki ho'alu performances by members of Southern California Slack Key Society on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.
Kaisen Sushi Restaurant
1906 Oceanside Blvd. #H
Oceanside, CA - Phone: (760) 757-1484
P.S. Hiki i na mea hula ke hula ma 'o!
Ki Ho'alu Tuesdays
Hear beautiful ki ho'alu performances by members of Southern California Slack Key Society on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m.
Kaisen Sushi Restaurant
1906 Oceanside Blvd. #H
Oceanside, CA - Phone: (760) 757-1484! P.S. Hiki i na mea hula ke hula ma 'o!
Uncle Henry Kalana Kamae
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Uncle henry and pals play most every Friday night at Bob's Okazuya. Call ahead to be sure he is in.
16814 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA
Fridays 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Island Breeze is a talented trio of musicians who play contemporary Hawaiian music. In addition to accompanying the Lokelani's dancers, the band is available to provide entertainment for special events. Roy Asuega leads the group, singing, drumming, and playing guitar. Ron Reyes and Mata Grey play ukulele and bass while providing background vocals. Info: http://www.lokelanisroti.com/islandbreeze/
2332 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA
Ukulele Clubs (Over 17 clubs and counting!)
Every Monday at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
The Hemet Ukulele Club
New members are welcome. Bring your uke, banjo or guitar. Meetings are free.
Meets at The Simpson Center, 305 E. Devonshire Ave., Hemet, CA
Every Monday at 1:00 PM
"Oasis Senior Center Strummers"
Please note: The Oasis Senior Center has been remodeled and we are now meeting back there.
OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar, CA 92625
We meet every Monday and start around 12:45PM and go to around 2:30PM
Everyone welcome- we are not a teaching group, we just play music everyone knows
Attendance is usually between fifty and ninety,plenty of parking and a large remodeled auditorium
2nd & 4th fourth Monday evenings 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The SLO Strummers of the Ukulele Society of the Central Coast. All levels of strummers are welcome!!
Meets at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo
1010 Broad St. (creekside door). For more information, call Carol at: (805)473-3457
2nd & 4th MONDAY of each month, 1 to 3 P.M.
TEMECULA VALLEY UKULELE STRUMMERS
Open to all, age 50 and over, who play or would like to learn to play ukulele
Membership is free - Beginners welcome
MURRIETA SENIOR CENTER
41717 Juniper Street
Murrieta, California 92562
Visit our website at: http://mysite.verizon.net/realgeorge/temeculavalleyukulelestrummers.htm
A San Diego Chapter of the Ukulele Society of America just started on mondays at Old Tyme Music in San Diego. Check out their calendar:
Tuesday mornings 9am to 11am
The Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers (around 50 to 70 Ukulele players) meet every Tuesday morning.
For more information call 909 796-8934. All levels are welcome!
Loma Linda Senior Center, 25571 Barton Road, Loma Linda, CA 92354 (corner of Loma Linda Drive and Barton Road - behind the fire station and the library)
Every Tuesday Night 7 - 9 PM
KOLOHE 'UKULELE CLUB
Formed in 2000 & meets for practice at "ISLAND BAZAAR" in Surf City U.S.A. every Tues Night of the month @ 7:pm. We play Hawaiian & Hapa Haole music and invites ALL levels of 'UKULELE PLAYERS to jam with us Island Style till 9:pm.
KOLOHE has performed at numerous festivals, & other functions. Remembah; "Mo 'Ukulele, Mo Beddah" .. Mahalo Nui Loa & A Hui Hou
DOUG RAMSAY, IS MANAGER/DIRECTOR AND BOBBY TOMEI IS THE COORDINATOR AND PA-ANI MAN.
Island Bazaar, 16582 Gothard St. "R", Huntington Beach, CA. 92647- 714-843-9350. www.Ukuleleparadise.com
Every Wednesday morning
PINEAPPLE JAM UKULELE CLUB
Beginning class meets from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15:a.m.-Jim Grundy
Full Club meets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.-Glenn Clement
The Pineapple Jam Ukulele Club, has been meeting in Yucaipa since April 2006.
It is composed of players of all ages with various ability levels, that enjoy singing. New members are welcome to join us whatever their ability level.
Scherer Community Center
12202 First Street (at B Ave) Yucaipa Ca 92399
Phone: 909 797-1177 or 760-326-9230
Pineapple Jam Director Glenn Clement 951-836-8393
Every Wednesday 6 - 9 PM
Moonlight Beach Uke Strummers
A group of about 50 to 75 ukulele strummers (over 200 members on website) in Encinitas, North of San Diego.
BRING YOUR UKES AND JOIN US FOR A FUN TIME.
Members from our group are from many Hawaiian High schools like Kamehameha, Punahou, StLouis, McKinley, AIEA, DAMIEN, MARYKNOLL, ROOSEVELT, FARRINGTON, CASTLE, KAILUA.
Today's Pizza, 481 SANTA FE DR., at the intersection of Hwy 5 and Santa Fe Dr. at the Vons Rite-Aid shopping center in Encinitas.
Wednesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ventura Ukulele Jam
The Ventura Chapter of the Ukulele Society of America hosts its weekly ukulele jam at Java Joe's Coffee House in the Century 16 Center on Johnson Drive in Ventura, CA. Alan Ferentz is the Alaka'i (Conductor). >From Alan -- "Please join us for our ukulele circle sing-along."
Java Joe's @ Century 16 Center, 2950 Johnson Drive, Ventura, CA
Every 1st and 3rd Wed. of the month from 5:30 to 7:30PM
The WINDanSEA Ukulele Strummerrs
meet for fun and the joy of the ukulele.
Everything is free. I even pass out the music for free. We invite all levels of skill.
We are in Pacific Beach. Across the street is La Jolla.
We meet at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at 853 Torquiise Street.
First and Third Wednesday until Friday December 31, 2010
WindNSea Ukulele Orchestra
Wednesday July 7, 2010
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, La Jolla, CA
Street: 853 Turquoise St.
City State Zip: San Diego/CA/92109
Fred Thompson leads this growing group that meets (now) twice a month (1st and 3rd Wednesdays) in La Jolla. It is a part of the WindNSea Surf Club, there are about 40 members. Everything is still free!
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall is about 100 yards east of the corner of Turquiose and Mission Boulevard where pacific beach becomes La Jolla.
Every Thursday 10:00-12:00 a.m.
Aloha Ukulele Strummers
Bring your Uke and join the fun
All levels are welcome
Call Mike for info: 949-940-6090
Murray Community Center
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, Ca 92692
Thursdays 10 to 11:00 A.M.
The CC Strummers meet at the Culver City Senior Center, 4095 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90232. Must be 50 years or older and members of the Culver City Senior Center ($10 a year). It's all about joy!
Taught by Cali Rose: firstname.lastname@example.org www.calirose.com
Every Thursday from 10:30am to 12 noon
THE ORANGE BLOSSOM UKULELE PLAYERS
The Orange Blossom Ukulele Players meet at the Joslyn Senior Center in Redlands CA.
Our collection of songs covers various styles of music: Tin Pan Alley, Country, Spanish, Easy Listening, Hawaiian, etc...Bring your ukulele and be ready to sing with the Orange Blossoms!! We also welcome banjo, guitar, harmonica and other instrumentalists to join us for the fun. For more information call Cathy Ekaitis - (909) 875-1054
Joslyn Senior Center, 21 Grant Street, Redlands CA.
Thursdays 6:30 PM
'Ukulele Jam' 40 to 50 ukulele players come and strum their hearts out.
We also feature 2 or 3 soloists per session.
Lots of fun. We ask a small donation, but just walk past the "collector" if there is a problem or objection to a donation.
We love and wish to include all ukulele players who wish to come.
Standard American Songs Repetoire...20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, and so on. Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, and a large selection of tunes.
ISLAND BAZAAR, 16582 Gothard St. #R, Huntington Beach, Ca. 92647
Thursdays 6 - 9 pm
Ukulele Society of America (USA)
The group of over 60 ukulele players regularly meets on Thursday evenings in Carlsbad, CA (North San Diego County and South Orange County) to play ukulele, sing, and hula. Conducted by professional entertainer Pat 'Palika' Enos and often aided by the 103 year old, Duke of Uke, Bill Tapia. Guest Conductors also lead the group in song, a Kokua Team to help newcomers jam along on their first night, and an Open Mike to encourage advancing members to showcase their stuff. Our goals are to become a fun learning center for aspiring group leaders to learn from the pros and then move on to start and nurture their own groups across the country and to train our group members to lead small groups in outreach performances to the community (Children's hospital and Senior Centers).
All levels of ukulele players welcome.
Group website http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Ukulele_Society_of_America/ (ask Captain Mike to join.)
Ocean House of Carlsbad Village (Palm Room)
300 Carlsbad Village Drive, west of the I-5 Carlsbad Village Drive exit, at the intersection with Pacific Coast Highway.
First and Third Thursdays 7:15 - 9:30 PM:
The Jumpin Flea Circus Players Players Of Los Angeles
It's large, eclectic membership gathers twice a month in Sherman Oaks for ukulele fun and fellowship.
The Jumpin Fleas play unique and original arrangements from every time and place, though there's a fondness for tin pan alley, jazz standards, comedy and folk songs. Led by professor of uke Clay Allen, the first hour of the fleas meeting in dedicated to improving the musicianship of the players. The second hour reviews the club's favorite songs of the day. Come join us, won't you? You won't regret it!
Info:http://thejumpinfleacircusplayersla.blogspot.com/ or email email@example.com
Church of the Chimes, 14115 Magnolia Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Every Friday from 10:30am to 12 noon
THE RIO-ALTAS UKULELE CLUB
The Rio-Altas gather at the Rialto Senior Center at 1411 S. Riverside Ave. Rialto, CA.
Our song book contains many styles of music: Tin Pan Alley, Easy Listening, Hawaiian, Spanish, Country etc... Bring your ukulele and be ready to sing with the Rio-Altas!! We also welcome banjo, guitar, harmonica and other instrumentalist to join us for a good time.
For more information call Cathy Ekaitis - (909) 875-1054
Rialto Senior Center,1411 S. Riverside Ave.,Rialto, CA.
Friday mornings 10:30 am
SURF CITY STRUMMERS- meet at Island Bazaar every Friday morning at 10:30am. We play standards of all eras and have opportunities to solo, also. About 40 players show up each week to start the weekend right. Please join us. $5.00 donation requested, but not mandatory. If you're visiting the Southland from out of the area, please come!
Island Bazaar, 16582 Gothard St. "R", Huntington Beach, CA. 92647- 714-843-9350. Ukuleleparadise.com
Saturdays 9:30 am - 11:00 am
The Southbay Strummers
Ukulele strummers of all ages and from all walks of life meet at the
Bartlett Senior Citizens Center, 1318 Cravens Ave., Torrance, California
Saturdays 1 - 2:30pm
Santa Barbara Ukulele/singing group meets every
Saturday at the at the harbor, in front of the Maritime museum.
Call ahead to make sure they are meeting: Paul Halula at 882-2495
2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month 10 am to 12:30 pm
The Pluckin' Strummers - Los Angeles Ukulele Club
Christ Church Griffith Park in Atwater Village
Our goal is to have fun, share our love of music and grow our skills. The Pluckin'
Strummers is a welcome place for players of all skill levels.
Beginners arrive 15 minutes early for some extra attention.
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
website - http://pluckinstrummers.wordpress.com
Christ Church Griffith Park in Atwater Village
3852 Edenhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Sundays 5 PM to 7 PM
Ukulele Sundays in San Clemente
Hulaville Cafe 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, California 92672
Sundays 5 - 8 pm
Monterey's Ukulele Club
725 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, CA. Info: Steve Brooks (831) 624-7022
First Sunday Of Each Month 1-3 pm
Riverside Ukulele Liberation Ensemble.
RULE meets the first Sunday of each month at the Back to the Grind Coffeehouse on University Avenue in Riverside, CA, from 1 - 3. For more information people can contact Jeff Odien at 951-505-9508 or at JeffOdi@msn.com or Bill Odien at ODIENIENN@aol.com
Every second and fourth Sunday, noon to two.
The Canogahana Players
Get together at Guitar Merchant, 7503 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park.
We are a beginner/intermediate group.
Run by Harold Osmer
Every third Sunday 3:30-5:00pm
Claremont Ukulele Club
The Hip Kitty
501 W First Street
Claremont, CA 91711)