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May 2012 So California Ukulele Events
Aloha and Greetings to EVERYONE, hope you are having a great Spring!
Check out the concerts, clubs, festivals and other events below and mark your calendar with everything that appeals to you!
NOW ON TO THE EVENTS!
Saturday May 5 10:30- 2pm
NEVER PLAYED UKE? This event is for you!
GUITAR OR UKE EXPERT? This event is for you!
NEED SOME GOOD STRUMS TO JUICE UP YOUR PLAYING? Yep, you too!
The All-You-Can-Play Uke Buffet! $40 for everything!
At McCabes Guitar Store 3101 W Pico Bl 10:30- 2pm
Raffles! Prizes- even a New OHANA Ukulele!
This 3 hour workshop starts HEIDI SWEDBERG teaching the most basic uke skills for ALL AGES and progresses to intermediate.
Then, the third hour turns over to string master DANIEL WARD sharing exotic latin and flamenco crossover techniques.
Come and go as you please for one low price!
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE....
Sunday May 6th 11-noon
Concert at McCabes with the Heidi Swedberg and Sukey Jump Band...and YOU!!!
We play our best and favorite songs and ask you to bring your uke and join us on songs we learned the day before!
Fulfill your fantasy! Play with a band at McCabes!
Come have a ball with your friends and family at this 2 day Hottenanny sponsored by OHANA ukuleles at the World-famous MCCABES!
All the details are here - http://mccabes.com/classuke.html
ALSO Saturday afternoon, May 5 from 10:00 to 3:00.
Ukulele Bartt Warburton presents: Ukuleles Locos - A Cinco de Mayo Ukefest
Celebrate Bartt's birthday at Coffee Gallery
TWO Workshops with Bartt
Concert Performances by: Bartt Warburton, Paul Black of L.A. Guns, Ian Whitcomb, Fred Thompson's San Diego UkeQuartet
Each One-Hour Ukulele workshop: $20
Concert ONLY: $20
EarlyBird Special: Reserve in advance at Bartt.net and get EVERYTHING for $39.
Both workshops and All the Performances for only $39.
Workshop one: 10:15 - 11:15
Workshop two: 11:30 - 12:30
Concert: 1:00 - 3:00
Details and tickets at http://bartt.net/
Do not contact Bob Stane or The Coffee Gallery Backstage reservation line
Tuesday May 8, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Tenth Annual Inland Empire Ukulele Festival
Sponsored by the Loma Linda Ukulele Strummers
“CONRADO EDAYAN” Hawaiian-born Ukulele Performer
Donation $10.00 Lunch break on your own at local restaurants or bring your own lunch and drink.
There will be an Open Mic in the morning and in the afternoon.
Please sign up as you enter.
Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church
22633 Barton Road, Grand Terrace, CA 92313
Off Hiway 215 take Barton Road East 4 blocks, on the right, plenty of parking.
More information call Joan Revel, 909 796-8934. Get your tickets early!
All levels of achievement are welcome.
Wear a lei, bring your ukulele and music stand, and a happy face.
Wednesday May 9,
Herb Ohta Jr.
Ocean House in Carlsbad
300 Carlsbad Village Drive
Doors @ 6pm / Show @7pm
Tickets are$20 in advance $25 at the door
Tickets available at www.meheulamusic.com or call 951-553-8279
Call 760-729-6131 for dinner reservations before the show.
Saturday MAY 12, 2012
Herb Ohta Jr.
16582 Gothard St # R Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Show is From 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Phone: (714) 843-9350
Tickets available online at www.ukuleleparadise.com/
Sunday MAY 13, 2012
Herb Ohta Jr.
Anacapa Ukulele Presents
Zoes Cafe in Ventura
185 E. Santa Clara Street
Ventura, CA 93001
Doors 5:30pm Show at 6:00pm
Tickets are $20
Tickets available at http://zoeyscafe.com/show.cfm?id=75308&cart or call (805) 652-1137
Monday MAY 14, 2012
Herb Ohta Jr.
San Luis Obispo Museum of Art,
1010 Broad Street San Luis Obispo, CA, 93401
Workshop from 6 to 7:30pm Show From 7:45 to 9pm
Tickets are $20 in advance $25 at Door
Buy Tickets at http://www.sblentertainment.com/event/111633/ facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/425427794150235/
Saturday May 19th Sunda May 20th 9:00am-5:00pm PDT
Aloha Expo 2012
The Aloha Expo is a 2-day festival featuring an outdoor cultural marketplace, island cuisine, and continuous Hawaiian/Polynesian music and dance. Admission and parking is FREE! Proudly sponsored by the Kama'āina Club of Orange County (KCOC), a non-profit organization. Aloha Expo is our club's largest fundraiser.
KCOC realizes the importance of providing our keiki and kanaka maoli with a venue to share what they have learned during the year with an appreciative crowd of thousands. The Aloha Expo is for any dancer, musician, spectator, or anyone who has a love for Hawai'i.
For more information, please contact: Alvin Goya at 562.762.6099 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park - Santa Fe Springs, CA
Saturday May 26. 8:00 P.M.
Slack Key Brunch w/ Jim "Kimo" West and friends at Hulaville Island Cafe
An Evening of Hawaiian Slack key Guitar and Hula with Jim “Kimo” West and Special Guests @ The Fret House, Covina CA
Kimo will also be teaching a beginning and intermediate slack key workshop, from 3-5 PM, cost $20
Reservations and info : 626-339-7020 or at www.frethouse.com 309 N. Citrus Ave., Covina, CA 91723
Sunday, May 27, 2012 7:30pm-9:30pm PDT
Aloha Hawaii Live -
Willie K., Nohelani Cypriano, Larry Rivera, Brian Pi'ikea, Sabrina Tahiti, Lafo Fire Knife, 'Ote'a 'Api, & Ho'omana
Marsee Auditorium, El Camino College - Torrance, CA
Other items of interest -
Brian Pi'ikea Vasquez is playing a number of shows throughout Southern California in May.
Check her site for dates and locations! http://brianandrowena.com/home.cfm
Sarah Maisel is playing a number of shows throughout Southern California in May.
Check her site for dates and locations! http://www.sarahmaisel.com/
JAM WITH SAM UKE NIGHT -
Presented by Sam Ash Music (Ontario Mills). FREE EVENT! Come in and play! Join us on Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of Each Month until November 2012, for a Beginners UKE Jam, All skill levels welcome. Bring your UKE or play one of ours! Beginning to advance everyone is invited! 7:00pm - 8:00pm.
Located at Same Ash Ontario Mills 4449 Mills Circle, Ontario, CA. Phone: (909) 484-3550
Sundays until April 29 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Another Day in Paradise
Brian Pi'ikea Vasquez
The Flying Elephant Pub and Grill: 850 Tamarack Ave., Carlsbad, CA
$10 Endless Mimosas $3 Drink Specials 1/2 off All Appetizers
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
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
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 at the original address.
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 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. Director Doug Ramsay, Coordinator Bobby Tomei
For more info email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Island Bazaar, 16582 Gothard St. "R", Huntington Beach, CA. 92647- 714-843-9350. www.Ukuleleparadise.com
Tuesday nights 7:30 - 9 pm
The Westside Ukulele Ensemble.
We only play instrumental stuff.
We start at 7:30. You get to us through the Coffee Connection on Venice and Centinela. In the Palms / Culver City Area
Contact Susanna for info: email@example.com
Wednesdays from 11am - 12:30 PM
Highland Pickers, a new ukulele club, complete with a written constitution, in Highland, CA that meets on Wednesdays from 11am to 12:30pm at the Highland Senior Center, 3102 Highland Ave., Highland, CA 92346 (909) 862-8104. They've had their first program at the Highland Palms Healthcare Center at 7534 Palm Ave., Highland. They are also sponsoring the Thompson Elementary Ukulele Club at a local elementary school. Lots going on and having a good time keeping music in the lives of our community. We've begun planning for future programs including a hoedown, a luau, and pre-school musical events.
For info contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michael Haynes at (909) 957-0571
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 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: email@example.com 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 more than 50 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Every third Sunday 3:30-5:00pm
Claremont Ukulele Club
The Hip Kitty
501 W First Street
Claremont, CA 91711)