Today's segment featured an interview and performance by "The Baroqueleles" and a preview of the upcoming Aloha Falsetto Festival
Benjamin May demonstrating the inspiration for classical ukulele
Benjamin & Stacy May, The Baroqueleles
Recent "Ukulele Spotlight" shows can be heard here.
On today's program we heard:
1. Baroqueleles (Bach), “Prelude from the first Cello Suite" Meet the Baroqueleles.
2. “Beautiful Dreamer,” Live
3. Baroqueleles, (Vivaldi), “Double Mandolin Concerto,”
4. Baroqueleles, “Cielito Lindo,” Meet the Baroqueleles.
5. Bill Tapia, “I Want To Learn To Speak Hawaiian,” Livin’ It Live, Spider
6. Genoa Keawe, “Papalina Lahilahi,”
7. Leokane Pryor, “Haleakala Hula,”
8. Richard Ho’opii, “Aloha, Kauai,”
9. Leokane Pryor, “Aloha No o Hana,”
10. Bryan Tolentino, “Analani E" Ka Ukulele Lele
11. Daniel Ho & Herb Ohta Jr. "Expressions" 2 to Three feet 'ukuleles in paradise 3
12. The Ventures, “Walk, Don’t Run.”
Mitch Chang and Jim "Kimo" West speaking on the upcoming
Aloha Falsetto Festival Sat July 18 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
Info and Ticket Ordering here: www.alohafalsettofest.com
KPFK Listeners, enter the code KPFK when ordering Tickets online for a $5 discount! (Valid through June 29th)
July 2009 Southern California Ukulele Events
Friday, June 26, 7PM
Pat Enos and his Smokin' Menehunes will be performing from 7 to 9pm at the Catalina Fish Kitchen on the corner of Garfield and Magnolia in Huntington Beach.
19171 Magnolia St
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Friday, June 26, 2009 - Saturday, June 27, 2009
Del Rey at Island Bazaar with Craig Flory
Del Rey, uke and BLUES specialist will visit Island Bazaar along with her accompanist, Craig Flory for a Friday workshop ($15) and Saturday concert ($20).
In-demand Del Rey is a superb musician and lecturer with five CD's to her credit with such titles as "Hot Sauce" and "When the Levee Breaks." The workshop is called "Blue Uke: An Intro to Fingerpicking Ragtime Blues." Join us for yet another great time at Island Bazaar. Call 714 843-9350 for more info.
16583 Gothard St, Suite R
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Sunday, June 28th 4 - 7 pm
The Smokin' Menehunes will be performing at Buster's Beach House in Long Beach Sunday, June 28th from 4 to 7pm.
168 N Marina Dr Long Beach
Monday, June 29 - 8 - 8:45 p.m.
Los Angeles, CA
- upstairs... $10
Not necessarily a Ukulele event, but may be of interest to fans of Surf Music
Tuesday, July 7. ShowTime: 8:00 P.M Tickets:$18. TUESDAY, July 14. ShowTime: 8:00 P.M. Tickets: $18
SURFIN’ SAFARI....is a faithful recreation of what it would have been like to see The Beach Boys live, in concert, in their prime. This 5 member line up is unrivaled in their sound, presentation, and professionalism. There are NO BACKING TRACKS or extra musicians playing off-stage! SURFIN' SAFARI is as close as you will ever get to seeing the original 5 member line up of the Beach Boys. The incomparable beauty of their vocal harmonies, the crashing back beat of Dennis Wilson's drums, the soaring surf guitar of Carl Wilson, and the genius of Brian Wilson's music is all here. The uniband choreography, the Fender guitar line up, the famous custom striped shirts, right down to the black suede Beach Boy boots, it's all here. SURFIN' SAFARI provides you with a great show, a great time, and fun, fun, fun till our Daddy takes the T-Bird away!
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
1029 N. Lake
Altadena, CA. Phone for Reservations: (626) 398-7917
Wedensday, July 8. ShowTime: 8:00 P.M. Tickets: $15.
UKULELE LOKI'S GADABOUT ORCHESTRA
Aaron Johnson (Aaron "Ukulele Loki" Johnson) Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra is a Denver based 6 piece chamber-pop band that features ukulele, tuba, trombone, clarinet, glockenspiel, drums, and synth. Adjectives used to describe the band include: sepia-chord, indie-pan alley, and melancholy Brechtian carnival rock. The music appeals to fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, The Arcade Fire, Dr. Dog, the Decembrists, Sufjan Stevens, and more. The Gadabout Orchestra is a Denver favorite, having headlined all major venues and supported The Dresden Dolls, Chairlift, Devotchka, and many others. He is considered one of the pioneers of the current ukulele revival, having promoted the instrument since 2000. Loki is looking forward to the opportunity to enhance the show with stories of his sideshow and circus experiences.
Today, Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra plays music-mostly shows focusing on the songwriting and arrangements. A tortured songsmith, a charming host, and a humorist, Loki's riveting on-stage persona conjures comparisons to such disparate performers as Bing Crosby, Charlie Chaplin, David Byrne, Robert Smith, Elvis Costello, and Gordan Gano--think of Loki as a post-punk, death-rock, emo crooner/sad clown with a ukulele. And of course, given his history as a showman, an over-the-top, spectacle-laden show with performance artists is easy to come by, for the proper occasion.
It is safe to say that Ukulele Loki's Gadabout Orchestra is a wholly original experience, and a genre unto itself.
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake
Altadena, CA. Phone for Reservations: (626) 398-7917
July 12th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Back Home at Lahaina
Saturday, July 18, Showtimes: 2:00pm - 9:30pm
2nd Annual Aloha Falsetto Festival
Hawaiian Music and Dance featuring Richard Ho'opi'i, Leokane Pryor, Bryan Tolentino and more.
Hula performances by Kekaiulu Hula Studios, Halau Na Meakanu O Laka O Hawai‘i and Halau Keali’i O Nalani
Free admission to vendors areas
Reserve tickets for the performances online here: http://www.alohafalsettofest.com
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center
1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Redondo Beach, CA
July 25th 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
16814 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA
Saturday July 27th Doors open 3 pm, Luaua Buffer 4 pm, Showtime 5 pm
Kamakani Komohana presents Ho'ike and Ku'au Annual Fundraiser
Island Dancers, Music, Kalua Pig, Vendors featuring the music of Gregg de Castro & The Many Nations Band.
Garden Grove Elks Lodge
11551 Trask Ave.
Garden Grove CA 92843
Wednesday July 22 7:00pm
Hapa/Ledward Kaapana/John Cruz
A triple bill of three of Hawaii's most adventurous and respected musicians. Hapa returns to Humphreys with long time leader/guitar virtuoso Barry Flanagan joined by charismatic bassist/vocalist Nathan Aweau. The power and spirituality of a Hapa performance is matched only by the other special musicians on this show. Contemporary Hawaiian music singer/songwriter John Cruz , will kick off this memorable evening with Slack Key guitar legend Ledward Ka'apana , completing the triple bill. This three-act concert is a true primer on the finer aspects of Hawaiian music and culture.
Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
2241 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA
Parking is available at Humphreys for $10. Free public parking lots are located nearby on Shelter Island.
Valet parking is for the restaurant only.
Center for Inspirational Living
Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach, California
More Info: http://www.myspace.com/makenamusic
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.
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Give us a call at (714) 437-1146 or drop us an email at email@example.com
Riptide in Newport Beach, CA
27741 Crown Valley Pkwy
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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
2332 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA
Other uke news of interest:
Ukuleles to play Beethoven at the "proms"
Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 2:38PM UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - The unlikely sound of ukuleles will take over one of Britain's largest classical musical festivals this summer, with an orchestra of the mini guitars performing Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" in a play-along special.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (UOGB), sporting tuxedos and brandishing "bonsai guitars," will perform on a stage usually reserved for the world's greatest symphony musicians.
They are calling on other 'uke' players to come to the concert and play along in a performance likely to be more reminiscent of George Formby than Beethoven.
The audience can look forward to "an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing (and a bit of whistling)," the UOGB said on its website.
The performance on August 18 will be part of the BBC proms season at the Royal Albert Hall. Music and online lessons for the piece can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/proms/2009/takepart/ukulele/.
Ukulele Clubs (15+ clubs and counting!) There's bound to be one near you...join one today! :-)
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 12:45 - 2:45 PM
The Corona Del Mar Ukulele club formerly at the Oasis Senior Center in Corona Del Mar
Everyone is welcome!
Oasis Senior Center Uke Strummers: info update
(due to a total renovation and rebuild of the senior center on Margarite This will be going on for at least one more year-
we now meet here in the basket ball court, at 12:45PM till around 2:45PM each Monday)
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
Corona del Mar
3233 Pacific View Dr., Corona del Mar, CA, 92625 (949) 644-0463
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 Art Center in San Luis Obispo
1010 Broad St. (creekside door). For more information, call Carol at: (805)473-3457
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 1-3 pm
Palm Desert Ukulele Strummers
Bring your Uke and join the fun. All levels are welcome.
Call Mike @ 760-835-6891 for more info.
44-600 Monterey Ave. Palm Desert,Ca 92260
Every Tuesday Night 7 - 9 PM
KOLOHE 'UKULELE CLUB
KOLOHE 'UKULELE CLUB was formed in 2000 & meets for practice at "ISLAND BAZAAR" in Surf City U.S.A. every TuesNite of the month @ 7:pm. Under our Kumu UNCLE HENRY KAMAE, 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 the Southern California Ukulele Festival, the Tiki Beach Fest in Belmont Shore, the Asian & Pacific Islander Councle Banquets, the San Dimas Ho'Olaule'a, Aloha-Cruz Island Beach Shows, Bob's Ohana Hawaiian Style Resturant, for many'a Lu'au, Halau performances, festivals, & other functions. Remembah; "Mo 'Ukulele, Mo Beddah" ........ Mahalo Nui Loa & A Hui Hou
For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
Island Bazaar, 16582 Gothard St. "R", Huntington Beach, CA. 92647- 714-843-9350. www.Ukuleleparadise.com
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 have some young players, one is 8 and she is a ring terror on the ukulele. The age range is wide and so is the level----who cares, we have a good time.
We are in Pacific Beach. Across the street is La Jolla.
We meet at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at 853 Torquiise Street.
Every 1st and 3rd Wed. of the month.
from 5:30 to 7:30PM
The WINDanSEA Ukulele Strummers / WindNSea Ukulele Orchestra 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 have some young players, one is 8 and she is a ring terror on the ukulele. The age range is wide and so is the level----who cares, we have a good time. Join us!!!!!!!!!
We are in Pacific Beach. Across the street is La Jolla.
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 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 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 and often aided by the 101 year old, Duke of Uke, Bill Tapia. The nightly format includes instructions and sing-along with Pat and Bill, Guest Conductors leading 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. In addition to Pat's ukulele, the lead ensemble includes a stand-up bass player and is sometimes supplemented by slack key guitar. This is a learning and sharing atmosphere where the sound level is soft enough to hear yourself play your ukulele. 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). We are the fastest growing ukulele group (arguably) in the country with over 250 Yahoo! group website members in our first year. All levels of ukulele players welcome. For further information, visit our group website http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/Ukulele_Society_of_America/ and 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.
Alternating 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 songs 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!
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 East Beach Bath House from 1:00 - 2:30pm.
Bring a music stand, ukulele, and a portable chair.
There is street parking on Ninos in front of the Zoo.
Call ahead to make sure they are meeting: Paul Halula at 882-2495
FOR AN EXTENSIVE WORLDWIDE CALENDAR OF HAWAIIAN MUSIC
CONCERTS & EVENTS CHECK OUT THE "HAWAIIAN CONCERT GUIDE"
The Ford Amphitheater is also holding events celebrating Pacific Islander heritage. On August 29th A tribute to Na Ali‘i, featuring the Kilohana Dance Company, Music by Horace Dudoit, Glen Smith and Chris Kamaka. And Aloha Fest will be happening on September 19th at the Ford