Today's segment featured great new recordings by some of our favorite Ukulele artists
|Daniel Ho - Polani|| Lil Rev|| Bill Tapia - Livin It Live|
| The Moonlighters - Enchanted|| Jake Shimabukuro - Live|
On today's program we heard:1. Daniel Ho, selections from his CD "Polani"
2. Lil Rev, "Cripple Creek" from "Drop Baby Drop" (Coming Out Soon)
3. Bill Tapia & Lyle Ritz, "The Lady Is A Tramp" from "Livin' It Live"
4. The Moonlighters, "Enchanted" from "Enchanted"
5. Jake Shimabukuro, "Spain" from "Jake Shimabukuro Live"
Recent "Ukulele Spotlight" shows can be heard here.
August 2009 Southern California Ukulele Events
Thursday, July 30 - Sunday, August 2
Tafesilafa’i Pacific Islander Festival The Aquarium of the Pacific welcomes the 13th Annual Tafesilafa’i Pacific Islander Festival
Tafesilafa’i celebrates the art and culture of Southern California's Samoan and Pacific Islander Communities. Enjoy songs, dances, and food of the Samoan Culture for the whole family, and purchase authentic island products.
Thursday, July 30, after the Aquarium closes (6pm), visitors will be treated to authentic island dance performances. Each group will put on authentic island performances in their unique vernacular. This year we are showcasing R&B artists and JAZZ musicians from the community.
Friday, July 31 when the sun begins to set, performers take the stage to share their ideas of what it means to be authentic, cathartic and alive. Your children will have the opportunity, for a small fee, to sleep with the fish in the Aquarium Friday night. Please make sure your child enrolls, as we have a limited number of slots available.
On Saturday, August 1, you will experience island rituals and an“ava” ceremony early morning. Dances, songs, talent exhibitions and games follow.
Sunday, August 2 opens with community centering at 11am followed by spiritual dances, performances, songs and hymns from the community until dark.
Friday Night July 31st 7 - 9 pm
Gospel Music Night - A night of traditional gospel music and fellowship.
Bring your ukulele, guitar or any acoustic stringed instrument and voice.
16583 Gothard St, Suite R
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Saturday August 1 9:45pm
The Ukulady plays in Pershing Square 9:45pm - 11pm for the American Cancer Relay for Life FREE! 5th & Olive
Sunday August 2 11:00 am
The IMUA Outrigger canoe club is holding their annual corporate challenge outrigger canoe regatta.
Ali Lexa's ukulele jazz band "Lexotica" will be providing entertainment along with the Polynesian Paradise Dancers starting at 11:00 am
Outdoor event the IMUA lagoon in Newport, no cover!
IMUA Outrigger canoe Club
1 Whitecliffs Dr, Newport Beach, California, 92660
Thursday, August 6th 8pm
Janet Klein and her Parlour Boys return to their happy home, The Steve Allen Theater
With cartoon history pal, Jerry Beck
With his rare film shorts
And then Jk & the Boys present music!
Steve Allen Theater
4773 Hollywood Blvd
Or visit www.steveallentheater.com/janet
Sunday August 9 6 to 8 PM
Local Blend, Gregg Lumm, Dan Lagronio, Vince Pico, Gary Yano and Pudge Albao.
Back Home in Lahaina Restaurant
519 E. Carson St., Carson, CA
Sunday, August 16th 7:30pm
A Special Variety event
Visit their site for details: http://www.vintagehollywoodprivateclub.com/
Not necessarily a Ukulele event, but may be of interest to fans of Surf Music
Tuesday, August 18. 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
Saturday August 22 10 AM to 1 PM.
Local Blend, Gregg Lumm, Dan Lagronio, Vince Pico, Gary Yano and Pudge Albao.
Bob's Okazuya Hawaiian Style Restaurant
16814 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA
Saturday, August 29th, 2009 8:30PM
Ke Po'okela Cultural Foundation presents NA ALI'I: HAWAIIAN MONARCHY at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre Saturday August, 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm. It is a compelling saga of monarchs from King Kamehameha to Queen Lili'uokalani, expressed through the eloquent language of hula by Kilohana Dance Company and set to live music by renowned Hawaiian Island musicians featuring Horace Dudoit, Glen Smith and Chris Kamaka. Also Kanikapila Friday August 28th at Universal Hilton see their website for details: http://www.kpcf.net/
Other uke news of interest:
Great Article in the LA Times about Ukulele builders
"Ukuleles have gone viral"
YouTube videos, online how-tos and social networking fuel the musical instrument's renewed popularity...
Ukulele Lesson Series coming up in N. San Diego
"PLAYING THE UKULELE THE HAWAIIAN WAY - LEARNING BY EAR"
with Franklin Leong
Schedule of fall classes: (six week sessions)
(for info call - ph 760-795-6820)
MIRA COSTA CARDIFF CAMPUS 6:30 - 8 PM
- beginners - sept 8, 2009
- intermediate - sept 10, 2009
MOTU HAWAII - PACIFIC BEACH -SATURDAYS-START SEPT 12,(6 wks)
(ph 619 - 944-2223 -contact person - babe)
- beginners - 9:30 to 11 am
- advanced - 11:10 to 12:40 pm
CARLSBAD SENIOR CTR - 10 TO 11:30 PM (6 weeks)
( 760- 602-4654 - contact person - valarie)
- beginners 9/11/09 (fridays)
- intermediate 9/8/09 (tuesdays)
Please feel free to call Frank for more information:
ph 760-207-3376. much aloha and mahalo for your support of my ukulele classes, frank leong
The Southern California Ukulele Showcase
Stay tuned for news about this years super ukulele concert event, coming soon!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Ukulele Clubs (15+ clubs and counting!) There's bound to be a club 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 email@example.com
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 on the patio of the Maritime Museum from 1:00 - 2:30pm.
The club has grown to 65 - 80 members strong
Bring a music stand, ukulele, and a portable chair.
Call ahead to make sure they are meeting: Paul Halula at 882-2495
Sundays 5 - 8 pm
Monterey's Ukulele Club
725 Lighthouse Ave
Info: Steve Brooks (831) 624-7022
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