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02-03-2010, 09:04 AM
hi! a uke playing friend of mine will be visiting san diego this month. does any one know of any "uke" happenings in the san diego area in the month of february?


02-03-2010, 09:21 AM
Why not send ricdoug a PM? Or maybe Nuke Doc? They live there. Surely if something is going on they will know.

02-03-2010, 10:20 AM
Yeah, ricdoug would be a good contact.

There's two regular gigs in North County that come to mind:
Ocean House (http://www.oceanhousecarlsbad.com/)in Carlsbad on Thursday nights, and
Todays Pizza (http://www.todayspizzaandsalad.com/)in Encinitas on Wednesday nights.

Although they aren't San Diego proper, Carlsbad is worth the trip alone.

A couple blocks away is Giacoletti Music (http://www.carlsbadmusic.com/)(aka - Carlsbad Music) which boast that they have the largest collection of ukuleles in the the states (obviously they've never been to Bounty Music (http://www.ukes.com/)in Hawaii).

And, if you're spending anytime at all in that area, please visit Buffalo Brothers (http://www.buffalobrosguitars.com/), also in Carlsbad. They have an AMAZING collect of new, used, and vintage ukuleles!

There was a good thread about San Diego, which doesn't show up in my posts anymore. I'll try to look for it.

02-03-2010, 11:05 AM
February 2010 Southern California Ukulele Events

More great events for fans of the Ukulele and Hawaiiana! A number of the Top Players in the world are coming through So Cal this month.
Check the list for events that appeal to you, find a uke club in your neighborhood, attend a clinic or check out some new uke CD's.

KPFK 90.7 FM (98.7 FM Santa Barbara) and online at http://www.kpfk.org
The latest edition of the "Ukulele Spotlight" radio program visits Rigk Sauer of RISA Ukuleles to talk about the history of the company and get a preview of what's coming up. Plus, check out some photos of the DOZENS of Ukulele exhibits at the recent NAMM show. See and hear it all here: http://archive.kpfk.org/parchive/index.php?shokey=ukulele

Saturday February 6 5pm-8pm
Auntie Geri and Mehana
The Mai Tai Bar
The Pike @ Rainbow Bar
97 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA. 90802

Saturday February 6 8pm
Herb Ohta Jr., Jennifer Perri & Jon Yamasato
An amazing triple bill of award winning Hawaiian music talent.
Ruth B. Shannon Center
6760 Painter Ave
Whittier CA 90608
Phone: (562) 907-4203 (562) 907-4203

Mon, Feb 8th 8:00 PM Doors at 7:00 PM
Jake Shimabukuro and Makana
The amazing Jake plus rising guitar hero Makana
Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858)481-8140 (858)481-8140

Sunday Feb 14th Valentine's Day 11 am to 1 pm
The Sukey Jump Band is in LOVE!
The Mar Vista Farmer's Market
Grand View Blvd at Venice Blvd

Sunday January 14th 5-8pm
Rick Jitchaku Solo Ukulele
Back Home in Lahaina
519 E. Carson St. 90274
(310) 835-4014 (310) 835-4014

Fri Feb 26 7-9pm
Sat Feb 27th 8-10pm
The amazing Ukulele virtuosos James Hill is coming back to Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach.
He'll be doing a uke workshop Friday, 2/26, 7-9PM ($15), and then a full concert Saturday, 2/27, 8-10PM ($20). Get your tix EARLY at (714) 843-9350 (714) 843-9350.
Tickets can be had by calling Island Bazaar at 714 843-9350 714 843-9350.
Island Bazaar
16582 Gothard St., Suite R,
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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Other Items of interest to Ukulele Fans:

"MIGHTY UKE" the new motion picture about the Ukulele revolution
Had it's premiere in Toronto.
The film will have it's Los Angeles premiere, with some very special guests, sometime in February!
I'll pass along the SoCal dates and location as soon as it's announced.
More info here: http://mightyukemovie.com/

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Weekly Events

Every Sunday:
10:00 am
Center for Inspirational Living
Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach, California
More Info: http://www.myspace.com/makenamusic

Every Sunday:
Uncle Pete Naluai leads kanikapila music every Sunday morning at Bob's Okazuya. Also featuring Rick Jitchaku.
10am - 4pm
Bob's Okazuya
16814 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA
(310) 515-2250 (310) 515-2250

Every Tuesday:
Ho'alu Tuesdays
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 (760) 757-1484
P.S. Hiki i na mea hula ke hula ma 'o!

Wednesday's 2/3, 2/10, 2/24 6pm-8pm
Rick Jitchaku Solo Ukulele
Back Home in Lahaina
519 E. Carson St.
Carson, CA. 90745

Thursday's 2/4, 2/18 5pm-8pm
Auntie Geri and Mehana
Bob's Hawaiian Style Restaurant
16814 S. Vermont Ave.
Gardena, CA. 90247

Every Friday:
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.
Bob's Okazuya
16814 S Vermont Ave, Gardena, CA
(310) 515-2250 (310) 515-2250

02-03-2010, 11:07 AM
Fridays 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Island Breeze
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/
Garlic Jo's
2332 West Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA

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Rick Jitchaku - Available for private lessons in home studio, people can e-mail or call rick_jitchaku@hotmail.com (310) 600-7149 (310) 600-7149 Long Beach Area

Saturday, March 13th 3:00 PM
Silly Second Saturday Special Performance:
Heidi Swedberg wants to teach you to PLAY the UKULELE!
This FREE 90 min workshop is open to adults and kids of all ages (7 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Bring your own uke or borrow one of mine- also available for purchase for only $40.
You will learn easy chords which will have you playing songs before you know what hit you. If you have never played an instrument before or you are a virtuoso, the ukulele is a great way to share music with your family.
Heidi loves teaching, music, kids and the ukulele and wants to share her passion with you. She teaches at the famous McCabes Guitar Shop in Santa Monica and her new CD "PLAY!" is uke-centric.
Memorial Branch Los Angeles Public Library
4625 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 938-2732 (323) 938-2732

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Ukulele Clubs (Over 16 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
The Corona Del Mar Ukulele club formerly at the Oasis Senior Center in Corona Del Mar
Everyone is welcome!
Notice: The group has moved to St. Michael's church.
The Oasis senior center is to be razed and rebuilt.
New Address is 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 (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 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 760-835-6891 for more info.
44-600 Monterey Ave. Palm Desert,Ca 92260

Every Tuesday Night 7 - 9 PM
Formed in 2000 & meets for practice at "ISLAND BAZAAR" in Surf City U.S.A. every Tues Night 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 numerous festivals, & other functions. Remembah; "Mo 'Ukulele, Mo Beddah" .. Mahalo Nui Loa & A Hui Hou
For more info email kentinhb@verizon.net
Island Bazaar, 16582 Gothard St. "R", Huntington Beach, CA. 92647- 714-843-9350. www.Ukuleleparadise.com

Every Wednesday morning
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 909 797-1177 or 760-326-9230 760-326-9230
Pineapple Jam Director Glenn Clement 951-836-8393 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.
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.

Every 1st and 3rd Wed. of the month from 5:30 to 7:30PM
The WINDanSEA Ukulele Strummers 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.
We meet at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at 853 Torquiise Street.

Every Thursday from 10:30am to 12 noon
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 (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

02-03-2010, 11:08 AM
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. 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.
Carlsbad CA

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!
Info: http://www.jumpingflea.tumblr.com
Church of the Chimes, 14115 Magnolia Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Every Friday from 10:30am to 12 noon
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 (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
( 310-320-5918 310-320-5918)

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

Sundays 5 - 8 pm
Monterey's Ukulele Club
Gianni's Pizza
725 Lighthouse Ave
Monterey, CA. Info: Steve Brooks (831) 624-7022 (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 951-505-9508 or at JeffOdi@msn.com or Bill Odien at ODIENIENN@aol.com
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Ukulele CD's
A couple of new Ukulele CD's worth checking out:
"Rare Air" Liz & Jim Beloff deliver a charming mix of originals and standards with great vocal harmonies and rhythms, joined by some great musicians, that really delivers. Liz and Jim share the "rare air", an expression of theirs that describes rare beauty and uniqueness.
Hear samples here: http://www.emusic.com/album/Liz-Jim-Beloff-Rare-Air-MP3-Download/11782967.html

"Ukulele Day", "A Celebration Of The Many Voices Of The Ukulele" produced by John McDonald
A great collection of songs from local talent make up this special project. Bill Tapia, John McDonald, Valeie Ford and more make up this uniqe CD.
Also available at:
16582 Gothard St., Suite R,
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

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02-03-2010, 11:22 AM
Don't forget:


Check out February 28th:

Feb 28: MIGHTY UKE Film & James Hill Concert

On February 28, 2010 at 7 PM, enjoy a screening of MIGHTY UKE followed by a performance by top ukulele artist James Hill.

Directors Tony Cole and Margaret Meagher have traveled the world (including the Museum of Making Music) to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the uke to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other!

Tickets are $15, $12 for members. For tickets, please call 760-438-5996 760-438-5996 or purchase tickets online.


Think of a ukulele and you probably imagine grass skirts, slide guitar and kitchy lyrics, but far from being just a Hawaiian novelty instrument, the uke has a rich history and has profoundly affected music around the world.

Originally brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants, the tiny instrument first captured the musical imaginations of the Hawaiian royal court in the 1880’s. With the dawn of the radio broadcasting age, ukulele music owned the airwaves. Broadway produced ukulele musicals. Hollywood produced ukulele movie stars. The little instrument was so inexpensive and easy to play that by the early twenties the uke was the most popular instrument in the American home and the first musical voice for millions of children. Over the next thirty years the uke was number one, and then, with the rise of rock and roll guitar, faded into nerdy obscurity, until now.

In the internet age, the ukulele is making a comeback. Clubs and ensembles are sprouting up around the world, and a new generation is pulling their grandparents’ ukes out of the closet, challenging our images of the humble ukulele. Ukes top the charts in Japan, Swedish punks thrash uke angst, California popsters serve it to ya ukulele style, classical composers carefully pluck out musicbox sonatas, and all of them meet together at the myriad ukulele festivals from New York to London to Tokyo.

This is not a toy!

MIGHTY UKE travels the world to discover why so many people of different nations, cultures, ages and musical tastes are turning to the ukulele to express themselves, connect with the past, and with each other. From the Redwoods of California through the gritty streets of New York, from swinging London through Tokyo’s highrise canyons to Hawaii, ukers tell the story of the people’s instrument: The Mighty Uke.

James Hill

So how does a kid from Canada become what the Honolulu Star-Bulletin calls a “rare peer” of Hawaii’s premier ukulele players? Nearly three thousand miles east of Honolulu is James' hometown of Langley, British Columbia, where ukulele instruction has been mandatory in many schools since the late 1970s and where James was introduced to the ukulele at the age of nine. To his fourth grade classmates, the ukulele was a means to an end, a way for them to dip their toes into the vast ocean of music. For James, the uke was a sea of possibilities unto itself and inside its tiny wooden shell he saw his life in music. He was hooked.

During his teenage years he honed his skills as a key member of the renowned Langley Ukulele Ensemble under the direction of Peter Luongo. In a full-circle plot twist, James - also a passionate teacher - recently co-authored the Ukulele in the Classroom method book series with J. Chalmers Doane, the trail-blazing teacher who pioneered the use of ukuleles in Canadian schools.

These days, James' music is heard frequently on CBC and NPR National radio. He has made TV appearances on The Tony Danza Show, MTV, Urban Rush and Studio 4 with Fanny Keifer, and has shared billing with Jerry Douglas, Robert Cray, Lyle Lovett and countless others.

Since turning heads with his early recordings, concerts tours throughout North America, Europe and Asia have broadened James' musical tastes and horizons. And while the sense of budding world-weariness that pervades True Love Don't Weep might seem contrary to the ukulele's reputation as a pocket-sized ray of sunshine, the album – a snapshot of two artists coming into their own – radiates a deep caring for music and a certain faith in the ukulele as a four-stringed life-raft for uncertain times.

02-03-2010, 11:22 AM
I guess finding something to do won't be a problem. (what an understatement)

02-03-2010, 11:44 AM
Darn, I forgot to add:


Free Ukulele Lesson & Jam Session
every Saturdays from 11:00am-12:30pm
All levels & ages invited!
Come Live Aloha!!! Call for more info. (760) 754 1276

02-03-2010, 12:28 PM
Where in San Diego will your friend be staying? Ric

Another great place:



02-03-2010, 03:24 PM
Oh my goodness, there's a lot going on.

frannydeschanel and I will be performing in San Diego at the beginning of March- there is a slim chance that we may even be there early enough in the week to catch James Hill & A Mighty Uke!

02-03-2010, 04:01 PM
No, I spoke too soon- we arrive but a few hours too late. Hopefully we can make it to something of the other events!

02-03-2010, 08:47 PM
Where and when are you performing? Ric

02-06-2010, 08:11 AM
Hi Ric,

We're performing at Sushi Visual Arts (390 Eleventh Avenue, San Diego) on Saturday, March 6 as part of a group exhibition called "Family Matters". I don't have the time of the performance, but I am planning to post all the details once I do have them on the "regional meet-ups" thread this week. There's a little more information if you scroll down this events page on the Sushi website. (http://sushiart.org/2009-season)