Join Us Today! With many different musical genres and formats, you will find hours and hours of strumming opportunities to join in the fun! Make music and new friends ukulele style!

PLEASE NOTE: group meeting times may change due to holidays or special events.


SURF CITY STRUMMERS

Sunday afternoons 2:00-4:00pm

Wind up the weekend the right way…the surf city strum way! We play standards of all eras and have opportunities to solo, also. About 25 players show up each week to end the weekend right. Please join us.

If you’re visiting the Southland from out of the area, please come!
Music…and the best snacks!!!

Your group leader is Shirley Orlando

A $7 fee is requested.


EASY DOZEN

1st & 3rd Monday evenings, 6:30-8:00pm

Just out of our Beginner's Class or self-taught?  Join our fun, all-ages regulars for 90 minutes of popular songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond.

No complex chords or too-fast chord changes.  Strum and sing-along with a group leader.  You'll only need to know a dozen or so simple chords to keep up with everyone else.  We make it easy... all songs include chord charts right on the page!

While it's NOT a class, you'll learn plenty helpful tips to help you strum and sing with the best of them.  Ands, have FUN with your uke!

The group will NOT get harder and harder as time goes by…you never “outgrow” EZ DOZEN. 

Attendees should know IN ADVANCE the following chords:

  • C, C7
  • A, Am, A7
  • F
  • D7, Dm
  • G, G7
  • E7, Em

Say, that’s a DOZEN chords…how about that?!  There are countless great songs that use just these chords…plenty to play and enjoy!!!  We’ll stick to 12 chords!

Your group leader is Ed Fagenson

A $7 fee is requested.


KOLOHE ‘UKULELE CLUB

Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm

Kolohe ‘Ukulele Club invites ALL levels of ‘ukulele players to join us for Hawaiian style music!

KOLOHE ‘UKULELE CLUB was formed in 2000 & meets for practice at “ISLAND BAZAAR” in Surf City U.S.A. every Tuesday Nite of the month at 7:00pm.

KOLOHE has performed at the Southern California Ukulele Festival, the Tiki Beach Fest in Belmont Shore, the Asian & Pacific Islander Council 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.

Ukulele Girl Remembah; “Mo ‘Ukulele, Mo Beddah” .. Mahalo Nui Loa & A Hui Hou

About Kolohe Director Doug Ramsay:
“Rude” Doug Ramsay is the 4th director of Kolohe Ukulele Club. The club was started in 2000, by a small group of enthusiasts of Hawaiian Music, and of the ukulele. Doug’s background consists of mainly vocal music, singing through elementary, Junior High, and High School.

He learned three chords on my Dad’s uke when he was 8 years old, and put it away. In 1998, he bought a ukulele “for his Son”, and found himself playing it more than he did. He began playing with Kolohe Ukulele Club in 2004, then directed by Andrew McLaughlin.

Doug says, “The ukulele has connected me with the most unbelievable people, and has (nearly) cured me of stage fright. I encourage others to push limits, expand abilities, and gain confidence.”

Players of all levels are invited to join us in discovery and enjoyment of Hawaiian Music.

Your group leader is Doug Ramsey

A $7 fee is requested.


BEGINNER & BEYOND BEGINNER CLASSES

Wednesday evenings 6:30-7:30pm

$79 plus materials for a six week class.  Classes are 1 hour each.  Learn 20 chords, 20 songs and have a great time.

Your class instructor is Shirley Orlando


UKULELE JAM

Thursday evenings 6:30-8:30pm

Spreadable, but not edible, Ukulele Jam meets every Thursday night (except for major holidays) at Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach. We play for two hours. Ukulele players of various levels of ability welcome.

25-35 ukulele players come and strum their hearts out every Thursday night. We also feature three or four soloists per session. This group is a real kick in the pants playing music from the 20’s through the 70’s and beyond. Please join Shirley Orlando, and the rest of the Ukulele Jam folks for a great time, and quite possibly a very positive life-changing experience.

Your group leader is Shirley Orlando

A $7 fee is requested.


GOSPEL NIGHT

Last Friday of the month at 6-7:30pm.

Join Leaza & her wonderful stage crew for a sing and strum that will leave you more than a little bit inspired. Last Friday of every month. Do I hear “Amen?” Bring your Uke, your guitar & a music stand.

Your group leader is Leaza Howe

A $7 fee is requested.


GUITAR CIRCLE

1st & 3rd Saturdays Mornings 10:30-12:00 noon

Join guitar enthusiasts in a laid-back morning jam, learning from and serenading each other! Members can contribute songs and add to the repertoire.

Your group leader is Bill Wasserzier

A $7 fee is requested.


STRING THING

2nd & 4th Saturdays Mornings 10:30-12:00 noon

For a virtual potpourri of tunes from country, rock, folk and anything in between. Members share their favorite tunes and work them out together.

For ukuleles players and soft acoustic guitar (No amplified instruments)

We are an equal opportunity musical group. We welcome and enjoy everybody without regard to experience, talent, or singing ability.

Here’s what we do: we sit in a circle. Each person chooses a song and leads it. You may choose a song that’s already in our songbook, but if you wish to bring a new song please make enough copies so everyone can have a sheet! We’re growing, so 25 copies should be enough. New Stringers can share songbooks with the folk who have them. You can buy our songbook for $20.
Please note…from the beginning, Shirley has asked us to use only string instruments (no horns, no percussion except shakers) and to play them unamplified.

Your group leader is Alice Fowlie

A $7 fee is requested.


LAVA LAMP LOUNGE OPEN MIC

First Saturday of the month 6:00-8:00pm (Except Holiday Weekends)

You are invited to Island Bazaar for Open Mic Night on the first Saturday each month. Ukulele players, guitar players, keyboardists, folk singers, rockers, and musicians of all styles and skill levels can showcase their talent. You bring the talent and we provide the stage, mics, and a professional sound tech to make you sound great! The Lava Lamp Lounge at Island Bazaar is an all-ages venue featuring a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Not interested in performing but want to enjoy a night out? Come out to support our performing artists!

6 minute time limit (setup and song)
House band available for backup (bring extra lead sheets)
Coffee and snacks provided.

Your hosts are Rod Brown and Lyndon Johansen

A $7 fee is requested.