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MARCH 2020 UPDATE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION IN ILLINOIS, WE ARE MEETING 'VIRTUALLY' VIA THE ZOOM APP UNTIL THE 'SHELTER IN PLACE' ORDER IS OVER. CLICK ON THE EVENT PAGE TO SEE DETAILS AND LINKS. MAHALO.

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[Photos from Ukulele Suburbia's 2019 St. Patrick's Day Uke Meetup and 2017 Tiki Terrace Halloween Uke Meetups.]

Aloha Kakou! We are WONDERWALL'S UKULELE MEETUP GROUP (formerly known as Wonderwall's Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group aka The Harrison Street Ukulele Players) and UKULELE SUBURBIA.

We are one of just a couple of Chicagoland area Ukulele groups that play Hawaiian songs, paying homage to Hawai'i, where it came, as well as other genres of music. The Ukulele was adapted and modified by the Hawaiians after the Portuguese came to the islands with their 'machete' and 'braguinha' and made it their own. Today, the Ukulele is globally the most beloved and easiest instrument to play.

Wonderwall's Ukulele Meetup Group meet on the first Tuesday AND 3rd Thursday of each month at Tiki Terrace Hawaiian Restaurant, Des Plaines, 60018. The name of our Meetup group changed in October 2013 due to our new location.

Our 'sister' group, UKULELE SUBURBIA - Ukulele Group of Chicago's South Suburbs meets on the Wednesday, (next day after first Tuesday) from 6 PM - 8 PM....AND 3rd FRIDAYS @ 11:30 AM each month at Wonderwall Music Shoppe in Chicago Heights 60411. MANDATORY RSVP due to Limited Space.

***THIS MEETUP IS MORE CLASS-LIKE but not entirely. All material, use of music stands, bottled water and snacks provided. You're welcomed to bring your own non-alcoholic beverage.

We welcome like-minded folks who Love and Respect the Ukulele, the Hawaiian culture from which it came from, and other other. Open to all levels, ages, though young minors must be accompanied by their parents/guardians.

We play songs of Hawai'i, Beatles, Tin Pan Alley, Country Western, Folk, Pop, Rock, Contemporary, and more! We have easy 2, 3, and 4 chords songs, as well as more challenging songs for more advance players. We mix it up to have a nice variety for all to enjoy!

Our once-a-month meetups are sponsored by WONDERWALL Music Shoppe & Emporium (https://www.facebook.com/pages/WONDERWALL-Music-Shoppe-Emporium/369451369205?directed_target_id=0), created and founded by GiGi Wong-Monaco (Wonderwall's co-owner) in 2008.

Chicago's North Suburbs (Des Plaines): WONDERWALL'S UKULELE MEETUP GROUP

FIRST TUESDAYS & 3RD THURSDAYS 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.

VENUE: THE TIKI TERRACE - HAWAIIAN RESTAURANT & TIKI BAR, Des Plaines.

Donation: $5 per person. Song booklets are distributed. We encourage everyone to order food and/drinks from our host venue who generously accommodates our Uke group.

Limited space. RSVP IS A MUST as we need to know how many song booklets to bring and number of tables Tiki Terrace will need to set up for us.

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wonderwalls-Ukulele-Meetup-Group/64609897319?ref=hl) YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/HarrisonStUkulele)

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Chicago's South Suburbs (Chicago Heights): UKULELE SUBURBIA! Established January 2013. This is the original and official Ukulele Suburbia.

First (or 2nd) WEDNESDAY (day following first Tuesday) AND 3rd Friday of each month unless a holiday, private restaurant booking or illness occurs. Then, we'll meet the following Tuesday. Information will be emailed to Meetup group then.

First (or 2nd) Wednesday 6:00 - 8:00 PM (2 hours)

3rd Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (1 hour, focused session)

VENUE: Wonderwall Music Shoppe - Showroom, Chicago Heights.

FEE: $10 (cash only). Songbooks are distributed. Bottled water for all attendees. This group is more focused, an intimate, class-like group that works on various songs and strums.

JOIN our Meetup Group and receive notices and announcements.

What We Play? Hawaiian. Beatles & post-Beatles. Tin Pan Alley. 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's. Contemporary. Country Western. Folk. Pop. Rock. Show tunes/Musicals. Like WXRT 93.1 FM radio host of "Breakfast With The Beatles" always said, "Bring your Ukulele & Enthusiasm"!

WHO: Open to all levels, all ages. Beginners-novices-pros.

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Founded and led by GiGi Wong-Monaco, Honolulu native; Co-owner of WONDERWALL Music Shoppe; Co-owner of SITAR Emporium (www.sitaremporium.com); co-founder of SANDALWOOD Sitar Music Ensemble.

More info: http://www.sitaremporium.com

Background photo: Ukulele with lei by G. Wong-Monaco, 2012.

Upcoming events (5)

Ukulele Suburbia 3rd Friday Meetup

Wonderwall Music Shoppe - Showroom

Beginning June 2019, Ukulele Suburbia will add another meetup for daytime folks. This will be a 1-hour FOCUSED Meetup much like our Wednesday night group. If we're having too much fun, we may play for a little more than an hour. Focus on learning more Hawaiian songs & pronunciation, strumming, timing, tempo, and if you want to sing, please do. Playing songs from current songbooks. We will always play from our Hawaiian songbooks. Other 'song-of-the-month' songbooks and/or individual handout sheets will only be distributed at the Meetup. Hawaiian songbooks Volumes 1 & 2 are available for download. Print out and bring these to all monthly Meetups. Follow this link: https://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/messages/boards/thread/51085847 SONGBOOK OF THE MONTH: TBA $10 per person (cash only) All material, bottled water, use of music stands and snacks provided. ***Please know. At times, illness or emergencies may occur which may result in cancelling a Meetup. In that case, we'll reconvene the following month.***

Wonderwall's Ukulele Meetup Group (Des Plaines)

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6/24/2020 Update: We don't know when we'll be back to Tiki Terrace. Meanwhile, we'll continue with meeting virtually via ZOOM. WATCH FOR DETAILS. ******************************************************************************* INFORMATION FOR WHEN WE DO MEET IN-PERSON: SONGBOOKS: HAWAIIAN VOL. 1 & 2. DOWNLOAD & PRINT OUT YOUR COPIES: https://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/messages/boards/forum/23923822 SONGBOOK OF THE MONTH: TBA. ***MINIMUM Donation: $5-7 per person. Mahalo.*** The Tiki Terrace - Hawaiian Restaurant & Tiki Bar has a great menu of Hawaiian inspired dishes and amazing tropical drinks! And, if you drink, it's Mai Tai Tuesdays!! Chicagoland's north side Ukulele group in Des Plaines, IL, near Chicago O'Hare Airport! The basis of our ukulele group has always been Hawaiian music and culture. 'The Spirit of Aloha' lives and is within each of us. We share it, with respect towards each other, through the music and camaraderie at our meetups. We play Hawaiian, Beatles, Tin Pan Alley, oldies and some current songs too. All current members, please bring your new and old song booklets. Extra hard copies will be on hand for 'malihinis' (newcomers). We meet once-a-month, on the first Tuesday of each month, at The Tiki Terrace - Hawaiian Restaurant & Tiki Bar in Des Plaines! This is REAL Hawaiian hospitality, atmosphere and food. The PERFECT venue for our Meetups and room to grow even more. Hawaiian attire is perfect here! Our format for the evening: Before 6:30 PM - Sign in/pick up (new) song booklet(s) 6:30 - approximately 7:20 PM - Play Hawaiian songs. (We'll always play from our Hawaiian songbook during first half of evening.) 7:20/7:30 PM - Break for 10-15 minutes 7:35/40 - 8:30 PM - Play from other songbook. Songbook of Month: TBA 8:30 PM - ALWAYS end our night with 'Aloha O'e' Founded in 2008 and led by Honolulu native, GiGi Wong-Monaco, co-owner of Wonderwall Music Shoppe. Formerly known as Wonderwall's Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group aka The Harrison Street Ukulele Players. We're on WGN TV 'Chicago's Very Own', Dec. 19, 2012! http://wgntv.com/2012/12/19/the-celebrated-and-festive-sound-of-ukulele/ Sponsored by Wonderwall Music Shoppe & Emporium and Tiki Terrace Restaurant. http://www.sitaremporium.com http://thetikiterrace.com Background profile photos of vintage Kamaka ukulele from private collection. Photos are copyright by G. Wong-Monaco 2012.

'Sister' group: Ukulele Suburbia - The Ukulele Group of Chicago's South Suburbs!

STAY 'TUNED'. DETAILS TO COME. Ukulele Suburbia is a more class-like but still have lots of fun playing together! We focus on learning more Hawaiian songs & pronunciation, strumming, timing, tempo, and if you want to sing, please do. Playing songs from current songbooks. We will always play from our Hawaiian songbooks. Other 'song-of-the-month' songbooks and/or individual handout sheets will only be distributed at the Meetup. Hawaiian songbooks Volumes 1 & 2 are available for download for registered members. Once your registration is approved you'll receive an email with the link to download. $10 per person (cash only) All material, bottled water, use of music stands and snacks provided. ***Please know. At times, illness or emergencies may occur which may result in cancelling a Meetup. In that case, we'll reconvene the following month.*** Beginning June 2019, Ukulele Suburbia added another meetup for daytime folks. This will be a 1-hour FOCUSED Meetup much like our Wednesday night group. If we're having too much fun, we may play for a little more than an hour. Hawaiian songbooks are available for download under our Message Board: Shared Google Docs. This meetup session is more intimate and focused on learning songs, different strums. We take our time with each song. LIMITED SPACE. MUST RSVP. Fee: $10 per person Bottled water, song booklets and music stands available for everyone. All current members should bring all their old and new song booklets. We meet on the Wednesday, day after first Tuesday of each month, except when a major holiday falls on that Wednesday. (i.e. - New Years, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, etc.) or if personal situation (illness, etc.) arises. Founded in 2013, UKULELE SUBURBIA is the sister and Chicagoland's south suburb Ukulele meetup group. Like our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/UkuleleSuburbia

Ukulele Suburbia 3rd Friday Meetup

Wonderwall Music Shoppe - Showroom

Beginning June 2019, Ukulele Suburbia will add another meetup for daytime folks. This will be a 1-hour FOCUSED Meetup much like our Wednesday night group. If we're having too much fun, we may play for a little more than an hour. Focus on learning more Hawaiian songs & pronunciation, strumming, timing, tempo, and if you want to sing, please do. Playing songs from current songbooks. We will always play from our Hawaiian songbooks. Other 'song-of-the-month' songbooks and/or individual handout sheets will only be distributed at the Meetup. Hawaiian songbooks Volumes 1 & 2 are available for download. Print out and bring these to all monthly Meetups. Follow this link: https://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/messages/boards/thread/51085847 SONGBOOK OF THE MONTH: TBA $10 per person (cash only) All material, bottled water, use of music stands and snacks provided. ***Please know. At times, illness or emergencies may occur which may result in cancelling a Meetup. In that case, we'll reconvene the following month.***

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