What we're about

E komo mai! Come strum, pick and sing along with us every Tuesday night as we play a variety of songs!

We've been together since 2008 and continue to pay homage to Hawaii and her culture, her music. We ALWAYS open our Uke nights with Hawaiian songs for the first half. We take a short break and continue onto the 2nd half of the night with the Songbook of the night, ranging from Beatles, Country/Western, Tin Pan Alley, Special Occasions, Elvis, and more!

Pre-pandemic. We met in-person for monthly and bi-monthly Meetups at our 2 venues: The Tiki Terrace Hawaiian Restaurant & Tiki Bar in Des Plaines, and Wonderwall Music Shoppe & Emporium (our sponsor) in Chicago Heights. It was great fun until March 2020 when everything shut down.

We began meeting virtually, mostly on Zoom in late March 2020, After trial and error, we meet weekly on ZOOM every Tuesday night in 2 Parts, which includes a break in between sessions:

Part 1 - Hawaiian Songs (40 minutes) *** and *** Part 2 - Songbook of the Week

CHECK EVENT LISTINGS FOR MORE INFO.

We play lots of great, fun, classic, forgotten, never-heard of, songs. Many times, we give pointers to how to play certain songs. This is NOT a class but you'll still learn something new.

We're a donation-base group. Your $5 per person contribution is greatly appreciated per Meetup session. Donations goes towards Meetup bi-annual and other fees.

Glad to have you here with us! Mahalo!

(Photo collage of our group through the years, since 2008.)

https://secure.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/2/0/5/a/600_492848282.jpeg

************************************************************************************************************************ OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE: WE'RE STAYING PUT RIGHT HERE!! After much discussion, Clar and I decided to stay with Meetup.com. We'll continue to provide everyone with FUN, WEEKLY, VIRTUAL UKE Meetups via ZOOM and MORE SONGBOOKS in the near future! See you Tuesday nights for STRUM & SINGALONG FUN! And, FRIDAYS are 'HAPPY ALOHA FRIDAY - LEARN A HAWAIIAN SONG DAY!' This is a fee-based, class, not like Tuesdays strum alongs. If you have any question, please contact us at wonderwallemporium@yahoo.com.

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AUGUST 2020 - UPDATE REMINDER: Our Meetup Group will MOVE from Meetup.com. With increased Meetup.com fees over the years and the coronavirus situation, it's become financially difficult to keep this Meetup group going here. The October 2020 Meetups will be our last scheduled sessions on this site. I will CONTINUE on a DIFFERENT PLATFORM. Stay tune for more info in coming weeks.

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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 (4+)

74th Virtual Uke Meetup: Part 1 - Hawaiians Songs Vol. 1-4+

Hau'oli la 'Okakopa (oh-ka-ko-pa) ! Happy October!

6 PM is our Hawaiian Song session. We take a break then come back for Part 2, our 7 PM session. See other Event page for info.

Let's play from all our Hawaiian Songbooks Vols. 1-4 & more! Learn some new 'old' Hawaiian song favorites!

HULA DANCERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!
ALL ARE WELCOME TO LEAD A SONG TOO!

All registered members can download & printout our Hawaiian songbooks. Click here: https://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/messages/boards/thread/52453609

***SONG BOOKS/SHEETS POSTED UP ON ZOOM SCREEN TOO!***

Topic: 74th Virtual Uke Meetup: Part 1 - Hawaiian Songs Vols. 1-4+
Time: Oct 19,[masked]:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

***WHEN YOU RSVP, YOU'LL RECEIVE ACCESS TO ZOOM LINK.***
Ask for Meeting ID & Password.

Mahalo for your $5 DONATION.
Paypal me: https://paypal.me/GCMonaco?locale.x=en_US
***Please SELECT FAMILY OR FRIEND, not service or product.***
Or send check, payable and mailed to:
WONDERWALL Music Shoppe
PO Box 153
Flossmoor, IL 60422

Our sponsor, WONDERWALL Music Shoppe is receiving customers 'BY APPOINTMENT ONLY'. Bldg management requires masks be worn upon entering bldg. Shipping or pick-up services available.

Wonderwall is an authorized dealer of Kamaka, Kala, Eddy Finn, Recording King, Dan Scanlan and other musical instruments and accessories, Contact us if you have any questions.

[Photo of Red Hibiscus from GiGi & Clar's plant. Copyright 2020.]

74th Virtual Uke Meetup: Part 2 - HALLOWEEN SONGS! Vols. 1-2

HAU'OLI HALLOWEEN!! CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN WITH HALLOWEEN SONGS ALL OCTOBER! DRESS IN YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!!

PLAYING FROM OUR HALLOWEEN SONGBOOKS VOLUMES 1 & 2. Registered members can download: https://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/messages/boards/thread/52997011

BONUS HALLOWEEN SONGS:
WITCH DOCTOR, Alvin & The Chipmunks
https://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/messages/boards/thread/53021316

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, The Beatles! https://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/messages/boards/thread/53021937/#[masked]

OUR NEW END-OF-NIGHT MASH UP SONG!
https://www.meetup.com/WonderwallsUkuleleMeetupGroup/messages/boards/thread/53373903

Topic: 74th Virtual Uke Night: HALLOWEEN SONGS! VOLS. 1-2
Time: Oct 19,[masked]:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

***THE ZOOM LINK WILL BE SENT UPON YOUR RSVP.***

Mahalo for your $5 DONATION.
Paypal me: https://paypal.me/GCMonaco?locale.x=en_US (SELECT FAMILY OR FRIEND.)
Or send check, payable and mailed to:
WONDERWALL Music Shoppe
PO Box 153
Flossmoor, IL 60422

Our sponsor, WONDERWALL Music Shoppe is receiving customers 'BY APPOINTMENT ONLY'. Bldg management requires masks be worn upon entering bldg. Shipping or pick-up services available.
Wonderwall is an authorized dealer of Kamaka, Kala, Eddy Finn, Recording King, Dan Scanlan and other musical instruments and accessories, Contact us if you have any questions.

Aloha Friday Hawaiian Song Day: Virtual Uke Lesson with GiGi ($25 fee)

It's the weekly 'Aloha Friday - Learn A Hawaiian Song Day'! This Uke Lesson Session takes place every Friday until further notice.

***This is a private class via Facebook Room, not Facebook 'Live'. You do not need a Facebook account to access FB Room. Link and materials will be sent after payment received. See below on how to register.***

This is a fee based class: $25 per person. 60+ minutes. Sometimes we go over if we're having too much fun.

RSVP here the contact me directly if you have any questions. Email me at: [masked]

Virtual Ukulele Lesson with GiGi.
Currently using Facebook Room. You do not need a FB account for access.

Learn 1-2 Hawaiian songs on Ukulele per session.
Learn how to pronounce Hawaiian words, sing, various basic strum patterns and more.

HOW TO REGISTER:
1) RSVP

2) Payment must be received BEFORE class.

PAYMENT METHODS:
> Paypal (preferred): paypal.me/GCMonaco (Select Personal.)
OR
> Mail check:
G. WONG-MONACO
PO Box 153
Flossmoor IL 60422

3) After payment is received, the Facebook Room Link and materials will be sent to you. So, be sure to provide your email or contact info (i.e. email, FB Messenger).

WHAT YOU GET IN LESSON:
*Material/song sheet(s).
*'Live' One-On-One Session, ask questions. This is NOT a recorded video.
*Dedicated session to learning each Hawaiian song: Line-by-line; pronunciation of Hawaiian words, word-by-word; its meaning; basic strumming technique, some picking and more.

***I do teach privately for individuals. Contact me for more info. ***

About GiGi.
*Honolulu native, born & raised.
*Musician over 20 years.
*Performer/vocals since 2005: Soloist. Duet. Group.
*Ukulele Teacher since 2006 - taught ages 9 months-80+ yrs old.
*Beatles Uke Strum Along leader @ annual Fest For Beatles Fan-Chicago convention since 2015.
*Founder of Wonderwall's Ukulele Meetup Group (2008-present);
Ukulele Suburbia (2013-present); Harrison Street Ukulele Players [masked].)
*Organized 2009 'World Record Attempt For Largest Ukulele Ensemble', Chicago Fest For Beatles Fans.

Aloha Friday Hawaiian Song Day: Virtual Uke Lesson with GiGi ($25 fee)

It's the weekly 'Aloha Friday - Learn A Hawaiian Song Day'! This Uke Lesson Session takes place every Friday until further notice.

***This is a private class via Facebook Room, not Facebook 'Live'. You do not need a Facebook account to access FB Room. Link and materials will be sent after payment received. See below on how to register.***

This is a fee based class: $25 per person. 60+ minutes. Sometimes we go over if we're having too much fun.

RSVP here the contact me directly if you have any questions. Email me at: [masked]

Virtual Ukulele Lesson with GiGi.
Currently using Facebook Room. You do not need a FB account for access.

Learn 1-2 Hawaiian songs on Ukulele per session.
Learn how to pronounce Hawaiian words, sing, various basic strum patterns and more.

HOW TO REGISTER:
1) RSVP

2) Payment must be received BEFORE class.

PAYMENT METHODS:
> Paypal (preferred): paypal.me/GCMonaco (Select Personal.)
OR
> Mail check:
G. WONG-MONACO
PO Box 153
Flossmoor IL 60422

3) After payment is received, the Facebook Room Link and materials will be sent to you. So, be sure to provide your email or contact info (i.e. email, FB Messenger).

WHAT YOU GET IN LESSON:
*Material/song sheet(s).
*'Live' One-On-One Session, ask questions. This is NOT a recorded video.
*Dedicated session to learning each Hawaiian song: Line-by-line; pronunciation of Hawaiian words, word-by-word; its meaning; basic strumming technique, some picking and more.

***I do teach privately for individuals. Contact me for more info. ***

About GiGi.
*Honolulu native, born & raised.
*Musician over 20 years.
*Performer/vocals since 2005: Soloist. Duet. Group.
*Ukulele Teacher since 2006 - taught ages 9 months-80+ yrs old.
*Beatles Uke Strum Along leader @ annual Fest For Beatles Fan-Chicago convention since 2015.
*Founder of Wonderwall's Ukulele Meetup Group (2008-present);
Ukulele Suburbia (2013-present); Harrison Street Ukulele Players [masked].)
*Organized 2009 'World Record Attempt For Largest Ukulele Ensemble', Chicago Fest For Beatles Fans.

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