Houkulele: The Houston Ukulele Social Club

Houkulele is a growing, active bunch of players. Our membership welcomes players of any age or experience level.

If you live in the Houston, Texas area you are encouraged to join us even if you’ve yet to learn a single chord - we’re here to help one another grow as both players and enthusiasts. We strive to be welcoming, friendly and fun!

Our primary web presence and communication hub can be found on Facebook.


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Galveston Mardi Gras 2017 - Update 3

Ladies and Gentlemen,

1) The long range weather forecast calls for mild temperatures and mostly fair skies on our parade date. It looks like a very nice evening for a stroll through beautiful Galveston!

2) Our group will be located in the Party Zone near the Kroger food tent, which is near the front of the parade

3) Krewe buses from the Moody Gardens Convention Center to the parade site will cycle between 2:45 and 4 pm

4) Muster at the parade route for bands and performing groups is 4:30 pm

5) Parade starts at 6:00 pm

6) Our truck and trailer will be pre-spotted along the parade route about 12:00 pm, Anyone that can come and help with putting on the delicate decorations would be most welcome.

7) Anyone that can come and help with pre-parade setup on Thursday afternoon or Friday should let us know when signing up or contact Dave Skodack on the Facebook group.

Looking for the music we'll be playing? Here you go!

See you Saturday!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Galveston Mardi Gras 2017 - Parade Maps and Locations

Dave has created a set of maps covering the parade route and the other locations mentioned in earlier posts.  You can snag a copy of it here.

Looking for all the posts related to this year's Mardi Gras?  Here you go!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Galveston Mardi Gras 2017 - Sign-up!

Planning to join us for the Krewe of Gambrinus Galveston Parade on February 18th? Great! Here's your chance to sign-up:
2017 Krewe of Gambrinus Galveston Parade Sign-up

UPDATE: Sign-up is closed.  Still want to join us?  Come on down!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Galveston Mardi Gras 2017 - Times, Bus Transport, and More!

All Ya All,

I talked with the Krewe this afternoon and here is the latest you should be aware of:

  1. Parade starts from/near the Galveston Convention Center on Seawall Blvd at 6:00 PM Saturday February 18th.
  2. The Krewe of Gambrinus buses start loading at 3:00 PM to take participants from the Moody Garden Convention Center Parking Garage at 1 Hope Road in Galveston to the “Party Zone” at the parade start.  There are 5 buses and when the last one leaves that will be the end of the Krewe transport from Moody to the Parade start.  It is estimated that the last bus will leave the parking garage at 3:30, they leave as they are filled.
  3. If you miss the Krewe buses come to the Galveston Convention Center on the Seawall and park in their parking structure.  The Seawall will be closed from 61st street East but you can get to the Convention Center by taking off before you get to the Seawall and come in the back way from say 57th.  When you get to the Houkulele Truck/Trailer ask around and get a ride from one of the others that made the Krewe buses from Moody to bring you back to your car at the Convention Center at the parade end.
  4. The parade will end near the Galveston Cruise Terminal and the Krewe buses will be waiting at the Train Museum to take you back to Moody Gardens. It’s a short walk from the Terminal to the Train Museum.

Housekeeping Items:

  • We will have water and Gatorade in a cooler
  • There will be some spare Kazoos at the trailer and beads to pass out to the crowd
  • Please don’t bring your hard cases to the trailer (there is very little spare room)
  • Dress appropriately - it most likely will be cool later on in the evening
  • If you have a uke that is capable of being plugged into an amp, please bring it
Bring your enthusiasm!
- Dave Skodack

PS There will be a PDF fof the parade/parking locations posted soon!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Galveston Mardi Gras 2017 - It's time to practice!

February 18th will be here before you know it! Now's the time to practice the songs we'll be playing during the parade:
Note: Please try and memorize the songs up to the "Extra Songs" page. Everything beyond that may or may not end up getting played during the event...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Galveston Mardi Gras 2017 - Saturday, February 18th

Krewe of Gambrinus Parade
Saturday, February 18, 2016
6:00 PM Seawall Blvd

All Ya All,

We have received our official invitation from the Krewe! The theme this coming year is:

"Legends of Music on Parade"

At least one of the floats has adopted "The Beach Boys" as their focus.

Your "Collective" is accepting nominations for songs to begin practicing. We need at least six, one of course being "As the Saints Go Marching In", which leaves five others. They should be lively, easy to sing, readily identifiable by the crowd, and can be from any Music Legend. Examples: Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again", Elvis's "Hound Dog", John Fogarty's "Bad Moon Rising", Buddy Holly's "That'll be the Day", Chuck Berry's "Johnny Be Good", Elton John's "Crocodile Rock", etc, etc, etc.

Of course we could adopt one Music Legend, learn their songs, and everyone dress up as that or go with varied Artists which would leave everyone to dress up as their favorite...

Let us know your thoughts by joining the discussion on our Facebook group.

More as it develops.
- Dave Skodack

Monday, September 26, 2016

Ukulele Workshop with Mark Baker, Saturday, October 22nd

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, October 22, 2016
Ukulele Workshop with Mark Baker

Workshop starts 4:30 pm
Pot luck dinner at 6:00 pm
Open mic followed by House Concert by Mark 7:00 pm

Place: Kenneth and Nicole's house in the Houston Heights
(address will be sent to participants)

Cost: $20 at the door

Please send a Facebook message to Kenneth Fowler to reserve a place (limited seating)

Workshop description:
Tired of the same old sing and strums on the ukulele? Want to add more COLOR to your playing? Join us for this very interactive workshop. In the workshop, you will learn various techniques, including chord variations, picking and strumming for effect to really add pizazz to your playing.

You will walk away from this workshop with techniques you can immediately implement to increase your pleasure in playing your current repertoire and provide more color for those around you!

Mark Baker will demonstrate techniques then follow with a short concert with original ukulele music from his Album, “And I Ride”.

Here is a link to Mark's web site. You can listen to clips from his CD there: