Houkulele: Houston's Ukulele Club

Houkulele is Houston’s ukulele club, a vibrant community of players of all ages and skill levels. We represent the culturally diverse Greater Houston Area and have fun encouraging each other to grow musically while connecting with the public through our shared love of the ukulele.

Want to contact us? Join our Facebook group!

 

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 20, 2022

Make Music Houston 2022 at The Ion - Tuesday, June 21st


 Houkulele will be performing at Make Music Houston 2022 at The Ion on Tuesday, June 21st!

 

What's it all about?

In collaboration with Make Music Houston 2022 the Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District presents a free musical celebration of summer solstice in various locations throughout the community, including METRO Rail Stations, The ION, and #midtownpark and #bagbypark. We will have Broadway, jazz, marching bands, salsa, and a Ukulele Band (yep, that's us!). There is something for everyone and it's going to be F U N!

 

Houkulele will go on at 11:30AM and play for close to an hour.

The ion is located at:

4201 Main St

Houston, TX 77002


Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 4, 2022

Galveston Mardi Gras 2022 - Saturday, February 19th

Galveston Mardi Gras - Krewe of Gambrinus
Saturday,  February 19, 2022 - "Flights of Fantasy"

 

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 19th. We suggest the walkers arrive no later than 4:45 pm and find our trailer/pickup. It should be staged somewhere near the Kroger store on Seawall Blvd and 61st street.
  2. The personnel on the trailer who will be plugged into the sound system should plan on being at the trailer by 3:30 pm so we can run a sound check before the bands start to arrive.
  3. You can park at the Galveston Convention Center at 5000 Seawall Blvd 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 backway from  57th. There is a parking pass available (email houkulele@gmail.com to request yours). Put a copy on your dashboard below your windshield. This is needed to enter the parking structure. Please read the instructions on the bottom of the parking pass. Note that parking will be limited.
  4. The parade will finish near the end of the Strand and the Galveston Cruise Terminal.
  5. It will be necessary for everyone to make their own arrangements to get from the parade end back to the Convention Center to pick up their cars after the parade should they choose to park there. There are several suggestions to help with this, but you should be flexible. The Krewe are not running buses back to the Convention Center from the parade end.
  • Coordinate with one of the other Houkuleleans that you know of going to the event and car-pool/park a car in a pay-lot or on the street near the Cruise Terminal. Then park your car at the Convention Center at the parade start and then use the vehicle at the parade end to carpool back to the Convention Center.
  • Uber/Lyft/Taxi from the parade end to get back to the Convention Center.
  • You may be allowed to park a car in the Cruise Ship parking area using the parking pass below (this is where the high-school band buses park to pick up band members after the parade). We will confirm if this is an option.

 

 Housekeeping Items:

  • We will have water and Gatorade in a cooler the truck
  • You should have something to eat before the parade starts
  • There will be beads and leis to pass out to the crowd
  • Please do not bring your instrument rigid cases to the trailer (there is no spare room to store them)
  • Dress appropriately, (theme is “Flights of Fantasy”) it will be cool later-on in the evening, watch the weather reports.

Bring your enthusiasm!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Galveston Mardi Gras 2020 - It's time to practice!

February 15th will be here before you know it! Now's the time to practice the songs we'll be playing during the parade:

Houkulele Mardi Gras 2020
(Version 3)

Want something to play along with? We've got you covered! Here are all eight songs in one convenient MP3:

Mardi Gras "Supercut"
NOTE: There are actually two kazoo breaks during When the Saints Go Marching In, but the audio track only has one.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Galveston Mardi Gras 2020 - Saturday, February 15th

Galveston Mardi Gras - Krewe of Gambrinus
Saturday,  February 15, 2020 - "HAV-AN-A Good Time Tonight"

Houkulele has been asked once again to participate in the Krewe of Gambrinus Mardi Gras Parade. The event is really fun and a rare chance to play for 250,000 people!

The Krewe of Gambrinus is one of the kickoff parades for Galveston Island’s two-week Mardi Gras celebration. The parade starts at the Galveston Seawall at 6 PM and ends about 2-3 hours later at the far west end of ‘The Strand” near the Train Museum. The parade route is a little over 4 miles. This year’s theme is "HAV-AN-A Good Time Tonight,” so we’ll be playing easy, latin/tropical songs. We'll need lots of riders and walkers to pull off a good show!

Want to participate?
Fill out this simple Google form with your contact info.

Ready to start practicing?
Grab the songbook!
Houkulele Mardi Gras 2020
(Version 3)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

100 Ukuleles for 100 Kids - Houston


Please join us Saturday, September 28th, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, to raise money sponsoring the donation of a ukulele to hospitalized children across the nation and right here in Houston at Anderson Fair Listening Room! All proceeds from this event will go toward funding an ukulele, instruction book, and access to the Ukulele Kids' Club learner's app for each child.

In addition to good karma, you will get to experience the musical stylings of Houston's own Rom Ryan (www.moodafaruka.com), The Houkulele Strummers, snack, drink, and potentially win a hand-painted one-of-a-kind ukulele for your own family to enjoy!

The Ukulele Kids' Club (UKC) is a nonprofit organization that provides free instruments and supports music therapy for hospitalized children. The group partners with more than 200 hospitals in the U.S. and worldwide. Enjoy a fun and musical event for the whole family, with proceeds supporting the UKC to give hospitalized kids the gift of music for life.
  • $50 sponsors the cost of 1 ukulele for a hospitalized child
  • $30 sponsors 1/2 the cost of 1 ukulele for a hospitalized child
Make your donation to reserve your concert seat today at:
https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4285782

Want to get involved?  Contact Ashley Herrick Orlando.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Galveston Mardi Gras 2019 - It's time to practice!

February 23rd will be here before you know it! Now's the time to practice the songs we'll be playing during the parade:

Houkulele Mardi Gras 2019
(Version 5)

Want something to play along with? We've got you covered! Here are all ten songs in MP3 format for your listening pleasure:

Prefer all the songs in one file?






Monday, January 7, 2019

Galveston Mardi Gras 2019 - Sign-up!

Planning to join us for the Krewe of Gambrinus Galveston Parade on February 23rd? Great! Here's your chance to sign-up:

2019 Krewe of Gambrinus Galveston Parade Sign-up