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Harrison Street Ukulele Players

The Harrison Street Ukulele Players is the performing arm of the Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group (http://tinyurl.com/harstukeplay) founded by GiGi Wong-Monaco in 2008. It meets every Thursday evening except holidays from 7:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m at:

Eastgate Cafe
102 Harrison Street
Oak Park, Illinois


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[-] Is this the group that Terri Hemmert talks about?

Yes. Terri mentions the group regularly, especially during her Sunday morning “Breakfast with The Beatles” radio program on WXRT (93.1 FM).

[-] What is a “Meetup Group?”

A Meetup Group is a group of people with a common interest who found each other through the Meetup.com website. The Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group (http://tinyurl.com/harstukeplay) is one such group.

[-] Do I need to be a Meetup.com member?

Strictly speaking, no. However only Meetup.com members who have joined the Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group (http://tinyurl.com/harstukeplay) will receive e-mail notifications of upcoming theme nights or important news, so becoming a Meetup.com member is highly encouraged. Membership in Meetup.com is free.

[-] Do I need to call ahead?

No. Just show up and introduce yourself. The Eastgate Cafe is very small and you won't have an any problem finding the group there.

[-] Do I need a ukulele?

Yes. If you don't own one now, you'll find a nice selection of ukuleles here:

[-] Are beginners allowed?

Absolutely! The Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group is open to everyone, beginners as well as experienced players.

[-] Do I need a songbook?

No. Song-sheet packets are provided. There is a small cover charge donation that defrays the expense of printing them.

By the way, another reason why Meetup.com membership is encouraged is that Meetup.com members are able to RSVP to meetings which helps let the group organizers know how many packets to print.

If you need more information, visit their website or contact GiGi.

For more information, visit their website: http://tinyurl.com/harstukeplayhome

The Harrison Street Ukulele Players and the Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group are sponsored by:

WONDERWALL Music Shoppe & Emporium
325 Harrison Street
Oak Park IL 60304

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22-Dec-2011 Article and Video

Wonderwall's Oak Park Ukulele Meetup Group were joined at their holiday party at the Eastgate Cafe on December 22, 2011, by a reporter and a photographer/cameraman from the Chicago Tribune. That resulted in an article which appeared in print (Section 1, page 2) and online on December 26th, and a video which also appeared online on December 26. Chris is quoted twice in the article and is identified at the beginning of the video.

7-Aug-2011 Video

The Harrison Street Ukulele Players performing in the Battle of the Beatles Bands at the 2011 Fest for Beatles Fans. Chris and Alvin are on the house right, and the camera pans over there twice.

28-Oct-2010 Video

A little video the Oak Park/River Forest Patch made on October 28th, 2010. That's Chris in the cowboy hat.