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ASTA_Recital American String Teachers’ Association Recital – Sun. 11/12
On November 11, 2017 By admin

Watermelon Music’s Melon Ball is pleased to host ASTA’s Sacramento Chapter Contest Winners’ Recital.

Congratulations to all of the participants who competed at the annual Sacramento Section ASTA solo competition held on Sunday, May 21 at UC Davis. There were five winners and two honorable mentions.  Come hear the winners of the competition performing their pieces live at The Melon Ball beginning at 2:00PM on Sunday, November 12.

Violin:

Amaryn Olmeda (winner, novice division, student of William Barbini)

Erik Yang (winner, junior division, student of Victoria Tognozzi)

Cello:

Benjamin Jiang (winner, novice division, student of Susan Lamb Cook)

Patrick Song (winner, junior division, student of Richard Andaya)

Angelica Rojas (winner, senior division, student of Susan Lamb Cook)

GregKoch Fishman Presents Greg Koch – Friday, Dec. 1 – 8:00PM
On November 10, 2017 By admin

Fishman Presents: Greg Koch Acoustic & Electric Guitar Products Clinic Friday, 12/1/2017 at 8:00PM at Watermelon Music’s The Melon Ball – 1970 Lake Blvd, Davis, CA.

Fishman signature artist and clinician Greg Koch will host a clinic covering Fishman acoustic amplification products and Fluence Multi-Voice pickups for electric guitar. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the Gristleman’s unparalleled guitar playing and unique brand of humor.

WHO IS GREG KOCH? An unsung guitar hero from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he grew up just a few miles from the Waukesha birthplace of the late, great guitarist-inventor Les Paul, Greg Koch has established himself within six-string circles as a masterful technician, accomplished clinician and general bad-ass guit-picker. No less than guitar virtuoso Steve Vai noted Koch’s six-string prowess and promptly signed him to his Favored Nations label in 2001. Tom Wheeler from Guitar Player magazine hailed him as ͞fiendishly talented͟ while other critics have called him everything from ͞a twisted guitar genius to ͞the best kept secret in the guitar firmament

In its 2001 feature story, Guitar Player magazine described Koch’s inherently pyrotechnic approach this way: ͞ An impossible stream of riffs jumps off of Koch’s fretboard like clowns spilling out of a VW bug – and when you’re convinced that there can be no more, out pops another one.͟  Born in Milwaukee in 1966, Koch got his earliest musical influences from his older brother and later became infatuated with Jimi Hendrix, who remains a profound influence to this day. After studying jazz guitar for four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Koch won 1st Prize in the 1989 Bluesbreaker Guitar Showdown judged by legendary bluesman Buddy Guy. Shortly after, he formed Greg Koch and the Tone Controls, which became one of the more popular acts of the region. The band went on to win five Wisconsin Area Music Awards for Blues Artist of the Year (1993, 1995 through 1998), and Koch personally took in seven WAMA awards as Guitarist of the Year. Bringing together world-class chops and a humorous ability to articulate sounds and techniques with a genuine devotion to all things guitar, Koch has developed an exceptionally effective approach to conducting guitar clinics. His relationship with music publishing giant, the Hal Leonard Corporation, has resulted in a string of top-selling guitar method books, including ͞Guitar Clues: Operation Pentatonic,͟͞ Lead Licks,͟͞Rhythm Riffs͟ and Koch’s popular Hal Leonard instructional DVDs – two on the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan (approved by Jimmie Vaughan), one on Lynyrd Skynyrd, another celebrating revered blues stylists like Albert King, Albert Collins, Elmore James and Guitar Slim and one on his own twisted take on guitar called ͞Guitar Gristle– have revolutionized video guitar instruction with a combination of humor, effective instruction and inspiring musical performances into a package that can only be described as ͞edu-tainment.͟

In the self-penned liner notes to his 2001 recording, The Grip, Koch described his guitaristic approach as ͞Chet Hendrix meeting the Kings (BB, Albert and Freddie) at the first annual Zeppelin-Holdsworth Coffee Guzzlers Hoedown.͟  He would subsequently showcase his over-the-top chops and wicked sense of humor on 2003’s Radio Free Gristle, 2004’s 13 x 12, 2005’s 4 Days In the South and 2007’s Live on WMSE, which showcases his fiery fretboard work in the company of bassist Roscoe Beck (longtime sideman to guitarists Robben Ford and Eric Johnson), drummer Tom Brechtlein (a former member of Ford’s Blueline band and a frequent collaborator with Chick Corea) and the charismatic Austin-based soul singer Malford Milligan (formerly the frontman for Storyville and Double Trouble). Last year͛s Nation Sack had Koch teaming with Milligan and his current rhythm tandem of Good and Bennett for a collection of Koch originals (including some co-penned with Milligan) along with a cover of John Lennon’s ͞Jealous Guy.͟Koch continues to channel all the right people on his most recent collection of blues, funk and R&B, including Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Albert Collins, Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan with touches of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Danny Gatton and Richie Blackmore thrown in for good measure. And he filters all those killer infl uences through his own slightly bent prism that is tinted with grunge, gristle and good clean fun.

Andrew Norelli Andrew Norelli -January 13 @ 8pm
On November 7, 2017 By admin

The hilarius Andrew Norelli will take to the Melon Ball stage Jan 13th to bring us an evening of side-hugging laughter! Featured on the Jimmy Kimmel Show, the Letterman Show, Ted Talks, and more, Andrew sports clean comedy with deadly wit. Andrew has been described by Jimmy Kimmel himself as an A++ comedian, and has been praised internationally for his humor.

Get your tickets now! Only $20, available in the watermelon store, online, or at the door!

Jon Hatamiya Jon Hatamiya Jazz Sextet – Dec 16 @ 8pm
On November 5, 2017 By admin

This December The Melon Ball will host rising jazz star Jon Hatamiya!

Jon Hatamiya is one of the most promising trombonists to come out of the Sacramento area and is rapidly making a name for himself on both the New York and California music scenes. He was recognized in the August 1st, 2011 edition of Jet Magazine as the only trombonist on Wynton Marsalis’s list of “Who’s Got Next”, which highlighted the next generation of emerging jazz artists. Jon also received a 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award from ASCAP for his merits as a composer and arranger. Jon has also performed with artists like Wynton Marsalis and the Dave Mathews Band!

Also featuring:
Albert Baliwas – Alto Sax
Colin Cook – Guitar
Paul Cornish – Piano
Logan Kane – Bass
Colin McDaniel – Drums

Tickets are only $20 for general admission or $10 for students with a valid student ID. Available in the store, online, or at the door!

Strings4Food_Blog Annual Strings for Food Event – Sat. Nov. 11 – 10:00AM – 2:00PM
On November 3, 2017 By admin

FREE GUITAR STRINGS??!!??

It’s that time of year again! Bring in two or more non-perishable food items (more is definitely better) on Saturday, November 11 between the hours of 10:00AM and 2:00PM and Watermelon Music and D’Addario Strings will take care of you and your instrument!

Bring your acoustic or electric guitar, electric or acoustic bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele or banjo, and we will restring it with a brand-new set of D’Addario strings, clean and polish it, tune it and send you on your merry way. All food collected will be donated to Davis Community Meals to help feed hungry people this holiday season.

This will be our first Strings for Food event at our new Lake Blvd location. Come on down and help us make it the best one yet.

Fire Relief Fire Relief Show Featuring Yolo Mambo with Marty Cohen & the Sidekicks – Nov 10 @ 7pm
On November 2, 2017 By admin

Tickets: $20 adv/$25 @ door

Local bands Yolo Mambo and Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks will take to The Melon Ball stage on November 10th at 7pm to support victims of California’s latest wildfire disaster in Napa and Sonoma counties. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund and the Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Like many other members of the Davis community, the staff at Watermelon Music and the members of Yolo Mambo have friends and loved ones currently suffering through the fires of the Napa and Sonoma areas. Yolo Mambo, Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks, and The Melon Ball at Watermelon Music have come together to bring the Davis community an event to benefit those in need.

Yolo Mambo have been playing around Northern California for over eight years, from outdoor tent festivals, house concerts, corporate poolside parties, weddings, and wineries, to intimate restaurant dining and rowdy dancing.

The trans-global rhythms of Yolo Mambo will transport you to Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Cape Verde, France, Spain, New Zealand, and the States. Yolo Mambo blends spicy cha-cha, jazz, bossa nova, samba, salsa, and folk with the dynamic vocals of Catherine LeBlanc in languages from all over this Earth.  Catherine has published over 17 original songs, and plays ukelele, plains flute, and percussion.  Completing the instrumental and vocal backing are jazz and world music veterans Carla Campbell on percussion, Phil Summers on Spanish guitar, and Steve O’Neill on string bass.

Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks have established themselves as one of the premier acoustic groups in Northern California.  Their rich vocal harmonies and distinctive arrangements enhance Marty’s award winning songs and the band creates a sound that has been called “an inspired blend of urban folk…with a pop twist” (Sacramento Bee). All longtime Sacramento residents, these talented musicians combine their years of experience to create spirited live performances featuring rich harmonies and inspired arrangements. In 2016, the group celebrated 12 years of performing together as Marty Cohen and the Sidekicks and have played hundreds of shows throughout northern California.

Please join us for this wonderful event on November 10th at 7pm in the Watermelon Music event hall: The Melon Ballroom. Tickets will be $20 in advance(available here or in the Watermelon Music store) and $25 at the door. For those seeking more information about the event, please visit The Melon Ball on Facebook or the Watermelon Music website.

MagicPiano Sarah and the Magic Piano! – Nov. 10th @ 10:30am
On November 1, 2017 By admin

Watermelon Music will be helping to promote a new method of piano education created by Kurt Erickson, a composer-in-residence in San Francisco and Professor of Music at Consumes River College.  Sarah and the Magic Piano, written by Kurt Erickson and illustrated by Mike Biskup, is a music/story book hybrid for piano comprised of songs that serve as the soundtrack to an animated music video. This allows children who are learning the piano to play along with the video as they learn the pieces, encouraging them to be more engaged with both the story and the music.

Please come join us for this unique event! Erickson will be performing pieces from his new book alongside a projection of the animated music video. Admission is free, and Watermelon Music will be selling copies of Sarah and the Magic Piano on site at special introductory pricing!

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November Composers November Composer Birthday Discounts
On November 1, 2017 By admin

During the month of November, Watermelon Music is celebrating the birthdays of:

Aaron Copland: Born Nov 14, 1900
Carl Maria von Weber: Born Nov 18, 1786
Scott Joplin: Born Nov 24, 1868

Mention their birthdays or place an online order, and receive 20% off of any titles by Copland, von Weber or Joplin until the end of November.