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Singer-Songwriter Shootout! – July 28 @7pm
On June 24, 2018 By admin

As the sun sets on a hot summer day, songwriters from across Davis shall gather to test their skills in musical duel. Join us as guest or competitor July 28th for our first in a series of Singer-Songwriter Competitions. Candidates will compete for a Premium D’Addario Acousitc Guitar Bundle, and the top three performers will qualify to move on to the Grand Showdown in January!

Those who wish to compete should contact Wyatt at the Watermelon Music store by phone at 530-758-4010, or by email themelonball@watermelonmusic.com. Get your bid in soon as spots are limited to 25 performers. All songs must adhere to the following rules:

  •  Must be less than 5 minutes in length
  •  Must be a solo performance
  •  Must be original music
  •  Must be “Family Friendly” (No swearin’!)
Tom Peron & Tim Metz Kind of Blue All Stars! – July 21 @7pm
On June 21, 2018 By admin

The iconic Miles Davis album, Kind of Blue, is held aloft as one of the great all-time jazz records. Now you can hear some of the best jazz musicians in the Sacramento area recreate this iconic album right in your backyard at Watermelon Music.

When first released, Kind of Blue pioneered the use of modal harmonies. Miles utilized common practices like 12-bar blues patterns with new spins on melodious improvisation that would set his sound apart from the then popular bebop. Songs like “So What” and “Freddy Freeloader” would leave such an impression on the jazz community that they are still popular repertoire to this day.

Tom Peron and Tim Metz serve as faculty jazz instructors at the University of the Pacific, and have established themselves as long-standing members of the Sacramento area jazz elite.

World class jazz trumpet player Tom Peron (rhymes with heron) delights listeners with his warm, full-bodied tones and flawless articulation. He was inspired and encouraged by his father who played trumpet with the Sacramento Symphony for twenty-five years. Peron has performed throughout northern California for almost forty years. He opened for Stanley Clark and George Duke in Sacramento, performed with pianist Smith Dobson at Garden City in San Jose, has been a featured player at the Cotati, California Jazz Festival, and has played the Great American Music Hall and Kimball’s in San Francisco. He co-led the Peron/Spangler Quartet at the Monterey Jazz Festival, KRML’s Jazz Store in Carmel, Yoshi’s, Pearl’s, Heart & Soul, and the Museum of Modern Art, all in San Francisco, and numerous other venues in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas.

Tim Metz is an academically-trained musician with a true feel for the subtle nuances in rhythm that add texture and musicality to jazz standards and new compositions alike. Graduating from Rio Americano, Metz went on to the prestigious William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where he graduated with a B.A. in Jazz Performance in August 2001. It was at WPU that Metz was able to study and play with some of the leading lights in the international jazz scene, a list of names that include: Rufus Reid, Conrad Herwig, Lynn Seaton, Don Braden, Dr. David Demsey, Steve Wilson, Horacee Arnold, and John Riley. ​Metz returned to his home town of Sacramento in 2001. Metz’s drumming style displays a diverse set of influences, including Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Art Blakey, Max Roach, “Philly” Joe Jones and Jimmy Cobb. It is in the subtle combination of these influences that Metz’s style is truly brought forth: a drummer that approaches his instrument with a sense of musicality that is fresh, interesting, and exciting. The Sacramento News & Review calls Metz’s drumming “astonishing” and “surprising,” and calls Metz himself a “real star.”

Tickets: $20 (Buy Now!)

Doors open at 6:30.

 

Below is a video of these awesome performers playing Cantaloupe Island back in 2016!

 

Flute Choir Concert – July 19 @ 7:30pm
On June 18, 2018 By admin

The Davis Youth Flute Choir will perform a FREE concert under the instruction of Maki Kuper! All are welcome to this community event!

Doors open at 7:00pm.

CLOSED Sunday – Limited Parking Monday and Tuesday
On June 13, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music will be CLOSED on Sunday July 15th.

We will also have Limited Parking on Monday July 16th and Tuesday July 17th due to construction.

We are having our parking lot repaired on Monday and Tuesday the 16th and 17th resulting in limited parking at our store and lesson studios during those days. Parking will still be available on the street, and in some of the nearby parking lots. However, it might be a good day to ride your bike to Watermelon to avoid potential traffic!

Thank You!

June Composer Birthday Discounts
On June 1, 2018 By admin

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

Aram Khachaturian: Born June 6, 1903
Robert Schumann: Born June 8, 1810
Edvard Grieg: Born June 15, 1843

Mention their birthdays or place an online order, and receive 20% off of any titles by Khachaturian, Schumann or Grieg until the end of June.