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Open Mic Night! – July 29
On July 23, 2018 By admin

Join us on Sunday, July 29th for this month’s Open Mic at The Melon Ball. Whether you are ready to get up on stage and show Davis what you’ve got, or you want to sit back and enjoy local talent, you are welcome.

We’ve got mics, inputs for guitars, etc and a Steinway grand piano ready to go. All we need is you to make the night complete.

Early sign ups are appreciated but not required. Doors open at 5:45 and we get things going promptly at 6:00.

Slackers in Paradise – Saturday, Sept 15 @8pm
On July 1, 2018 By admin

SLACKERS IN PARADISE – KEN EMERSON AND JIM “KIMO” WEST

Jim “Kimo” West and Ken Emerson are both living legends in the world of Hawaiian slack key and acoustic steel guitar. They strive for freshness and spontaneity in their duet shows in keeping with the true Hawaiian “kanikapila” style. Their shows often feature world-class hula dancers and special guests.

Their diverse musical influences venture beyond the islands toward the land of blues, ragtime and jazz. Both Ken and Kimo have a number of Grammy, recording and touring credits. Ken was composer/guitarist on Hawaii’s first Grammy-winning album “Slack Key Guitar Vol 2” and also featured guitarist on “Morph The Cat” by Donald Fagen (Steely Dan).

His many other touring and recording credits include Jackson Brown, Boz Scaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Todd Rundgren, Darryl Hall and Elvin Bishop as well as Hawaiian slack key legends Gabby Pahinui, Moe Keale, Genoa Keawe and Raymond Kane. Besides his solo slack key career, Kimo is long-time guitarist on CD’s and tours for the world’s most famous musical satirist, “Weird Al” Yankovic whose recent CD, “Mandatory Fun” debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and won the Grammy for Best Comedy Recording, his fourth Grammy award. Kimo’s seven slack key CD’s have garnered him much praise and well over 75 million streams on Pandora and Spotify.

Tickets $20 (Buy Now!)

Show starts at 8pm, Doors open at 7:30.

 

Jean Bayou! – Sat. Aug 4 @8pm
On July 1, 2018 By admin

Jean Bayou is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who writes and performs her original music with heart, soul and musical prowess.   Her hooks, grooves and memorable melodies pull listeners into a realm sometimes reminiscent of the late 60’s and early 70’s, with a distinctive modern current, rhythm and twist.  Her thoughtful lyrics, delivered in a warm alto voice, remain with you long after you’ve heard them. 

Jean is a firm believer that it’s never too late to pursue your passion.  She began playing her original music at open mics late in her fourth decade of life, and soon was performing at larger venues, festivals, concerts and house concerts.  She quickly became known as a top-notch songwriter by audiences and her peers, and in time, a polished and compelling performer. 

Jean’s thought-provoking tales take listeners on a melodic and lyrical journey of love gone wrong, love gone right, gratitude for friends and family, cherishing the day, social injustice, medical procedures, hopefulness and bad family vacations, to mention just a few. Such titles as “Knocking on a Deaf Man’s Door,” “Happy as the Day I Was Born,” “Mammogram,” “We Are Revolting,” “At the Hot Springs,” “Goin’ Coastal” and “Your Karma Suits Ya” deliver the goods as promised, with finely crafted lyrics and melodies. Jean’s songs paint pictures of real life in creative and fresh ways and her upbeat and positive energy, keen sense of humor, wisdom and depth of emotion shine through in her songwriting.

Born and raised in the Hudson Valley in New York State, with a long stint in the Washington, DC suburbs, where she raised her family and worked at a patent law firm for many years, Jean also served as President of the Songwriters Association of Washington (DC) from 2005-2013.  Her outstanding leadership was recognized by the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), as she was twice honored as Executive of the Year in 2008 and 2009. She served as Director of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (2002-2005) and her 2010 debut album, Just About Everything, was nominated for top Contemporary Folk Album of the year by the WAMA membership.

Jean often accompanies other songwriters on piano, and loves to support, improvise and jam in just about any genre. She is currently recording a new vocal CD, and has another featuring her piano compositions on the horizon.

Jean is now based in New Orleans.  Always up for an adventure, she has traveled extensively throughout the US and Europe, pursuing her passion of connecting with other musicians/songwriters and audiences through her uniquely original music.  She is currently doing a five week artist in residency at Wilbur Hot Springs in Williams, CA.

Opening for Jean Bayou will be Davis songwriter and performer Chris Pilon, known locally for his guitar and mellow baritone vocals in the popular bands Five Three Oh! and Shovel’n Blarney.  Pilon will treat the audience to a few of his folksy, whimsical tunes to introduce the evening.

Tickets only $10 (buy now!)

Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8.

$5 Friday! – Friday, Aug 17 @8pm; Chickee Bob!
On July 1, 2018 By admin

Every third Friday is $5 Friday! Come see a local band at a price anyone can afford! Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8.

This month’s band is a local favorite of the punk scene, Chickee Bob!

All tickets sold at the door, cash only.

August Composer Birthday Discounts
On July 1, 2018 By admin

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

Ernesto Lecuona: Born Aug 7, 1896
Cecille Chaminade: Born Aug 8, 1857
Claude Debussy: Aug 22, 1904

Mention their birthdays or place an online order, and receive 20% off of any titles by Lecuona, Chaminade or Debussy until the end of August.

We’ve also got hundreds of new titles in stock and available. Click here for a link to print music added to our system within the last 30 days.

Joshua Wisterman Jazz Trio – Saturday, Aug 25 @ 8pm
On July 1, 2018 By admin

All original music with Joshua Wisterman, Alex Reiff, and Gabe Carpenter!

Tickets only $15 (Buy Now!)

Show Starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30.

Open Mic Night! -Sunday, Aug 26 @ 6pm
On July 1, 2018 By admin

Join us on Sunday, August 26th for this month’s Open Mic at The Melon Ball. Whether you are ready to get up on stage and show Davis what you’ve got, or you want to sit back and enjoy local talent, you are welcome.

We’ve got mics, inputs for guitars, etc and a Steinway grand piano ready to go. All we need is you to make the night complete.

Early sign ups are appreciated but not required. Doors open at 5:45 and we get things going promptly at 6:00.

Boca Do Rio – Saturday, Sept 22 @ 8pm
On July 1, 2018 By admin

Boca do Rio is musicá organica — live music played live! It is inspired by the thousands of musicians and the music lovers that have gone before us and laid the rhythmic foundations of samba, baião, samba-reggae, the dances for the orishas, and all that gives homage to the beats. It is the African diaspora alive through rhythms and pulses – it is the commonality that binds humans to the air we breathe, the food from which we nourish, the water we imbibe, and the love through which we flourish. Boca do Rio exists to share and celebrate music and everything that it brings to our lives through the cross-pollination of the Americas. It’s the water that flows from mountains to oceans, from inside to out. It’s the earth beneath our feet, the soil beneath the concrete, the minerals from the stars that grace each of our cells.

The San Francisco band Boca do Rio takes its name from the Portuguese “mouth of the river” – the place where myriad streams and sources converge into one powerful, flowing, physical energy. The band started flowing when Kevin Welch and Alex Calatayud formed a musical partnership in the late nineties that would redefine Brazilian music in the Bay Area. The musical collaboration was founded in deep respect for past traditions, steeped in the sambas and choros (Brazilian ragtime of a bygone era) that echoed through the Brazilian favelas, while always evolving forward to create an organic sound that is decidedly modern and funky.

Kevin Welch, Boca’s founder, composer, guitarist, and vocalist, has a rich personal and musical history that became entwined with Brazil during an extended ecological research trip in the Amazon. There he became transformed by the spirit of the people sharing in the rhythms of daily life and reflecting this joy in the sambas. Welch then landed in California to cultivate the inspirations that were planted in Brazil and began creating a community that spanned the Americas. In 1995 he started the innovative group Vivendo de Pão, which became a mainstay on San Francisco’s club and festival scene and opened for touring acts like Gal Costa, Macy Gray, Poncho Sanchez, Sergio Mendes, and Los Van Van. Boca do Rio began as a trio offshoot of Vivendo in the late 1990s, then expanded into the principal vehicle for Welch and Calatayud’s evolving creative vision, exploring the synergy between soul jazz and Brazilian roots music.

Alex Calatayud, a native son of Goiania, Brazil, ignites the fire and passion of his land and people. In his hands beat the pulse of a nation – his signature groove is a distilled drop of Brazil so pure and true that masters far and wide call on him for his unique swing. After living in California for 14 years, Alex developed a style that is a uniquely syncretic blend of the Americas – funky and fresh, heavy and deep.

For the band’s self-titled recording debut, Boca do Rio assembled a superb team of Brazilian and American musicians to give voice to the original vibrant compositions. From the baião rhythms of the opening track “Time Alone” to the cross-cultural illumination articulated in “My Samba” (“whoever joins in with swinging feet in this samba … understands my happiness”), to the universally irresistible samba rhythms of “Beija Quem” and “Mulher Preguiçosa,” the music on Boca do Rio has been club-tested before demanding Bay Area audiences and showcases many of the band’s great songs.

Boca always had a jazz sensibility – “Improvisation is a huge part of what we do,” Welch admits – but samba is at the heart of the band’s music. “I think Americans need to hear samba as much for its spirit as its musicality,” he says. “It started in favelas, with African roots and rhythms blending with European parlor music, but the thing that’s important for Americans is not just the carnival aspect, but its spirit of celebration. The roots of samba are about community in the groove, just as jazz is about musicians coming together. There’s a tremendous synergy between jazz and Brazilian music.”

Find out more at their website or listen to their music here.

Tickets only $15 (Buy Now!)
Show starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30.
Comedy Night Palooza! – Saturday, Sept 29 @ 8pm
On July 1, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music presents its first official Comedy Night! With the help of Sacramento esteemed comedian Keith Lowell Jensen, we will be hosting comedians from all over California every first Friday for a monthly night of laughter. We at Watermelon Music were so amazed with the community response to our Andrew Norelli show we decided it was high time Davis had a regular comedy venue again! This September 29th will be a separate event to celebrate the grand opening of this new series. Keith Lowell Jensen will perform his latest live offering “Not For Rehire” with opening acts from other Sacramento comedians. Local professional clown Paul Delbene will also feature as party host as guests arrive before the show.

Keith Lowell Jensen has become known for his subtle, smart approach, and his meandering story telling. He has appeared on The History Channel, Spike TV, and The Starz Network, and has five hilarious comedy albums to his credit, with his latest, Bad Comedy For Bad People, hitting the # 1 spot on Amazon’s comedy charts. Jensen’s latest live act “Not For Rehire” follows his roller-coaster career path, from his time as a range boy at a public golf course where he got paid less than minimum wage to the employer who started him in stand up comedy by shoving him onto stage in front of a large crowd at an animated film festival. Read more about Keith here.

Tickets are only $20 (Buy Now!)

Show starts at 8pm, doors open at 7:30.

September Composer Birthday Discounts
On July 1, 2018 By admin

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

Antonin Dvorak: Sept 8, 1841
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sept 25, 1906
George Gershwin: Sept 26, 1898

Mention their birthdays or place an online order, and receive 20% off of any titles by Dvorak, Shostakovich or Gershwin until the end of September.

We’ve also got hundreds of new titles in stock and available. Click here for a link to print music added to our system within the last 30 days.