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Horn Day – Saturday, Oct 6 @9am FREE!
On August 30, 2018 By admin

Welcome to a One-of-a-Kind Horn Clinic with UC Davis Professor Pete Nowlen and Horn Professor Emeritus at Western Illinois University Dr. Randall Faust! A perfect educational opportunity for all levels of french horn students. The day will feature loads on horn playing technique and will conclude with an opportunity for students to try out new Yamaha and Eastman horns! Don’t miss this chance to work with these brilliant educators and performers, admission is 100% free!

Over the past decades, Randall Faust has served the International Horn Society in a variety of roles, including Composition Contest Coordinator, Advisory Council Member, Secretary, President, and as Host of the 41st International Symposium—held at Western Illinois University in 2009. His experience as a professor and hornist includes over four decades with various institutions and ensembles including Western Illinois University as Hornist of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet, The National Music Camp/Interlochen Arts Camp, Auburn University, and The Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. As a member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet, Dr. Faust regularly performed concerts and clinics throughout the country, has regularly been heard on WIUM—TriStates Public Radio, and has recorded quintets by Jacques Hétu, Anthony Iannaccone, and John Steinmentz with The Camerata Woodwind Quintet on Crystal Records.  He was also the Hornist of Western Illinois University’s LaMoine Brass Quintet—that has hosted an annual BRASSFEST since 1998. One significant project has been the publication of the horn music of I.H.S. Honorary Member and Punto Award Recipient Marvin Howe. At Dr. Howe’s request, Randall has compiled, edited, and published many of Marvin Howe’s manuscripts of horn studies, solos, and ensemble transcriptions. These include the ongoing series of studies—The Advancing Hornist, an instructional video illustrating the concepts of Dr. Howe’s treatise on stopped horn technique—How to Stop a Horn, and a collection of solos for horn and piano —The Solo Hornist, as well as various works for horn ensembles.

Pete Nowlen has been a dynamic part of the northern California musical scene for nearly 30 years.  Dedicated to renewing and sustaining classical music’s relevance in our society, Pete’s career has led him to surprisingly diverse opportunities. After training at Northwestern and DePaul Universities and in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pete joined the Sacramento Symphony in 1987 and the faculties of UC Davis and Sacramento State in 1989. Pete’s students have gone on to study at prestigious institutions including Northwestern, Eastman, Peabody, the Manhattan School, Boston University and USC, and to successful professional careers. Pete has performed frequently with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet Orchestras and all of the prominent orchestras of the Bay Area and Northern California. For several years he served as principal hornist of the International Orchestra of Italy, performing and recording in Italy’s most prestigious festivals and venues.  A prize-winning horn soloist, Pete’s solo appearances have included the Sacramento Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, International Orchestra of Italy, Trieste Chamber Orchestra and the Music in the Mountains orchestra, among others. Pete is the author of a new book book that was recently unveiled at the 5oth International Horn Symposium: Keys to Transposition.   On October 6th, this book will receive its first publication presentation in California at Watermelon Music!


Bring your Horns!

9:00 AM— Introduction: Getting a Good Start on the Horn

10:00 AM— Exposition: Recital Horn Solos for Hornists of all Ages!

10:30 AM— Development: A Checklist of Literature and Technique for the Advancing Hornist

11:00 AM— Keys to Transposition by Pete Nowlen

11:30 AM— Recapitulation: Reading of Horn Ensemble Music Conducted by Pete Nowlen and Randall Faust

12:30 PM— Visit the Exhibits of New Instruments and Music

Natalie Cortez + According to Bazooka – Saturday, Oct 6 @8pm
On August 30, 2018 By admin

 Get ready for an evening of well-crafted and melodic indie pop originals!

Natalie Cortez’ voice is captivating and authentic. Her well crafted pop melodies have an Alternative pop vibe. A multiple Sacramento Area Music Award winner, Cortez is in the SAMMIE hall of fame for her former project The Ultra Violets. Listen HERE.

Adept at performing everything from quirky pop songs and soft country to rock & roll. Holding it all together is strong songwriting and a sense of history and tradition.” -SN&R Roots Pop. 

According to Bazooka presents lush harmonies, archtop guitar, accordion, upright bass and drums to create original Americana Pop music that travels beyond the limits of it’s folk-rock roots. Based out of Sacramento, A2B is known for its unique and upbeat songwriting. Infectious melodies and plenty of hooks wrapped in a vintage feel gives this quartet a vibrant sound reminiscent of 1960s pop-rock. Listen HERE.

“With a blend of rock-a-billy rhythm, country-blues guitar solos and pop vocal harmonies, According to Bazooka is truly unique.” – Joshua Gutierrez, Daily Democrat.

Tickets only $15 (Buy Now!)

Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00.

$5 Friday! – Friday, Oct 19th @8pm
On August 30, 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 we present Red White Elephant!

All tickets sold at the door, cash only.

Percussion Showcase! – Saturday, Oct 20 @8pm
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The Young Artists Conservatory of Music presents the Second Annual Solano Music Conservatory Percussion Showcase and Benefit Concert. The concert will feature solo and ensemble performances of Contemporary and Wold music by percussionists from Solano and Yolo counties. All proceeds go towards the purchase of new percussion equipment for the students of the Solano Music Conservatory.

Please come on out and support your local musical education community!

Tickets only $15 for Adults and $10 for Students. Buy in the Watermelon Music store or at the door!

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

The Tilo Bunnies Sextet – Friday, Oct. 26 @7pm
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All the way from Dusseldorf Germany, please welcome Tilo Bunnies! Featuring Tilo on Piano, Buca Necak on Bass, Tom Peron on Trumpet, Rick Lotter on drums, Steve Homan on guitar, and Kristen Miranda on vocals. Don’t miss this unique night of jazz from some of the top cats in California with an opening performance from the award-winning combo, the Mingus Legacy Octet from Rio Americano High School!

Tilo Bunnies (born 1969) born in Dusseldorf, received classical piano lessons at the age of 8. Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson, but also Errol Garner, Teddy Wilson and Fats Waller are considered some of his great role models in jazz. In 1989 he studied at California State University, Sacramento. In addition to music, he also received  a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, a Master of Arts degree, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. In 1991 he won the 1st prize at the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival in Berkeley, piano category. Since then he has performed in his own trios, as a soloist and as a companion to solo vocalists. He has also been teaching private lessons in San Francisco since 1994. Since 2001 Tilo Bunnies has returned to Germany to teach his method to jazz piano students.

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.

Tickets: $20 (Buy Now!)

Doors open at 6:30, concert starts at 7.

Open Mic Night! – Sunday, Oct 28 @6pm
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Join us on Sunday, October 28th 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.

Comedy Night! – Friday, Nov 2 @ 8pm
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Every first Friday of the month is Comedy Night at Watermelon Music! This month we welcome acclaimed comedian Jason Resler!

Described by the Sacramento News & Review as, “Sharp, smart material that keeps the crowd in hysterics!” Jason’s own style of comedic storytelling and ranting is punch-line driven comedy that makes you think. More than just a routine or a schtick it’s a story, an evolving story, from underdog to top dog and back again. He doesn’t keep it light or play middle of the road and even if you disagree with him he will have you laughing at yourself.

Hailing from Sacramento Jason is blue-collar from the north. Laid back yet enthusiastic, this self-educated comedian turned to comedy after he was convinced, mostly by his own baseball coaches, that he’d probably never be able to hit a big league curve ball. Now he headlines at top comedy clubs, resort casinos, universities, and theaters nationwide, with well over 200 show dates annually since ‘98. He has performed improv onstage with Academy Award winner Robin Williams. He is a well decorated US Naval war veteran, father, and has voluntarily resigned from the US Postal Service.

Jason was named among “America’s Top Working Comedians” by the Entertainment Business Journal. His debut comedy album “ Road Comic” contains over 55-minutes of material with several tracks receiving regular airtime from Raw Dog on XM/ Sirius Satellite Radio and Pandora Radio. Jason followed that up with the release of his debut DVD “ Seaman Resler” which contains over 90-minutes of solid laughs! He is also the self appointed Un-Official Comedian of Major League Baseball.

Tickets: $20 (BUY NOW)

Doors open at 7:30, show begins at 8pm.


October Composer Birthday Discounts
On August 30, 2018 By admin

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

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Oct 12, 1872
Franz Liszt: Oct 22, 1811
Domenico Scarlatti: Oct 26, 1685

Mention their birthdays or place an online order, and receive 20% off of any titles by Vaughan Williams, Liszt and Scarlatti until the end of October

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.