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Breedlove & Bedell Guitars Day – Saturday, Nov 17
On September 30, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music will be hosting a special promotional event for Oregon-based Breedlove and Bedell Guitars on Saturday, November 17th, from 10AM through 6PM. This all-day event will feature a large, expanded stock of Breedlove and Bedell guitars at special one-day discounted pricing. Come in and chat with company owner, Tom Bedell, and our amazing brand representative, Colin Besancon. Whether you are in the market for a new guitar or not, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for customers to play and compare a huge selection of these incredible handcrafted instruments. This will also be the last day of our annual fall sale, so be sure to come in and take advantage of our absolute lowest prices of the year!

Open viewing: 11am-3pm

Presentations from Tom Bedell: 3pm-5pm

Q&A: 5pm-6pm

Learn more about Bedell Guitars HERE

2018 Fall Sale – Saturday, Nov 10 – Saturday, Nov 17
On September 30, 2018 By admin

This year’s Fall Sale will start at 10am Saturday, November 10th, on the day of our annual D’Addario Free Restring Food Drive and conclude on Saturday, November 17th, with a special presentation from Bedell Guitars featuring Tom Bedell himself!

Don’t forget to stop by and save 15% or more on nearly all of your in-store purchases. Special blowout prices will be available on select guitars, amps, drums, and more! Spread the word, tell your friends, and bring the whole family down for amazing savings.

Millingtons and Friends Benefit for Jean Millington – Saturday, Nov 24 @ 5pm
On September 30, 2018 By admin

The Millingtons and friends to perform at Watermelon Music Saturday November 24th to raise funds for the Jean Millington Stroke Recovery Fund

The Institute for the Musical Arts and Watermelon Music are teaming up to produce a benefit in support of GO JEAN, the stroke recovery fund for bassist Jean Millington. The Millington family immigrated to the Sacramento area in the early 1960’s from the Philippines and the sisters were part of the burgeoning rock music scene of the day. Jean Millington, along with her sister June, was a founding member of the pioneering all-woman rock band Fanny. Last January, just before the release of their newest album as Fanny Walked the Earth with former band mate Brie Howard Darling (Blue Elan Records, Walk the Earth), Jean suffered a stroke compromising her right side. Her big sister June immediately leapt into action doing benefit concerts and establishing GO JEAN an on-line fundraiser with a goal of $50,000. The fund is just $5,000 short of its goal.

The event will be a true family affair: aside from lead guitarist June Millington and drummer Brie Darling, the Millington strings a classically-based
quartet led by brother Steve Millington and his wife Anne will also play. June and Brie will be joined by Jean’s son Lee John who will be covering some of his mom’s bass parts along with his SayReal bandmate Naia Kete. Jean Millington-Adamian will be at the event to receive the loving vibes and might just sing a song or two.

The event, which will be held at Watermelon Music in Davis, CA, is from 5PM-8PM. Tickets are $20; all procceeds are donated to the GO JEAN fund. Additional donations can be made at the event. Open to the public, the event is also being filmed for a documentary on Fanny due to be released in 2020.

Tickets $20: (BUY NOW)

Open Mic Night! – Sunday, Nov 25 @6pm
On September 30, 2018 By admin

Join us on Sunday, November 25th 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.

Led Kaapana Returns with Fran Guidry! – Dec 29 @8pm
On September 30, 2018 By admin

The superb Ledward Kaapana returns this December, Saturday 29th to The Melon Ball! This Grammy Award winning slack key guitarist has toured all over the world and last year visited Watermelon Music for the first time. Be prepared for a beautiful night of singing aloha-oh while holding hands with friends.

Led Kaapana’s mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads  from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right, 2 wins on slack key compilations, and a Favorite Entertainer Award at the 2009 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.

Like so many Hawaiians, Led grew up in a musical family. In the tiny black sand bay village of Kalapana,  there were few distractions. “We didn’t have electricity, no television, not even much radio,” says Led. “So we entertained ourselves. You could go to any house and everybody was playing music.”

Often everybody was playing music at a backyard party, many of which lasted for days. “People played in shifts, taking over when somebody went to sleep,” Led recalls. “You’d fall asleep to the music, wake up….and the music was still playing. That was the best alarm clock I ever had!”

It was at these family gatherings that Led learned to play in the old style, watching, listening, then imitating. Chief among his teachers were his mother, Mama Tina Kaapana, and his uncle Fred Punahoa.  “Even today when I play, I still picture all the `ohana (family) getting together and sharing their songs and their aloha.”

Although isolated, outside influences did creep into Kalapana. Like most kids his age, Led loved to rock and roll and also listened to country, jazz, and Latin music. When he’d sneak a riff from a guitar hit of the day, like Pipeline or Walk Don’t Run, into his music his dad would tease, “Hey, that’s not slack key!” But nobody ever stopped him, they just encouraged him to “play what you feel and play with aloha.”

Tickets only $25 (Buy Now!)

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

Celia Cottle’s Holiday Band Camp! Oct 21 – Dec 9
On September 1, 2018 By admin

Respected local music educator Celia Cottle introduces her first ever Holiday Band Camp and Watermelon Music! Open to all band instrument players, this camp will meet every Sunday from October 21 through December 9 to rehearse holiday favorites like “Up On The Housetop,” Let it Snow!” and “Jingle Bells.” The course will culminate with a final performance on Saturday, December 15th at the Davis Downtown Farmers Market.

All ages are welcome to join. The camp is designed for younger players looking to expand their musical experiences and repertoire.

Enrollment only $75. Please come in to Watermelon Music to fill out an application today!


Rehearsal Schedule:

Sunday, October 21st: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Sunday, October 28th: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Sunday, November 4th: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

* Sunday, November 18th: 5:15pm – 6:15pm*

Sunday, November 25th: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Sunday, December 2nd: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Sunday, December 9th: 1:30pm – 2:30pm


Saturday, December 15th at Davis Farmer’s Market

Bob Bovee – Saturday, Nov. 3 @8pm
On September 1, 2018 By admin

Since 1971 Bob has traveled the country taking old time music to audiences of all ages at festivals, fairs, concerts, dances, schools, libraries, music camps, radio and TV programs. This is rural music as played in homes, at dances and for earlier entertainments such as minstrel shows and country radio.

Along with a repertoire including dance tunes, ballads, cowboy songs, humorous and sentimental numbers, blues and rags, he spices their shows with stories, history and folklore. Bob sings (yodels, too) and plays guitar, harmonica, banjo and auto-harp.

Listen Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrVa5fzxhmM&t=3s

“No one handles old-time cowboy and humorous songs better than Bob. His vocals are hauntingly rough. His guitar and harmonica are as good as you will ever hear. Gail is one of the top fiddlers in the country, and her vocals are worth the price of admission. Whether performing in concert, playing for a barn dance, or on a recording, Bob & Gail leave you wanting more.” Don Stevens, All Music Guide

” You are a national treasure!” David McLaughlin, Johnson Mountain Boys

“. . . taste and sensitivity to repertoire, arrangement and execution are unimpeachable.” Bill Hinckley, Buzz Magazine

Tickets $15 (Buy Now)

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

Music as Muse Art Gallery – Friday, Nov 9 @4pm
On September 1, 2018 By admin

Fascinated by the movement and feeling of people playing music, artist Marylin Rose is shining a light on 30 Sacramento area musicians by painting their portraits in action. Come to this beautiful gallery to learn more about Marylin’s inspiration, how she painted 30 portraits in only 3 months, and meet the musicians who inspired each painting as they perform their music live!

Gallery opens at 4pm and continues until 7pm. All ages welcome.

Learn more about Marylin HERE

Food for Strings Day! – Saturday, Nov 10
On September 1, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music and The D’Addario Company would like to give you free strings for your guitar, bass, mandolin or ukulele.  Simply bring in your instrument on Saturday, November 10th,between the hours of 10:00AM and 2:00PM, with at least two non-perishable food items, and our staff will install a brand new set of D’Addario brand strings, tune and polish your instrument, and send you happily on your way.

  • All food items received in Davis will be donated to Davis Community Meals, helping people in need during the upcoming holiday season.  Any extra donations will be both accepted and appreciated.
  • Please limit two instruments per household or person.

If you have any questions about this event, or if you would like to donate your time restringing instruments, please call Watermelon Music at 530 758 4010 or email us.

Watermelon Music would like to publicly thank the D’Addario Company for providing strings for this event.