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The Melon Ball Improv Jam – Wednesday, July 24 @ 5:30pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

WATERMELON MUSIC PRESENTS:


The Melon Ball Improv Jam

The Improv Jam is a ninety minute workshop for fun-loving folks who want to practice the art of improvisational comedy. Workshop participants will play games and do exercises to practice the core principles of improv, which includes positivity, staying present, supporting your partner, and mental agility among other things.

The workshops are led by Liz Merry, an improv enthusiast and practitioner who as been improvising since 1986 when she co-led a performance troupe at UCLA. Ms. Merry is currently and Applied Improv instructor at The Sacramento Comedy Foundation. Applied improv uses the principles of improv comedy in daily life. Ms. Merry explained ” Improvisation is not only fun and full of humor, but we practice important life skills like positivity and mental agility. And, it turns out that science has show that laughter is a very effective way to learn.”

Jeff Simons, owner of Watermelon Music is excited about the new creative offering. “We have a great performance space available and are already producing monthly Stand-Up Comedy shows along with a robust lineup of great musicians. Improv Comedy is a unique creative outlet and the next logical step to make The Melon Ball Theater an outstanding resource for humor and musical creativity.”

The first round of The Melon Ball Improv Jam workshop will begin Wednesday July 10th 5:30-7pm and continue each Wednesday through August 28th. Workshop participants are asked to pre-register at the Watermelon Music Melon Ball Facebook page, But pre-registration is not required. Participants are asked to make a $15 cash donation at the door for the ninety minute class.

IMPROVE JAM CLASS DETAILS

What: A weekly drop-in improv class where we play games and exercises that build mental agility, presence, and lots of laughs.

When: Wednesdays 5:30pm-7pm starting July 10th and running through august 28th

Who: people (14yr+) who have a playful nature who want to practice the art of improv comedy for personal benefits. Available to people with physical and/or energy limitations.

How: Pre-registration is not required however, it is much appreciated and will guarantee your spot in class. Please register on Facebook at “Watermelon Music – Melon Ball.

Cost: $15 suggested donation. Cash only at doors.

Where: The Melon Ball at Watermelon Music.1970 Lake Blvd

For further information please email Liz Merry at Lmerry@improvforLiving.net

Open Mic Night – Sunday, July 28 @ 6pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Open-Mic Night

The last Sunday of every month is Open-Mic Night here at Watermelon Music! We strongly encourage songwriters, poets, comedians, musicians and talented individuals of any sort to mark it down in your calendar and come share your talent with the Davis Community. This months event will fall on Sunday, July 28th.

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What’s a sundial in the shade?”
Benjamin Franklin


Event Entry: FREE (Open to the public)

Performer Sign-up: FREE (See event host to request a time slot)

Show starts @ 6pm.

Closed For Inventory – July 28 & August 18
On April 12, 2019 By admin

We will be closed during regular store hours for inventory on:

  • July 28th
  • August 18th

We apologize for any inconvenience!

Comedy Night: Keith Lowell Jensen – Friday, August 2 @ 8pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Comedy Night

Headline: Keith Lowell Jensen

Keith Lowell Jensen has become known for his subtle, smart approach, and his meandering storytelling. He
has appeared on The History Channel, Spike TV, and The Starz Network, and has six 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 work is also a fixture on SiriusXM’s comedy channels.
In May of 2018 Skyhorse Publishing released the comedian’s first book, Punching Nazis, and other good
ideas, a collection of short stories, essays, and interviews centering around the late eighties and early
nineties punk rock scene and the bewildering presence of racist skinheads within that scene.
In 2016 Jensen spent two weeks in Shanghai headlining the China International Comedy Festival.

Listen to some of Keith’s stand up on Spotify and follow him on social media.

Website: www.rockass.net

Instagram: @keithlowell

twitter: @keithlowell


Tickets:

Available in-store, at doors, and online.

*Student I.D. must be presented upon arrival in order to ensure discounted entry.

Show starts @ 8pm, Doors open @ 7:30pm

**The Melon Ball is a B.Y.O.B venue**

Gayle Kowalchyk Piano Teacher Workshop – Thursday, August 8 @ 9am
On April 12, 2019 By admin

I am pleased to invite you to join us for a revitalizing and informative Alfred Music Piano Teacher Workshop: Energize Your Piano Studio!

Clinician: Gayle Kowalchyk

Date: August 8, 2019

Time: 9 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Watermelon Music – 1970 Lake Blvd, Davis CA 95616

 

Join Gayle Kowalchyk as she discusses innovative teaching strategies and repertoire to help energize your piano studio!

 

At Gayle’s workshop, you will explore how to:

  • Introduce pieces to best establish effective practice skills.
  • Develop effective solutions for common teaching problems.
  • Plan repertoire for your students with a fast-paced review of new music.

 

To attend, please RSVP online at www.alfred.com/pianoRSVP and please send any direct questions to Jeff Simons at heffy@watermelonmusic.com.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Open Mic Night – Sunday, August 25 @ 6pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Open-Mic Night

The last Sunday of every month is Open-Mic Night here at Watermelon Music! We strongly encourage songwriters, poets, comedians, musicians and talented individuals of any sort to mark it down in your calendar and come share your talent with the Davis Community. This months event will fall on Sunday, July 28th.

“Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What’s a sundial in the shade?”
Benjamin Franklin


Event Entry: FREE (Open to the public)

Performer Sign-up: FREE (See event host to request a time slot)

Show starts @ 6pm.

Ledward Kaapana & Fran Guidry – Friday, August 30 @ 8pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Ledward Kaapana and Fran Guidry- Album Release Concert

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.

For more info visit https://ledkaapana.com/about/


Tickets:

Available online, in-store, and at doors.

$25 – General Admission (Buy Now!)

Concert at 8pm on Friday, August 30th 2019. Doors open at 7:30.

**B.Y.O.B venue**

Boot Juice – Friday, September 13 @ 7:30pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Boot Juice

A band that refuses to be locked into a single genre, Davis, California-based Boot Juice find a sense of freedom in their ability to float from bluesy rock’n’roll to progressive bluegrass and back. Inspired by the likes of Railroad Earth and soulful harmonies of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Boot Juice curates a sound that is uniquely their own, resulting in a layered and dynamic live performance. Since 2016, singer-songwriter-guitarists Evan Daly and Connor Herdt, vocalist Jessica Stoll, bassist Brett Worley, and drummer David Provost have toured across the American west, woodshedding their sound and ultimately picking up mandolinist Alex Roth (West Nile Ramblers) to round out their modern style of string band music.
Following the 2018 release of their EP The Blackburn Sessions, Boot Juice toured throughout the Pacific Northwest before heading into the studio to lay down the tracks for their debut. The subsequent full-length album Speaking in Tones was released in May 2019. Boot Juice will be showcasing their debut album on tour this summer through the American west.

Check out their new full-length album Speaking in Tones


Tickets:

Tickets available online, in-store, and at doors.

$20 – General Admission (Buy Now!)

Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm

 

Davis Community Guitar Orchestra – Sunday, December 15 @ 3pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

Please join the Davis Community Guitar Orchestra for an afternoon of eclectic guitar music. Michael Silva will direct the level 1 group, and Matthew Grasso will direct the level 2 group. This concert is free to the public.

Don Alder – Thursday, January 23 @ 8pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Don Alder – An Evening of Soulful Singing, Stories and Acoustic Guitar Fireworks

As winner of the 2015 Domenic Troiano Guitar Award (CDN), 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol (held in London, UK), 2010 Guitar Superstar contest (LA, USA) and the 2007 International Finger style Championships, Don Alder from Vancouver, BC has earned his place as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world and is the only guitarist to win all of the top prestigious guitar competitions armed with just an acoustic guitar. Alder plays with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver’s “best kept little secret”.

His music is a unique combination of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration – some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don’s phenomenal finger style playing and rich voice captivate. Don is also recognized as one of the of the world’s top harp guitarists.


Tickets:

Available online, in-store, and at doors.

$15 – General Admission (Buy Now!)

Doors open @ 7:30pm, Show starts @ 8pm

**B.Y.O.B venue**