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The Melon Ball Improv Jam – Wednesday, July 17 @ 5:30pm
On November 12, 2018 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

The Melon Ball Improv Jam – Wednesday, July 10th @ 5:30pm
On November 12, 2018 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

West Coast Songwriters Competition – Monday, July 8 @ 6:30pm
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Every second Monday of the month, West Coast Songwriters presents the Davis Songwriters Competition.

SIGN-UP: 6:30pm event begins at 7pm Performers Guests and public free. Be sure to invite your friends! Audience encouraged! Please make sure that you membership is current (Smartphone photo of card is OK) Non-members are ineligible to win (but can perform, time permitting). Non-members can sign up online at westcoastsongwriters.org or find out more information at the event.

Comedy Night: Johnny Taylor – Friday, July 5 @ 8pm
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Comedy Night

Headline: Johnny Taylor

Johnny Taylor’s raw, personal, and often darkly hilarious style made him a quickly rising star within the California comedy scene. With grizzled vets arguing he got “too good, too quick” he did things his own way and found himself sharing the stage with comedians like Dave Attell and Robin Williams and was soon opening for Iliza Shlesinger and Brian Posehn. Just two years in, his first album “Tangled Up In Plaid” was released on Stand Up! Records and debuted in the iTunes Top 10 comedy releases. With his follow up album and TV Special “Bummin’ With The Devil” debuting at #1 on both iTunes and Amazon, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Amazon wrote of Taylor’s “Tangled Up In Plaid” album, “A man forever in his “blue period” (in color and sensibility), Taylor’s worked to hone a comic sensibility that’s equal parts introspection and intellectual inversion—which is to say, he’s funny, thoughtful, a little mean, a little earnest, and a man who lives up to his Twitter handle (few among us can make that claim). He could be the guy on stage, the guy next to you at the bar, or the guy who’s about to take over American comedy.”

Retrocrush.com wrote, “Part of Taylor’s charm is that he can come at you with tough guy material, then reveal a frail side that takes you off guard. And when he lulls you into a calm with his charm, and you think the material is going to veer in one direction, the joke suddenly stops with a sucker-punch to the gut.”

The Sacramento Bee called him, “a hysterical and occasionally melancholic storyteller.”

Above all, Johnny Taylor loves making people laugh, regardless how dark the world has become. In a piece he wrote for Huffington Post titled “An Open Letter to Comedy”, Taylor wrote, “You’ve always been with me, really. Far before I ever took the plunge to use you to work through me from a stage to paying strangers. As far back as I can remember, I was using you to break the tension that I constantly found myself surrounded by. The tension was like my second skin as a child. When my Mom was having a manic episode and telling me I was John the Baptist and instructing me to baptize my siblings in the bathtub, you were there to guide me through.”

Taylor has been a featured and headlining act for Live Nation clubs and has thrived in non-comedy venues, opening for acts like Pinback. He’s performed in venues big and small throughout the US and Canada and is a regular on the comedy festival circuit performing at San Francisco Sketchfest, Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans, The Asheville Comedy Festival, and Altercation Fest in Austin and many others.

Johnny Taylor’s Twitter account @hipsterocracy has more than 150K followers as of this writing and is frequently quoted source by many pop culture tastemakers including @midnight, Huffington Post, and Paste. He’s been featured on the cover of Sacramento News and Review and Submerge Magazine and has been a frequent guest on Good Day Sacramento and Capital Public Radio.

 

Host: Keith Lowell Jensen

 

 

 

 

 


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**

Store Closed for 4th of July!
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music will be closed on the 4th of July. The store will resume normal hours on July 5th. Happy Independence Day!!

Make Music Day (Davis) – Friday, June 21
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Make Music Day

This Friday, June 21, 2019

Come out to The Melon Ball in West Davis and see what Make Music Day Davis is all about. We will be hosting several local musicians throughout the day. Entry is free!!

Mark Vail — aka “Noah Vail” & “Splurge without a Serge”  (12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)

Mark Vail and Jon Rudolph perform improvised electroacoustic music as “Splurge without a Serge” using analog and digital synthesizers, modular synthesizers, computer- and iPhone-based music software, found objects, voice, samplers and sample players, effects processors, looping devices, and more. They sculpt music that will hopefully take listeners on sonic journeys through beautiful or frightful territories, perceive striking virtual landscapes and video artworks in their minds, occasionally groove to a beat, and wonder how only two guys can create so much sound.

Tune Up (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM)

Tune Up consists of 3 people who met in Dianna Craig’s harmony class at the Davis Art Center and couldn’t stop singing when class was over. Some Do Wop, some Bonnie Raitt, some James Taylor, some Billy Joel. No barbershop.

Dave Nachmanoff’s “Cerulean Sky” CD Release concert with Full Band! – Saturday, June 8 @ 7:30pm
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents


Dave Nachmanoff has toured the world both on his own, and as the guitarist and opening act for Al Stewart (“Year of the Cat”, “Time Passages”), at venues as far ranging as the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, to The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. From performing with folk legend Libba Cotten at the age of 9, to playing in a rock band with his two brothers, Dave went on to earn a PhD in Philosophy at UC Davis and slowly built a grassroots following touring all over the world. In addition, he writes and records custom songs for clients and uses his recording studio to produce other artists. A truly independent musician, Dave’s career is varied and never predictable.

Dave just released his most recent full-length album, titled “Cerulean Sky”. On June 8. 2019 at Watermelon Music, Dave plans to perform the entirety of his newest album.

STEAC Food Drive:

Bring a bag of non-perishable food items (canned goods, cereal, rice, beans and pasta etc…) to donate to STEAC, and get a $5 discount on CDs at the merchandise table.


Tickets:

Available in-store, at doors, and online.

  • Adults – $20 (BUY ONLINE / in-store) or $25 @ doors
  • Students – $10 (BUY ONLINE w/ *valid I.D.)

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

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

Watermelon Music Summer Jazz Camp – Monday, June 24 @ 10am
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


The 3rd Annual Watermelon Music Summer Jazz Camp!

This Camp is designed to teach students ensemble playing, improvisation, and music theory. Students will be put into master classes with their own instrument. Clinicians will be from Sacramento and the Watermelon Music teaching staff.

The fee for the camp is $250 and will include lunch on Friday, June 28th, 2019

Where: 1970 Lake Blvd, Davis CA 95616

When:

  • Monday, June 24th – Friday, June 28th
  • Camp hours are from 10:00am – 1:30pm.
  • Concert on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 7-7:30pm

Admission Requirements:

Beginners not accepted. Enrollment is on a first come first served basis. Students completing grades 7-9 and 10-12 in spring 2019 are eligible to apply. Auditions to be admitted are not required, but participants should have a minimum of 2 full years of experience. You will receive an email with more information,

Instrumentation limited to:

  • 4 alto saxophone players
  • 4 tenor saxophone players
  • 2 baritone saxophone players
  • 6 tenor trombone players 2 bass trombone players
  • 8 trumpet players
  • 2 piano players
  • 2 upright and/or electric bass players
  • 2 drummers
  • 2 guitar players

Applications available at Watermelon Music.

Comedy Night: Shanti Charan – Friday, June 7 @ 8pm
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Comedy Night

Headline: Shanti Charan

Shanti Charan is a Bay Area favorite. Her bubbly personality and contagious smile lure in audiences and her comedic abilities keep them laughing. Charan was named San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best Comedian” in their Annual “Best of SF” edition. SF Weekly awarded Shanti “Best Stand Up on the Way Up”, stating Charan’s writing, “is clever and confident beyond her years”.

 

 

Feature: Ruby Setnik

Host: Keith Lowell Jensen


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**

[CANCELED] New Orleans Jazz & Ragtime: Benny Amon & Steve Pistorius – Thursday, June 6 @ 7pm
On November 12, 2018 By admin

[CANCELED]

Watermelon Music Presents:


  • Benny Amon:

Since moving to New Orleans in 2011 from his hometown of Davis, California, Benny has become one of the most in demand drummers on the New Orleans jazz scene. Benny holds a B.A in Development Studies from UC Berkeley. A job working with young people in schools first brought him to New Orleans. Since then Benny has been involved in recording sessions, tours, festivals, and special projects with all of the top traditional jazz musicians in New Orleans.Benny has performed in Japan as a cultural ambassador, in Brazil at the International I Love Jazz Festival, in Argentina as a guest artist, in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden, and across the United States, including repeat performances at the Monterey Jazz Festival. At home in New Orleans, Benny performs regularly at the world famous Preservation Hall, The Palm Court Jazz Cafe, and on the Mississippi river aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Every year he performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The French Quarter Festival, The Summer Satchmo Fest and the Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival. Benny endorses and performs exclusively on Bopworks drumsticks and brushes.

  • Steve Pistorius:

Steve has the distinction of being the only living New Orleanian who specializes in early Jazz piano. Whether playing solo or leading a band, he creates joyful and swinging renditions of oft-neglected rags, waltzes, marches, pop tunes, blues and stomps.

Love of the music turned into a lifetime profession in 1973. Steve answered an ad for a five nights a week gig, winning the spot by default as no one else showed up for the audition. Mentored and influenced since then by musicians like Neil Unterseher, Armand Hug, Jeanette Kimball, Morton Gunnar Larsen, Butch Thompson, Burt Bales, Don Ewell, Max Morath and Eubie Blake, Steve has developed his own unique piano style.

 

Steve’s career highlights include performing in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre, One Mo’ Time and the Pope’s Square in Belo Horizontes, Brazil. Steve has toured the South Pacific, Far East, Europe, Scandinavia, South America (including the Galapagos Islands) and the Middle East. He has toured with his own band and with notable bandleaders such as Duke Heitger, John Gill, Michael White, Orange Kellin, Banu Gibson, Mark Braud, Wendell Brunious, Hal Smith, Chris Tyle and Leon Redbone.

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Tickets:

Available in-store, at doors, and online

General Admission – $15 [CANCELED]

Doors open @ 6:30pm, Show starts @ 7pm

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