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$5 Friday! – Friday, Jan 25, 2019
On November 15, 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 Hardwater & Muddy Waiters!

All tickets sold at the door, cash only.

Comedy Night: Mike E. Winfield – Friday, Feb 1 @ 8pm
On November 15, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Frighteningly Creative! Some of the many words used to describe rising star Mike E. Winfield.

His comedy is refreshing and relatable in a way that makes him a comedic genius. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, Mike E. moved to California to pursue comedy and to escape the rough streets of Baltimore, remembering how he found a gun under his Mom’s pillow as a child, and thought,

“I CAN’T WAIT FOR MY TEETH TO FALL OUT.”

The comedy scene felt natural to him and he embraced it raking up credits such as The Late Show with David Letterman, a reoccurring role on NBC’s The Office, Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo on Netflix, an Emmy Nomination, and multiple movies in post production, one with the rapper DMX called PIMP. And somehow in the midst of rising to the top, he had to grow up quick because he fell in love and married an older woman with a child. That was actually the problem, he wasn’t ready to be a husband, so he made many mistakes, which he adamantly denies. He has since learned and developed a bond with his stepson, whom he jokingly refers to as StepMAN because they’re close in age. He takes his ups and downs in his life and marriage and turns them into jewels he releases on stage. He often jokes about the age difference and his wife treating him like a kid, for instance in the grocery store she yells in front of everyone, “You better not throw anything extra in the shopping cart.” His response? “Well that’s hard for me to do while I’m sitting in it!!”

See more at mikewinfield.com


Tickets: $20 (Buy Now!!)

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

**The Melon Ball is a BYOB venue

 

Van Larkin LIVE – Saturday, Feb 2 @ 8pm
On November 15, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Van Larkin

It was the hurricane season, in Blackwater 1994 when Van Larkins, a ten year old Australian discovering his gift for music, began what was to be a journey of musical exploration and discovery. Van’s father, an artist and musician, introduced his son to the guitar, which was to become Van’s instrument of choice and access to share his music with friends, family and soon after, a world-wide audience of music connoisseurs.Van Larkins plays a modern fusion of traditional styles with a “one man band” approach incorporating bass, rhythm, melody and harmony. Van’s music has transitioned from Metallica to finger-style acoustic guitar, playing transpositions of 400-year-old harp songs.He is now signed as a solo artist with CandyRat Records and completed his first solo album in May 2012. During that time Van has toured New Zealand twice where he recorded his first album with internationally-renowned guitarist Andrew White and played at the Acoustic Masters Series held in Hamilton where he opened three of the shows and also played with Nigel Gavin. Van has also toured America and Canada and in July 2011 performed at the prestigious Canadian Guitar Festival in Kingston, Ontario.

  • Over 2 Million collective views on YouTube
  • Signed to Candyrat Records USA
  • Labelled #1 Modern Fingerstyle Guitarist in Australia
  • 3 Full Length Studio Albums Released in America, and World Wide
  • Endorsed by: Elixir Strings, LR Baggs Pickups, G7th Capos, K&K Pickups, Kallquist Guitars (Plays “Van Larkins Signature” Kallquist Guitars), Guitar Pro
  • Has performed at Canadian Guitar Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Woodford Folk Festival (QLD, Australia), Sydney Guitar Festival, Melbourne Guitar Show.
  • Performed with Phil Emmanuel, Don Ross, Jon Gomm, Michael Fix, Antoine Dufour, Trace Bundy, Calum Graham, Trevor Gordon Hall, Maneli Jamal, Andrea Valeri

Videos:

Cinder Moon – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBOrGTG6qSY

Eye of the Tiger – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJxuuVBiaZ4

Honey – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-o4jWtYSG_A

 

Links:

Website: https://www.vanlarkins.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VanLarkins/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vanlarkins/


Tickets: $15 (Buy Now!!)

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

 

Pure Gold: A Valentine’s Melody 2019 – Saturday, Feb 16 @ 5:30pm
On November 15, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Melodious 50’s and 60’s hits from Bollywood originally sung by legendary singers will be presented by classically trained, bollywood singer Parminder Guri and Voice culture trainer and light music as well as Ghazal singer Sangeeta Rege from the bay area. They will be joined by our very own Davis resident and singer Anuradha Goud. They will be accompanied by longtime mandolin player, Dr Pravin Goud and accomplished musicians from Sacramento as well as the bay area.

Bios:

Parminder Guri is a classically trained singer, famous as “Voice of Rafi”. He has several original albums to his credits.

Sangeeta Rege is a phenomenal singer and a music as well as voice culture trainer from Fremont, CA, and has performed at several several concerts.

Anuradha Goud is also classically trained and has been in pursuit of excelling in light vocal music. She has performed in the Sacramento area

Dr. Pravin Goud is a mandolin player from Davis and has been active in performing and presenting at several concerts. He is trained in Indian classical and light music and has been a member of the Aurora Mandolin Orchestra as well as the World Doctors’ Orchestra.

Vikas Salvi plays keyboards and has been performing for over 2 decades. He has expertise and superb knowledge of the Old Bollywood music, which is hard to find in recent times.

Amir Shankar will accompany on guitar. He is a composer and singer from Sacramento and has been active in presenting in the Sacramento region.


Tickets: $20 (Buy Now!)

Show starts @ 5:30pm.

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

The Multi-String Guitar Ensemble – Saturday, Feb 23 @ 7pm
On November 15, 2018 By admin

This concert will showcase the rich sounds of the 7- and 11-string guitars that expand the beauty of the classical guitar aesthetic. The program includes original compositions and arrangements of timeless classical, jazz, and pop masterworks for various combinations of instruments and voice from solo to septet.

 

Musicians

Robert Camilo – alto extended 7-string guitar

Matthew Foley – extended 7-string guitar

Matthew Grasso – extended 7-string guitar

Miyan Grasso – extended 7-string guitar

Sean O’Connor – 11-string alto guitar

Harry Stoddard – 7-string guitar

Aya Ueda – soprano, mezzo guitar

 

Tickets: $15 (Buy Now!!)

Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm

 

Purple Tree Cafe Benefit Concert Feat. Dave Machmanoff – Saturday, April 6 @ 8pm
On November 15, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:


Purple Tree Café presents An Evening With Dave Nachmanoff.

Purple Tree Café (aka The Purple Tree, officially Our House Café) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing competitive integrated employment to people with disabilities, and bringing people with and without disabilities together through music, art, and community. The non-profit organization employs people with disabilities to sell coffee and mostly-vegan baked goods at the farmers market and other events in Davis. The Purple Tree currently operates a coffee cart at the Saturday farmers market. This is the first step toward Purple Tree’s goal of opening a brick-and-mortar café in Davis.

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.


Tickets: $20 (Buy Now!!)

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

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

Watermelon Music Closed Dec 31-Jan 1
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Watermelon Music will be closed starting at 4pm on Monday, Dec 31, and remain closed all day Tuesday, Jan 1. We will resume normal business hours Wednesday, Jan 2, from 10am to 7pm.

Misner & Smith with Hollis Peach – Friday, Jan 18 @ 8pm
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Misner & Smith:

Hailing from Northern California, Misner & Smith’s music is a combination of soaring vocal harmonies, extremely tight instrumental arrangements, and story-filled, poetic songwriting, adding up to some of the most electrifying music on the scene today. The band’s sound harkens back to the bedrock of american rock & folk, but the diversity of styles and genres are one of the things that set M&S apart. They can shake the walls like a freight train and then quiet the room to a whisper in a single song. With two singers who could easily lead a band independently, Sam and Megan sing with one voice, with music that captures longing and belonging in the same moment. Close your eyes and you’ll be swept up in a sound that you’ll swear is a full band.

See more at www.misnerandsmith.com

 

Hollis Peach:

Hollis Peach, an Indie Songwriting & Vocal Duo, creates not only exceptional music, but also an extended community of artists, students, performers, and business partners. Their musical arrangements and harmonies are lush, intricate, and often hypnotic in their elegance. Kenneth Pattengale, of the Grammy-nominated The Milk Carton Kids, describes Dan as, “…a monster guitar player.” And this is true, as their phrasing artistically expresses in the cleverest and subtlest of ways.

Daniel has been performing (guitar & banjo) with world-renowned theatre company Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in their production of OKLAHOMA! Which has gotten reviews in the New York Times, PBS NEWS HOUR, NPR’s Here & Now etc…After theatre season they will be touring in promotion of their second release, “Sun Sits Low,” with crowd favorites Yukon River St. Jude’s Fire. Daniel also teaches songwriting at Southern Oregon University.

They’ve also started a songwriting/performing movement called the Ashland Folk Collective | www.ashlandfolkcollective.com. “We want artist’s to make a living wage, we are doing our part to create a new culture around music and it’s patronage,” says Jacqui. As founders of the Collective they’ve performed and produced with/for Shook Twins, Rainbow Girls, John Craigie, Max Gomez, Sean Rowe, John Stickley, Anna Tivel…and more.

See more at hollispeach.com

 

Tickets: $20 (Buy Now!)

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

Comedy Night: Ngaio Bealum – Friday, Jan 4th
On November 12, 2018 By admin

Ngaio Bealum has been a cannabis law reform advocate for more than 20 years. He is the marijuana advice columnist for the Sacramento News and Review and culture editor at Marijuana Politics. He is also a contributor to Alternet. In his spare time, he travels the country performing stand up comedy and searching for really good local cannabis strains.

Ngaio was born in San Francisco to hippie parents, leading to jokes about how he got his name. He is well known for his many film and television appearances as well as for being a regular host of High Times events, and more recently for being a frequent guest on Getting Doug With High hosted by fellow comedian Doug Benson. He is also a former member of the Award Winning Hip Hop band Most Chill Slackmob, and the 1994 People’s Choice Award winner of the International Jugglers Association Festival.

In an interview with North Coast Journal Bealum stated: “For a while I resisted being called the ‘cannabis comic’ for a while because I’m not a big fan of labels and I think people that aren’t necessarily interested in pot should come see my show also. But I love being the ‘cannabis comic’ because I love cannabis.”

Tickets: $20 (Buy Now!)

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

 

Larry Pattis: Benefit Concert -Thursday, Jan 10 @ 7:30pm
On November 11, 2018 By admin

American Guitar Master Larry Pattis presents a benefit concert for the North Valley Animal Disaster Group! Pattis will donate all ticket proceeds to this wonderful group fighting to save critters of all sizes from the devastating impacts of the recent Camp Fire. Read more about N.V.A.D.G. here.

Named one of the “Top 10 Best Acoustic Music Artists of the Decade” by the International Acoustic Music Awards, Larry Pattis has been a featured headline performer at such illustrious venues as the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage in Washington DC.

Pattis, a Chicago native, experienced music in his early years listening to his father sing (and singing along) during family car rides (and at every other family gathering), and in listening to such diverse music as Bach & Mozart, Allan Sherman, Benny Goodman, and more on the hi-fi at his grandparent’s apartment on the near-north side of Chicago. It wasn’t until his senior year of high school that he chanced upon solo steel-string and classical acoustic guitar music.

Smitten with folk and classical guitar music, Pattis also discovered the still-thriving greater Chicago folk music scene at clubs such as The Earl Of Old Towne, Amazing Grace and more…and he found himself influenced as much by the touring singer-songwriters as he was the guitar music itself. He began performing in the local coffeehouses of Bloomington, IN during his college years.

The Montreal International Jazz Festival said, “Larry Pattis blends the emotional commitment of folk and the prowess of classical, a harmonious union of beauty, melody, nuance and technique that demand- and reward- serious listening.”
Yet, beyond the words and accolades, in listening to his superb recordings or experiencing the magic of a live concert, Pattis succeeds in merging styles of instrumental guitar music not normally found together in the same room. Both Folk and Classical styles are fully represented within Larry’s playing and compositions. His musical vision is a blending of emotive beauty with technique, to bring forth the many voices that the steel string guitar can manifest; his goal is to delight the audience with landscape and mood of the life experiences that are the foundation of his music.

Tickets: $15 (Buy Now!!)

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