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Open-Mic Night – Sunday, May 26 @ 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, March 31.

“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.

[CANCELED] New Orleans Jazz & Ragtime: Benny Amon & Steve Pistorius – Thursday, June 6 @ 7pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin


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.



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***

Comedy Night: Johnny Taylor – Friday, June 7 @ 8pm
On April 12, 2019 By admin

Watermelon Music Presents:

Comedy Night

Headliner: Johnny Taylor

Sacramento’s Johnny Taylor uses sharp wit, and off-beat sensibilities to communicate his sometimes tragic life experiences in a hilarious way.

A dynamic performer, Johnny has established a reputation for displaying a wide range of comedic styles.

He has opened for some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy, including Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait, Brian Posehn, Wayne Federman, and more.

Johnny is a regular at every major comedy club in Northern California, including the San Francisco Punch Line, Sacramento Punch Line and Cobbs Comedy Club, 142 Throckmorton Theater, and was recently featured on Comedytime.TV.





Feature: Ruby Setnik












Host: Keith Lowell Jensen









Available in-store, at doors, and online.

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

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

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

Dave Nachmanoff’s “Cerulean Sky” CD Release concert with Full Band! – Saturday, June 8 @ 7:30pm
On April 12, 2019 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.


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 the show in order to ensure discounted entry.

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

West Coast Songwriters Competition – Monday, June 10 @ 6:30pm
On April 12, 2019 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.