Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
One of the absolute pleasures of our business is watching a student perform on our Cafe stage, knowing the joy that music can bring to their entire life. We enjoy watching the range of emotions from anticipation to pride on the faces of their teachers, family and friends.
Pride abounded this weekend, during our recitals of last Friday and Sunday nights. We want to thank our Teachers, Grace Morrison, Don Pine and Ken Almeida for their outstanding dedication to their students and for working to help each student successfully achieve this performance goal.
Parents! Your kids could not have done this without your support and the sacrifices you make each week to give your kids this opportunity. Some day they will thank you if they haven't already, but for now, we thank you for letting us be the ones to guide their musical journey.
Each recital was digitally recorded. A copy on CD is available for $5
Here are the links to the photo albums!
Recital of Nov 20th: The Students of Grace Morrison & Don Pine
Recital of Nov 22nd: The Students of Ken Almeida
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
SAVE 10% - 60% OFF ALL MERCHANDISE IN STOCK
How The Taunton Emergency Task Force helps our community:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
We're both honored and excited about our role in helping Rawkstar's students achieve their goals. And we're glad Stephanie has joined the Rick's Music Community, where she'll get all the support and encouragement she could possibly hope for!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Infused with creativity and uncommon fretwork, Jacob's live performance is as visually fasinating as it is tantalizing for your ears. You'll wonder how he does it.
Add to that, his wry sense of humor and you get lots of unexpected pleasure.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
FREE GUITAR CARE WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, SEPT 26th 11am - 3pm
with Professional Luthiers, Dan Armstrong & Ian Wilkins
Watch them work. Learn how to properly care for your instrument, including how it should be properly humidified and protected. Bring in your guitar or bass and ask any questions during your FREE CHECK UP.
PLUS!....Choose from these ONE-DAY SPECIALS
SPECIAL #1 COMPLETE SET-UP
Includes: Check up, string change, polish frets, oil fretboard, neck adjustment, intonation, string-height/action adjustment, tighten hardware and cleaning
Acoustics (6-string), Basses & Regular Tremelo Electrics
SPECIAL: $39.99 (plus strings) Regularly $55 (plus strings)
Acoustics (12-string) & Electrics w/Floating Tremelo
SPECIAL: $49.99 (plus strings) Regularly $65 (plus strings)
SPECIAL #2 STRING CHANGE
Includes: Check up, string change and cleaning
6-string guitars & 4 or 5-string basses
SPECIAL: $10 (plus strings) Regularly $18 (plus strings)
SPECIAL: $15 (plus strings) Regularly $22 (plus strings)
Extra 20% OFF ALL Accessories during the Workshop
Extra 10% OFF ALL New Guitars in stock!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This summer, 29 kids were able to participate in this intense program that challenged them to take their playing skills to another level while they learned what it takes to play successfully in a band. Five bands were formed, matching kids who enjoyed playing the same type of music and were at similar skill levels and in the same age group. They met for 2 hours every week for 8 weeks. Then..it was time to hit the stage and strutt their stuff!
On Friday, August 14th two bands took the Rick's stage and played to a full house of family and friends. The Bands were:
Guitar – Krystopher Hayward
Bass Guitar – Christian Kalunian
Drums – Devon Machado
Guitar – Curtis Sylvia
Guitar – Andrew Zucker
Vocal, Guitar, Piano - Jake Bernardo
Guitar – Tim Costa
Guitars, Vocals – Danny Griffin
Guitar – Mike Maloney
Bass Guitar – Josh Monson
Guitar – Jordan Parnther
Drums – Cam Tavares
On Friday, August 21st the other three bands had their turn at playing on the Rick's stage, filling Rick's to the brim with their families & friends. The Bands were:
Guitar- Lucas Beaulieu
Vocals - Robbie Catalano
Bass - Guitar Michael Coffran
Keyboard - Justin Fogerty
Guitar - Garrett Godfrey
Drums - Jake Mall
Guitar - Jake Mitchell
Guitar - Josh Slade
The Dented Fenders
Bass Guitar - Jared Celia
Guitar - Max Chronister
Guitar - Lyn Kotuby
Guitar - John Krone
.0 (pronounced “Point Zero”)
Keyboard, Vocals - Melissa Darling
Guitar, Keyboard - Erin Kelly
Vocals, Keyboard - Andrea LeClerc
Drums - Kelly McCarthy
Bass Guitar - Ben Sorgman
On the 21st, the surprise special guests, Thr33+4, came back for an encore performance.
This was an awesome year! Many, many thanks to our Band Coaches who made this all possible: Mark Carvalho, Jon Francis, Louis LoCicero, and Bill Sukeforth. And special appreciation goes to Jon and our staff members who helped coordinate the Program and the Concert events.
Most of all, we'd especially like to recognize the Band Parents who gave this great opportunity to their kids and the families who gave their support at the concerts. You have given them an experience that they will not forget.
“Rock On” America! Jam Camp 2009
See the photos!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
At minimum, we do know that America voted her into the top 24.
That is an amazing accomplishment and we are all so proud of Mia. Those of us who have had the privilege of watching her develop as a performer and songwriter here at Rick's Music, know that she will some day achieve her dreams. And we can't wait to welcome her home.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
She looked absolutely gorgeous! Our crowd burst into applause the minute they started broadcasting her story. She started her performance in typical Mia fashion, playing piano and singing "Hallelujah" slowly, intimately..then surprised us all when she unleashed the mic and took center stage where she gave voice to her creativity and soul.
We're so proud of you, Mia! You knocked our socks off!
Tune in tonight, folks for the voting results. We can't wait to see what happens next! Watch her performance
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Tonight we're hosting a support party for our student, Mia Boostrom, who is an active member of the Rick's musical community..
You're invited to join us, Mia's family, friends and fans, as we gather around the big screen TV, to watch the NBC LIVE BROADCAST of America's Got Talent, waiting for that moment when Mia takes the stage in LA.
Winning is a big dream for a 16-yr-old. With her tremendous talent and your votes, we can help her get closer to that dream.
Where: In the Cafe at Rick's Music World, 421 Rt. 44, Raynham, MA
When: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 9pm -11pm
Cost: FREE - The popcorn is on us, too!
Purpose: Help Mia make it to the TOP 20 FINALS
Bring: Your cellphone, so you can VOTE
Benefit: Have some fun and make a difference
Dress: Casual...heck, you can come in your PJ's if you want.
If Mia wins this round of America's Got Talent, she will progress to the TOP 20 Finals.
Whether you watch it with us or watch at home, please vote!
You can vote up to 10 times per phone number (landline or cell phone)
You can text your vote 10 times if you are an AT&T wireless customer
You can vote 10 times per email address on nbc.com
Watch Mia's NY Performance on YouTube
Check out Mia on MySpace
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
If you post info about your upcoming gigs on more than one site, like MySpace, Sonic Bids, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I just found out about a service that could save you tons of time!
All these networking sites are great means to help you market your act, but it's so time consuming to update each one. I know, because I have to update all of ours and I've been hoping to find a service that would centralize it.
One of our upcoming performers uses this service called www.artistdata.com She posts her info once and they can feed it to a number of other sites & blogs. I snooped around on their site and their service just seems to be for artists...if anyone out there knows of one for venues...let me know!
Good luck with your publicity efforts!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Thurs., August 13
Show starts at 7pm
Open Mic sign up 6:30
Admission $3 per person
Intelligent and reflective lyrics bound together with interesting melody and guitarwork.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
We invite you to try it and comment back.
Capture live sound on your iPod anywhere and anytime without a single cable, and with one hand free! Just dock your iPod, cover it with the protective clear shield, and you are ready to record.
Capture sound effects, recitals, jam sessions, speeches, interviews, rehearsals, meetings, performances, lectures, song ideas, you name it..... directly to your iPod.
This little unit weighing less than half a pound puts pro-quality mobile recording power in your hands for only $199. That's 50% off Retail of $399
You can record detailed, 16-bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo digital audio without connecting any additional equipment using the onboard pair of cardioid condenser microphones. The on-board mics are fixed in XY configuration for optimal stereo imaging.
ProTrack also has a pair of combo XLR-1/4" inputs enabling you to connect any professional sound source, including condenser and dynamic microphones and mixer outputs. Whether you are running on plug-in or battery power, ProTrack supplies 48V phantom power to its inputs for operation with external condenser microphones.
ProTrack has LED-level metering for instant visual indication, even in a dark club. You can monitor or play back recordings on the 1/8" stereo-headphone output. Controls for phantom power, limiter, and volume are easy to access.
ProTrack, records on four AAA batteries or AC power using the included adapter. A 1/4"-20 threaded mounting point enables you to mount ProTrack on a mic stand with the optional ProTrack Adapter, on a table with the optional ProTrack Tripod table stand, or on a camera tripod for hands-free tracking.
ProTrack automatically dates and time-stamps files making it easy to identify which track was the recording of your last jam session. It also features a switchable limiter, for distortion-free recording.
ProTrack records to iPod Classic, iPod 5G, and iPod nano 3G.
ProTrack Key Features
-Sleek design with clear, protective covers, integrates iPod
-Combo XLR-1/4" inputs for connecting mics, mixers, and more
-Stereo 1/8" headphone output
-48V phantom power for use with external condenser mics
-Records 16-bit, 44.1kHz or 22kHz stereo digital audio
-Onboard stereo condenser microphones for detailed pickup
-Built-in mics in XY configuration for accurate stereo image
-Switchable limiter ensures overload-free recordings
-AC/DC operation on 4 AAA batteries or AC adapter (included)
-Threaded mounting point for tabletop and floor-stand applications
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Sean’s now 19. His progression as a musician has added a funkyness to his rhythmic stylings and he delivers them with artistry. As a vocalist, he serves his soul on a platter with breathy sincerity and vulnerability. It literally slows your heart rate and brings all your defenses down. You’ll forget what was on your mind before he started playing and find yourself wanting to hear more after his last note falls away.
Writing songs has become his passion. The sweet simplicity of the message literally floats above the technically interesting guitar work and melodic changes. Get a quick preview at:
Rick’s Music is pleased to present Sean Kennedy as our Featured Performer at Open Mic on Thursday, July 23. Admission is $3 per person. The show starts at 7pm. Sign up is at 6:30.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Directions are available at: http://www.shermanjackson.com/DirectionsN.html
IN MEMORY OF HERB MOWRY
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We've got six bands put together for this year's SUMMER JAM CAMP sessions! Did you miss the deadline? There's just four more openings left! Late applications will be accepted til June 18th. Here's who we need:
Age group: 15-17 yr old.. we have two openings to be filled with either a guitarist, vocalist or horn player
Age group: 10-12 yr old.. we have an opening for one drummer and one bass player
Download an application here
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
As a songwriter, Michael’s a magical storyteller with a gift for melody and the ability to compose lyrics of substance.
As a performer, his deep rich voice, changing rhythms and excellent finger-pickin' skills give full-bodied life to his songs about the hills and mills of Fall River and of childhood dreams not quite forgotten in the adult quest to make an honest living.
He’ll weave you some magical moments…come and enjoy the show!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The CD RELEASE PARTY for JOE MERRICK
Friday - June 5th - 7PM
Joe Merrick invites you to a Free CD Release Party and Live Performance in celebration of the release of this 4th CD, Lost in Boston.
Joe is a singer/songwriter-engineer/producer-multi-instrumentalist. (What doesn’t he do?!) He's a multi-talented performer and will be joined on stage by Kevin Nelson on bass, Steve Lat on fiddle, pedal steel and mandolin and Peter Schwartz on drums. Joe invites you to join him and his fellow musicians for light refreshments.
We are excited to host Joe’s special event, bringing you this opportunity to see such top-notch musicians and great music.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
There's more than a few good reasons revealed by a new Gallup Survey performed for NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), which revealed that the majority of Americans agree about the many benefits of playing musical instruments.
Check it out...
Friday, May 15, 2009
Don't lose out, get your application in now.
(Still in school on June 23rd? We're working on a solution for that now. check back soon.)
Interested?? But not sure if you have the basic skills needed to Jam?
This guide will help you figure that out. Then be sure to submit your Enrollment Application by Saturday, June 6th, so that we can call you to let you know what approximate time your placement audition will be during the Sunday, June 7th auditions.
No Worries!! Auditions are free. You will not have to pay anything until after the teachers have determined the best Session Placement for you. If you're not quite ready to Jam, they'll recommend what you need to work on.
So get that application in early because there are limited slots available! If you need an application, you can download it on our April 23rd blogpost.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Check out their music on MySpace
The CD Release Show scheduled for Saturday, May 9 has been postponed due to an injury.
Anyone who has reserved tickets will be contacted if a phone number was given. We will announce the new show date as soon as it is available. In the mean time, feel free to call 508-977-0200 to be added to the reservation list.
This is gonna be an awesome show! ...Get your name on the reservation list today.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Please visit Debbie's tribute page on the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's website. OCRF.org Here is a link to her page
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The Saga of U.S. SAM...
Wanted: Fer Rustlin' & Butcherin' Rock'n Country & Blues songs!
Along with his faithful guitar, "Grace," some harmonicas, "SAMbourines" and a saddlebag full of originals plus old & new cover songs. They roam wild & free across the wastelands of SAMerica! SAMerica? Is he Loco? Si'!
U.S. SAM is sure to lift your spirits when he rustles up some good tunes for us on March 26th! Life is good.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
As of April 1, there will be a tuition increase. If you did not receive a copy in the mail, please stop by the Lesson Desk for a copy of the updated information.
Note: If you have not received an email from us, please go to our website and sign up for our Newsletters. Enter your email address in the Sign up block in the upper right-hand corner of our home page at www.ricksmusic.com When you get to the registration page, you can check off which types of correspondence you wish to receive from us. Be sure to check off "Rick's Student News" to ensure you receive all Student notices.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Who, by the age of 9 can say they've played guitar onstage with blues legend, Buddy Guy, been featured on TV supershows, Ellen Degeneres and Oprah Winfrey and is one of the guest artists appearing on Buddy's new CD which also features Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi?
Quinn Sullivan can!! And that ain't all...read more
All that talent, yet when you meet him, he seems just like a regular kid, a little shy, even. Put a guitar in his hands, and he's anything but regular! We've had the pleasure of watching Quinn perform locally since he was about 6. Maybe you caught him on our stage during our John Lennon Bus Day Talent Show. Join us on Feb 26th to watch this rising superstar perform on our Cafe stage. And you'll be able to say...I saw him play at Rick's when he was only 9.
Show starts at 7pm. Admission $3 per person.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
This Sunday, February 1st we will be closed for inventory. Just thinking about all that counting gives us a headache....
Come on in and we'll make you a great deal on all in-stock inventory.
We promise, by the time you leave... we'll both be happy!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Dave Jackson will have you falling off your chair laughing at his silly impersonations and grooving on his rich funk-folk-blues guitar.
His music is rooted in the wide-ranging aspects of the American songbook. Dave's style shows diverse influences from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Arlo Guthrie, Mowtown, Stevie Wonder and Bob Wills of the Texas Playboys, but adds that unique Dave Jackson spin to each.
In ways that tantalize listeners, he is equally adept at translating Hendrix' electrifying sounds into funky & rich acoustic passages as he is in bringing Bob Wills' fast-talking guitar sounds back to life.
Then the next thing you know it, he'll morph into Muhammed Ali, Joe Frazier or Howard Cosell. You won't be able to leave without a smile on your face.
But, hey, that's what happens here at Rick's. "We'll always leave you smiling"