Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Thoughts

 (We'll be closed New Year's Day)

We're so lucky to be in the business of music.  To see first-hand the power it has to transform our spirit by giving someone an energetic boost at just the right time, by inspiring a contemplative moment or resurrecting a special memory and by providing a much needed peaceful escape from our hectic lives.

At Open Mic we see it bring all kinds of people together, whether its to appreciate a shared song, recognize a person's effort or absorb the encouragement of others so freely given.   We see the many brand new friendships bonded here.  We see the challenges and laughter exchanged at each impromptu collaboration.  The vibe at Open Mic seems to bring out the best in everyone.  It's like music therapy.  Actually a few people have told us that.  If we could duplicate our Open Mic around the world, I'm pretty sure the world would be a safer and happier place.

At recitals we see a student's hard work and butterflies turn into a boost of self-esteem for their accomplishment.  We see the support in a parent's hopeful gaze as their child takes the stage evolve into joyful pride and maybe the realization that their child is one of the lucky ones.  Not all families can afford music lessons.  Some make significant personal sacrifices so their child can.  Others donate to our scholarship fund so they can make a difference for someone else's child.  They are making a difference.  Four scholarships were given out this year.

If you know of a child that wants to learn an instrument whose family cannot afford lessons, let them know we have a scholarship program and we do have scholarships available.  With your help we can make a difference in their lives through music. 

From Rick and I and all of us here at Rick's Music, we hope you have a wonderful New Year, full of memorable moments and new discoveries. We hope it's a good one!

Rick's Music Scholarship Program:
Applications are available at the Lesson Desk.  This Program is funded in part by Open Mic admission and by private donations.  If you'd like to sponsor a child, any donation is welcome.  Memorial donations are a heartfelt way to pass on the gift of music. 
Please make checks payable to:  Rick's Music Education Fund 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Show us what you got from Rick's

Did we help Santa put some music in your Christmas? :)
Show us how you liked it!

We'd love to share your photos in our online Facebook album. Post them on our Facebook wall or email them to us at: and we'll add them for you!  Check them out here:

 Rick's Facebook Wall

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow Update: We're Open Today

Hi Everyone, 
Hope you enjoyed the Holiday weekend.  The main roads and highways in our area have been cleared and we're open today for business as usual.  Lessons scheduled for today will go on as planned.  However, if your teacher has any schedule changes, he or she will be giving you a call directly.
Thank you for checking in...please drive safely and enjoy our winter wonderland.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Band Video Demos

One of our customers is offering a pkg for bands who want a video demo. It sounded like a good thing to share with you.  John Black has been doing video's for the music industry for many years and he's a nice guy. 

Here's John's offer:  If you have a band or would like to give a gift to a future Star, I will do 3 songs and Edit them with your titles, using High End ..TV Quality get 1 MASTER DVD,  you can copy as many as you need for distribution or for gifts.. also will upload your Video to You Tube, under the Johnbizzyguy Account/Channel.. for more info John Black 617-283-3626

Hope this is good info for you. If you don't have a place to shoot, we have rented out our Cafe for a video shoot a couple times.  If you do a video, let us know, we'd love to see it.  Good Luck!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Intro to Guitar - Adult Class starts in January!

 Jan 9 - Feb 13     Sundays 1pm to 2pm    (6 wks)

Have you been wanting to explore playing guitar?  This is the class for you, where you'll learn the fundamentals of guitar playing with a few other like-minded adults.  Instructor Mark Carvalho will keep it fun and get you started on your musical journey.  He'll teach you all the newest tricks to get you playing the music you love faster.  You'll need an acoustic guitar for the class and to practice at home.  If you need one, we have inexpensive beginner guitars for adults starting at $119.99 that are teacher-approved.
TIP:  Inadequate guitars or even great guitars not properly adjusted can be a critical roadblock to your success.  If you've already got a guitar, great.  Bring it in for a free check up a couple days before class starts so we can make sure it's good to go. 
Stop dreaming and make it happen!  Call 508-977-0200 today to reserve* your spot!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Jan 5th          COST:  $115 (includes all class materials)
*Non-refundable Tuition deposit of $50 is required to reserve a spot.  Balance is due before the first class.
 Pssst!  This class is a great gift to give to surprise someone who's always wanted to learn.  Add in a guitar and you'll put together a wonderful gift for less than $250!  Priceless!!

Intro to Guitar - Class for Ages 8-12 starts January 9th!


Jan 9 - Feb 13    Sundays  noon to 1pm       (6 wks)
This session is full!
Call 508-977-0200 to get on the list for the next one!
Explore the world of guitar!  Instructor Mark Carvalho will teach you the fundamentals of guitar playing and help you develop good techniques to build upon.  You'll enjoy learning tips to help you play your favorite music faster.  You'll learn be learning with a small group of kids in your age group who, like you, want to play guitar even though some aren't sure if they can do it.  You can!  Mark will keep it fun and get you all started on your musical journey together. 

You'll need an acoustic guitar for the class and to practice at home. If you need one, we have inexpensive beginner 3/4 size guitars, perfect for kids, starting at $89.99 that are teacher-approved.  Or, you can rent a guitar for the 6 weeks for $29 and we'll apply the rental fee toward its purchase any time before Feb 14.

TIP:  Inadequate guitars or even great guitars not properly adjusted can be a critical roadblock to your success. If you've already got a guitar, bring it in for a free check up a couple days before class starts so we can make sure it's good to go.

Wanna Play? Call 508-977-0200 today to reserve* your spot!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Jan 5th              COST: $115 (includes all class materials)
*Non-refundable Tuition deposit of $50 is required to reserve a spot.  Balance is due before the first class. 

Preschool Music Class (ages 3-5) Starts Jan 13th!

Preschool Music Class
This session is full! 
Call 508-977-0200 to get on the list for the next one!
Jan 13 - Feb 10      Thursdays  11am - 11:45am   (5 wks)

Your preschooler will experience the joy of making music in our Rhythm for Rascals Class.  Simple concepts of music making are woven into activities they'll love.. singing, rhythmic games, making of instruments, hands on fun with musical instruments and onstage performing.  Instructor, Grace Morrison, will infuse her joy of music into each activity.  She'll encourage and reinforce social interaction skills, such as respecting others, sharing, taking turns and teamwork skills.  Your rascal will love Thursday mornings and so will you! 

Class size is very limited!  Call today to reserve* your child's spot! 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Jan 8th                             COST: $85 (includes class materials)

*Non refundable deposit of $50 is required to register your child.  The balance is due before the first class.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Wrapped Gifts, ready to go!

We did the wrapping for you!
Choose from a selection of Gift bags full of accessories most needed by your favorite guitarist or drummer.

There's also starter packages for future musicians of all kinds!  Our knowledgeable staff can customize any package to suit your wishes and budget.

We make musicians happy!
Choose from Gifts Packages
Priced from $7 and up
Customized packages available

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holiday Open Mic Party & Food Drive

It's a Party and You're Invited!

When: Thursday, Dec. 9th
Time: 7pm (performer sign up is at 6:30)
Where: In the Cafe at Rick's Music World
Bring: A non-perishable food item for our Food Drive
Admission: $3 per person
(All proceeds to benefit our Food Drive)

Free Refreshments - Bring a dish to share if you'd like.

Join us for this festive night of music and friendship. Open Mic Performers are welcome to play holiday songs or any other songs they choose. We'll celebrate the camaraderie and diversity of our musical community. The coffee and goodies are on us. But, if you have a favorite dish you'd like to share with your fellow Open Mic'ers, it will certainly add to the spirit of the evening.

The Food Drive will benefit "Our Daily Bread", the Taunton Soup Kitchen which serves hot meals daily to folks who might otherwise go without, and the "Raynham Food Basket," a food bank, serving Raynham families who need a helping hand. Last year was our first year for the Food Drive. With your generous donations, we raised and donated over 150 lbs of food and $65 in supermarket gift cards for them. This year their needs are great. as you can imagine.  This year's GOAL is 200 lbs and $150 in Gift Cards.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Grace Morrison and The RSO -Open Mic Feature 12/2/10 7pm

DATE:                Thurs, Dec 2, 2010
TIME:                Open Mic starts at 7pm
ADMISSION:    $3 per person

OPEN MIC INFO:     Performer sign up is at 6:30. The show starts at 7pm. Our fabulous feature will go on about 8:30 pm and open mic performances will continue after the feature. More about open mic



Grace Morrison is one of our extremely talented and beloved teachers here at Rick's, teaching Voice, Piano and Guitar. Her vocals are absolutely stunning, her song compositions creatively unexpected.

Put Grace on a stage and her absolute love of performance radiates from every pore. Especially when she plays with the caliber of musicianship in her Band, The RSO, comprised of Grace's longtime guitarist Ben Moniz, Marta Rymer on violin and vocals and Max Judelson on upright bass. 

Her talents and abilities are difficult to describe because they are so extraordinary. Grace Morrison is a singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist who has been compared to many, but best described as one who turns words into pictures.
With a style spanning roots rock to folk and back to rock and blues, Grace’s music transcends her youth to arrive at a plane typically reserved for ‘old souls’. Her lyrics are poignant, her melodies infinitely memorable, and her performance and presence are commanding.     Visit

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

VIP Student Holiday Sale & Party this Sat! 11/20 6:30-9

Attention Rick's Music Students!

The annual VIP Student Holiday Sale & Party is this Saturday night, Nov. 20th from 6:30 to 9pm.

You and your family are invited for a night of fun, VIP SALES DISCOUNTS ON EVERYTHING IN THE STORE, FREE refreshments and musical about you? Feel like performing?  We're giving away prizes all night long and there's chances to win for everyone who comes.  Plus!  Only students can enter to win the Grand Prize Drawing.

Check your email for your invitation which just went out Tuesday..or pick one up at the Lesson Desk.  Students, you'll need the entry coupon to enter the Grand Prize Drawing.

Psssst!  Parents, this is the best time to conspire with Santa's Elves and to fill some stockings with the gadgets and supplies your musical kids will love getting.  (We know what's important to you..Great prices & Free Layaways available, too.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Song Circle Friday, Nov 12 6:30pm

It's time for another great song circle with host Tom Irving!  

All skill levels, original or covers and as casual as can be! Held after store hours, it provides a casual, intimate atmosphere for local musicians and music lovers to gather and share their joy in making music. 

Chairs are set up to form a Performers' Circle, used to cycle all performers through after each song or two. A $3 cover charge brings good music, good friends and a lot more fun than the TV. Questions? You can email our host at:

Friday, November 5, 2010

Photo Contest! Win $100 Spending Spree at Rick's!


Show us!  We would love to add your photo to our new Facebook photo album, "Love what I got at Rick's"  To inspire you, we are having a Photo Contest!

PHOTO CONTEST DETAILS:   Post a photo of yourself with your favorite instrument or gadget you bought from us on our Facebook Wall. The photo that gets the most "likes" wins a $100 Gift Card which will be awarded on Black Friday, Nov 26.

Make sure you tell your friends to vote for ("Like") your photo!  Here's the link to Rick's Facebook Wall.  If you are under 18 years of age, you should ask permission to use your parent's or guardian's Facebook account to enter your photo.  All photos submitted may appear on our Facebook, Blogs or Website, where potentially thousands of viewers may see the photographs.

By posting their photo, all Entrants (and, if under 18, including their parent or guardian) waive any and all rights to photographs and give Rick's Music World the right to publish same in any medium without compensating entrants.   Winning Photo and the photos of the Top 3 Finalists will be published in our December Email Newsletter sent to our email subscribers.


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MUSIC CLASSES -Still room left in our Fall Classes!


There's still room left in our Fall Music Classes.
(click the class titles for class details)

Intro to Guitar - 4 SPOTS LEFT!
For ages 8-12
We need a couple more kids to sign up before we can get this class rocking!  How about you!?

Classic Rock Guitar - 2 SPOTS LEFT!
Explore the techniques, influences and unique features of the great classic rockers.  This class starts Sunday, Oct 31st.  3-4pm

Fall Jam Camp - 2 SPOTS LEFT in Monday 6-8pm Band
We've got a great band started, ages 12-14 (Level: Advanced Beginner).  This band started on Monday (10/25)  Anyone interested in joining will get a private catch up lesson.  They are looking to add any two of the following:

Rhythm for Rascals (ages 3-5) - 6 SPOTS LEFT!
This class needs a few more kids to sign up before we can get this class jumping!  Please spread the word!  Great introduction to the joy of music making. 

Intro to Guitar Class - Ages 8-12 starts Oct 24th!

Intro to Guitar   Ages 8-12
Sundays    noon-1pm       Cost $100

Learn the fundamentals of guitar playing in a small group setting.  Students will enjoy learning tips to help them play music faster and develop good techniques to build upon.  Students meet for 1 hour each week.  
Requirements:      Student will need an acoustic guitar during class and for practicing at home.  Teacher-approved student guitars are available for purchase or rental. We also provide a free check up for any student-owned guitar prior to the first day of class.
(5 wks) Sunday noon-1pm  TENTATIVE START DATE 10/31 thru 11-28

Call 508-977-0200 to register!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Fall Jam Camp! -Placement Auditions Sat, Oct 16 @2pm

More sessions available!
(see bottom of post)
Fall Jam Camp  Ages 12-adult
 4 wks/2-hr Class      Cost $140
Learn how to play in a band!  Musicians who have mastered basic skills on their instrument are matched up with others of similar ability to form a band.  
Each band is coached by professional teachers to learn how to play in coordination with others, how to run a practice session, learn a song, read simple chord symbols and charts, work out arrangements and improvising plus how to run a successful band.
Each band will meet for a 2-hr session once per week.  The Camp will conclude with a Live Jam Camp Concert held in our Cafe.  
 Session now running
Mon. 6:00-8:00 (10/25-11/15)     WANTS 2 MORE PLAYERS!  (Voice, Bass, Piano or Wind) This band consists of ages 12-14, Advanced Beginner level.
Tentative Concert Date:  Sat., 11/20 7pm

More sessions available:
Mon. 3:30-5:30 (Available to start when 4 or more people are interested)

Thurs. 3:30-5:30 (10/28-11/18) (Available to start when 4 or more people are interested

NEW Guitar Class in the Style of..Classic Rock -starts Oct 24

Guitar-In the Style of “Classic Rock”
Sundays 3-4pm      Cost $100
Explore the techniques, influences and unique features of rockers such as Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Angus Young (AC/DC) and other great classic rockers!
Not for beginners...but for all ages. 
(5 wks) Sunday 3-4pm  10/31-11/28

Call or stop in to register today!  508-977-0200

NEW Preschool Music Class -Rhythm for Rascals

Rhythms for Rascals  Ages 3-5
Thursdays at 11am      Cost $80

Developed exclusively at Rick’s Music World, this program will provide you with a variety of musical opportunities for your young child.     
The main focus is to introduce the joy of making music to young people by encompassing many fun activities.  Including singing, rhythmic activities, making of instruments, onstage performing and hands on fun with musical instruments.  
Simple concepts of music making are woven into the activities, as well as reinforcement of social interaction skills such as respecting others, sharing and taking turns and teamwork skills.  Class size limited! Call us to register your preschooler today.  
Phone:  508-977-0200
Thursdays at 11am  45-minute class
(4 wks)  11/11 -12/9 (no class 11/25)  NEW START DATE!6 SPOTS LEFT IN THIS CLASS!  

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Phil Ochs Song Night -Oct. 24, 2010

Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010
7pm  (doors open 6:30)

Tickets $20 ($15 for Rick’s Music Students)   NEW!  BUY TICKETS ONLINE

FEATURING!! Greg Greenway, Kim and Reggie Harris, John Flynn, David Roth, Magpie and Pat Wictor

A night of music celebrating the music of Songwriter, Phil Ochs, plus original material of this incredibly talented line-up of performers!  Hosted by Sonny Ochs.



Greg Greenway

John Flynn

Pat Wictor

Kim & Reggie Harris

David Roth


Don't Miss this Show!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Phil Ochs Song Night Performer -Short Bios

This outstanding line up of consummate musicians & storytellers will pay homage to the music of Phil Ochs, plus share their original music with us on Sunday, October 24, 2010. Hosted by Sonny Ochs Get concert details at:

John Flynn
John Flynn sings powerful songs of humanity and hope deeply rooted in the traditions of Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs. John paints vivid, lasting images with words and music, drawn from a palette of awareness, compassion, irony, and humor.
A socially driven singer/songwriter not afraid of writing about the shadows, John allows us the space to come to our own conclusions. His songs speak to our common shared humanity. Thank-you notes left on his websites come from both soldiers and anti-war advocates.

Greg Greenway
Beneath the radar of the corporate music world there are gems to be found. Greg Greenway is a multi-faceted one. A rare combination of instrumental expertise, a soulful and moving singer, powerful poet, and sparkling entertainer, Greenway is one of those difficult-to-categorize performers who have found a home in the modern acoustic genre.

Musically, he draws inspiration from all over the map--gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music. But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie. His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens of Greenway's humanity and his easy affinity for the audience.
Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973.

Greg began to play music in the early sixties as a direct result of the Civil Rights Movement. His father worked for the National Urban League, and members of the family became involved in local action in the Movement. Terry also began singing at that time, and spent many of her childhood summers with her mother's family in the deep south where she witnessed the cruelty of racism and the power of the Movement.

She also was a witness to the shootings at Kent State on May 4th, 1970 when National Guard troops fired into a group of students protesting the war in Vietnam. Terry and Greg continue to reflect these experiences in their own work as they frequently raise their voices in support of the ongoing struggles for civil rights, freedom, justice, and peace.

The powerful blending of their impressive voices are a treat for the ear. Add to that their instrumental talents, Terry on harmonica, mandolin, fretted dulcimer and rhythm guitar, and Greg is an outstanding fingerstyle guitarist. His playing is the solid basis of Magpie's sound, providing whatever is called for, whether it be a hard-driving rhythm, or a ringing lyrical beauty.

Kim & Reggie Harris
Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music. They write, record and produce music as a means to promote creativity, education, social responsibility and understanding in the world community.

As a result of their CDs "Steal Away" and Get On Board" (Appleseed Recordings) and materials developed in their work with the Kennedy Center, Kim and Reggie have earned wide acclaimed for their contributions to the resources and knowledge base - in historical and educational circles - on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement.

Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Harry Belafonte and others, has led them to produce music that entertains and inspires.

David Roth
David Roth strikes many chords, hearts and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious and powerful singing and subject matter. Not many songwriters can say their music took a trip on the Space Shuttle. But David can.

His song, "Rocket Science" went up on the Space Shuttle Atlantis's May 2009 mission to repair the Hubble Telescope. While others have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, several Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, NASA’s Goddard Space Center.

Pat Wictor
Steeped in American "roots" music, Pat Wictor is a contemporary songwriter and interpreter drawing on the rural country, gospel, and blues traditions of our nation.

"Pat Wictor is a phenomenal lap-slide guitarist and songwriter as well as an interpreter of others' music. His lyrics are intelligent and compelling, his stage presence commanding." -Mike Space, Artistic Director, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, PA

An American by birth, Pat was raised outside of the United States until his teenage years, living in Venezuela, Holland, Norway, and England. This time abroad gave him an unusually deep awareness of being a resident of a country while also a world citizen.

Pat views his life and his music as a journey, populated with an ever-shifting landscape of people, places and emotions. It is a journey he is eager to share with others, knowing that it is the experiences along the way, not the arrival, that initiate the most profound changes.

Andy and Judy (Acoustic Duo)-Open Mic Feature 10-21-10


Andy and Judy: An acoustic duo playing guitar, piano and harmonica

Andy Daigle and Judy Neveu live in Bridgewater and have been singing together for about a year and a half. It’s a duo built upon common ground. Each draw from a wealth of experience they received while singing with various choruses and choirs throughout their lives.

Their performances are highlighted by the quality of their vocal work, each individually and joined together with beautiful harmonies. They perform songs from Tricia Yearwood, John Denver, John Prine, James Taylor, Peter Paul and Mary, Simon and Garfunkle and many other folk and country artists.

Both New England natives, Judy is originally from Taunton where she was introduced to folk music at an early age through her mom’s Neil Diamond and Peter, Paul and Mary records. Andy was born in Maine into a musical family. He spent most of his youth in upstate New York where he grew up listening to folk and church music while traveling with his family before eventually settling in Malden.
Interestingly enough, Judy is related to Fred Pike, the man credited with bringing Bluegrass to the state of Maine. Although Judy prefers listening to 80’s rock bands, she hasn’t quite convinced Andy to adapt some of those songs into their repertoire.

They’ve promised all new material for their feature this Thursday, save for one very special song. We’ll have to wait and see what surprise might be in store.  Open Mic starts at 7pm, Performer signup is at 6:30. $3 admission.

About Phil Ochs

Phillip David Ochs
(December 19, 1940 – April 9, 1976) was an American protest singer (or, as he preferred, a topical singer) and songwriter who was known for his sharp wit, sardonic humor, earnest humanism, political activism, insightful and alliterative lyrics and haunting voice.

Most of Phil Ochs' music touches on some of the most difficult issues, raising important social and political questions, his music heard at anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies, student events and organized labor events.

A contributor to the booming Greenwich Village folk music scene, in 1964, Phil released his first record and, within two years had enough success to play to a sold out crowd at Carnegie Hall. He wrote over a hundred songs mostly in the 1960s and released eight albums in his lifetime.

He travelled the world, but while in Tanzania, he was mugged and lost the top three notes of his vocal range. This event seemed to send him on a downward spiral. His last years were troubled ones. He suffered from manic depression plus an affinity for the bottle. Sadly, he took his live on April 9, 1976 at the age of 35.

As a tribute to the great many people his music has influenced, tribute concerts were begun in his memory and continue today.

Currently his sister, Sonny Ochs, is the host of "Phil Ochs Song Nights," a national tour which features an outstanding line-up of well-respected socially-conscious singer/songwriters.  Sonny Ochs will present the Phil Ochs Song Night at Rick's Music World in Raynham, MA on Sunday, October 24 at 7pm.  Rick Santos, owner of Rick's Music, said, "I'm definitely honored and just thrilled at this opportunity to bring this outstanding night of musical enrichment and historically significant music and storytelling to the Southeastern Massachusetts community."  More information about the show and the performers can be found at

Tickets are $20  and can be purchased online at

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thatcher Harrison -this week!

Don't miss this Thursday's show!  Gifted with perfect pitch, equally matched with the tonal quality of his guitar work, you won't believe he just turned 9!  Click his name above to see photos & get the full story.

Monday, September 20, 2010

FREE Digitech Clinic - Tues, Sept. 21, 2010

Digitech Clinician, Rickk Beatty, will show off some NEW Digitech Gear and then some! Rikk has shared the stage with such bands as Great White, Dio, Cheap Trick, April Wine, Sanctuary and Forced Entry.


Visit Rikk on line at:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

One Sweet Dream - The Paul McCartney Experience (tribute show)

Friday, September 24, 2010
8pm   (doors open at 7:15)
Tickets $10

Paul McCartney fans, this night is for you.

We are your concert hosts for One Sweet Dream, The Paul McCartney Experience who will give you a guided tour of everything McCartney, from “Beatle” Paul to “Sir” Paul. Featuring Mike Miller, a natural at capturing the look, sound and even the persona of Sir Paul.

A Live Video shoot is planned for this show. The Band invites you to come and let your applause be heard.

More info:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Thatcher Harrison -Open Mic Feature Sept. 30, 2010

DATE:     September 30, 2010
SHOW TIME:  7 pm  (Performer sign up is at 6:30)
Admission:   $3 per person

About Thatcher:

Thatcher Harrison was born to play guitar. He began playing before the age of two, started making weekly public performances at the age of five, and had his first open-mic feature performance shortly before turning six. That was about his age the first time he first performed on our stage with his Dad, Stan, while exhibiting an early love for performance.  He's been a very busy boy since then and we're looking forward to seeing what he's got in store for us.
Drawn to the music of the 1960s and 1970s, Thatcher delights audiences with songs by such artists as Simon and Garfunkel, the Beatles, Cat Stevens, Donovan, and James Taylor. A regular performer on the open-mic circuit, Thatcher has had feature performances at the Café Arpeggio (New Bedford), the Coffee Deport (Warren), the Planet Café (Westport), and the Custom House Coffee (Portsmouth). In each of the past four years, Thatcher had entertained audiences at Rhode Island's "Singing Out Against Hunger" benefit and the Tiverton Arts and Artisan festival. This past summer, he had the pleasure of playing at the Marshfield Fair, at a one-day music festival in Alpena, Michigan, and before a capacity crowd at Mahogany Shoals on Block Island. And, today, we hear he’s excited at the prospect of playing and singing on stage at Rick’s Music World as our September feature.  Help us welcome him back!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Saturday Song Circle -9/25/2010 CANCELLED

 Sorry folks, there were too many conflicting music events in our area.  But the great news is that we plan to host two Song Circles per month starting in October!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25     6PM  $3 cover charge

at Rick's Music World
Have you ever sat around a campfire singing and playing music with others? This monthly acoustic event is just as special. Chairs are set up to form a Performers Circle, used to cycle all performers through after each song or two. Held during closed store hours, it provides a casual, intimate atmosphere for local musicians and music lovers to gather and share their joy in making music. Our friend, Tom Irving hosts. Email questions to him at

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Summer Jam Camp 2010 -PHOTOS!!

Here they are!! The photos from Summer Jam Camp 2010 and the Concerts from last Fri & Sat night!

This year's Bands were absolutely fabulous. Kudos to all the kids for two great shows!! Many thanks to our Jam Camp Coaches and Steve Skillings of Jam Hub for helping these kids achieve greater heights!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Roy Tabua -Open Mic Feature 8/26/2010

Diversity is one of the most delicous pleasures of our Open Mic, where you might hear music performed in any number of languages and styles. This month’s Feature Performer, Roy Tabua, offers a warm and silky-smooth blend of music inspired from the world music influences he loves…African, South American, American and European music.

This Thursday night, you’ll hear him sing in a variety of languages, but I have to say that his bossa nova, softly sung in Brazillian Portugese is so smooth, it will melt in your mouth. Roy’s intriguing finger-style guitar accompanyment adds a latin warmth to his performance. He’s sure to soothe your soul.

Born in Nova Lisboa, Angola to Cape Verdian parents, Roy spent his youth in Portugal before moving to the US as a teenager. Roy began learning guitar at the age of 14 and continues to pursue a higher level of understanding of the guitar, song arranging and composition at the New England Conservatory of Music.

You’ll find his first studio recording of his original arrangment at

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2010 Summer Jam Camp Concerts -Aug 20 & 21

We're so excited...our Summer Jam Camp Concerts are this weekend!! We've heard the bands progress through the Summer and they are gonna Rock the House! will be so proud of them!


The Friday (Aug 20) & Saturday (Aug 21) night shows both start at 7:30, doors open at 7.
**Jam Campers need to arrive at 6pm for sound check.**


Friday's concert August 20th will feature The Hidden Plague, Metal Health and White Noise Interrupted

Saturday's concert August 21st will feature The Chain Reaction, R.A.T.T. (Rockin’ All the Time), and The Next Best Thing (T.N.B.T.)

Admission is $5 per person All our 2010 Jam Campers get in FREE plus get two additional complimentary tickets. We expect a packed house like last year for the Bands' invited friends & family. It will be standing room only for late arrivals, so get here at 7 to reserve your seating!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Free Concert tonight by Matt Borrello and the Quality Dogs

The Town of Raynham proudly supports the Arts by sponsoring a free Summer Concert Series and tonight is Rick's Music Night at the Gazebo across from the Park & Recreation Dept in Raynham..featuring a Free Concert by Matt Borrello and the Quality Dogs..Come & join in the fun!

Photo by Ron O'Connor

Matt Borrello began performing on our Open Mic stage from the very first night five years ago and has developed into an incredible musician and entertainer with a repertoire that covers (I'm guessing) over 300 years of music plus his own standout originals. When you see him you'll know why we're proud to say that Matt now teaches guitar here at Rick's. Check Matt out at: and

Go to the Gazebo tonight for fabulous music from 6:30-8pm For details and directions, go to the link below and click on the 2010 Summer Concert Series

Friday, July 2, 2010

Johnny Hiland Concert/Clinic-Purchase Tickets online

TICKETS MAY NOW BE PURCHASED VIA OUR ONLINE STORE. All tickets purchased online will be held at the door.  Tickets are available in-store also.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE:   Johnny Hiland Concert/Clinic


DATE:                    Friday, July 9, 2010
TIME:                     8 pm (doors open 7:30)
TICKETS:              $20 ($15 for active students of Rick's Music)  
LIMITED SEATS:  Please get your tickets now-- It's very unlikely there will be any tickets left come showtime!
LOCATION:          Rick's Music World & Cafe


It's not often we get such intimate access to musicians of this caliber...Hailed as a true guitar prodigy, Johnny Hiland started touring with his family at the age of eight. He started playing Bluegrass and his talent evolved, becoming a master at any genre. No matter what genre he is playing...from gluegrass to country, jazz, rock and metal...he is sure to both impress and inspire.

Appearing with his bassist & drummer, Johnny will PERFORM and INFORM.

Session musician for such stars as Toby Keith, Ricky Skaggs, Janie Fricke, Trick Pony and Hank Williams III.

Check out Johnny on Youtube

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

johnny hiland mercuryblues

Look who's coming to Rick's! The legendary guitarist, Johnny Hiland will be doing a clinic here on Friday, July 9th...more details coming soon!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Introducing Dynamic Duo ~a Parent/Kid intro to Guitar Class

It's more fun to Learn Guitar together!  THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES!!

Mom plus Son...Uncle plus Nephew...Niece plus Aunt...Dad plus Daugher....Big Brother plus Little Brother...Daughter plus Mom....Son plus Grampa

This class is for any adult paired up with the kid of their choice OR any kid paired up with the adult of their choice!  Starting age for this class is 8 and as for adults, you can be as old as you feel.   Teacher, Mark Carvalho, will introduce you to the basics of playing guitar and he'll have you playing music together before you know it! 

Class size will be limited to 10 students, so Mark can give plenty of personal attention to each student. Students will get tips to help them play music faster and develop good techniques to build upon. Call now or stop in to register!

DYNAMIC DUO  6 weeks of fun!
Mondays 10:30am - 11:30am
June 21 - Aug 6  (no class on July 5)
Tuition   $110  Includes class materials

Students will need an acoustic guitar for class and to practice at home.  Guitars available for rental for $29.99 for the class duration.   Rental fee may be applied toward purchase at the end of the program.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Don Wilson - Open Mic Feature June 10, 2010

Open Mic starts at 7pm and performer sign up is at 6:30.
Admission $3 per person

In my 27 years of owning a music store, I’ve seen quite a few great musicians develop from a tender young age. This month’s Open Mic Feature was one of those kids who blossomed into a killer vocalist, highly skilled guitarist radiating warm charisma as a live performer. He absolutely blew me away as the lead in a local theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar!

Donnie & I became friends many years ago and I was delighted when he told me that he was ready to get back into music. Now 40 years old, he is making his first return to writing, recording, and performing in over 13 years.

Wilson performed at clubs and colleges throughout New England in the 90's, highlighted by a live performance with Jimmy Buffett and the release of his full length CD titled, "Lather, Rinse, Repeat" in 1997. He left music to pursue a successful career in the mortgage industry which led to founding Province Mortgage Associates, Inc with his peers in 2005. According to Donnie, ten great years of marriage and three wonderful children later, the timing was finally right to pick up the acoustic guitar and stretch out the vocal chords again. Wilson's goal was to release a new album in 2010, the year of his 40th birthday, and to get up in front of a crowd again. Thanks to the fantastic people at our Open Mic, support was right around the corner.

Wilson's vocal style has been compared to the late Brad Delp from the band BOSTON, as he loves to still scream the high stuff while still being able to bring it down to a soulful whisper. All of his music is written on the acoustic guitar which he openly admits he truly enjoys taking chances and being aggressive. Let's just say there's a lot of scratches and dents on his Washburn acoustic. His new music is being recorded with Alex Krepkikh, a tremendous talent from Providence, RI, and is being released in August 2010. Wilson's mission with his music is now defined by the birth of his son Jacob in 2009 who was born with CHD (Congenital Heart Defect). This inspired Donnie to write the single, "Super Hero Fantasy" that is being acclaimed by many as the anthem for CHD awareness, especially in the world of heart families. All proceeds from the sale of this single go to research for CHD through Children's Hospital Boston.

This Thursday night, you are in for a treat. With Donnie in the Feature Spotlight, you will be entertained to your heart’s content!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Jam Camp 2010


Rune is crowned 'Big Break' winner!

Congratulations to Rune band members Colby, Heather, Joey & Eric from all of us at Rick's!

Thanks to everyone who participated & voted. Be sure to watch for Rune's new video that will be aired during the May 26th America Idol Finale and catch them at their live performance at Twin River's-Lighthouse Bar on June 10th!

Full story & video

Saturday, May 15, 2010



Pick one of two Concerts in our area, The Country Throwdown in Gilford, NH on May 31st -Memorial Day or the Vans Warped Tour in Boston on July 13!

Entry forms in the store - one entry per person.

We'll draw the winner for the Country Throwdown tickets at Open Mic on May 27th...!

We'll draw the winner for the Vans Warped Tour tickets at Open Mic on July 8th!
Check out the list of bands here:

Friday, May 7, 2010

Last Chance to VOTE for your favorite Finalist in the BIG BREAK Contest!

Who will WIN the BIG BREAK contest?   

It's up to you!

Vote NOW for one of these five bands that made the Final cut:
Keep Me Conscious, Rune, World Premiere, Infusion Experience, and I Am Chief

Visit the Fox Providence website to view their live performances and VOTE!

The winner gets a professionally made video, courtesy... of Cardi's, which will air on Fox Providence on the final night of American Idol AND...if that's not enough...will perform live at Twin Rivers at the Lighthouse Bar on June 10.  Winner will be announced on the Fox Providence website on May 13th!

Good Luck to all of the Finalists!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Introducing our Open Mic Podcast!


You can now subscribe to a Podcast of our weekly Open Mic thanks to Steve Hasomeris at Open Stage Podcast. Thank you, Steve!