Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Making Music for MDA at Rick's!

 BUY YOUR TICKETS ONLINE:      Making Music for MDA -Ticket

You probably know many of these performers.  Never before have they performed at the same event!  We expect a full house and recommend that you buy your tickets now.  This night will fill your heart, your soul and your dancin' shoes, too!   We'll be posting some of the top Silent Auction items soon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

2011 Holiday Open Mic & Food Drive

It's a Party and You're Invited!

When: Thursday, Dec. 8th
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)

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.

Our 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.  Our Food Donation Bin will be up during the month of December.  Last year was our second year for the Food Drive. With your generous donations, we raised and donated over 200 lbs of food and $70 in supermarket gift cards for them and they were so appreciative. This year they are very grateful for our pledged support.  PLEASE HELP US REACH THIS YEAR'S GOAL of 250 lbs and $150 in Gift Cards.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Teresa Storch -Open Mic Feature 12/1/11 7pm

Funky and soulful folk/rock songs, mesmerizing jazz infused vocals and bounding folk/rock sound...all great descriptions of Teresa's talent...but I have to admit that it was what one of her fans said about her that really intrigued me. He said,
"She could be the love child of Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews." - Brian Kelly (fan)

Teresa Storch grew up in Omaha, NE and now hails from Colorado where she went to college and first got hooked on the live music scene. It was there that Teresa began writing and performing her own music. She traversed the country in 1999 and landed in the Northeast, where she spent 7 years in the Boston music scene. She's been touring nationally since 2003, covering 35 states in 7 years.

Teresa's in the process of recording her third cd, "The Honesty Kitchen." About her music Teresa says, "My music comes from a desire to connect with others and to keep growing as a human being :)"

And connect she does. She enjoys adventuring into what makes the audience sit up and listen.

Open Mic Info:
Admission  $3 per person donation at the door
Show starts at 7pm
Performer Sign up at 6:30pm

more about Open Mic
Visit http://www.teresastorch.com/

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Shop Small Saturday Sale! Nov 26, 2011

We Thank You for Shopping Small!
Boy, do we have deals for you!  
GET 10% to 60% OFF
Plus, a free gift to everyone who makes a merchandise purchase of $10 or more.

How about a wireless mic for only $29?! 

Besides the great service and the great deals at Rick's...

The best reason to come see us on Small Business Saturday is that you are supporting a small, family-run business in your local community. Our staff lives in the communities it serves. We take good care of you and we truly appreciate it when you reinvest in your community through us.

Thank You!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Abby Vail -Open Mic Feature 11/17/11

Open Mic Details:
Show starts at 7pm
(Performer sign-up is at 6:30)
Admission $3 per person

November 17th will feature the delightful music of seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter, Abby Vail.

Abby says her life revolves around music, whether it be writing it , performing it, listening to it or even dancing to it.. Her Dad's in the music business and so music became an integral part of her life from a young age. Abby plays guitar and uke.

Listening to The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd among others, inspired her to start writing her own music about three years ago.

Abby says, "The inspiration for my music is drawn from my own experiences and so far I have written and recorded two CDs. I've been coming to Rick's Open Mic for about a year and loved every minute of it. Nothing brings me more happiness than music."

We're happy that she's been gracing our Open Mic stage and we're excited to host her first ever Open Mic Feature. Good Luck, Abby!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

FREE Digitech Clinic tonight Tues, Nov 8 @6:30

FREE Digitech Clinic tonight (Tuesday 11/8 ) at our store at 6:30pm. Featuring Digitech Clinician, Matt Caldor from Saly Lake City, Utah. Back by POPULAR DEMAND!

Learn how to use the new Harmony machines, looper pedals and more. Plus hear an incredible musician perform...all Free! PLUS there'll be some juicy give-aways. Check out this awesome demo Matt did for us last year

More about Matt Calder  http://www.vocalistpro.com/artist.php?name=MattCalder

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Guitar and Uke Classes launching Sunday, Nov 6th!

Get the details on two classes launching Sunday, Nov 6th!

Ukulele Club - Session II for Novices  (non-beginners)  Already know some chords?  This coached session is for you! Add to your skills and have more fun than a barrel of monkeys...I wonder how many monkeys that would be, exactly?    details 

Intro to Guitar - for Beginners (age 8-12)  Come on, make some music!  We'll show you how..    details


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Zak Jacobson & Friends-Open Mic Feature 10/20/11

Show Starts at 7pm - (Open Mic performer sign up at 6:30)
Admission $3 per person

Zak Jacobson, along with longtime cohort and lead guitarist Steven DiPersio, is the central songwriter/musician of the studio-based band, Zak Jacobson and the Pryor Convictions.

Zak focuses on songwriting in different genres.   His first album, the self-titled "Zak Jacobson and the Pryor Convictions," was released in June of 2009. The debut record was laced with several styles of music, with songs like "What Side You On," "Stripper," "Half In the Bag," and "Shaking Me Down" highlighting the album. Sometimes controversial in nature, the songs reflect some of the darker themes of life.

Zak Jacobson and the Pryor Convictions' second album, "Purging the Psycho," is due for release in fall, 2011 on iTunes, Amazon, and other websites.

Zak doesn’t consider himself a solo artist, but rather, someone who likes striking up different songs and several projects with various circles of people. He is a self-described “studio rat” but noted playing with a live band is something he misses greatly these days.

“So I just keep playing whenever I can,” he said. “I am always in search for the perfect band.”
When it comes to playing acoustic, Zak likes working with Steven DiPersio and friend Ernie DiMaio, along with other friends from past bands. Zak generally focuses on vocals and guitar but is known to play a few songs on piano as well. 

“The style is always Rock,” Zak said. “That’s what it’s about for me all the time. It doesn’t really matter what instrument I’m trying to play. I’ll try to play hardcore punk rock on ukulele if you tell me to.” He added his favorite bands include The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, and countless others.

Zak is a regular at Rick’s Music World in Raynham. The staff just cannot get him out of the store.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bob Dylan Night**With Art Tebbetts & Matt Borrello

Come hungry to Bob Dylan night at Rick's!  Our Cafe will be in full swing with delicious gourmet sandwiches and salads made to order.  Top that off with a delectible dessert while you are getting your Dylan Fix from these two tremendous performers!! 


Show starts at 7pm 
Admission $10 at the door

Rick's Music World
421 New State Hwy
Raynham, MA

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ukulele Club!

NOW STARTING Session II - Nov 6 - Dec 11 (for novices)
 Sundays from 1pm - 2pm    6 weeks   Cost $115

FUN FACT:  Ukulele is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the easiest musical instrument to learn.  No wonder its popularity is sweeping the nation!
Join our area's only Coached Ukulele Club!
Session I:  Learn as you go.  Coach Mark Carvalho, will have you playing a song in the first class.  Great family opportunity to learn to play together.   Each student will need a uke for practicing at home. Ukes are available for purchase - come get yours!
Already know a few chords??   Session II is for you!!  He'll give you the coaching you need to advance your uke skills plus include sing-a-longs.  More fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Session I - Beginners   New beginners class will begin in 2012 (Ages 8 to adult)
NOW STARTING  Session II - Novice    Nov 6 - Dec 11

Call or stop in to see Allissa to register  508-977-0200

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Intro to Guitar - Group Class for Ages 8-12

Meets: Sundays from noon to 1pm
Now Registering for Session 2
Class starts Nov 6th!!
 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 the class session ends.

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!

Class Meets:  Sundays from noon to 1pm  for 6 weeks

Session 1 - Sept 25 - Oct 23  (Session 1 Class graduated You missed it!)
Session 2 - Nov 6 - Dec 11   Registration Deadline Nov 2

COST: $115 (includes all class materials)

*Non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve a spot. Balance is due before the first class.

Rhythm for Rascals -Preschool Music Class (ages 3-5)

"Fun with Music"
Rascals Class meets for 45 minutes
each Thursday for 6 weeks

New session starts Oct 6th!

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. 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!  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your child's spot. Call 508-977-0200 or stop in today!

COST: $115 (includes class materials)

Session 1:  Oct 6 - Nov 10 Thursdays 10:30am-11:15am
Session 2:  Oct 6 - Nov 10 Thursdays 11:30am-12:15pm

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your child's spot.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

August Jam Camp Concert - Fri, Aug 26th!

Four bands will rock the house this Friday night at our August Jam Camp Concert.   Get the details and Jam Camp Updates here

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jam Camp Band Concert -7/29/11

Good luck to all the Jam Camp Bands who are performing tonight! We're really excited!!

The concert begins at 7:30. Doors open at 7. Band members need to be here by 6:30 for sound check. Reminder..Tonight's Admission is by invitation only due to space limitations. We expect a full house. Don't forget your invitation! If we have extra space at 8pm, we'll open it to anyone standing by.

This event is being videotaped by Carl Sangilio.  Order your DVD tonight! 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Voted Best of the Best

Thank you to our fans for voting us "The Best of the Best" Music Store in the Taunton Gazette's Readers' Choice Poll.  And a Special "Thank you" to our Students, Customers and Staff...we vote YOU the BEST of the BEST!  ~  Rick & Robin Santos

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Liberty Tree Guitar -Special Exhibition 6/23 - 7/12/11


Flag from the USS Cole Flies over the Liberty Tree Guitar in Raynham
In honor of Independence Day, we are hosting a special exhibition of the “Taylor Liberty Tree Guitar.” This rare instrument was made from the wood of the last surviving Liberty Tree which holds a significant place in American History. Words spoken under this sparked activities that lead to the birth and development of our new nation as Patriots like Samuel Chase gave impassioned speeches and led rebels in singing protest songs.

Each of the original American Colonies had Liberty Trees (or, in some cases, Liberty Poles) under which the Colonists rallied to exchange information and plan tactics for their quest for independence from Great Britain. The budding patriots met under these trees because it gave them a clear view of anyone approaching so they could be wary of spies.

Each tree was highly respected as symbol of Liberty and Democracy. Some were destroyed in an attempt to squash the American Revolution but most continued to act living witnesses to other historical events and ceremonies until one by one they were lost to natural causes, time, disease and storms.

This last surviving Liberty Tree – a lovely tulip popular – towered over the grounds of St. John’s College (originally King William’s School), where it stood sentinel in Annapolis, Maryland for 400 years until it sustained fatal injuries by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars, an avid history lover, eagerly sought to purchase the wood from this historical tree as soon as he learned about it. Out of reverence for the historical significance of this wood, the project of bringing it through wood preparation and guitar design took nearly a year. Taylor made 400 limited edition Liberty Tree Guitars, one for every living year of the tree.

The Taylor Liberty Tree Guitar is a stunner. A Grand Concert body with back and sides of chocolate-and-vanilla-colored tulip poplar, with an abalone-edged top of Sitka spruce. A laser-etched, burly maple inlay of a scrolled Declaration of Independence extends from the fingerboard onto the guitar’s top. The rosette combines a crescent of 13 stars (one for each of the original Colonies) around one half of the soundhole, opposite an early battle pennant that flew during the Revolution, rendered in bloodwood and dyed maple. A depiction of the first post-Revolution American flag is inlaid in dyed maple on the peghead.

The Liberty Tree Guitar will be on display in our Raynham Store from Tuesday, June 26th through Tuesday, July 12th. Flying high over the guitar is an American Flag which from the American Naval Destroyer, the USS Cole. This flag was flown on the USS Cole about two years preceding the now infamous bombing attack in Yemen which claimed 17 American lives and wounded 39 more.

For store hours and directions visit us at http://www.ricksmusic.com/
 Read the full story about the Liberty Tree Guitar at http://www.taylorguitars.com/Guitars/Archive/Older/limiteds/liberty/liberty.pdf

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Jam Camp 2011!!!!

Summer Jam Camp Updates:

8/25/11--August Jam Camp Concert is Friday, August 26th.  Concert starts at 7:30, doors open at 7.  We have limited capacity, so guests must have an invitation or a free ticket to enter!  Each band member has been given 2 free tickets plus 4 invitations for guests. Admission is $5 for guests .  Bands have been told what time to arrive for their sound check and should check with their Coach if they are not sure of the specific time for their Band.

8/24/11 - August Band Names Announced!!  The Rocket Dogs, Apricot Wysteria, A New Direction and Good Vibrations will rock the house this Friday night!!
7/19/11--July Jam Camp Concert is Friday, July 29th.  Concert starts at 7:30, doors open at 7.  Admission is $5, but we have limited capacity, so you must have an invitation or a free ticket to enter!
7/15/11--We have room in our August Jam Camp session for 2 more bands.  If you are interested, get your registration form in now!  Don't wait til the end of July to register...you'll miss all the fun!

7/15/11--Hey, Jam Campers...we'll be handing out invitations to the July Jam Concert soon.  (We're so excited!)  Because our capacity is limited, each Jam Camp Band member will receive 6 invitations they can give out.  Two invitations will be marked for Free Admission for two of your favorite family members.  Admission of $5 per person will be collected at the door for all other invited guests.  Please remind everyone to bring their invitation the night of the concert!

6/24/11-- We're still accepting registrations for the August session.  July Jam Camp starts the first week of July...Below are the only spots available.  If you are interested, please call us today!  508-977-0200
Bass   Level: Advanced Beginner   Age: 11-14   Session:  Wed/Fri  12:30-2:30
Drums  Level: Intermediate (Metal)   Age: 15+   Session  Tue/Thur  12:30-2:30
Bass   Level: Advanced Beginner   Age:  13-15   Session  Wed/Fri  10:30-12:30
Bass   Level: Intermediate   Age:  15+   Session Tue/Thur  10:30-12:30
Horn/Wind  Level:  Advanced Beginner-Intermediate  welcome in any session

AUDITIONS:   Previous Jam campers do not have to audition, but still need to submit their registration form and deposit.  If you have not participated in Jam camp before but are a student at Rick's, you do not have to audition if you have your Teacher provide placement information to the Jam Coaches. 

Here's the details for this summer's program. 
This year Jam Campers will meet with their band  for a 2-hour session twice a week for 4 weeks.  We're offering a July camp and an August camp.  Pick one camp or both camps!  The highlight of each camp will be the wildly anticipated Jam Concert held the Friday night after the last class.

JULY JAM CAMP:  Bands will meet either on Tues & Thurs  OR on Wed & Fri.  After Placement Auditions, we'll match up the bands and let you know which days & timeslot your band will meet.  Camp will end on July 29.  Concert will be July 29.

AUGUST JAM CAMP:  Bands will meet either on Mon & Wed  OR on Tues & Thurs.  After Placement Auditions, we'll match up the bands and let you know which days & timeslot your band will meet.  Camp will end on August 25.  Concert will be on August 26.

TUITION:  Jam Camp Tuition is $250     A $50 non-refundable deposit is required with your application.  The balance is due before the first class. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Peter, Paul & Mary Tribute Show -June 18

 “Humanity, Hope and Activism”

A Tribute Concert to Peter, Paul and Mary will be hosted at Rick's Music World on Saturday, June 18. Appearing will be Rick Fetters, Andy Daigle and Judy Neveu who will perform the group's historical music filled with the messages of humanity, hope and activism.

During the time of the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War Peter, Paul and Mary wielded folk's potency as a social, cultural and political force. It was then, back in the early 60's in the hotbed of artistic expression in Greenwich Village that Rick Fetters had the experience of meeting and mingling musically with the group, eventually collaborating with the group and their music. Andy Daigle has been a fan and student of their music. As his musical journey has grown, Andy has come to appreciate the quality of the group's music. Judy Neveu was first introduced to the group's music by listening to her mother's "In the Wind" album. "Stewball" is her favorite. It is the spirit of Peter, Paul and Mary's musical legacy that Rick, Andy and Judy will bring to the concert.

The concert will start at 7pm at Rick's Music World, Rt. 44 in Raynham. Tickets are $12 and are on sale now in store and at http://www.ricksmusiconline.com/ Call 508-977-0200 to reserve a seat for this wonderful Tribute Concert.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rick's Music voted in Top 100 Music Dealers in the Country!

We just got a call from NAMM, (our industry trade organization) who announced to us that we've been voted one of the Top 100 Music Dealers in the Country and that we'll be receiving an award at the Summer Music NAMM Show.  How cool is that??!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Announcing the WINNER of the BIG BREAK CONTEST!

CONGRATULATIONS!! to "THE GHILLIES" , winners of The Rhode Show's BIG BREAK CONTEST. You can catch them when they perform live at Twin Rivers on May 26 or on FOX during the broadcast of the American Idol Finale. 

Watch their TV Interview & first ever Live performance:


Monday, May 2, 2011

Guitar Class in the Style of Hendrix and Clapton!

 Class now starts May 15th!

Kick it up a notch! This guitar lab is a great way to improve and refine skills important for musical collaborations, like Jam Camp!

Expand your guitar knowledge with this NEW course offering. Teacher, Nic Estrela, will zero in on two guitar greats, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. You’ll get a hands-on tour of their unique sound, especially their signature chord styles and solo licks. This class is not for beginners, but all ages welcome.

Class Meets:    Sundays, from 1-2pm for 6 wks
Class Dates:     May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26
Cost:    $120     $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot.  The balance is due on the first day of class.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Beginner's Guitar Class for Ages 8-12

Class will now start on May 15th!

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 $29.99 and we'll apply the rental fee toward its purchase any time before June 12.

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!

INTRO TO GUITAR  (Ages 8-12)
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.

CLASS MEETS:    Sundays from noon to 1pm for 6 weeks
CLASS DATES:    May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Susie Burke & David Surette Concert & Workshops

Please join us with this talented couple as we start our new House Concert series here at Rick’s. Susie & David will each conduct an afternoon workshop followed by a Sunday night house concert. 

SUNDAY - MAY 1, 2011
Concert 7pm - 9:30pm  - $15

Workshops 3pm - 5pm
$25 each workshop or $37 for both

A house concert is an up-close and personal way to share music with friends and talented musicians in a relaxed and casual way. It fills the ears and the soul, and you head home remembering a special moment in your music memories!
Susie Burke owns the sweet, yet powerful voice of an angel. She’ll pull you into each song as she cap- tures the full meaning of every song she sings. Her guitar skills are a perfect complement to her voice. David is a master musician... if it has strings and frets, David can make it soar! Listen as he plays different instru- ments through the night. His warm voice is a perfect compliment to Susie’s, and together they make some of our very favorite music. Join us for this special night to make it your favorite as well!

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS—We will offer two choices from each artist. The top choice will be the Workshop offered this time. All the more reason to have them back again!

Learn great guitar techniques and tunes from one of the best in New England in these participatory workshop for acoustic guitar. David Surette has long been known as a musician's musician, as well as an experienced and gifted teacher. 
Traditional Acoustic Guitar Workshop
     This workshop for intermediate and advanced-level players will focus on American roots repertoire and technique, and will cover topics ranging from blues and ragtime to old-time songs and tunes.
Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop
    This workshop for intermediate and advanced-level players will focus on fingerstyle technique, and will present a “Travis-picking” arrangement as well as a Celtic tune in the DADGAD open-tuning.

“A Round is a Circle, a Circle of Sound”!
So the song says, and so it is.
There is a whole world of rounds to be discovered. They are a fun and satisfying way to sing in a group, with instant harmonies arising from different groups singing the same part with stacked entrances. (Remember singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat at camp or school or in the car?)  Come join Susie in singing rounds from the simple to the sublime.

Few things feel better in life than singing together!
Let’s sing some great chorus songs together and then
we will learn harmony parts to a slow shanty, “Bold Riley”, and a more hopping, “Wait ‘Til I Put on my Robe”. And then we’ll take it on the road, or at least home to our friends and families.
Pre-registration is required for us to determine which workshop will be held. Be sure to notify Rick’s staff or Contact Tom Irving at 508-823-4477 or tom468strings@yahoo.com.
Don’t miss this chance to learn from the best!!!  For more info about Susie & David go to: http://www.burkesurette.com

Friday, April 22, 2011

Join Earth Day Actions at Rick's

Happy Earth Day!
Here's 3 things green things to do at Rick's today & Saturday to be earth friendly:

1-Recycle your used instrument by either trading it in, putting it on consignment or donate it to our scholarship program.
2-Get a free cup of coffee if you bring in your own reusable mug or a free refill if you reuse our cups.
3-Use our Sheetmusic download & print service to buy your next sheet music to eliminate transportation fuel usage.

PS.  We'd love to hear your suggestions for more green ideas. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ken Porter & Mike Delaney -Open Mic Feature April 21, 2011

Open Mic Starts at 7
Performer sign-up is at 6:30
Admission $3 per person

This acoustic duo, Ken Porter and Mike Delaney are 40% of the folk ensemble New England Weather (“wait a minute and the music will change”, www.neweather.com). 

Ken Porter has been playing drums and singing for over forty years, including most recently in the music group New England Weather. He's played in marching bands, rock-and-roll bands, jazz bands, folk bands. He's opened for Dave Loggins and performed numerous times with Pete Seeger in various venues and with the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus. He's performed with the likes of Tom Chapin, Kim and Reggie Harris, Josh White Jr., and Ruth Wyand. He also appears locally with Julia Kelly, Carolyn Waters, Chris Wilhelm and, prior to her 'big band' era, appeared regularly in the Boston area with Patty Keough. He's provided percussion on several record albums and CDs including Dan Hart's well received "The Life of Dan", David Rovic's "We Just Want The World" and Kathy Danielson’s "Walkin'", on both of Mike Delaney’s CDs and of course on the New England Weather CD.

Mike Delaney is a Boston-area singer-songwriter and part New England Weather. His humorous original songs and parodies cover a wide range of topics from himself ("The Hunk") to the entire country ("If We Only Had a Brain"). In between are excursions into the world of natural science ("Tofu, the Vegan Killer Whale"), literature ("Daddy, Who's Mark Twain?"), automated phone systems ("1-800-CONFESS"), women's health ("Mammogram, M'am?"), sports ("Red Sox Dream"), the oxymoronic business of folk music ("I'm changing my name to DOT.COM"), parts of the human anatomy ("Colonoscopy"), and, of course, his raging ego ("It Is, In Fact, Always About Me"). He has been deemed an "accomplished amateur" by Marilyn Rae Beyer, former music director of WUMB, and Tom Paxton commented that at least one of his songs was "not bad". Anne Hills called the song 1-800-CONFESS "brilliant"! Mike has released three solo CDs, one with New England Weather, and has played mandolin on several others.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tom's Song Circle at Rick's

Come, gather around our circle of friendship and enjoy a night of acoustic music, where everyone takes a turn performing. Or just come to watch.

Our song circle is a great way to get used to playing in front of others without taking the stage at open mic. The fun starts at 6:30 and goes til about 10:30. All skill levels, original or covers and as casual as can be. Come Play! $3 cover charge  

Questions? Email Tom at tom468strings@yahoo.com
Friday, April 8, 2011    6:30-10:30
Friday, April 22, 2011  6:30-10:30

Monday, March 28, 2011

Johnny A Tickets on sale now!

Johnny A -Guitar Clinic & Workshop 
Sun, April 10, 2011  7pm (doors open 6:30)

“Up Close & Personal with Johnny A”

TICKETS $20 General Admission ($17 for Rick’s Music students)
Buy tickets in store or online

″…his guitar creates dense musical shadings, conveying nostalgia, regret, hope and intrigue…” — Jazz Times
Guitar-slinger and Boston Music Award winner Johnny A. grew up listening to Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix before cutting his teeth leading a short string of blues-rock bands. But the Bostonian bluesman really came of age in the early ’90s as a member of J. Geils Band.Everything he learned about supporting a song by knowing when to show off (and, more important, when not to) has been incorporated into his now elegant style: a potent blend of rock, jazz and blues tied together by a sweet tone and a constant emphasis on melody.
During the Clinic, he’ll share the inside story of his style & techniques, answer your questions.. plus plenty of great music to inspire you!
Buy tickets online at http://www.ricksmusiconline.com/
Johnny A  YouTube video mix

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2nd Tyme Around -Open Mic Feature Thurs 3/24/11 @7

Dedicated to Playin' Original Music- written by John Arruda

"..for the PURE REWARD of making it sound as GREAT as it can possibly be!"

Open Mic starts @7pm
Performer Sign up @6:30

Admission:  $3 per person

 Ed Fonseca- lead vocals & percussion,
John Arruda- lead guitar, vocals, songwriter
Alan Belong -2nd guitar and vocals
Roy Vieira -drummer and vocals
Ray Letourneau- bass guitar and vocals

2nd Tyme Around is the brainchild of Ed Fonseca, who wanted to put together a band featuring the original music of his cousin, John Arruda. Finding musicians who would be willing to sacrifice playing cover tunes to dedicate themselves to learning original material was not easy. The financial rewards would be very small, not to mention the time commitment for rehearsing and learning the material.

The band has gone through several transformations: a drummer, three bass players, two keyboard players and a percussionist have come and gone, but the 5 remaining players have proven to be the nucleus of the band.

In the words of John Arruda, who writes all the original material for the Band, “The driving force seems to be everyone's dedication to the music, which is diverse; from country rock, to rhythm & blues, latin flavored, good old rock n' roll, Americana...I guess that covers it all. It is hard sometimes to say with words, what you feel in your heart. I try to do that with my song lyrics, which I find the perfect vehicle to deliver my inner most thoughts and feelings.”

If the band is destined to be successful, John says it will be because of everyone's dedication and desire for the music to sound as good as it can get. Says, John, “I guess it all depends upon your definition of success. Just playing and enjoying the music has been reward enough for me. I have been truly blessed to be surrounded by good musicians, but more importantly good friends. I'd say we've been very successful.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BIG BREAK Contest Entry Deadline Approaching!

Have you entered your video of an original song yet?!  You only have until March 20th!
Register and enter the contest here:  EVENT LINK

 Note: You must be 18 to enter.  Be sure to read the contest rules to get all the details and dates and to see all the great prizes!

Voting begins March 23rd!

Friday, March 4, 2011

"Jam for Jim" ~ Sun. March 13, 2011 Benefit for family of the late Jim Johnson

This event was a trememdous success!!
It was a magical night filled with great music all night long.  Thank you to the teachers, students, staff and special musical guests who performed and to the many volunteers who helped. 
Thank you to Washburn for donating the beautiful guitar won by Paul LeClerc who immediately re-donated it to be raffled off to one of the kids attending the event.  New tickets were handed out to all the kids and boy, were they excited!  Paul drew the winner, our student, Robert Matthews-Forte.
Thank you, Paul! 
Our combined efforts raised $1,375 for Jim's family.
Join us for a night of awesome music
to be provided by
 all of the TEACHERS at Rick's Music
Plus ...enter our drawing for a special Guitar Giveaway for the cause.

Admission:  $10 donation at the door
SUNDAY - MARCH 13, 2011
TIME:  6:30 - 10:00

Our teacher, Jim Johnson, has led a life filled with music and has shared his joy of music making with so many people.  Just ask his many band mates, family and friends over the years plus the thousands of people who've watched him perform.  He's shared it with us here at Rick's for over 10 years and most importantly ... passed it on to the many students who've had the good fortune to be taken under his gentle wing and shown the possibilities that music brings.  A legacy that will live on through them.

Sadly, on January 14, Jim lost his battle with cancer.  Please join us to celebrate his life and the music he loved so much. 

All proceeds will be going to help Jim's family.

MORE About Jim's musical and theatrical journey:

A Taunton native, Jim was the lead singer of such bands as Rockestra, Snapdragon, Kindred Spirit, Full Moon Fever and many more!  On the stage, Jim lived each moment to the fullest and gave every ounce of his gifted talent, energy and spirit to the performance.  He also portrayed Jesus in the rock musical, Jesus Christ Superstar for ten years.  Many have said that as you watched Jim perform the role, you came to believe it was Jesus you were watching, so complete was his creative commitment to the purity of his role.

As a solo artist, he was often known as "Jim Jonson:  The Wandering Minstrel"  and while living in Florida, many called him "JJ On The Beach." 

We recall one special memory of Jim's musical journey that happened right here at Rick's.  Jim loved no, make that LOVED The Beatles!  After George Harrison's death, Jim wrote a song about George, his favorite Beatle.  In 2006, we co-sponsored a weekend of events with the Beatles tribute band, The Liverpool Legends, a band put together by George's sister, Louise Harrison.  And on the Friday night before the big Sat night concert, we held a private event for a small group of people to meet the band members and Louise and play Beatles songs together.  It was a magical night.

When Jim took the stage, he sang George's song for all of us, but mostly, for Louise who came onstage to thank Jim and give him a big hug.  Later on she gave Jim her contact information chatted with him and invited him to stay in touch.  He talked about that night as being one of the most memorable of his life.
JIM'S MYSPACE LINK:  http://www.myspace.com/514034565/music/songs/61976260

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BIG BREAK 2011 Contest!!

The BIG BREAK Contest is back and it's your chance to "Get your Original Music Out There!"

Upload your performance video of an original song. The top bands and solo artists will appear on The Rhode Show on Fox Providence. Cardi's Furniture NIROPE Studios will produce a music video featuring the winner. The video will air during the American Idol Finale and the winner will get to perform live at Twin River. Click the "Event Link" below for more information, to upload your video and to vote for your favorite.


Many thanks to the event sponsors for supporting live music!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

City of Squares -Open Mic Feature on Thurs - Feb 17 2011

We are in for some dynamic musicianship on Thursday, Feb 17th, when City of Squares will be our featured act at Open Mic.  Except for Jenna, every member of the band either teaches or has taught at Rick's and all are Quality musicians with a capital "Q".  Just sayin'...we'd love to add Jenna, too, if she could squeeze us into her schedule, which is pretty unlikely.

Genre:  Rock, Pop, Alternative

Jenna Paone......Lead Vocals/Piano
John Baptista.....Guitar/Vocals
Bill Ferri............Bass/Backing Vocals
Jon Francis........Drums/Backing Vocals

The music of piano-based rock quartet City of Squares (formerly The Briar Rose) combines the ferocity of powerhouses such as Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson with the sophisticated sensibility of poets like Sarah McLachlan and Damien Rice. Built upon a crooked tower of blues and soul, their distinctive brand of modern rock comes complete with edgy riffs, sultry undertones, danceable grooves, and attitude to spare.  For music samples and more about City of Squares go to:

A story of outstanding service from TreeWorks -chimes made in USA

Rick's Music World recommends TreeWorks products...because their chimes are made in USA (Nashville) and they stand behind their products!

The coolest thing just happened to us that proved it!

Here's what happened: 
One of our customers had a little whoopsie and the TreeWorks chimes came crashing to the floor. Two chimes broke off. We called TreeWorks to see if we could get the right parts to repair it. Instead, they volunteered to send us brand new set of chimes and pick up the damaged one free of charge. That is uncommonly outstanding service! We're proud to be a TreeWorks dealer. Check out their great chimes at http://www.treeworkschimes.com/
TreeWorks...small company, BIG IMPRESSION

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Come in and check out our $1 blowout table!!

We're open today and inventory's done.  Yea! 

We've got a table full of blowout items that can be yours for just one dollar each.. :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ricks Music Closed Tues. 2/1/11 for Retail and All Lessons

Due to the severity of the snow storm, as well as road conditions, we will be canceling all lessons today. We will be monitoring tomorrow's forecasted snow storm and will post current information on our facebook and blog. Thank you.

Monday, January 31, 2011

We're counting Inventory Feb 1, 2011

Our Retail Store will be closed while our staff counts Inventory on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. 

Lessons will go on as usual and Allissa will be at the Lesson Desk to process your February tuition payments via cash or check. 

Students, please knock if we do not see you at the door.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Open Mic canceled for tonight

Due to the crazy weather conditions, (and I'm sure everyone is exhausted from shoveling) we will be canceling the Rick's Music Open Mic tonight. However, Tom's Song Circle will go on as scheduled for tommorrow night (Friday) at 6:30pm.

Regular Music Lessons today will go on as scheduled today.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011



Thanks go to all of our students, customers and Open Mic'ers who donated so generously!!

We reached our goal of 200 lbs of food for the Raynham food bank!  (see their note)

We are still collecting monetary donations to reach our goal of $250 for Taunton's soup kitchen, Our Daily Bread.   We're almost there! 
There's a canister at the Cafe if you can help.

Nana Schwartzlose - Open Mic Feature Jan. 18, 2011

CORRECTION:  Event Date is Thursday, Jan. 20th

We're excited to bring you some international flavor this month!

Nana Schwartzlose is a singer/songwriter and all-around musician from Denmark, brought to our attention by the talented Patti DeRosa. 

In 2010 she released her latest cd "Notes to Remember" on the American Label. At home in Denmark, Nana performs solo as well as with several bands in live performances, on TV, and in studio recordings. She also teaches music. Nana loves to visit U.S. and tries to come as frequently as she can. 

Check her out at:  www.nanas.dk

We also found a nice video on Youtube:  http://youtu.be/vrge1kzS9qg

ABOUT OPEN MIC:  Open Mic performer sign up is at 6:30, the show starts at 7.  Admission is $3 per person.   Get more info about open mic at:  http://www.ricksmusic.com/ricks-music-difference.html

Tom's Song Circle - Schedule!

Hosted by our official ambassador, the multi-talented, fun lovin' Tom Irving! 

Our song circle is a great way to get used to playing in front of others without taking the stage at open mic.  The fun starts at 6:30 and goes til about 10:30-11:00.  All skill levels, original or covers and as casual as can be.  Come Play!   $3 cover charge   
Questions?  Email Tom at tom468strings@yahoo.com

Friday, Jan. 28th
Friday, Feb 11th
Friday, Feb 25th

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Jim Johnson

We are sad to share this news with you.  Our teacher, Jim Johnson, lost his battle with cancer and passed away yesterday morning.

Jim was a kind and gentle soul who cared extensively about his students.  He took great pleasure in watching them develop their musical skills under his guidance and told us, just two weeks ago, that they were an important part of his legacy.  Jim has been with us almost 10 years.  He will be sadly missed.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow Storm Closing -for Wed, Jan 12, 2011

Rick's Music World will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 12 due to the severity of the forcasted snow storm

All lessons are cancelled.  Stay home and stay safe!  Please check with the Lesson Coordinator if you would like to make up the lesson. 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Matt Borrello CD Release Show - Jan. 8, 2011 6:30pm

The long-awaited CD Release Party is about to begin!!   Join Matt for free appetizers starting at 6:30.  Show starts about 7:15.  Admission is $10

Reservations recommended!
Matt first stepped onto our Open Mic stage to perform at age 14.  Little did we know then that he would become the incredible talent he is today and a guitar teacher here at Rick's.

His passionate pursuit of creating great music has paid off in spades as he's one of the most active working young artists performing on the regional circuit.  His songwriting received recognition early on, when he won the Crowd Pleaser Award and came in second place in the youth division at the Boston Folk Festival in 2008.  He's been writing ever since, but perfectionist that he is, his long-awaited debut CD, "Don't Turn Around" was recorded at Dirt Floor Recording Studio in Connecticut on some great vintage analogue gear.  Matt would love to tell you all about it.

He's quick to confess that he's an analogue guy in a digital world and proud of it.
Matt is a devoted student of music history both at Northeastern University and on his own time, collecting and studying the folk music styles of the past, an old soul filled with talent absorbed from immersing himself (since the womb) in the great music of folk legends Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty. His passion for traditional country, acoustic blues and early rock and roll is engaged into his own original work. Matt has opened shows for well known local and national musicians such as John Flynn, Michael Troy, Rick Fetters, Don White and Kevin So.  This show, however, is all Matt! 

Check out Matt at:  http://www.reverbnation.com/mattborrello