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??!!!