Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Rebel Kellys -Open Mic Feature 11/29/12

The Rebel Kellys are a musical family group and together they travel the world. Adam and Jessi with their two children play a mix of traditional folk music as well as self-written songs. Adam plays the guitar and is the lead singer, Jessi plays the fiddle and provides backup vocals. Their son Yeshuae is 6-years old and their daughter Evelyn is 5. Both play percussion instruments and sing.

The Rebel Kellys are so passionate about their music that they have dedicated their lives to it and this comes through in how people respond enthusiastically to it wherever they go.

OPEN MIC - $3 - 6:30 sign up, 7pm music - This week we have our usual slew of talented open mic'ers, plus... THE REBEL KELLYS!!! This talented family came to an open mic and wowed us so much that the crowd wouldn't let them off the stage after their two songs! A very talented mother and father, accompanied by a beautiful young daughter and son. They sing, they play, they make wonderful music.... why not come and listen??

Friday, November 23, 2012

Top 5 Reasons to Shop @Rick's on Small Business Sat


On Small Business Saturday, Nov 24th

1. Keep the money local.
2. Support the local business that supports YOU and your community.
3. Same prices or lower than big box stores.
4. We promote what you care, education and live performance.
5. We take care of you every step of the way (You won't have to call a foreign land to get your questions answered!)

It's our 30th Anniversary! Shopping small assures your favorite family business stays in business!  We're celebrating with some GREAT DEALS!!! 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Benefit Tonight 11/17/12

Benefit show for Salvation Army, featuring Chubby Tavares lead vocalist from the band “TAVARES”. FREE Admision, just bring a minimum of 3 can goods. Show begins at 7pm.  Other special performers will begin the show. This is a Derek Shapiro Show, hosted at Rick’s Music World. Rick’s Cafe will be open for its famous gourmet sandwiches, salads and desserts. Please join us!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Trunk Show w/Jen Tabor of Souldier -Nov 15 3:30-8:30

NEWS BLAST!  Jen Tabor pictured here with Robert Kearns of Lynyrd Skynard will be flying into Boston just for us for a special TRUNK SHOW on Thursday, Nov 15th from 3:30-8:30!

She’ll be bringing us a huge selection of items from the Souldier line. Everything custom handmade in Chicago.. straps for guitar, bass, uke, mandolin PLUS! dog collars, camera straps, belts, headbands, wrist cuffs and gorgeous purses!

Get more info!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Yes! We're Open Tues, 10/30

Rick's is open for lessons and full of Post-Sandy bargins on great musical gear for you!

We've got lights, free wi-fi, a Chicago concert playing on the TV's and the Cafe is opening at 3pm with some storm specials. Come on in!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Mon, Oct 29 Store Closed & Lessons Cancelled

All lessons cancelled and the Store will be closed due to Hurricane Sandy today, Mon. Oct 29.   Stay safe everybody and we’ll see you tomorrow!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Stolen Gear...Oh No! It could happen to you.

No one likes to think about their precious music gear getting stolen but it happens. We'd like to offer some advice that will aid in recovery if this happens to you. It's easy and most people don't even think about it...

Keep a Gear File:  In it, put good pictures and on the back, record the year, Make, model & serial number of each item. The SERIAL NUMBER is the most important piece of information! (Without the serial number, Police will ask you if it has any identifying marks or special components in it.) Throw your purchase receipt into the file and you'll know just where to find it if you need a warranty repair.

We hope theft never happens to you, but if it does, speed is critical for a better chance of recovery. Having this file at your fingertips will be your biggest asset.  

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Tribute to Peter, Paul & Mary

Rick, Andy & Judy in Concert at Rick’s Music

Date: Sat., Oct. 13, 2012
Showtime: 7pm (doors open 6:30)
Tickets: $15 /$10 seniors/students

If you missed their first full show dedicated to the musical legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary at Rick’s Music World last year…no problem because they’re coming back on October 13th! This time bass player, Eric (Snake) Gulliksen will be joining them. (You might remember Snake from the band Orpheus.)

Their last show at Rick’s was a great success. The overflow crowd was singing along as they were re-acquainted with music from that important time in our Country. We heard many wonderful stories that started with …..”I remember where I was when……..” Rick Fetters, and Andy & Judy Daigle invite you to come down to Rick’s Music World in Raynham on October 13th to join them and once again re-connect with the music of this influential folk trio.

Tickets are available at Rick’s.  Come hungry!  The gourmet sandwiches, salads & desserts are de-lish!

Sweet Babylon -10/25/12 Open Mic Feature

Our next Feature puts the ssss-punk in October!  Sweet Babylon is a ska / reggae / punk rock band so well received by our Open Mic crowd that we wanted to hear more of them.

The Group was formed in late 2011 by three friends from the Fall River, Mass area looking to bring back the ska and reggae sound from their generation (which was the 90's) to the new generation of Justin Beiber fans. "I can only compare us as a Blink-182 / Sublime .. love child,” says Kyle Platt, lead singer of the Group.

  Sweet Babylon has  written tons of original music and also cover a lot of great music from many artists like Sublime to Kid Cudi.

Kyle Platt is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the group, with his smooth singing and wise cracking jokes he makes sure that every song turns into a party! Next on the roster is Izzy Star! He is the bassist and background vocalist in the group. With his shag-a-delic bass grooves and great harmonies he is capable of making any person shake their "toocus." Last, but definitely not least, is Brandon Carreiro on drums. His beats are able to fill up any music lover’s stomach. (Yes, that was beat reference to food...) All together they form the perfect little girl known as "Sweet Babylon!”

More About Open Mic Our Thursday night Open Mic held in our Cafe is our most important community service effort, providing a casual, family-friendly performance venue for the members of our musical community of students, customers and visiting local/regional/national/international performers from beginners, and semi-pro to pro. Open Mic is open to the public and people tell us that its a great listening room. The superb sound quality is powered by the Bose L1. You won't find an audience more supportive and encouraging..they are a special ingredient that makes for the great VIBE here on Open Mic night.  Oh, and come hungry the

Performer sign up is at 6:30
Show starts at 7
Admission is $3 per person

Bands are welcome. (Please call Rick in advance for stage & equipment logistics). 508-977-0200

Friday, September 7, 2012

Express Yourself

Souldier’s here!

Express your own unique style with the handmade quality and gorgeous patterns of the Souldier line of guitar straps and wrist cuffs.  We've selected customized straps chosen from both today's fabrics and real Vintage materials from the 60's & 70's... lucious tapestries, modern geometrics, retro and misfit.  From edgy to elegant, classic to funky and wow. 

Souldier is an independent design manufacturer. Their unique merchandise is inspired by musicians and created for the connoisseur looking to express their inner soul.

Souldier - Handmade in USA!

Souldier is NOT mass-produced.  But it is worn by musicians in-the-know, like Adele, Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, KoRn and you!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Peter Zurblis -Open Mic Feature 9/20/12

Peter Zurblis grew up immersed in the folk and rock music of the sixties and seventies and beyond. He has developed a passion for guitar and vocal interpretations of this deep pool of influence. Peter’s inspirations include, but are not limited to, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, The Band, and John Prine along with contemporaries like Mark Errelli, Laurie McKenna, and Richard Shindell.

Self taught on the guitar, Peter focuses primarily on folk and some rock music. He uses his voice and the harmonica for accompaniment. Peter has attended WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire which has allowed him to play with some of the nation’s best musicians.

Peter loves playing ‘around the campfire’, at gigs, for friends and family, house parties, and open mikes, especially the Rick’s Music World family. His main goal though is to just have fun and bring enjoyment to his audiences.

Our Thursday night Open Mic held in our Cafe is our most important community service effort, providing a casual, family-friendly performance venue for the members of our musical community of students, customers and visiting local/regional/national/international performers from beginners, and semi-pro to pro. Open Mic is open to the public and people tell us that its a great listening room. The superb sound quality is powered by the Bose L1. You won't find an audience more supportive and encouraging..they are a special ingredient that makes for the great VIBE here on Open Mic night.

Performer sign up is at 6:30
Show starts at 7
Admission is $3 per person

Bands are welcome. (Please call Rick in advance for stage & equipment logistics). 508-977-0200

Friday, August 10, 2012

Play "Cheat the Tax Man" at Rick's!

Saturday, Aug 11th, play “Cheat the Tax Man”   PLUS! At Rick’s, we’ll Double your tax savings all day long!
Enjoy tax-free shopping with us this Saturday, Aug 11th and Rick’s Music will double your savings on every* item you purchase. So, come in and play,

“Let’s Cheat the Tax Man”

Saturday, Aug 11 10 – 5

*Details: Save 6.25% Mass Tax and we’ll take an extra 6.25% off all your merchandise purchases. Here’s how you Cheat the tax man… You don’t have to wait to save because New Special Orders are included if initiated & paid in full this Saturday. See the link below for all the state rules., but basically, Gift Certificate purchases, Cafe items and Pre-existing Layaways & pre-existing Special Orders are excluded (by law). Purchases must be for personal use. Items costing over $2500 are not eligible for tax discount. Consignment merchandise qualifies for Tax Free purchase, but not Doubling discount. Hey, its already a deal!

Sure, they’ve got their rules, but it’s still A GREAT FEELING to CHEAT THE TAX MAN.

*See State rules for Tax Free Weekend


Our Massachusetts customers will enjoy tax-free shopping on our online site all weekend. Place your order on Aug 11 til midnight on Aug 12th and your qualifying order will be totally tax-free! (State rules apply)

Gift Certificates are always tax-free and available online.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Prairie Dogs -Open Mic Feature Aug 16

On August 16th-- Open Mic Features:  The Prairie Dogs

The Prairie Dogs are a combination of sounds of older country music and a slight touch of 50's and 60's. They love to sit around and play good old country music, and have discovered that crowds of all ages enjoy listening to them.

Al brings a simple clean style of playing. Ernie brings rhythm and good harmony. And Roger brings his own unique style of playing to make a great mix. They have played a number of open mics in the area, but always make their way back to Rick’s, where the crowd always gives them a great welcome. This is their first time as a feature, but they will give it their all.

Friends Joe on bass and Bill on drums will give the “The Dogs” a well-rounded sound. They may even have a mystery guest do an old country favorite.

Come on down and give them a listen. The Cafe will be open with great food, and all the other players and singers will be in great form.

The Prairie Dogs..Al Pittsley, Roger Rebeiro and Ernie Breau

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Celebrating 7 years of Open Mic!

 Rick's Open Mic

July 20, 2005 - July 19, 2012

Open Mic Night at Rick's is your chance to shine and it's our commitment to serve our community.

What began as an effort to offer a safe and welcoming place to play for our students and customers has evolved into so much more as word spread of the great vibe at Rick's Open Mic, drawing performers from all over!

Every Thursday night the lights go down in the Cafe at Rick's Music World and the Stage lights come on, spotlighting local, regional and occasionally national and international talent. Talent abounds! But it's not just the talent that has made ours one of the most popular Open Mic's in the region.

It's the generousity of spirit from the Open Mic Community at each event...the audience and performers who in turn appreciate and support each other, and those who have so generously volunteered their time and energy to produce the events.  Like Tom Irving who tirelessly helps host, co-host, stage set up, Cafe sets up/breaks name it, Tom's done it!!   Chris Zarlenga who stays long after his work day is over to help out, break down, take out trash...whatever is needed.  Jaimee Brown (and in the past many others!) who volunteers in our Cafe plus Steve DiPersio, Andy Daigle and Rick Fetters who've filled in on the sound board and Zak Jacobson who pitch hits whenever he's needed.  And the many people who help clean up and break down at the end of the night, like our friend John Spalding who we all miss so much. 

In the same spirit, Rick and Robin donate all their time and energy to the cause. The $3 Admission is used to support the Open Mic Program and help fund the Rick's Music Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to families for music lessons.  Their commitment to serve our community is well known. 
Creativity breeds among creative people in such an environment.  The Rick's Stage has given birth to many original songs, and many a songwriter and musician has inspired others or began a collaborative evolution at Rick's on a Thursday night! 

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, We're pretty sure the world would be a safer and happier place.

Here's to another 7 years!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Rick's Voted "Best Music Store"

To our Customers, Students and Music Community...


Thank you for Voting us Best Music Store Year after Year!!  We'll do our very best to continue earning your praise.  It means so much to us!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Canyon, Smith, Militia -Open Mic Feature 7/19/12

All kinds of rock and some great songs you probably haven't heard in a while...that's what you can expect from this band!  

Canyon Smith Militia is a rock band from Norton Massachusetts that formed several years ago when three friends from high school began playing covers and bonding over classic rock musical tastes.  A little more than a year ago, they played their first performance as the Militia at Rick's Open Mic and they have been coming back ever since.

Band Members: Chase Wheeler, Bryan Russell, Tim Murphy

Open Mic starts at 7pm
Performer sign up is at 6:30

Admission $3 per person

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Grace Morrison and the RSO CD Recording Party/Fundraiser

Saturday -June 2, 2012 - 7pm

Grace Morrison is one of our most-loved Teachers here at Rick's!  Help Grace and her Band raise some dough for their first studio CD and be a part of their live CD recording! 

Tickets are $10 (and will include a free copy of the live CD)
 Their Band and music are incredible!!

Come hungry.....The Cafe will be open at 6:30, serving sandwiches, salads, desserts & more! Call now to reserve a VIP table! 508-977-0200  Limited table seating.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Music of Michael Troy -Friday, May 25, 2012

Tickets $15 – Showtime 8pm  (doors open 7pm)

 Michael Troy is one of our region’s jewels, a multi-award-winning songwriter, gifted story-teller and musical performer.   As an added bonus, popular Rhode Island songwriter, Chuck Williams will open the show. 

The Cafe will open at 7pm, serving gourmet sandwiches, salads, desserts and more!  Limited table seating..Call 508-977-0200 to reserve your table!!

 Michael Troy - BIO
Michael Troy was born and raised in the rough-and-tumble mill town of Fall River, Mass. In many ways, his life reflects the lives of the hard-working common folk who populate this part of New England. Having spent parts of his own life as a mill worker, fisherman, laborer and carpenter, and most of his adult years as a husband and father, Michael has traveled many paths, and the experience and wisdom he's gleaned along the way echoes through his music.

 A magical storyteller with a gift for melody, a deep rich voice, excellent finger-pickin' skills and the ability to compose outstanding stanzas of substance, Michael's plaintive ballads speak of the hills and mills of Fall River and of childhood dreams not quite forgotten in the adult quest to make an honest living. 

Michael has won many awards for his music winning the 2004 Boston Folk Festival Songwriter’s Contest, the Founders Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival Songwriter's Contest also in 2004, the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriter's Contest in 2005, the 2006 Wildflower Folk Festival Songwriter's Contest, the 2007 New England Songwriting Contest and the 2010 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest.

Chuck Williams - BIO
Chuck Williams has been appearing throughout New England and in recent years has gone coast to coast with his music.  He has been traveling to coffeehouses, performing arts centers and festivals sowing seeds of his songs along the way. His lyrics and melodies are a musical journey reflecting emotions of everyday life brought to you through the stories within his songs.

Chuck is a 9 time nominee of the Motif Magazine Music Awards, vice president of R.I.S.A. (Rhode Island Songwriters Association) a member of N.S.A.I. (Nashville Songwriters Association) and A.S.C.A.P.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Matt Borrello -LIVE CD Recording Show!

Matt Borrello invites you to take part in the making of his next CD to be recorded LIVE at this special show at Rick’s on Friday, May 11th. Prepare for a late night because Matt has lots of great entertainment planned for us!

Date:        Friday, May 11, 2012
        7:30 (Doors open at 7)
Tickets:    $10
Location:  Rick's Music World & Cafe
                  421 New State Hwy
                  Raynham, MA

Reservations Recommended!!

Call 508-977-0200 or Reserve Tickets Online
Matt brings an immediate creative energy to any stage he lands on and he’s racking up a list of notable New England stages to add to his bio. Some day that list is going to be global and longer than a Dylan song, but we hope that the Rick’s Music stage will always feel like Matt’s home. Reserve your seats now for this very special night.

Genres: Folk / Rock / Blues

Matt Borrello is a singer-songwriter from Southeastern Massachusetts. For five years Matt has performed regularly in the Boston/Providence area, usually as a solo acoustic act, but also as a sideman for other songwriters and as the leader of his band, the Quality Dogs. Matt's insightful lyrics and passionate performances have earned him recognition in various New England talent showcases and songwriting contests, most notably at the Boston Folk Festival Youth Songwriting Contest.

His songs draw their structures from folk, country, blues and rock music. He is a lover of spontaneous collaborations and his songs have highly malleable arrangements. Matt writes from a personal perspective, but his songs are markedly devoid of boring self-pity. He has several protest songs and no breakup songs. Matt has opened shows for well known local and national musicians such as John Flynn, Rick Fetters, Don White, and Kevin So. He has been a part of shows at venues including Club Passim, the Somerville Armory, Rick's Music World, Steve's Backstage Pass, the Taunton River Folk Festival, the Union Coffeehouse and the Soule Homestead Folk Concert Series.

Steve DiPersio -Open Mic Feature April 26, 2012

Steven James DiPersio has been a singer/songwriter since he began to play the guitar at the age of 10. Growing up in Wilmington, Massachusetts, there wasn’t much to do, so DiPersio found his way into the world of playing in bands.

He was the guitarist and one of the writers for such bands as Shiner, Giulio’s Mama, Old Jonesy and Critycal Mass and has recorded with several other musicians.

DiPersio released a solo album on iTunes called “The Storm” in 2010 and also played lead guitar on both Zak Jacobson and the Pryor Convictions albums, also on iTunes.  Recently, DiPersio has been diving into the Folk realm, and that is the act he will bring to his feature here at Rick’s Music World on Thursday, April 26.


Open Mic performer sign up starts at 6:30
The show starts at 7
Admission is $3.00 per person
More about Rick's Open mic

Rick's Open Mic is a community service program made possible by the generous personal commitment and donated time of our Volunteers and Staff. Admission is $3 per person, which helps fund improvements to the Open Mic Program and the Rick's Music Scholarship Program.  The Rick's Music Scholarship Program helps subsidize the cost of private music lessons for students with financial need.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"A Night for John" -Memorial Concert & Silent Auction

Join us Saturday, April 21st at 7pm for a memorable night of music in tribute to our friend, John Spalding.

All proceeds will benefit the Rick's Music Scholarship Fund.

A Silent Auction of John's donated instruments and equipment will be held during this special event. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012
7pm - 10:30pm
$3 Suggested Donation

Friday, March 23, 2012

April Fools Teacher-Student Jam

You're Invited to the April Fools Teacher-Student Jam on Sunday, April 1st from 6pm to 9pm

Swing on by for a night of fun, great music and a chance to see some of our Teachers and Students JAM OUT like nobody's fools!  The Cafe will be flowing with great food specials and delicious desserts that are no joke!  
Bring your buddies and your sense of humor...all for a great cause!   Tickets $5   All proceeds to benefit the Rick's Music Scholarship Fund.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rick's Music World is now an Ibanez Dealer

Chris Zarlenga welcomes our first shipment of Ibanez. 

"Some of my favorite players play Ibanez, from Metal to Jazz.  We're so excited to finally become an Ibanez Dealer," says Chris.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wolf & The Jam Daddies -Open Mic Feature 3/15/12

Wolf & The Jam Daddies is a Band that was put together from Blues Jamers who played together and became good friends. The Band members are Bruce on Keyboards & Harp, Billy on Drums, Steve on Bass & Wolf on Guitar & Vocals.

Voted best Weekly Jam for 2010 & 2011 in The Providence Phoenix and nominated for 2012.  Voted best Blues Act for 2011 in Motif Magazine. The Band, believe it or not, has only rehearsed once in 6 years.   "We just go for it, and have fun playing Blues and making friends, not fans," says Wolf. 
More about Wolf & The Jam Daddies

Open Mic performer sign up starts at 6:30
The show starts at 7
Admission is $3.00 per person
More about Open mic

Rick's Open Mic is a community service program made possible by the generous personal commitment and donated time of our Volunteers and Staff.  Admission is $3 per person, which helps fund improvements to the Open Mic Program and the Rick's Music Scholarship Program.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Steve Gretz and Leslie Lee -House Concert at Rick's

SUNDAY - MARCH 11, 2012  - 7:00 pm

Join us in welcoming Steve and Leslie to our stage for the 2nd of our House Concert Series. For years these two brought great music to us through The Mozaic Room Coffeehouse in Avon. Now they are spreading their own wonderful music with the many fans and family they've ...gathered. Their music combines their backgrounds in traditional, country and gospel music with their taste for contemporary singer/songwriters. Their styles and song choices are varied, but always heartfelt and fun. So sit back and enjoy something delicious off our all new Cafe Menu while you soak up the warm and intimate atmosphere of our House Concert Style Series.

Admission $15

Rick's Music Cafe offers gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, snacks, homemade cookies and specialty desserts

Learn more about Steve and Leslie at:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Enter the BIG BREAK Contest!

Local bands and musicians, listen up! This could be your big break thanks to The Rhode Show! To enter – Upload a video of your performance of an original song.

Your video will appear on for judging and audience viewing. The Top bands …will appear LIVE on The Rhode Show on WPRI Channel 12.

Plus, for the first time ever, this year our WildCard Winner will be decided by you! The performance video with the most video plays from March 6th to April 29th will be automatically sent to the finals.

The winning band will get a professionally produced music video provided by Cardi’s Furniture airing in the American Idol finale… AND perform LIVE at TWIN RIVER and the Rock N Roll Half Marathon!

Then, catch The Rhode Show 9am on WPRI Channel 12 during the first week of May to watch the finalists perform. Your votes and our judges will decide who will get the Big Break on primetime television!

Sponsored by:


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Guitar Workshop with Brooks Williams -2/12/12 3pm-5pm


Six Tricks of the Trade is a workshop that explores six riffs, rhythms and alternate chord shapes that will enrich, enliven and expand your guitar skills.

We will look at each technique in the context of how they are used in a song and then explore how each technique might be applied to other songs and the participants own music. This will be a fun, hand’s-on workshop with lots of playing, jamming, and singing.

This Workshop is ideally suited for guitarists who know how to play the basic chords (e.g. A, D, E, G, C, F, B7, Am, Em, Dm).

What to bring? A guitar, picks (if you use them) and a capo.

More about Brooks at


Location: Rick’s Music World, 421 New State Hwy, Raynham, MA
Date: Sunday, Feb 12, 2012
Workshop Time: 3pm – 5pm
WORKSHOP COST $30    Cash or Check