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Rick Dougherty doesn't remember a time when he didn't sing and his beautiful tenor voice has garnered him compliments from Judy Collins, Chet Atkins and Tom Paxton, to name just a few. Rick played piano at home, but in high school he began playing guitar with a particular interest in finger-styles and within a year he was appearing in local coffee-houses in Pasadena. By the time he left the City College he was playing ragtime guitar and had been given a citation by the music department as one of its most promising students.

Rick Dougherty doesn't remember a time when he didn't sing and his beautiful tenor voice has garnered him compliments from Judy Collins, Chet Atkins and Tom Paxton, to name just a few. Rick played piano at home, but in high school he began playing guitar with a particular interest in finger-styles and within a year he was appearing in local coffee-houses in Pasadena. By the time he left the City College he was playing ragtime guitar and had been given a citation by the music department as one of its most promising students.


Following decades of success in their respective careers, and exciting recent appearances at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), Northern California musicians Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally are releasing a new album of original material on February 15, 2019, Steel. The music transports you back to a time when artists freely spoke of their thoughts and beliefs. In a sense, Steel - produced and engineered by John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar) - continues the time-honored tradition of musical activism that made such acts as Janis Ian or Peter, Paul and Mary so unforgettable. Whether it be the title cut (an ode to Jim Nunally?s former life as a welder) or ?Speed Limit,? a song about the fact that life doesn?t have to end at 40, the Nell & Jim Band own their story by continuing to release original and thought-provoking music.

Cost: $ 20.00
Rick Dougherty doesn't remember a time when he didn't sing and his beautiful tenor voice has garnered him compliments from Judy Collins, Chet Atkins and Tom Paxton, to name just a few. Rick played piano at home, but in high school he began playing guitar with a particular interest in finger-styles and within a year he was appearing in local coffee-houses in Pasadena. By the time he left the City College he was playing ragtime guitar and had been given a citation by the music department as one of its most promising students.



Mike Compton and Joe Newberry mine one of the more neglected segments of country music history: the period during the ?30s and ?40s when brother duet music was transitioning into, what is now known today as, bluegrass. Both masters of the bedrock instruments of old-time music, they collaborate with a vision that is both modern and ageless. As virtuosos of old-time mandolin, banjo & guitar, they dig deep into early country music and blues. With a seemingly limitless library of brother duets, audiences can expect to hear their favorite tunes along with traditional instrumentals, mother ballads and award-reaping originals. Their combined pedigree has enabled them to reach millions of people, including the more than 4 million regular listeners of A Prairie Home Companion, and also the of devoted fans of the Grammy Award-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain soundtracks.

The "Musical Instrument Petting Zoo" is where school aged children have an opportunity to try a variety of our band and orchestra instrument rentals to help them get a better idea of what instrument they may want to learn to play in and out of school.

45-minute class includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play. These activities are presented as informal, non-performance-oriented musical experiences--developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers--regardless of their own musical ability.

On the rare 5th Saturday of the month, we like to get our jam on! All you need to bring is your ukulele and any/all of your favorite songbooks. We'll do a round robin: You pick the song - you (have the option of) leading the song. This is a low-stress environment where we can have fun playing all the music that we might not ordinarily have the chance to play.

For eager beginners to learn the basics of guitar to start making music immediately! In this class, you will learn your first 8 chords, some strumming and picking patterns, how to read and understand guitar tablature and your first few songs.

Ukulele is so kid friendly your children will be playing songs in the very first class, giving them a sense of accomplishment and a desire to practice and learn. Skills learned on the ukulele are easily transferable if they choose to pick up another instrument later on. This class includes simple two & three chord songs that allow each student to progress at an easy pace. Children will learn some basic chords & strumming, how to read tab, essential motor skill exercises and some simple, familiar songs.

Tickets will be for sale at the front counter all throughout the day. Raffle prizes include: free instrument rental for one year, one month of free lessons, instruments, gift cards, t-shirts and more!


Following decades of success in their respective careers, and exciting recent appearances at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France), Northern California musicians Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally are releasing a new album of original material on February 15, 2019, Steel. The music transports you back to a time when artists freely spoke of their thoughts and beliefs. In a sense, Steel - produced and engineered by John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar) - continues the time-honored tradition of musical activism that made such acts as Janis Ian or Peter, Paul and Mary so unforgettable. Whether it be the title cut (an ode to Jim Nunally?s former life as a welder) or ?Speed Limit,? a song about the fact that life doesn?t have to end at 40, the Nell & Jim Band own their story by continuing to release original and thought-provoking music.

Free 30 minute demo 5-string banjo lesson with Dennis Fisher. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
All Ages
All Levels

Free 30 minute demo drum lesson with Evan Parandes. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
All Ages
All Levels

Free 30 minute demo guitar, bass or ukulele lesson with Rob Munoz. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
Ages 6+
All Levels

Free 30 minute demo mandolin, ukulele, tenor banjo or bluegrass guitar lesson with Jon Gowin. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
All Ages
All Levels

Free 30 minute demo ukulele lesson with Audrey Robinson. Spots are limited, please register in advance to ensure availability.
Ages 7+
All Levels

Third Saturday of Every Month at 1:30pm

Carla Fontanilla presents a workshop to help equip intermediate uke players with fundamental blues and jazz skills and techniques through chord progressions, scales, and styles to complement their existing skills. Players will explore in different songs how applying varying chord patterns, substitutions, scales, "groove-driven" rhythmic expressions and strumming variations skills open wide the fun and enjoyment of blues, jazz and hybrid playing.

Cost: $ FREE
Fifth Saturday of Any Month at 10:30am

On the rare 5th Saturday of the month, we like to get our jam on! All you need to bring is your ukulele and any/all of your favorite songbooks. We'll do a round robin: You pick the song - you (have the option of) leading the song. This is a low-stress environment where we can have fun playing all the music that we might not ordinarily have the chance to play.

Cost: $ FREE
Second Thursday of Every Month at 7pm

The Acoustic Guitar Club is free and open to all ages and playing abilities. Bring your guitar and play along with other acoustic guitar players at all levels. Your host teacher, Eric Enberg, will introduce several new songs each month and expose you to various skills related to the material. Eric strives to provide the materials that address players at different playing levels. Materials are provided free of charge.

Cost: $ FREE
Fourth Thursday of Every Month at 6pm

This is a round robin style jam, intended for all levels to get together and play Oldtime, Americana, Folk, Bluegrass and Beyond in a fun, low-pressure setting. Bring a list of your favorites to share or come and pick up on some new ones. All acoustic instruments are welcome!

Cost: $ FREE
First Saturday of Every Month at 3pm

Come share or learn the basics of Kiho'alu slack key guitar beginning with Taro patch Open G tuning. Learn a new song from others and basic chords to jam together. Several Hawaiian open tunings to explore. Come share what you enjoy about this beautiful music.

Cost: $ FREE
Fourth Saturday of Every Month 12:30pm

Mountain Dulcimer enthusiasts of Northern California finally have a home! All levels and varieties of music are welcome to our club meetup. Our meetings always start with a beginner lesson then move into a fun and friendly jam.

Cost: $ FREE
First Friday of Every Month at 7pm and the Following Saturday at 10:30am

Grab your ukulele and join us for The Strum Shop's Free Monthly Ukulele Strum-A-Long lead by Jon, Phil, Audrey & Ariel. All skill levels encouraged and welcome. Song leaders will provide playing tips and tricks while we sing fun and familiar songs - golden oldies, classic rock, seasonal and a Hawaiian song or two, are all part of the mix. We share songs (along with chords and words) up on our big screen but you can nestle up to your neighbor and share their music if you don't have your own book (The Daily Ukulele Songbook - Available for purchase at The Strum Shop). It's cozy and fun!! Bring your uke and your voice and join us for a fun time.

Cost: $ FREE
Second, Third, and Fourth Saturday of Every Month at 10:30am

The River City Ukulele Orchestra is a community-based group of like-minded individuals from Roseville, Ca and surrounding areas who enjoy delving into the finer points of ukulele playing as a group! Our goal is to raise funds for our Ukes for Schools non-profit program. We do this by performing several times a year at fairs, festivals and senior residence events...

Cost: $ FREE
Vocalist and performer "Ukulele Rob" Sawyer will lead this fun series of workshops using tunes recorded by Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards (1895-1971) in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, including classics such as "When You Wish Upon a Star," "I'll See You In My Dreams," "Lady Be Good," and five more. Along the way you'll not only learn some fun songs, but a lot of ukulele chord and song structure stuff that will boost your love for ukulele and take your abilities to a new musical level.

Cost: $ 102.00
Once Per Week for 4 Weeks: Tuesdays at 7pm

For eager beginners to learn the basics of guitar to start making music immediately! In this class, you will learn your first 8 chords, some strumming and picking patterns, how to read and understand guitar tablature and your first few songs.

Cost: $ 60.00
Once Per Week for 4 Weeks: Wednesdays at 6pm

This relaxed group class is designed to get absolute beginners started on playing songs within the first lesson! You will learn basic chords, reading tablature, technique, arpeggios, strumming patterns, and some simple, familiar songs all while gaining the confidence to play with your friends and family at home.

Cost: $ 60.00
Once Per Week for 4 Weeks: Wednesdays at 7pm

This secondary course varies month to month, allowing students to join freely as you wish. Every month a new song and technique are introduced and broken down into understandable sections. Students who wish to be challenged are encouraged to use new chord shapes, etc, while the novice players focus on the basic material. This allows students of all levels to play and learn together, as well as on their own.

Cost: $ 60.00
Once Per Week for 4 Weeks: Mondays at 6pm

Ukulele is so kid friendly your children will be playing songs in the very first class, giving them a sense of accomplishment and a desire to practice and learn. Skills learned on the ukulele are easily transferable if they choose to pick up another instrument later on. This class includes simple two & three chord songs that allow each student to progress at an easy pace. Children will learn some basic chords & strumming, how to read tab, essential motor skill exercises and some simple, familiar songs.

Cost: $ 72.54