We start off June with three shows right out of the gate. On Friday, June 1st the RiverCity Royal's play at West Salem High School at 5:30 pm to start the annual Powder Puff Game. On Sunday, June 3rd our Mid-Season Show begins at 3:00 pm at the Half Penny featuring the Renegades, 90s Rockers, Emo vs. Pop Punk, and Metal Mania. Finally on Monday, June 4th at Wright Elementary School for Music In The Park at 6:00 pm.
The student of the week is...
RiverCity Renegades Vocals and Keyboard
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in June 2017
When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music?
I started singing when I was a small child. I would sing duets with my brother while my mother played guitar. I started playing clarinet in band about junior high. I was in jazz band and marching band. I quit band at age 15 and I stopped singing publicly at about age 17.
Tell us about your musically journey?
After wondering if I could sing after a lifetime of not doing it (not to mention 30 years of smoking), I took the “Yes, You Can Sing” class at Chemeketa Community College. The instructor urged me to find somewhere to advance my voice capabilities. RiverCity has been a great place for me to find my voice. I recommend it often to people as an emotionally gratifying experience. My bandmates and instructors feel like a supportive, nurturing family.
What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity?
The first song I sang with the Renegades, ‘Mustang Sally’ by Wilson Pickett, will always have a place in my heart, but I am seriously looking forward to rocking ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson Airplane and anything else that comes my way.
What are your favorite bands or artists right now?
MC Yogi and The Renegades, of course!
What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)?
Learning new things.
Don't miss your chance to join our next adult rock school class. If you have always wanted to play in a band or learn an instrument this is the time. Or if you miss being on stage this is the time to get back into music. Get more information!
Enroll in two (or more) 12-week programs during the same session and SAVE 30% on the second (or more) program(s)! Enrollment does not need to be for the same person and can be for any family member! Check out all of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults! Guitar lessons, bass lessons, drum lessons, piano lessons and vocal lessons!
The RiverCity Rock Star Academy Summer Mix-Tape Session will play their season ending show along with sets by the Royals and Renegades on Thursday, August 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Space Concert Club at 1128 Edgewater Street NW, Salem 97304. ALL AGES UNTIL 9:00 p.m.
Ever dreamed of playing in a rock band? Miss your days of playing in a band? If you answered yes to either question, we have the solution to making this a reality this Fall. Join our Renegade Program for Adults 21+ is the perfect place to start playing music again in a real band with professional instructors, friendly people, supportive environment, and most of all have fun with music. Learn fast and play the music that you know and love then perform a couple of shows for your family and friends. Sign up before August 15th and SAVE 15%! Enroll Here
RockFest 2 @ Capitol Saturday, July 8th, 3:00 pm - FREE!
We continue our FREE end of Spring season show this year at the Oregon State Capitol's Wilson Park (flag area on west side of the Capitol). All of our bands perform the songs they have been working on for this past season: Young Rockers, Legends-Green Day, Rockers-1970s, Royals, and our Adult program the Renegades. Enjoy the sun, shade, park, beautiful Capitol grounds, Food Truck (Island Girl's Lunchbox) and rock and roll! More Info Here!
Summer Programs & Private Lessons
Our Summer Session begins Monday, July 10th with a new season of our Adult Program and then Tuesday, July 11th we start our Summer Mix-Tape Mini Session for 8 weeks. This program is for students ages 10-18 of all abilities for guitar, drums, bass, piano/keys, and/or vocals. Summer also is a good time to start or continue with private lessons. We provide lessons for all ages and abilities for guitar, bass, drums, piano, vocals, and ukulele. Sign up for a FREE TRIAL LESSON or book the entire Summer. Enrolled students receive special pricing for continuing private lessons. Lessons are available Mondays, Tuesday,s Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays!
Fall Season Programs Announced
We begin our Fall Season Saturday, September 9th with our Legends of Rock Program which will focus on the Monsters of Rock: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, & Led Zeppelin for ages 10-18. Our Young Rockers program for beginners ages 8-14 begins on Monday, September 11th. Our performance band the Royals, will have auditions for advanced musicians ages 14-20 on September 11th. The Adult Program for Ages 21+ called Renegades for beginner through advanced musician begins later that Monday evening September 11th. The Rockers program ages 12-18 will focus on Bands from the United Kingdom from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s through today on Tuesday, September 12th. All of the programs are 12-weeks in length and include a final season show in December. We are also happy to announce that Pop Rocks will be back due to popular demand for ages 5-7. This 6-week program will be offered on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (9/14 - 10/19) and also on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (9/16 - 10/21). As always, private & group lessons are available for guitar, drums, bass, piano, vocals, and ukulele. Legends of Rock, Young Rockers, and Rockers include a weekly 30-minute private lesson in addition to band rehearsal in the cost of tuition. Pop Rocks, Renegades, & Royals programs do not include a weekly private lesson in the cost of tuition but we offer this at a substantial discount. For all of our programs, we provide discounts for families, payment in full, and referrals for our programs. Keep rocking Salem!
All Ages - 5 Bands - Food Truck at the Beautiful Oregon State Capitol's Wilson Park
The season ending show featuring all of the RiverCity Rock Star Academy program bands including the Renegades, Young Rockers, Rockers, Legends of Rock - Green Day, and Royals will be performing a FREE, ALL AGES and OUTSIDE show at Wilson Park next to the State Capitol Building! Concert starts at 3:00pm so bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the music!
Bands featured include Rush, Kiss, The Cars, ZZ Top, Green Day, Journey, Pixies, Chuck Berry, The Ramones, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Black Sabbath, The Commodores, The Kinks, Dead Kennedys, and The Beatles, just to name a few.