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Fall Season Shows Friday (11/30) & Saturday (12/1) Evenings
All ages and shows begin at 7pm at the Premiere Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA)!

All ages and shows begin at 7pm at the Premiere Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA)!

Come check out the students of RiverCity Rock Star Academy as they perform songs from Indie Rock (teen program), Woodstock (teen program) & Mix-Tape (adult program)! Night 1 (November 30th) show begins at 7pm at the Premiere Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA)! RiverCity Rock Star Academy's Night 2 (December 1st) Fall Show includes students from our Young Rockers Program (kids), Royals (advanced teen program) and Metal Mania (advanced teen program)! Show begins at 7pm also at the Premiere Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA)! Adults only $5 and Kids & Teens are Free!

Jarred Venti Named Music Director

RiverCity Rock Star Academy is pleased to announce the promotion of Jarred Venti to Music Director.

Jarred has been with RiverCity since January 2017, first as an instructor for The Beatles program and private bass teacher. In Fall 2017 he became the co-music director at the music school and director of the RiverCity Royals program, RiverCity’s audition performance program for advanced students. In the past 12 months, the Royals have performed at over 30 community and private events. In addition to directing the Royals, Jarred co-teaches other music programs and continues to provide bass lessons.

In addition to his time with RiverCity, Jarred is a busy and respected musician in the community, performing and recording with numerous bands including Sleep Millennium, Rich McCloud Music, Gabriel Cox, Crossing 13th, Groove Thief, Still Water Vibes, and The Merchants of Venus, among others, as well as several area tribute bands.

Jarred is also the beverage ‘czar’ at Venti’s, his family’s restaurant, bar, and music venue in Venti's Cafe + Taphouse in South Salem and Venti's Cafe + Basement Bar downtown.

To schedule a free trial bass lesson with Jarred, contact RiverCity a or (503) 689-8372.

All Ages! Open Mic & Jam Session at RiverCity! November 21st!

Start your Thanksgiving holiday with some Jam! Jam with your friends and RiverCity teachers. Have a song you're working on and want to share it with other musicians? Come out to the Open Mic & Jam Session at RiverCity studios! Drop in anytime or stay the entire time | Open to all | Free | All ages | All skill levels! Wednesday November 21st starting at 7:30 pm.

RiverCity First Open Mic & Jam Session
Photo by Charles Lewis

Photo by Charles Lewis

Photo by Charles Lewis

Photo by Charles Lewis

Here are a few moments from our first open mic and jam session on Thursday, October 25th, 2018. Video by Charles Lewis

Something for everyone from opera, Indie, country, pop, blues and much more at our all ages open mic and jam session last Thursday October 25th. Check out our vocal teacher Monica Pomares belting opera! Our next Open Mic & Jam Session is scheduled for Wednesday November 21st at 7:30 pm.

Anatomy of a Guitar Workshop


Have you ever wanted to understand the ins and outs of your guitar or bass guitar? Durning the seminar you will find out about all things electric guitar and bass including...

🎸Learn about the wide range of guitar electronics including pickups

🎸Discover the difference in tone hardwoods

🎸Understand the differences in overall guitar construction

🎸Learn about vintage vs. modern guitar construction


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Homeschooler Music Classes Start October 3rd!

Tomorrow our two different Introduction to Music classes for our Homeschooler community will be back starting on Wednesday, October 3rd from 10:00 am - 11:00 am for six weeks. The six week classes end on November 7th.

Introduction to Music Level 1
The six-week course for our younger students (ages 5-10) will explore a wide variety of musical subjects and activities in a comfortable, creative, and social environment. Through hands-on and movement-based activities, students will learn foundational musical concepts such as rhythm, musical notation, dynamics, pitch, song structure, and tempo. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments and learn basic performance technique. This course is an active and participatory class that will keep students engaged and moving. Limit 15 students.

Introduction to music homeschoolers

Introduction to Music Level 2
This six-week course for students (ages 11-18) will provide a general music approach to the fundamentals of music theory, music history, and basic instrumental technique. Geared towards all ability levels, students will explore a foundational approach to music theory such as musical notation, pitch, dynamics, scale, and chord structure, developing listening skills, and much more. Students will learn about the evolution of music, from classical composers to contemporary, the orchestra to the rock band, and a variety of popular instruments through time. Students will also explore a variety of instruments and learn basic performance technique through hands-on experience. Limit 15 students.

Introduction to music homeschoolers

$150 for the six-week workshop. A sibling discount of 5% for each family member is available also.

Private Lessons Option
Private 30-minute lessons (guitar, bass, piano, drums, violin, vocals, and ukulele) following the class would be also available for special price of $100 for the six weeks. The 5% sibling discount would also apply to the optional private lesson program.