You can catch all the students, summer rock campers and teachers perform some pretty rad songs at RiverCity Rock Star Academy's End of Season & Camp Show! Music starts at noon at RiverCity Studio's Garage Stage! Free! All Ages! Fuego Tacos food truck on site! Studio tours! Program, lesson & camp sign-up discounts! Retail store now open!
Mud Wrestling for a Cause! That’s right, your favorite RiverCity teacher will be wrestling it out at the Monarchs of Mud benefit event with proceeds going to provide a student a scholarship to attend RiverCity Rock Star Academy! Come out to cheer on The Flying Pickle (teacher Doug), Opera Mom (teacher Monica), Poison (teacher Juliene), Brown Covfefe (teacher Topher) and The Green String Bean Fighting Machine (teacher Kaylee), as they take on those that dare to challenge them! Saturday, September 22nd, 7pm at the The Space Concert Club. Music by RiverCity students and the Monarchs of Mud wrestlers! All ages until 10pm. $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door. Buy Your Tickets Now!
Our August Summer Rock Campers will hit the stage at Gilgamesh Brewing at 7:00 pm to play the songs they learned as well as the ones they wrote and recorded. Across town, The Royals play at the Salem Public Library to celebrate Libraries Rock - Teen End of Summer Party at 7:30 pm. Both shows are free!
The season-ending show featuring all of the RiverCity Rock Star Academy program bands including the Renegades, Young Rockers, Rockers - 90s, Rockers - Metal Mania, Rockers - Emo vs. Pop Punk, and Royals will be performing a FREE, ALL AGES and OUTSIDE show at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater! The concert starts at 4:00 pm so bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the music!
Shout out to all of our RiverCity family that rocked Make Music Day - Salem! We want to thank all the teachers, students, parents, friends, and RiverCity family that made Make Music Day a success. It was a long day for many of us that started at 7:00 am and finished up at 1:00 am. Thanks to our interns Mackenzie Rolf and Hunter Winnen, as well as student volunteer John Watson in helping us set up early in the morning and assisting throughout the day and evening.
Thanks to all of our teachers and staff Kaylee Bonatakis, David Aizuss, Rebecca McDade, Monica Pomares, Douglas Hoffman, Topher Miguel Rodriguez, Jarred Venti, Wil Bakula, as well as staff Brian Hart, Abby King, Karen Hart Green, Danielle Green and Mark Green. Not only did our teachers help with gear set-up and break-down and directing our program performances, they also performed with their own bands or as solo acts Including the M69's, Lords of Blackpool, Sleep Millennium, City of Pieces, MARC & the Horsejerks, Mr. Frederick's product production co., Ukuladies, Center Mass String Quartet, Gabriel Cox Band, Sousapalooza, Percy Lounge, and Rebecca McDade.
Huge kudos to everyone for helping to make it a great Make Music Day Salem!
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.
The RiverCity Rock Star Academy Royals will open the Heroes and Rebels: A Tribute to David Bowie show next Friday, August 11 at 6:30 PM - 9 PM with their own set of Bowie songs. This show is free and features many of Salem's top musicians playing a great set of David Bowie tunes. Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park. 1900 Chemawa Rd N, Keizer, Oregon 97303
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.