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RiverCity Staff Music News

We have said it before and we’ll keep saying it, we are so blessed to have a super talented, creative, and productive group of professional musicians on staff at RiverCity Rock Star Academy. Not only do our teachers work hard in our programs and private lessons but they work hard on their craft and passion for music.

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RiverCity bass teacher and co-music director Jarred Venti and his band Sleep Millennium released their first album this week titled "Let Us Begin the Future." Tonight at Venti's Cafe they’ll have an album release show starting at 6:00 p.m. with our own Rebecca McDade opening the show, followed by Masq, TENTS, and Sleep Millennium. You can purchase the album tonight at the show or can download at Spotify or Itunes.


Speaking of our guitar and vocal teacher Rebecca McDade, she was featured in this week’s Salem Weekly as Rebecca released her first album a couple of weeks ago called "To Call Home." Legendary Portland music producer Gregg Williams recorded the album at Trench Studio. Working with Gregg and accompanying Rebecca on the album was Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper. You can listen To Call Home on Spotify or Itunes.


Finally, our drum teacher Kaylee Bonatakis is about halfway through her national tour with the Dead County Gentleman and playing in Memphis tonight. You can keep up with the Dead Country Gentlemen here and take a listen on Spotify and Itunes.

Welcome Rebecca McDade to Team RiverCity!
Rebecca will be teaching in all of our RiverCity classes as well as providing private music lessons for vocals, guitar, and ukulele. 

Rebecca will be teaching in all of our RiverCity classes as well as providing private music lessons for vocals, guitar, and ukulele. 

Rebecca McDade 

Rebecca is a Scotland-born turned Oregon-native songwriter and folk musician. From a young age, Rebecca used music as a means of acclimating to the trans-national moves her family so often made; they may have jumped between countries often, but she could always find a home where there was music.

She spent much of her childhood performing in musical theatre. She initially took this up in Ireland and upon her arrival in Oregon in 2006, she became an active performer in Portland's theatre scene, eventually earning a Portland Area Musical Theatre Award (PAMTA) for Best Young Performer in 2008. She also has been performing with various choral groups from a young age.

However, writing and performing songs has always been a passion of hers. She picked up a guitar when she was seven years old and has been in love with it ever since. Now her specialty is in folk music. Rebecca has extensive performance experience both around Oregon and Scotland.  She has worked with Marv Ross and Gregg Williams of Quarterflashand was involved with a project featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M.), and Jenny Conlee and Nate Query (Decemberists). She thinks there is no better way to bring people together than with music and she is incredibly excited to be a part of the RiverCity team and share her passion with others who share it as well.

Rebecca is currently a senior at Oregon State University studying Psychology.

Rebecca McDade