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Union Music Open Mic Saturday 5/9/15 @ 1PM

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Events | Comments Off on Union Music Open Mic Saturday 5/9/15 @ 1PM

The 2nd Saturday of every month!

Open mic hosted TJ Peavey
Starts @ 1 PM

Welcoming the width and breath of musical talent from far and wide. You’ll never know how much fun it is to perform on stage if you don’t give it a try! This is the perfect place, supportive, nurturing, professionally run and organized. Come play!

Ken Sawyer Big Band Jazz Concert Webster, Ma 6/8/15

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Events | Comments Off on Ken Sawyer Big Band Jazz Concert Webster, Ma 6/8/15

Featuring the Sawyer Saxophone Student Solo Workshop!
30 Piece Big Band featuring Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone and Trumpet students.

The spotlight is on: Gordon Goodwin, Grammy winning songsmith for motion pictures, the leader, writer, arranger, pianist, and saxophonist of “The Big Phat Band”. Horn of Puente, Goodwin’s Latin Tribute to Tito Puente (Cha-Cha, Songo, Mambo Movements) and Samba Del Gringo will be performed!

The Septones will be featured singing Duke Ellington’s In A Mellow Tone. Vocal arrangement by The New York Voices.

New song arranged and composed by Ken Sawyer called Lester’s Here, in tribute to Lester Young.

Free! Free! Free!

Monday June 8, 2015, 7 pm to 9 pm
Point Breeze on the Lake, Webster, MA

(Exit 1 off I-395, Webster, MA)

Open to parents and the public. Come early, this is always standing room only!!

Please call Ken Sawyer at 774-272-0103 with any questions.

Uke Club Meeting- LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Uke Club Meeting- LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH

We meet at Union Music Performance Space at 7:00 PM with our fearless leader Rich “Amazing Dick” Leufstedt at the helm. What we do monthly is have a brief ukulele lesson, learn some chords and positions for them, work on our “strum”, and then play some 3 chord (easy) songs together. rich-leufstedt-wavesAfter that we have a chance for individuals to perform a song for the group, and then to socialize and talk about ukuleles.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

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Grateful Dead For The Acoustic Guitar with Jeffrey Pepper Rogers, April 11, 2015

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on Grateful Dead For The Acoustic Guitar with Jeffrey Pepper Rogers, April 11, 2015

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Saturday, April 11 Union Music, 142 Southbridge St. Worcester

3 to 4:30 P.M. $20

Workshop taught by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, Founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine!

Based on the Homespun videos “Learn Seven Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic Guitar”.

“Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers sure can play the music—listen to his ‘Stella Blue’ and you’ll know what I mean. Better still, he can teach it.”

—Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead publicist and author,
A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead

“Acoustic Adventures Concert” plus a “Behind the Scenes of Guitar and Gear” Clinic with Richard Gilewitz March 19, 2015 7:00 PM

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in Blog, Events | Comments Off on “Acoustic Adventures Concert” plus a “Behind the Scenes of Guitar and Gear” Clinic with Richard Gilewitz March 19, 2015 7:00 PM

richard_gilewitz1127-0241The 2-hour guitar event will be filled with a concert performance followed by a jam-packed seminar on fingerstyle guitar, and inspiration for increasing playing skills. Whether a hobbyist, weekend warrior or full time professional, you’ll be entertained and inspired as this globetrotting 6 & 12-string player shares his experiences as a performer and master teacher. Author of Mel Bay Publication’s “Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop”, Gilewitz demonstrates ways to achieve a great sound, rekindle the love of playing an instrument, and why playing a guitar can be a life-long craft.

Admission is FREE & Open to the Public.

Chet Williamson- Blues Harmonica Workshop

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Events | Comments Off on Chet Williamson- Blues Harmonica Workshop

Chet Williamson- Blues Harmonica Workshop

Blues fans and developing harmonica players! Whether you are a practicing musician or beginner, this workshop gives you a chance to trade licks and converse with others about the “people’s instrument.”

After a short performance, Williamson will demonstrate a variety of techniques and tricks. In addition to trading licks and riffs over a 12-bar blues, you will learn:

  • How to bend notes, play chords and double stops
  • Advanced techniques such as over-blowing
  • Prepare to jam and play professionally
  • Play in different keys and positions

DETAILS                      Where: Union Music, 142 Southbridge Street, Worcester

                                               When: Wednesday, December 10, from 6:30-8 p.m

                 Fee: $10                  Call: 508-753-3702   or  sean@unionmusic.com

Union Uke Club Meetings

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Events | Comments Off on Union Uke Club Meetings

Union Uke Club Meetings

Due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays coming on the usual meeting dates of the last Thursday of the month, the next two meetings will be the week before:

November 20th & December 18th

We meet at Union Music Performance Space at 7:00 PM with our fearless leader Rich “Amazing Dick” Leufstedt at the helm. What we do monthly is have a brief ukulele lesson, learn some chords and positions for them, work on our “strum”, and then play some 3 chord (easy) songs together. After that we have a chance for individuals to perform a song for the group, and then to socialize and talk about ukuleles. ALL ARE WELCOME!

It’s all ages…

It’s FREE…

and it’s FUN!

Find us on Facebook! We have group called Union Ukulele Club

Making Connections

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Making Connections

As an independent music retail store in the Worcester MA community, it is crucial to our longstanding success to recognize and develop the connections we have with people within our city, and beyond. Our owner, Carl Kamp, and the entire staff are native to this area, and have worked as musicians for decades in and around Worcester County. We know how tightly knit this area can be, and know that when one is hurt or lost, we all feel the loss. It’s a family thing, and Worcester people care deeply about such things.

Recently, Kurlan Music, for many years the only other independent music store in Worcester, closed its doors about 18 months after the sudden passing of its owner Paul Gervais. Generations of musicians have lost a valued location where, much like at Union Music, talents had been nourished and connections had been forged. There was a close relationship between our two stores; many times calls were exchanged to find sheet music or an instrument the other might have, all in service of our customers. Both stores operated with long time employees, dedicated followers, and a commitment to service and connecting just not found at big box stores. Both stores were led/owned by life-long musicians, generous to customers, students, employees, and community causes. There is a hole in the fabric of the music community today with Kurlan’s closing, that will not be easily healed.

Union Music has employed Bob Sarkala, long time Kurlan manager, and taken on a number of former Kurlan teachers in an effort to continue that healing and offer a place for Kurlan customers and students to call home. We welcome all former Kurlan Music customers to come by and say hello, check us out, and consider Union Music home for their music needs. Business is certainly a bottom line endeavor, and we are most grateful for the continued financial support of the Worcester music community, but it is also a heart & soul endeavor, and we are grateful too for the opportunity to be there for everyone. Welcome home!

Boston Classical Guitar Society

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Events | Comments Off on Boston Classical Guitar Society

Boston Classical Guitar Society

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Hosted by Carl Kamp at Union Music, 508-9753-3702

Each month, BCGS organizes gatherings for members at all skill levels of guitar playing. These gatherings provide an opportunity for members to meet each other and gain performance experience in a supportive environment. The general public is always most welcome!