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Harrison Phipps ~ RiverTunes Instrument Set Up & Repairs
Learning to play a musical instrument is much easier & more rewarding if the instrument is properly adjusted. A master luthier, Harrison has 40 years experience building, repairing, and restoring acoustic string instruments. Complete inspections and evaluations are free and most jobs can be done at camp and at reasonable rates! Don’t struggle with your instrument – let Harrison help make your music making journey more enjoyable.
Find out more about Harrison at www.frettedstrings.com
RiverTunes Music Store
Music Caravan – Our good friend Dana Thorin always provides a wonderful Camp Store with a great selection of capos, strings, picks, tuners, straps, bags, bridge pins & other instrument parts, T-shirts, CDs, instructional DVDs and many other musical accessories. She also works with the RiverTunes Faculty each year to provide specific instruments, accessories and or instructional books for our classes. Be sure and visit the Music Caravan while at RiverTunes!
Our “Loaner To Owner” Program & Sponsors
Saga Musical Instruments – Generous donors of quality banjos, mandolins & guitars for our RiverTunes Scholarship Raffles each year, which raise thousands of dollars for deserving students to attend our life changing camp experience. We say Thank You Saga!
Steve Swan Upright Basses – Steve has been more than a generous supplier of quality upright basses for RiverTunes students to not only use at camp but purchase, if interested. Steve has also been a true RiverTunes Friend in support of what we do. Thanks Steve!
The Loaner to Owner Program
In the early days of RiverTunes, Joe Craven devised a program for our students to make it as easy as possible to begin a potentially lifelong journey playing a musical instrument. He calls it his “Loaner to Owner” Program. Partnering with our camp music store, Music Caravan, and faculty, RiverTunes is growing an inventory of quality instruments for students to borrow for their classes to see, if a match is made in heaven…and without prior investment. The student has an opportunity, with select instruments, to buy one that has been “blessed” by our faculty, take it home and “never miss a beat” from introduction, to dating, to marriage of a student and instrument. It’s RiverTunes’ idea of the TV show “The Dating Game”.
Sponsors of RiverTunes
Quality String Instrument Repair, Builders & Sales
Harrison Phipps & Fretted Strings Davis, CA
Jeff Sahs Violins Sacramento, 916.739.1962
El Dorado Brewing Co. Greg Upton Sound Company
Kevin Twitchell (Twitch)
Barb & Kevin Odell
Affordable Recording Services
A full service recording facility conveniently located off Interstate 80 just west of Davis, CA. Digital 24 track recording from demos to fully mastered CDs, specialty projects, tape transfers and mobile recording services with very reasonable rates.
Family Music Festivals
…of Northern California featuring broad based roots music from across America and around the world.
The American River Music Festival ~ Coloma, CA
Americana music performances and workshops take place at their riverfront main stage while lodging and evening performances take place at three riverfront Campgrounds. They offer guided riverfront hikes and whitewater River Trips!
Strawberry Music Festivals ~ Have been home to one of the finest roots music family festival traditions in the country for well over thirty years. Visit their website to find out about their new locations.
Kate Wolf Music Festival ~The annual Kate Wolf Music Festival is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a great weekend with friends, family and lovers of fabulous music. Black Oak Ranch, the Mendocino home to the Hog Farm and Camp Winnarainbow-a circus camp for kids, is three hours north of San Fancisco and two hours south of Arcata.
The Millpond Music Festival ~ Bishop, CA
One of the most intimate yet ruggedly beautiful festival surroundings imaginable, Millpond is surrounded by 2 stunning mountain ranges at autumn’s first blush in September. They feature one of the most eclectic lineups of music around and offer a wonderful outreach program of artists who visit local schools before and after the event.
California WorldFest ~ NV County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
This amazing event features eight stages of music and dance from around the world while celebrating mid-summer under the cool, tall pines of the Sierra foothills.