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A unique music and spoken word camp where your voice is the choice. Vocalicamp.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
Ohana Music donates their quality ukuleles for our RiverTunes Scholarship Raffles. Each year we raise money for deserving students to attend our camp. We say mahalo Ohana !
Gold Tone was founded by Wayne and Robyn Rogers, who still operate it to this day. Before being sent out into the world each & every instrument is played & inspected by Robyn Rogers herself. Anyone who has ever owned a Gold Tone instrument is truly part of their family. Gold Tone has donated a Banjolele-DLX: Concert-Scale Banjo Ukulele Deluxe for this years raffle. Thank you Wayne, thank you Robyn.
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”.
RiverTunes & Joe Craven endorse…
Harrison Phipps & Fretted Strings Davis, CA
Jeff Sahs Violins Sacramento, 916.739.1962
Gail Dreifus & Adam Burns Yosemite, CA
Friends of RiverTunes
El Dorado Brewing Co. / Greg Upton Sound Company
Greg Upton – our wonderful sound engineer who sets the stage for both a) our concerts at the amphitheater and b) our open mic performances in the 1st Chance Saloon…is also an award winning brewmaster!
Visit the El Dorado Brewing Company’s website – http://www.eldobrew.com/
Then pay them a visit to sample Greg and his partner Gary Ross’ terrific hand craft beers & ales.
Barbee is our Band Scramble “Fashionista of Flair”, an Emcee, Open Mic Mom & Maven, Ambiance lighthouse and Good Vibes Cheerleader. Thank You Bling Queen Barbee.
Kevin & Carol Twitchell
Kevin, or “Twitch” as he is affectionately known, is a RiverTunes student, camp ambassador, on site assistant and, along with his late wife Carol, have been longtime financial supporters of RiverTunes, including The Carol Twitchell Scholarship Fund. We are grateful to them both as Kevin carries on in the memory of his departed wife & friend.
Will & Patrice Webb
With a suggestion to Bruce and Cindy Hayden, many years ago, Patrice Webb planted the idea of a music camp along the American River. They hired Joe Craven as a teacher and Joe agreed to take over what they started. He and his wife Pamella and daughter Hattie evolved the Hayden’s smaller gathering into RiverTunes.
Patrice’s husband Will “Webbo” Webb, from the beginning, has volunteered his time and heart in generously volunteering in the requirement of medical triage for the camp. He brings his “good Will” of first rate first aid and armchair psychology. Through the years, the Webbs have additionally donated money and helped in the coordination of much needed resources. Patrice as a RiverTunes student, has evolved into a touring professional singer/songwriter and is now a RiverTunes instructor. We RiverTuners are sure proud Patrice and Will and they are a big part of our camp Family. Thanks, you two!
Affordable Recording Services
Steve O’Neill owns and operates 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.
Live Oak Music Festival ~The focus of the Live Oak Festival is with musicians from all over the United States and across the globe performing, ranging from traditional, folk, bluegrass and gospel, to blues, jazz, classical and world music, and touching most genres in between, the main stage provides cultural entertainment and education.
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.
Redwood Ramble ~The Redwood Ramble is a small family-friendly event that celebrates music, nature and community at Camp Navarro – a beautiful, secluded 100 acre site under the redwoods in Mendocino’s scenic Anderson Valley – from 11AM on Thursday mid July until 5:00PM on Sunday.
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 Francisco 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.