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SoundCheck Music Center on Maltman Drive in Grass Valley recently opened a Second Location in Downtown Grass Valley at 214 W. Main Street in Grass Valley! Our new location is located at the end of the Holbrooke Hotel on the corner of S. Church Street and W. Main Street. We have added even more vintage guitars, vintage amps, ukuleles, strings, sticks, accessories and more! SoundCheck Music Downtown also offers Collectibles and Gifts as well! We have T-Shirts, Hats, Tin Signs, Jewelry, and even pint and shot glasses for Fender lovers!

We still offer all these great items at our Maltman Store location too! Go there for repairs, lessons, and an even bigger selection of guitars, basses, amps, accessories and gifts.

Stop by soon! We look forward to your visit. LOGO w address

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671 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-272-7236

New Downtown Location

214 W. Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
530-274-2009

 

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Elvis Presley, a legend in Rock n Roll. The artists who had it all, music, arts, film and the looks to carry him through a long remembered career. On this Day in 1969, Elvis Presley comes to Vegas! Making his first live concert appearance since March 25, 1961, he plays the International Hotel in Las Vegas, the first of 57 shows that will help revive his career and earn him $1.5 million! A far change from Elvis’ first monetary earnings which was $5 in Carnival Rides at the tender age of ten. His first performance, featuring Elvis standing on a chair to reach the microphone, he the ole’ song “Old Shep” in a Talent Show for the Youth at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show, held in Tupelo, Mississippi. He won 5th place!

Here you can see the video of Elvis actually walking with the contractors during the signing of his contract to work the International Hotel before the hotel is even finished being built!

Elvis Presley Young

a Youthful Elvis Presley

James Brown, one of the most renowned artist of our time for his bluesy tones and lyrical lines, leaves before Mayor Sam Yorty gives his proclamation. In 1969, James Brown performed at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles for a sell out concert which Mayor Sam Yorty was late too. When the concert was over, Mr. James Brown abruptly leaves before he has a chance to give his gratitude when Mayor Sam Yorty announces this day in history, July 23rd, “James Brown Day” Earlier the famous artist was featured on The Mike Douglas Show playing songs all in a row, I Got You (I Feel Good), I Can’t Stand Myself, Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, I Got The Feeling, and There Was A Time.

1969 James Brown

James Brown the artist of 1970’s

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a Young James Brown

The Beatles

Beatles Anthology Collage

1960 : Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform as “The Nerk Twins” at the Fox and Hounds pub in Reading, England. The pub is owned by McCartney’s cousin and her husband. The duo play another set the next day. http://calendar.songfacts.com/events/April/23/

The Durkans

Kevin and Kerri Durkan with Daughters Violet and Jasmine in 2011 when they Purchased the Fox and Hounds Pub

In 2011, the Fox and Hounds Pub was purchased by Kevin and Kerri Durkan who were already owners of local popular microbrewery Two Bridges Brewery. The new landlords intended on turning the pool room into a shrine to honor the “Beatles” with memorabilia. They were given several donated pieces by The Cavern Club and the Beatles Society.

They also had hopes to receive a few transcriptions of McCartneys very own lyrics from the Beatles Anthology that had made references to the very pub they performed in. Although, we cannot speculate if that actually transpired. The Beatles Anthology has a writing by Sir Paul McCartney that reads “That spring of 1960, John and I went down to a pub in Reading, The Fox And Hounds, run by my cousin Betty Robbins and her husband,” resource; http://www.getreading.co.uk/lifestyle/food-drink/ginger-beerd-reading-festival-ale-5776305

Recently, Kevin and Kerri celebrated when they found out that they had been placed in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Good Beer Guide. The Pub was listed among 4,500 0f the 50,000 pubs in Britain to make the 2014 guide.

Fox-and-Hounds

Landlords Kevin and Kerrie Durkan, centre, with daughters Violet and Jasmine, celebrate with regulars in the pub’s new beer garden

Visit their Facebook Page Here to keep tabs on this long lived historical pub.

Fox and Hounds pub

Fox and Hounds Pub Reading England

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Nerk Twins

Well… they have done it! Patience and Bill got together on the sidewalk in front of the store and offered some beautiful acoustic sounds to a beautiful spring day. We decided this would be an event to promote! So… Starting in May, SoundCheck Music Center will be hosting a Monthly Unplugged Sidewalk Jam for those of you who want to get together with acoustic guitars, bongos, hand drums, acoustic basses, and just about any other instrument that plays “unplugged” and jam with others!

Our first Unplugged Jam Session will happen on Thursday, May 15th when we will be announcing the winner of our Guitar GiveAway Contest! Starting at 11am till 1pm, the sidewalk in front of our store will be open for unplugged musicians to come play, celebrate music and relax! Bill will be hanging out with us as well!

Jassmaster Fender

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DISCLAIMER : No Music Equipment from the store will be used for jam session! Musicians must bring their own instruments!

 

“The Making of an Indie Artist” will be released on Monday April 7th. This special episode of Tech Talk will feature Curtis Hildebrand from Sunny Dragon Records giving us an in depth look into the Indie Industry and how it works in the real world now. The program is Sponsored by SoundCheck Music Center of Grass Valley, Produced by On the Bus Productions and will feature works by Arachni PhotoMedia, Soundz of Norcal, Sunny Dragon Records, Stillwood Sages Band, Tanglewood Studios and much more!

SoundCheck enjoys working with their community. They want to bring you the best gear, deals, lessons, and information about Music and Musicians they possibly can! Don’t miss out on this Exclusive Interview.

Tech Talk a workshop series

Tech Talk is a workshop dedicated to getting the Basics to Musicians Everywhere!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1985 : It’s no joke: David Lee Roth officially leaves Van Halen to start a solo career.

http://calendar.songfacts.com/events/April/1/”

Did you know this! Crazy! And on April Fools Day! David Lee Roth started his solo career and left Van Halen on April 1st, 1985 only to rejoin the group in 2006.

Roth released Crazy from the Heat, a popular solo EP of off-beat standards. Singles for “California Girls” and “Just a Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody” succeeded largely due to their innovative music videos (produced by Jerry Kramer and co-produced by Glenn Goodwin and Bobby Diebold), which featured ridiculous characters created by Roth and his Creative Chief Director, Pete Angelus, who’d previously directed Van Halen’s Roth-era videos. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lee_Roth

Van Halen's Famous David Lee Roth

David Lee Roth

 

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