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Ozzy/Randy Box Set due in May

Epic/Legacy is releasing a box set of recordings of Randy Rhoads in the form of a Blizzard-era live album, vinyl and CD reissues of Blizzard and Diary, a DVD containing previously unseen interviews, a 100 page coffee table book, a two-sided poster, and a full size replica of Ozzy's gold necklace. The expanded Blizzard of Oz disc contains three bonus tracks: "You looking at Me, Looking at You", a guitar and vocal remix of "Goodbye to Romance", and a previously unreleased Randy Rhoads guitar solo! Look for it on May 17!

New Tuner



This "polyphonic" tuner can show you the status of all 6 strings at once. Just strum ALL the strings! No more tuning one string at a time! Read more at You can buy one at Robb's Music Store in Boulder, CO, or online at BeyondGuitar teacher Andy Schiller gives this tuner TWO THUMBS UP, adding that the speed of tuning is increased with the use of this pedal. At $99, it costs the same as the old fashioned, one string at a time tuner.

Quinn Sullivan, the next SRV?


Is Quinn Sullivan, an 11-year-old, destined to be the next SRV? Judge for yourself...

How did Skid Row get their name?

Sebastian Bach and his bandmates were just an unknown group from New Jersey called Skid Row when Atlantic Records signed them in 1987. They would eventually go on to become famous. But before this could happen, they had to deal with a small problem: according to Bach, GARY MOORE retained the rights to the band's name, which the Irish guitarist had used for his blues-rock group. Though Moore's band hadn't been active since 1972, Bach says he and his band mates were forced to buy the name from Moore. "Gary heard about it and said we could have the name for $35,000," Bach says. "We were all glad to do it because it's a great name for a band. I remember saying, 'Wow, that's a lot of money, but we gotta do it!"


The new Rocktron Guitar Silencer eliminates the need for the rackmount unit that does the same thing - eliminate buz, and provide a hard gate essential for metal heads. It is part of their Botique Series, which come with a rugged metal chasis with retro custom design laser etched artwork and provide true bypass. Our teacher Andy gives this pedal TWO THUMBS UP. "I hated carting around a 90-pound, 12 space rack, and this eliminates one more bulky piece of gear from my setup."

King of the Blues

Are you the nation's top undiscovered blues player? Sign up at any Guitar Center, and you could win $25,000! Plus five finalists will perform live at the Grand Finals, featuring Warren Haynes. Official competition backing tracks available at

Heads Up! Music Group on FaceBook.


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Rock Camp

In July 2010, Epicenter Recording Studios teamed up with local guitar teachers, and presented a kids Rock and Roll daycamp. The students met Monday through Friday from 10am to 3pm, and presented a concert Friday afternoon. 15 kids participated, forming three bands. The camp was held on the stage at Vine Life Church, which is just next door to Epicenter Recording Studios.

The first day, the students met their band mates and started playing right away. After deciding which songs to learn, they got started rehearsing. Every hour was punctuated by a fun game of air hockey or foosball! The second day featured a drum clinic, the third day had a recording primer, and the fourth day had a vocal workshop. The camp was sponsored by Robb's Music Store and Boulder Drum Shop.

The staff has not scheduled a Rock Camp for 2011, but you can show your interest by writing an email to:

To see the studio where the bands record, click here:

Producer/musician Mike Binder teaches at the Rock Camp, and has his own production company:

Musician/composer Andy Schiller teaches at the Rock Camp, and has a teaching studio at Robb's Music:

Check out this professional music video, featuring all three bands from Rock Camp!

Upcoming Events

Two Ginga events next week!!!  March 3, 2011 First Thursday at the Laughing Goat, downtown Boulder, CO.....March 5, 2011 Brazilian Carnaval at the Mercury Cafe, Boulder, CO!!!!!
As always, Ginga holds forth at the Laughing Goat the First Thursday of every month.  This coming First Thursday will mark TWO YEARS!!!  Join us in honoring this occasion, dance, sing, enjoy!!!
First Thursday with Ginga, March 3
The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl Street, Boulder, 8:30pm, $5
Brazilian Carnaval at the Mercury Cafe on March 5!!!  Featuring the Boulder Samba School's Bateria Alegria with the En Fuego Dance Troupe and Ginga playing samba batucada, afoxe, coco, enredos, and classics such as Carnavalia.  It will be a big sound to start off the night, so bring earplugs. ---and afterward--- And of course afterward, Ginga will play samba pagode until the wee hours!!  New songs, high energy samba!  Sing with us!  Dance with us!
    **Free Dance lesson with Paola Osma of En Fuego Dance at 8pm
    **Traditional Brazilian food served by Emporio do Brasil...$6 plates
    **Dress up and bring the energy and alegria of Brazilian Carnaval to Denver!!!!
Brazilian Carnaval, March 5
Mercury Cafe Ballroom
2199 California Street, Denver
Doors open at 7:30pm
Dance lesson at 8:00pm
$15 at the door, get there early!
Two months in a row now, the Ginga Quartet has played a house concert at Dan Fairchild's in South Boulder.
Great crowd and requests for more house concerts, so we're doing it again.  It's a great opportunity to hear the quartet let loose with its extensive instrumental repertory of choro, bossa nova, baiao, samba, and originals, as well as samba pagode.  Enjoy the potluck dinner, sit close to the band, dance and sing with us.  Great hang!!!
Ginga Quartet House Concert, March 19
Dan and Diane Fairchild's house, 330 S. 39th St, Boulder
RSVP to  or  303-886-9887
suggested donation: $15
7pm potluck, 8pm music
Lastly, we are offering classes to learn how to play the music we are all enjoying so much:
The Boulder Samba School offers introduction classes for the rhythms and instruments of Bateria Alegria.
Contact Carl at for more info.
Also, if you are interested in learning to sing Ginga's samba pagode songs and/or learn to play the percussion instruments, contact Francisco at  Francisco and I (Greg) are teaching an ongoing series of classes on Thursday evenings in Boulder
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