FutureStars Showcase 2016 Line-up

My Fair Facade
Alternative pop duo
“My Fair Facade”
Sarah LaSella and Rebecca Spaulding

Get your tickets now for

FutureStars Showcase 2016

Sunday, April 3rd  ~ at 4pm at the

Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA

Featuring performances by these promising young musicians.

"The Crushers" from Sterling, MA will be debuting: Jake Brennan, Ben Godbout, Jonathan Godbout, and Zac Brennan
From Sterling, and debuting at FutureStars:”The Crushers”
(L-R) Jake Brennan, Ben Godbout, Jonathan Godbout, and Zac Brennan

City Music’s FutureStars Showcase allows young aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform on the stage of the Bull Run Concert Hall with full professional sound stage support provided by Bedlam Productions.

Returning to our stage with an all new brass section: the band "Alright". (L-R)Matt Smalley, Hunter Coleman, Paul Chapman, Jon Schmidt, Joey Calabresi, Kee Hwang Lee
Returning to our stage with an all new brass section: the band “Alright”. (L-R) Matt Smalley, Hunter Coleman, Paul Chapman, Jon Schmidt, Joey Calabresi, Kee Hwang Lee

Show your support by purchasing your tickets directly from your favorite performer – they get to keep a portion of their ticket sales – AND – additional City

From Gardner, acoustic folk/hip-hop soloist Damian Oakes
From Gardner,
acoustic folk/hip-hop soloist
Damian Oakes

Music gift card prizes will go to the soloist/duo/trio and the group that sells the greatest number of tickets.

Get your tickets from any of these performers for only $15. Buy NOW, and save. Tickets will be $20 at the door.

The "Submarine Machine" trio from Hubbardston perform their own originals. Ben Grigorov, Josh Enright, Spencer Prentiss
The “Submarine Machine” trio from Hubbardston perform originals. Ben Grigorov, Josh Enright, Spencer Prentiss

Your purchase will also support music in our public schools.  City Music donates the proceeds from this and all FutureStars events to public school music programs – nearly $15000 since 2005. The 2016 Showcase proceeds will benefit the Gardner Public Schools.

Andrew Rice and Brock Levine for the hard rock duo "Torn to Shreds.
Andrew Rice and Brock Levine form the hard rock duo “Torn to Shreds”.
Heavy Metal band "Rising Empire" will perform originals. (L-R) Matt Taylor, Brandon McMilleon, Matt Paul, Brian DeJoy (Scott Ploskonka not shown)
“Rising Empire” will perform heavy metal originals. (L-R) Matt Taylor, Brandon McMilleon, Matt Paul, Brian DeJoy (Scott Ploskonka not shown)


Rock band "Poisoned Youth " features players from Acton, Clinton, Leominster & Lunenburg. (L-R) Jade Mello, Owen Nickerson, Ryan Costa, Brittany Dauphinais, Eric Moreira (with mentor, John Nickerson)
Rock band “Poisoned Youth ” features players from Acton, Clinton, Leominster & Lunenburg. (L-R) Jade Mello, Owen Nickerson, Ryan Costa, Brittany Dauphinais, Eric Moreira (with mentor, John Nickerson)








Performing at FutureStars Showcase 2016: “Alright”, “The Crushers”, Damian Oakes, “My Fair Facade”, “Poisoned Youth”, “Rising Empire”, “Submarine Machine”, and “Torn to Shreds”.

It’s a Wrap! FutureStars Showcase 2015

Another Great Showcase of Talented Young Musicians at FutureStars 2015!

Soloist Brittany Tara and the band The Wick sold the most tickets to the event, and won recording sessions at Root Cellar Productions in Westminster.  But, every performer was a winner, stepping out to share their music, with both originals and covers.  Continue reading “It’s a Wrap! FutureStars Showcase 2015”

Ukulele Carnival and Block Party

Gretsch Soprano Long-Neck Ukulele
Gretsch Soprano Long-Neck Ukulele
One of several Uke ‘n’ Play Prizes: A beautiful Lanikai Tenor Koa Pack

September 13th, 12pm-5pm

at City Music in Leominster

~ Free Concert ~

~ Free Food ~

** Hourly Giveaways **

      ~ PLUS ~

You could win this sweet Mino'Aka Uke!
Fender’s mahogany concert Mino’Aka ukulele

Uke ‘n’ Play!

See how easy it is to join the fun of making music – and why ukuleles are music’s friendliest instrument!

Fun & Free jam for any level player
Uke ‘n’ Play
with Danno Sullivan

Join in the Open Ukulele Jam at 2pm with Danno Sullivan of the Boston Ukulele Union.

Bring your own uke or try one out – compliments of Gretsch, Fender, Alfred, Kala, Epiphone, and Lanikai.


Be sure to enter to win one of these sweet instruments*!

One of many sweet prizes!
Alfred’s Kid’s Ukulele Starter Pack
Another winner - could be yours!
Epiphone LP Ukulele

Concert performances include:

    • Ken Macy (WMA winner)
    • Andy Cummings (WMA winner)
    • Johnny Romance & the City Boys
    • Mark Frederick Fisher (WMA winner)
    • Captain Chris Coombs
    • City Music’s Rock School band “City Kids”
    • The ShirleyArts! Strummers
    • Violinist & instructor Nathan Samulak
    • Performing Songwriter & instructor Joanna Katzen
    • City Music’s drum instructors: Greg Prendergast & Jim Cormier

 Sitar demo by City Music instructor Jake Goldstien:

Curious about this 18th century Indian instrument?  Jake will play and answer questions about the instrument and music made popular by Ravi Shankar and the Beatles.

This one wants to go home with you!
This Makala Dolphin Ukulele is among our                             Uke ‘n’ Play Drawing prizes


* you must be present to win.

Prizes will be drawn throughout the day.

Rain Date: Sunday Sept. 14th.


Summer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun at City Music

Rock school bandCity Music Leominster’s

Rock ‘n’ Roll School

with John Nickerson

Musicians 18 years or younger,

this is your chance to

play, sing and jam in a band.

We’re putting young musicians together to experience the fun of playing in a group and working towards a live performance.   You can do it!

Groups will be assembled by age, interest and instrument suitability.  City Music staffer and professional musician John Nickerson will oversee each session assisting in repertoire choices and arrangements while supervising rehearsal technique.   Players should be able to play basic chords and rhythms on their instruments as the sessions will focus on working together towards a future performance.

8 Weekly 90 minute Sessions held Sundays 4 – 5:30 or 5 – 7:30 pm, in Leominster only.

Sessions Dates run June 29th through August 24th.  (no rehearsals July 6th)

Summer Rock ‘n’ Roll School fee is $260.

Hurry!  Sign up now!  The fun starts June 29th. Only two groups will be formed, so space is limited.  Click here for the application.

Fender “Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Celebration

at City Music in Leominster

60TH Anniversary Classic Player’s ’50s Stratoscaster®

One Day Only!

Saturday, May 17th 11AM – 5PM


City Music celebrates their updated Leominster digs with

Fender and the “Spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

Stop in and check out our newly expanded guitar pedal department, store-wide make-over, and HUGE selection of FENDER classic guitars and amplifiers.

The official NE Fender representative will be on site all day to demo and demystify Fender’s American Special, American Standard and Standard Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars.  Try one out to see and feel the difference of the definitive Rock ‘n’ Roll brand offers.

Try any Fender brand instrument or amplifier at our Celebration, and get a FREE gift.

Purchase any Fender guitar or amplifier – at the BEST pricing anywhere – and receive a BONUS gift

~ PLUS ~ DOUBLE City Music VIP Perks**

This is your opportunity to get your Dad or Grad

a Fender guitar classic.

The Party goes all day – so bring your guitar, and get a FREE Fender re-string, and be sure to enter the City Music.  Drawing for a FREE Fender CD60CE guitar*

FREE Drawing
Win this beautiful Acoustic Guitar – a $429.99 value!

Live music will be provided by local Worcester Music Award 2011, 2012 and 2013 winner Andy Cummings. Andy is a guitarist/vocalist featuring American music, folk, jazz, blues, country, and the classic Spirit of Rock N Roll.

Mark your Calendar! One Day Only!

Saturday, May 17, at City Music in Leominster.

*Must be present to win

**Make your purchases count with City Music’s VIP Perks.  It’s simple!  Sign up for our VIP Perks Card and get Credit towards future purchases.

Just present your City Music VIP Perks Card with your merchandise purchase:

  • Accumulate Perks or
  • Use them with your next purchase
  • No coupons to save
  • We track it all!

Saturday, May 17, 2014 get DOUBLE PERKS – That’s 4% back towards future merchandise purchases!

Yamaha Guitar Raffle

Yamaha FGX700SCThis beautiful guitar will be raffled to benefit the Gardner Music Boosters.   It is  a Yamaha FGX700SC  acoustic/electric cut-away featuring:

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Nato (Eastern Mahogony) back, sides, and neck
  • Rosewood fret board and bridge
  • Built in tuner and 1-way piezo/pre-amp

Quality construction and materials ensure an outstanding sound acoustically or plugged in.  A $300 value, it is a guitar that will please any player.

Tickets are $1 each/ 6 for $5, and are available at City Music in Gardner and Leominster.

The winner will be drawn at the FutureStars 2014 Showcase on March 30th at the Bull Restaurant.

The Showcase is also a fundraiser for the Gardner Music Boosters, and will feature local teen musicians and bands.    (Read more…)

The guitar has been donated by Yamaha Corporation and City Music in an effort to support the music programs of our local schools.  The Gardner Music Booster Association assists the school music programs in a variety of ways including financial support of music events and equipment needs throughout the Gardner Public Schools.


City Music Presents….

FutureStars Showcase 20144-8 PM Sunday, March 30th at the Bull Run Restaurant

Performing On Stage:


Ameriah Schober

Bradley Bartlett-Roche

Chloe Courtney

Divided Paths

Opal Facet

Slow Motion Underground

Unforeseen Tragedy

Its an impressive line-up of bands and soloists playing both cover and original material in a variety of genres.  Come see what these young people – all 18 and younger – have accomplished on their own and with friends.  It is very likely that you will witness the early performance of true Future Stars.

Tickets are on sale from the performers and at City Music for $15  ($20 at the door).    Be sure to support your favorite performer as the band and soloist that sells the most tickets will win recording time courtesy of The Root Cellar

AND – you will support music in our schools: proceeds will benefit the Gardner Schools Music Boosters.

Since 2005, City Music has donated more than $11000 from FutureStars events to support music in our public schools through the Leominster and Gardner Music Boosters.   Learning a musical instrument offers a lifetime of benefits.