Florence Open Mic Night June 20 6pm

“Summertime, Summertime, Some, Some, Summertime”… whether it’s fun pop songs, relaxing
TropRock, country party music, or the staccato of surfer guitar, summer is celebrated in nearly everyway musically imaginable. Let’s make some summertime music together! Come on out to the WillisMusic Open Mic Night – Wednesday, June 20 th from 6-8 PM. It is in thestudio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.
Don’t forget, if you need new strings, bongos or a tambourine to accompany the party, a beginner’s steel drum for an island vibe, a new microphone or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, June 20 th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

ROLAND GP609 UNVEILING FEATURING PIANIST KATHRYN LOUNSBERY

Florence Open Mic Night May 16th 6pm

The April showers have come and gone, it’s time for Mayflowers and party season! Cookouts, graduations, weddings, heck any reason to gather together – and you have your guitar, ukulele, fiddle, banjo… whatever! If you want some practice in a great venue with an audience who are there just for the musical enjoyment and banter, come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, May 16th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need more picks, new sheet music, a brighter strap, a graduation present or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, May 16th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night – April 18th

Open Mic Night at Florence April 18th @ 6pm

 

Spring has sprung! It’s patio season (although some days are more patio-friendly than others in April ).
If you want to work on some new tunes, maybe get a new idea on how to transition from a G chord to a
C#minor chord, or just hang out and listen and play, come out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –
Wednesday, April 18 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you
walk through the door.
Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet,
sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a brighter strap or anything thing else musically, Willis
has what you need.
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, April 18 th from 6pm to 8pm. Check in with Scott and let’s shred (or strum)!!!

What Can You Expect At The In-Door Yard Sale?

Florence Open Mic Night – March 21 6pm

Florence Open Mic Night!!

The days are getting longer (the Ben Franklin’s clock adjustment not withstanding)… the grass is turning
green and the daffodils, crocuses, & other flowers are emerging from their winter slumber. Spring is
about to sprung – or something… Hey, sometimes the best song writers make up their own version of
words for their songs (“pompetus of love” anyone?). If you have some songs you would like to sing and
play, come on out the night before the Vernal Equinox and jam with us!!!
Make your way to Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, March 21st from 6-8 PM. It is in the
studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.
Also, if you’re needing sheet music Willis has you covered! Willis has everything you need musically –
new and used instruments, instrument repair, sheet music, audio accessories, etc… – they have it!
Stop in, tune up, warm up your vocal cords, drumming hands, and picking fingers and we’ll make some
beautiful music on Wednesday, March 21st from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night – Feb 21st

It’s February, one day will be in the 50’s, the next day we will get 5 inches of snow – what the heck! But spring is just around the corner (the Groundhog’s Shadow not withstanding ☺) – Valentine’s Day, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, the Daytona race, all signs that the flowers will be popping up! In preparation for that reemergence and revival, let’s play some music! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, February 21st from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Maybe you need new strings, a new strap, heck maybe some bongos or a cajon to lay down a beat – it’s all here at Willis Music!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful (well, maybe to us ☺) music on Wednesday, February 21st from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic – Nov 15 @ 6pm

The holidays are approaching and with them are family get together, seasonal parties, and groups of
folks congregating… they are all coming up and your peeps will ask “What new songs have you learned?”
It’s time to practice those live! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday,
November 15 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk
through the door.
Also, don’t forget, the holidays are just around the corner – if you have a list to fill out or know someone
who needs some new gear, sheet music or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on
Wednesday, November 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

November Calendar for Florence

Step Up to Yamaha Triple Rebate Day – Nov 4

National Saxophone Day – Nov 6

Worship Musician Night – Nov 14

Open Mic Night – Nov 15

Larry Sparks Concert – Nov 16

Dianna Chittester Clinic – Nov 17

Bluegrass Jam – Nov 24

Join Us For The 2017 16th Annual Warehouse Sale

Florence Open Mic Night – October 18th 6pm

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing color. Before you know it the holidays will be here and people will be gathering. Those gatherings can always use some live music. No better place to work on those new songs – or dust off some oldies – than an open mic night. Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, October 18th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet, sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a seasonal guitar strap or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, October 18th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Willis Music Chosen for NAMM Top 100 Award

Florence October 2017 Calendar of Events

October is the scariest month of all! Come check out our Creepy Composers October 23-31! Woodsongs Coffeehouse this month is Michelle Canning Band. Don’t miss Worship Musician Night the 2nd Tuesday of every month and Open Mic Night the 3rd Wednesday of every month!

Florence Open Mic Night – Sept 20 @ 6pm

School is back in session and its sports season!!! Time for marching bands, tailgating, bonfires & post-game parties. Those bonfires and parties often having singing and strumming. Do you have a couple of new songs you want to try out before that bonfire? Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, September 20th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Now that school has started, the kids have started lessons. Heck, why don’t you start lessons too? Don’t forget Willis has all your musical needs covered. Whether you need a repair, new sheet music, or you want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, September 20th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence September Calendar of Events

Open Mic Night August 16 – Florence

Summer is winding down. School is just around the corner. Kids are singing the blues and parents are (some, not all ☺) singing a happy tune! All genres are welcome to join us! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, August 16th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

School is starting. So it’s band and lesson time. Don’t forget Willis has all your musical needs covered. Whether it’s a new instrument, new sheet music, or you want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, August 16th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Check out these pictures from last months Open Mic.

Florence August Calendar of Events

Lots of great events for August at Willis Music Florence. 

Our store has had a little remodel done, so we are celebrating by doing a Piano Showroom Remodel sale. It is now band season, and we are stocked up with everything you need. August 14- Sept 1 we will be opening at 10am just for you!

Florence Open Mic Night – July 19 @ 6pm

It’s the middle of summer and it’s HOT! Well, why not come on out and lay down some hot licks at Willis Music’s Open Mic Night. There always new songs to learn, maybe you’re “this” close to having that new song worked out but you want to play it in front some folks who are doing the same thing! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, July 19th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need new strings, bongos or a tambourine to accompany the party, a beginner’s steel drum for an island vibe, a new microphone or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, July 19th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Fender Brad Paisley Signature Telecaster

Brad Paisley Guitar

Coming very soon from Willis/Moeller Music is the Fender Brad Paisley Signature Tele.  Introduced at the Summer NAMM show this guitar should be arriving any day.  We had advanced notice of this launch and are one of the first in line.  Brad is one of the last of the guitar heroes.  He lives and breathes guitars and has one of the best tones on the planet.   I got to play it at the Fender Key Dealer Meeting in Scottsdale and I want one myself.  Plays great, looks great, sounds great, win, win ,win.  Did I mention it’s also affordable?  Unlike most signature guitars, Brad wanted this one to be accessible to his fans, not one locked away in a glass case.  Stop in your nearest Willis or Moeller store and check one out! 

  • Road Worn silver sparkle lacquer finish
  • Spruce top and back, paulownia center
  • Custom Brad Paisley neck shape – thick “V”
  • Paisley cowboy hat on headstock

 

Florence July 2017 Events

Blow it out your amp sale through July 17

Independence Day – Store Closing at 4pm

Worship Musician Night – July 11

NAMM Specials – July 13-15

Open Mic Night – July 19

Create Your Own Discount – July 20-23

Bluegrass Jam – July 21

Florence Open Mic Night- June 21

On June 21st, 2017 it is the International “Make Music Day!”

Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion —pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

So! Let’s make some music together! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, June 21 st from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need new strings, bongos or a tambourine to accompany the party, a beginner’s steel drum for an island vibe, a new microphone or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, June 21 st from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night – May 17th

The April showers have come and gone, it’s time for Mayflowers and party season! Cookouts, graduations, weddings, heck any reason to gather together – and you have your guitar, ukulele, fiddle, banjo… whatever! If you want some practice in a great venue with an audience who are there just for the musical enjoyment and banter, come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, May 17th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Don’t forget, if you need more picks, new sheet music, a brighter strap, a graduation present or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, May 17th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Open Mic Night April 19 6pm

Spring has sprung… April showers… seem to keep falling and falling… but hey! Great opportunity to work on your music! In fact, the Open Mic Night at Willis is a good place to show what you’ve been working on. So come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, April 19th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, if you’re needing new strings, picks, straps for your guitar, reeds for your woodwind, heads and sticks for your drums…  Willis has everything you need!

Stop in, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful music on Wednesday, April 19th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Voted Best of NKY!

Willis Music is proud to be selected as a finalist for Best of NKY again this year… but we need your help! You can vote for us at the event on May 18th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Tickets are normally $30 but you can use the code: finalist15 for $15 tickets! We hope to see you all there to help us WIN! 

Florence April Calendar of Events

April is full of all kinds of recitals and performances! Calling all students and alum from SCPA: We have a weekend just for you and your school! YPCC? We have a day for you as well.

April 20-23 we have the Indoor Yard Sale which is always a great time!

Doyle Dykes will be here for a concert on May 5th and tickets are available now! Check out http://www.willismusic.com/events for details and tickets. 

Check out the calendar below for more awesome events

Florence Open Mic Night – March 15th

“Et tu, Brute?”…              

nah, don’t “beware the Ides of March,” let’s jam on March 15th! In fact, it’s 2 days before St. Patrick’s Day – we can all play “Sweet Molly Malone” and other standards, along with any other music that you would like to perform.

So come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, March 15th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, if you’re needing sheet music to bone up on your Irish Folk classics, Willis has you covered! Willis has everything you need musically – new and used instruments, instrument repair, sheet music, audio accessories, etc… – they have it!

Stop in, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful music on Wednesday, March 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

 

Florence March Calendar of Events

Big deals happening in March at Florence. Taylor New Product showcase is March 9th. Get your hands on the newest Taylor guitars! Woodsongs Coffeehouse March 11 with Blue Eagle Band! And we have our Open Mic, always the 3rd Wednesday of the month and the Bluegrass Jam, 4th Friday of the month! Check out the calendar below for more great events and sales!

Taylor New Product Showcase – March 9

Mark your calendar for March 9 at 7pm to be the first to see the the New Products from Taylor Guitars!

Are you a Taylor Guitar fan like us? You will not want to miss this event. We will have all the new Taylor Guitars from the 2017 NAMM show at Willis Music Florence for you to touch and play and take home for your own! Taylor just released a series that you have to play to believe it! We will also have a factory rep on hands to answer all your questions and let you know why Taylor does what they do!

Need more info? Call 859-525-6050 or email deniseb@willismusic.com

Details:

When – March 9, 2017

Time – 7pm

Where – 7567 Mall Rd, Florence, KY, 41042

Cost – FREE

Willis Music KMEA Preview

This week Willis Music will be in the Exhibit Hall at the 2017 Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Conference in Louisville, KY. Stop by our booth between 9am-5pm on Thurs. & Fri. to say hello and Experience Yamaha! Be sure to ask us about our KMEA PRICING on all items we will have on display.

The Willis Music staff planning to be present include, Chris Teesdale (manager of our Lexington location), Matthew Powell (Keyboard Specialist for our Lexington location), Chase Clark (School Service Representative for Central KY), and Michelle VanSickle (School Service Representative for Northern KY). In addition to other members of our Willis Music team, we welcome representatives from the Yamaha Corporation Keyboard & Pro Music divisions who will join us in our exhibit.

Below is a brief preview of what we will have on display for demonstration:

As the ONLY Yamaha Acoustic Piano dealer in Kentucky we are excited to feature
the Yamaha B2 Acoustic Upright Piano with Silent technology.
This piano is perfect for practice rooms, small performance venues, and even at home.

 

The CLP-585 Yamaha Clavinova is one instrument in the KMEA Exhibit Hall you will want to hear!
Experience the unparalleled sound quality of a CFX Grand & Bosendorfer.
“Quite simply, the finest CLP Clavinova ever made.”

 

Woodwind, Brass, and String musicians will find numerous Professional and Intermediate instruments on display at our KMEA booth and available for demonstration!
This includes Yamaha flutes, clarinets, oboe, saxophones,
trumpets, french horns, and trombones!
Plus, we will have Eastman violins, and Yamaha Silent Electric Violins!

Too many instruments to include photographs – so come check this out for yourself at our booth!
Looking for a specific item or want to know more?  TEXT US AT 859-474-2664.

 

 

The Yamaha TF Rack Digital Mixer is one of the newest and coolest products in the music industry for 2017
and we will have it for you to play with and learn about at KMEA!

This is perfect for any marching band program looking to amplify instruments and voices.
Plus, it works great in a theater or any portable environment!

 

Be sure to check out the affordable and dynamic Yamaha DBR Loudspeaker Series we will have in our booth at KMEA –
as well as Chauvet Lighting.
We offer free installation for any school environment needing pro audio or lighting!

 

Guitar has quickly become a large part of music classrooms in Kentucky!
In 2016 we helped fill up a classroom of guitars at Coventry Oak Elementary (Lexington),
George Rogers Clark High (Winchester), and East Jessamine High (Nicholasville).
Come strum a few chords with us this week at our KMEA booth
featuring some popular classroom guitars by Yamaha.
We also have their Transacoustic Guitar on hand for those of you who want to experience something really special on a guitar!

We plan to bring a few Kala Ukuleles with us too! Another great tool for music educators!

   

In 2016 Yamaha released the Montage synthesizer! It will blow your socks off!
Imagine the MOTIF and DX models combined – and it’s user friendly!
For KMEA we will have the Montage and a CP4 Stage Piano on display.

 

Percussionists, we’ve made sure to bring some fun items for you at KMEA as well.
A sweet sounding custom made Holloman snare drum, along with two BRAND NEW
concert snare drum sticks by Promark! We love these!

Featuring the Concert One and Concert Two drumsticks. Come give them a try!

 

And finally…. the Yamaha DTX Multi 12 pad! Used extensively in the Hamilton musical, as well as through out the marching band and indoor percussion activities.

Florence Open Mic Night – February 15th

It’s February, one day will be in the 50’s, the next day we will get 5 inches of snow – what the heck! But spring is just around the corner – Valentine’s Day, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, the Daytona race, all signs that the flowers will be popping up! In preparation for that reemergence and revival, let’s play some music! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, February 15th from 6-8 PM. It is in the John Thompson Performance Hall which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and your beau would love for you to play some music just for them – Willis has that music! Maybe you need new strings, a new strap, heck maybe some bongos to accompany your love poem – it’s all here!
Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some beautiful (well, maybe to us :)) music on Wednesday, February 15th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence February Calendar of Events

Ronan Tynan Concert – Internationally Acclaimed Irish Tenor

Spend the afternoon with the internationally acclaimed Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan

On February 12, 2017 at 2:00pm, Assumption Church and Academy will be hosting Ronan at Receptions Conference Center. Willis Music Florence is proud to be a sponsor! For more information, call Linda Gray at 859-485-3800 ext 0 or 631-813-8597

 

From ronantynan.net:

Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens. Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Following his mother’s advice to always follow your dreams, Tynan decided to launch a solo career, and has achieved the fame and adoration that could have existed only in the farthest reaches of his dreams.

Tynan’s singing offered the gentlest consolation at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan in the summer of 2004, when an international TV audience of more than 35 million heard him sing “Amazing Grace” and Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” at the personal invitation of Nancy Reagan. Ronan is also famous for his performances of “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during the seventh-inning stretch, which he says have been nothing short of unforgettable. In 2006 he started an affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres hockey team and has performed “God Bless America” at many of their games.

Ronan’s ability to simultaneously console and inspire is well-documented. In the wake of 9/11, the men and women of the New York Police Department and New York Fire Department and their families have been able to count on Ronan Tynan’s abiding concern and beautiful voice. Ronan has performed at benefits and memorial services for New York’s Finest and Bravest, and his singing softened the sorrow of many in the wake of the tragedy.

Of course, there have been plenty of joyous moments in Ronan’s career as well. In the spring of 2004, the Belmont Stakes got off to a rollicking start when Tynan—a passionate horseman himself—christened the race with a ringing rendition of “New York, New York.” This is of particular interest marking the first time ever in Belmont’s 30-year history that a singer was invited to perform live as they traditionally play the version recorded by Frank Sinatra. Tynan has performed for countless dignitaries worldwide including the wedding of New York’s former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to Judith Nathan on the grounds of Gracie Mansion. His voice also brightened the 80th birthday celebration of former President George H.W. Bush in the summer of 2004 in Houston.

In the spring of 2005, Ronan released his self-titled debut album, which began a new era in his career. “I think it shows a greater versatility than any other album I’ve done,” Tynan has said. “I wanted to sing a greater variety of music and spread my wings a bit, make a move out of the classic ‘Irish tenor’ vein.” The album contains the heartfelt “Passing Through,” which honors Ronan’s mother, whose vibrant spirit has been taken away by the long night of Alzheimer’s disease. Ronan debuted #2 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart, just behind Josh Groban, and was the 8th best-selling classical crossover album of 2005. It also reached #2 on the World Album Chart and peaked at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Chart. His career has also been well-documented with appearances on Primetime Live, Good Morning America, the Hour of Power, 700 Club, Fox & Friends and many other high-profile television shows.

Ronan sang at the White House Governors’ Ball at the invitation of President and Mrs. Bush in February, 2007, and in 2008 returned to the White House to sing at the St. Patrick’s Day Reception attended by members of the U.S. and Irish governments. He performed during the Concert of Hope prior to the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium in April, 2008. He is currently in the recording stages of two upcoming CD releases, one an all-Irish CD, and a second collection of songs performed at his concerts and requested by fans throughout the world. In 2007 due to popular demand, he released a DVD of his motivational speech: Hitting the High Notes, Living Life to the Fullest.

Tynan in Paralympics

Though Ronan enjoyed singing as a boy, he did not seriously consider formal voice study until he was 33, when he was well into his residency as a physician. His quick success is a typical development in a life of extraordinary achievement. Born with lower limb disability that threatened to sideline him throughout his childhood, Tynan was still “as wild as a March hare” when he was a growing boy, riding horses and racing motorcycles. When he was twenty, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete. Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records of which he still holds nine.

The determination instilled in Ronan by his parents, a diminutive couple with gigantic ambitions for their son, soon propelled him to conquer a whole new field. Tynan became the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education. He later became a full-fledged medical doctor, specializing in orthopedic sports injuries, with a degree from prestigious Trinity College.

Ronan won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It less than one year after beginning the study of voice. The following year, he won the International Operatic Singing

Competition in Maumarde, France. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and cut his teeth on the concert repertoire in performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’sElijah, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. In 1998, Tynan joined Anthony Kearns and John McDermott (later Finbar Wright) as The Irish Tenors, an instant worldwide sensation. His autobiography Halfway Home was published in February of 2002.

R Tynan 2012 Patriots Playoff Game

Ronan is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the U.S., presenting nearly 50 speeches annually for major international corporations and organizations.

The big Irishman has a special relationship with American audiences now. “America is powerful and intense, and it begs you to take it on,” Tynan marvels. “If you do that and do it right, it will give you absolutely everything you want. The thing I love about America is that there are so many people who want you to do well. They will you to do well. They encourage you, and they rejoice in your success. That’s a great virtue. I think Americans are fantastic people, amazing,” he says. And while Tynan claims that America has given him so much more than he’ll ever be able to give back, those who have attended his concerts, basking in the stirring beauty of his music and rolling with laughter at his self-effacing humor, may well just have to disagree.

Florence Open Mic Night – Jan 18

The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper has been thrown away – hopefully no envelopes of money with it! Now, Old Man Winter has us in his frosty embrace. Why not come in from the cold and play some music! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, January 18th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Maybe you got a new instrument as a holiday gift or maybe some of that money is burning a hole in your pocket. Willis has what you need – new sheet music for that song you’re wanting to learn, maybe a new strap for that guitar, oops, someone forgot to include a stand or cord for your new mic – it’s all here!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll work on getting rid of some of the SAD (seasonal affective disorder – aka wintertime blahs!) on Wednesday, January 18th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

 

Open Mic Night Sign

The New Fender American Professional Series is Here!

 

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The new Fender American Professional Series is here! We’ve got them in stock at our Florence store and coming soon to our other locations.  WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER!

 

NEW PICKUPS

Simply put, pickups are the heart and soul of an electric instrument’s voice. The American Professional series features our newest pickup offering: V-Mod single-coil pickups. Updated versions of our classic designs, modified for modern performance, V-Mod pickups are packed with authentic Fender tone. V-Mod pickups, and the newly redesigned ShawBucker™ humbucking pickups are voiced specifically for each position, bringing out the nuances of your playing.

NEW MODELS We’re excited to add three new models to the American Professional Series: the Tele®Deluxe, Jazzmaster® and Jaguar® guitars. The left-of-center Jazzmaster and Jaguar models are particularly prized for their unique style, feel and flexible control schemes.

NEW COLORS Three new colors—Sonic Gray, Mystic Seafoam, Antique Olive—are joined by the revival of a true classic, our instantly recognizable Butterscotch Blonde (available only on Tele models).

AND MORE…

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Check out the videos below and stop in and check them out!

 

 

Florence January Calendar of Events

The New Boss GT-1 Effects Processor

Boss GT-1

 

New and in stock at Moeller and Willis Music is the Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor.

PREMIUM TONE FOR PLAYERS ON THE GO
Ultra-portable and easy to use, the GT-1 delivers pro-level tones everywhere you play. Driven by the powerful BOSS GT-series engine, it gives you access to a huge selection of world-class amps and effects for all types of music. A streamlined interface enables quick and intuitive sound creation, while an assignable control switch and expression pedal provide dynamic real-time effects adjustment. And by connecting to BOSS TONE CENTRAL, you can download free pro patches, editing software, and more. Equally suited for beginners, weekend warriors, and traveling players, the GT-1 packs premium sound in a compact and rugged package.

-Flagship-class BOSS sound engine squeezed into a light and compact floor unit
-Modern design with no hard edges enables safe transport in a guitar bag
-Easy Select and Easy Edit functions for quickly choosing and tweaking patches
-Four AA batteries provide up to seven hours of playing time for busking and mobile gigs
-Onboard control switch and expression pedal; footswitch/expression pedal jack and USB
-Download ready-to-play pro patches for free at BOSS Tone Central

Florence December Calendar of Events

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December NKY Band of the Month – Doghouse

Willis Music Florence is proud to have Doghouse as our NKY Band of the Month.

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Doghouse started in 2000, when four Northern Kentucky friends (Chuck Davis, Paul Riesenberg, Tom Schulte and Dick Stewart) started jamming. It became a frequent occurrance and started talk about playing at parties. We needed a bass player and stole the bass player (Ric Thelen) from Mr. Grumpy, a band with deity status in Maysville, KY, which was destined for break-up. The band played a grade school reunion in Nov. 2000 under the name Beer Nuts, without Tom. This was followed with a performance at St. Tim’s in Union, KY with Tom.  

The band had it’s first real gig under the name Doghouse (short for Doghouse Dick and the Instigators) at Southern Lanes in Alexandria, KY on March 31st, 2001. The band played many parties that summer, and started playing some bars on a regular basis. In the summer of 2002, the band parted ways with Tom, to become a full-force four-piece.  

In May of 2006, Paul Riesenberg decided to leave the Northern KY area for sunny Clearwater Florida, and so departed the band. But Paul was nice enough to give us a little notice and to our great fortune, we found Chris Moriconi, who plays great drums and isn’t too bad of a guy either. On 5/25/2006, we had a farewell and hello gig, where Paul played for half the night and then Chris play the second half, with both playing at the same time for a few songs. 

In July of 2010, Chuck Davis decided the rigors of the road, touring with Doghouse was just too much. He left the band but again was nice enough to give us a little notice and we were lucky enough to find Tim Waters, who has some great vocals and plays guitar and keyboards rather well. 

We’re also glad to welcome back Jim ‘Bobby’ Oaks to the pack to take pictures, help with sound and lights, and all the other things that matter.

Members
Dick Stewart – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Ric Thelen – Bass, Vocals
Chris Moriconi – Drums
Tim Waters – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jim ‘Roadie Bob’ Oaks – Photos, Sound, Lights
 
 Want to be the next Band of the Month? Email denis eb@willismusic.com
 

Join Us For The 2016 15th Annual Warehouse Sale

Our long anticipated warehouse sale is coming up this month! This is the 15th annual sale and it will be bigger and better than ever! We have new surprises in store and more awesome deals that you don’t want to miss!

New this year are pianos.  Check out our used pianos and pre-shop the warehouse sale.
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Check out some videos to get you hyped for the Warehouse sale!
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Here is a look at the 2015 warehouse sale! It is always buzzing with excitement!
 

Florence November Band of the Month

Willis Music Florence is happy to announce Florence Community Band as our Band of the Month for November!

They are a local group of music majors, retired band directors, high school band students, and all-around music enthusiasts! The band plays music of all kinds with a wide range of difficulty for those seeking a challenge or for those just looking to jam with some friends.

There are no auditions! The band is open to anyone who has an instrument. They will find a part for you!

Rehearsals are every Monday night from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Florence Government Center on Ewing Boulevard. No practice on holidays.

The Florence Community Band performs for the general public and is sponsored by the City of Florence, Kentucky. If you want to join, just bring your instrument (and a friend?) to our next practice!

Check out more info here!

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Want to be our next band of the month? Email deniseb@willismusic.com

 

Florence Open Mic Night – October 19th 6pm

The days are getting shorter and the leaves are changing color. Before you know it the holidays will be here and people will be gathering. Those gatherings can always use some live music. No better place to work on those new songs – or dust of some oldies – than an open mic night. Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, October 19 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

Also, don’t forget, if you’ve broken a string or two, want upgrade to a more powerful amp & cabinet, sheet music to that new song you want to learn, a seasonal guitar strap or anything thing else musically, Willis has what you need.

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, October 19th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

October Events at Florence

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New Fender Offset line has arrived at a Willis!

We have exciting news for our guitar customers! The new Fender Offsets have just arrived at a Willis store near you! We are excited to share this awesome news with you. Come on into a location near you and shred for a couple of minutes on one of these beauties! You can check out some of the videos and pictures of all for a preview. Like what you see? Go ahead and add a Fender Offset to your collection we know you want to!

Left-of-center expression for the next generation of players.  Introducing the new Fender Offset series.  Five new models based on classic designs but re-envisioned for today.  You’re seeing them played everywhere from South by Southwest to Panic! At the Disco, now you can own one.

The full line includes:

Duo-Sonic, Duo-Sonic HS, Mustang, Mustang 90 and Mustang Bass PJ.

Here are the key features:

    • 24″ scale guitar/30″ scale bass
    • Single-coil, humbucker, Mustang 90 and PJ pickup configurations
    • All models feature 9.5″ radius fingerboards, medium jumbo frets, and modern C shapes
    • Many cool new finish/pickguard configurations
    • 3-way toggles are used instead of slider switches on Mustangs. Duo-Sonic HS features a coil-split function
    • String-through hardtail bridges

Take a look at the Fender Offset Mustang and Mustang 90s

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Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Mustang 90 model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Take a look at the Fender Offset Duo-Sonic and Duo-Sonic HS Models

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Fender Duo sonic Aged White Fender Duo Sonic Black

Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Duo sonic HS model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Take a look at the Fender Offset Mustang Bass PJ Models

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Check out the video tour of the Fender Offset Mustang Bass PJ model below and then stop in to your nearest Willis Music to play and own your very own!

Can’t make it into the store or we don’t have one close to you? No problem take a look at our online store and purchase the one you have had your eye on today! Click here to see our entire Fender Offset stock.

Florence Band of the Month October – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass

Willis Music Florence is happy to have Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass as our October band of the month!

Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass is a driving, five piece bluegrass band established in Cincinnati, OH during the 1960’s. Vernon’s years of playing both banjo and guitar with the greats of bluegrass have honed his skills as an entertainer and make him uniquely qualified to define the traditional bluegrass sound of the Appalachian Grass. He began his professional career at the age of 15 playing banjo with Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys. He has since played with Walt Hensley, Jimmy Martin, Jim McCall, James Monroe, Mac Wiseman, and Scott Stoneman. Vernon was also a founding member of the Bluegrass Pardners of Wheeling Jamboree fame and his banjo work with the Easterners is well remembered.

Through the years, Vernon has made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage. He appeared playing banjo with both Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys and with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. When the Appalachian Grass was invited to perform at the Opry with Vernon as band leader, singer and guitarist, Vernon became one of the few who have been on that stage as a banjoist, a singer, and a guitarist.

Vernon has recorded many projects with Appalachian Grass that feature both his unique banjo style and his vocals and guitar work. Vernon’s matchless rhythm guitar is the bedrock for wife Kitty’s two fiddle instrumental recordings. During the 1970s, Vernon was a staff musician at Jewel Recording Studio and has contributed banjo and/or rhythm guitar tracks to innumerable recording sessions for entertainers such as Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Skinner, Charlie Moore, Rusty York, Lonnie Mack, Sid Campbell, JD Jarvis, Hylo Brown, and Bobby Grove.

Over the years, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass has played concerts, festivals, fairs, colleges, radio, television, and exclusive nightclubs across the United States and Canada. In 1998, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass won the CAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Band in the Cincinnati – Tri-State Area. The band’s exploits even include the grand opening dedication of an historic cemetery!

As emcee, lead singer, and rhythm guitar player, Vernon McIntyre infuses the Appalachian Grass with the warmth and spontaneity of a small family gathering even when playing for thousands of fans. He combines bluegrass history and stories with showmanship and humor to deliver top notch entertainment. Vernon’s wife, Kitty McIntyre, brings to the group some of the best bluegrass fiddling that you can hear. Audiences always enjoy her energetic performances as well as her trick fiddling act. Known for the quality of their singing, the group’s vocals are a blend of smooth and intricate harmonies that are a delight to hear. Hard-driving banjo by Robert Campbell, mandolin by Wayne Haddix, and upright bass by Tammy Powers round out the Appalachian Grass sound.

With Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass on stage you’re sure to get old-fashioned entertainment at its best!

Check them out at Willis Music Florence on October 15 at 7pm!

Like their facebook page here to receive a 10% discount on one item at Willis Music. Already a fan, don’t worry, you still get the discount.

Want to be the next band of the month? Contact Denise at deniseb@willismusic.com for details!

Open Mic Night – Florence

School is back in session and it’s sports season!!! Time for marching bands, tailgating, bonfires & post-

game parties. Those bonfires and parties often having singing and strumming. Do you have a couple of

new songs you want to try out before that bonfire? Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night –

Wednesday, September 21 st from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left

as you walk through the door.

Now that school has started, the kids have started lessons. Heck, why don’t you start lessons too? Don’t

forget Willis has all your musical needs covered. Whether you need a repair, new sheet music, or you

want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on

Wednesday, September 21 st from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!

Florence Band of the Month – Stonehaus Trail

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Stonehaus Trail is a Cover band located in Northern Kentucky that plays at local bars, Private Parties and weddings! The name Stonehaus Trail came from a little place in Melbourne, KY that we had to pass when going to band practice out our drummer Tommy Brewer’s dad’s house. The name of the place is actually Stonehouse Trail but all five members of the band have German in their ancestry so we changed it to Stonehaus Trail. We incorporate fun upbeat music but it is not uncommon to hear rare jams like Cortez the killer (Neil Young), Little Sister (Elvis) and No Excuses (Alice in Chains) come out of our setlist.
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Band Members:

John Horan – lead vocals/guitar/Harmonica
Vince Bonhaus – rythem guitar/lead guitar/vocals/Harmonica
Dan Walsh – Lead guitar/ vocals
Tom Ryan – bass
Tommy Brewer – Drums/ vocals

Check them out HERE! 

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Open Mic Night – August 17 – Florence

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Summer is winding down. School is just around the corner. Kids are singing the blues and parents (some, not all) singing a happy tune! All genres are welcome to join us! Come on out to the Willis Music Open Mic Night – Wednesday, August 17 th from 6-8 PM. It is in the studio/stage area which is immediately to the left as you walk through the door.

School is starting. So it’s band and lesson time. Don’t forget Willis has all your musical needs covered.

Whether it’s a new instrument, new sheet music, or you want to start taking lessons, Willis has what you need!

Come on out, tune up, warm up your vocal cords and picking fingers and we’ll make some music on Wednesday, August 17 th from 6pm to 8pm. See you there!!!