All Star Rhythm Clinic

March 14, 2015 2:00 PM-4:00pm
Hosted by ACME HOUSE of MUSIC, 4444 Piedmont Ave, Oakland and Drums a Go-Go.

Jennifer Wilsey, percussionist, improviser, composer, and educator—currently performs with several improvising ensembles including The Bloom, Timeless Pulse, Gestaltish, and Luna Ensemble. Jennifer also teaches percussion and directs the Percussion and Improvisation Ensemble at Sonoma State University. At Mills College she teaches Advanced Musicianship while serving as the Musicianship Program Supervisor. She offers workshops in Improvisation, Music Games, and Deep Listening®, and maintains a private studio in Santa Rosa and Oakland, California.

George Marsh, (married to Jennifer) is a San Francisco based jazz drummer, composer, and educator, currently with the David Grisman Sextet. His recordings include those with John Abercrombie, Terry Riley, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Pauline Oliveros, Denny Zeitlin, Maria Muldaur, and many others. George has taught drumming and rhythm theory at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Sonoma State University since 1982. He maintains a private studio in Santa Rosa, California.

Emily Marsh, (daughter of George) has toured and recorded with bands Faster Tiger, Vervein, Black Cat Orchestra, Mirah, Cyril Barrett and many more. She currently performs with The Ukemamas and Beshka & The Bolsheviks. Emily is also Director of school-based Clinical Mental Health Interventions for a local non-profit agency.

Steve Moriarty, (husband of Emily) teaches drums at ACME. Steve have played in bands since age 11. He co-founded Seattle band The GITS; has recorded and toured worldwide with Joan Jett, The Pinkos, Irish folk band Saint Bushmills Choir, Golpes Bajos, Toucans Steel Band, and Improvisational sect, HMS Spleen.

What the heck will FOUR family drummers do?
You must see for yourself! Join us, Saturday March 14.


New phone too: 510.655.ACME (2263)

We are honored to have been awarded Oakland Magazine’s 2014 Editors Choice for Best Independent Music Store!

Editors’ Choice


Acme House of Music

Called “a mom-and-pop shop since 1969,” Acme House of Music—long a gem in the Laurel District—recently moved to a new, larger space near the top of Piedmont Avenue. It’s a retail, repair, and artistic space that defies easy categorization. The staff and teachers offer lessons and workshops, and they fix, rent, and sell vintage and new instruments as well as electronic equipment. In myriad, mellifluous ways, this funky, home-grown business promotes harmony and creativity in the community. 4444 Piedmont Ave., 510-655-2263, AcmeHouseOfMusic.com


Acme House of Music (winner Oakland Magazine Best of the East Bay 2014, Indie Awards Finalist 2014, East Bay Express Best of The Bay 2013)  is a local, family owned full-service music shop.

Did you know that for every $100 spent in an independent store, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. Spend the same in a national chain and $43 stays. Spend online? Nothing. http://www.the350project.net/

Why shop Acme?

In addition to all the reasons to shop local, small businesses (Why shop local, small business?), at Acme, we are a SERVICE business rather than simply a commodity business. Even so, we come close to, if not match, the prices of on-line store and big box stores (at a cost to ourselves–we simply do not get the volume discounts to wholesale products that these competitors get and likewise we do not have the volume of sales that they benefit from). Additionally, we put more of ourselves directly back into the community. While we are working to support ourselves, we are trying to do it in a soulful way that has benefits beyond profits for us.

We believe in having a positive impact on the community around us and in doing business with integrity. It is our mission to make music (and creative expression) ACCESSIBLE. We strive to be a family-friendly, welcoming place where music making of all sorts is appreciated. We are dedicated to providing VALUE, which is one of the reasons why we carry used gear and do repairs. 

We have private lessons for children and adults–beginners through advanced. Our teachers have performed and recorded with the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Santana, Bobbi McFerrin and many more…

Our products include hand-crafted and customized instruments from local artisans (guitars, amps, drums and more).

We carry new and used instruments, recording gear (mixers, mics etc), PA gear, home stereo components and much much more.

We also offer sound consulting services for anyone looking to economically and effectively install, maintain or idealize professional sound installations, (Churches, Night Clubs and so on).