It's Been Over a Year since we've updated you...

What a crazy year and a half! At least 30 shows and so much performing and traveling that we never get a chance to update the website! Here are just a few of the shows we played:

June 3, 2018: Richards Rock Fest IV - The Trocadero, Philadelphia 

May 12, 2018: Two Shows - Graduation Party at Masonic Temple in Prospect Park, Private Party in Glen Mills

May 5, 2018: Children's Miracle Network Fundraiser at Tree of Life Church, Springfield

April 22, 2018: Two Shows - Crab Shack in Morton, Battle of the Bands 

April 21, 2018: Wallingford Swim Club Fundraiser for Strath Haven Post Prom

March 3, 2018: Chicky's Pizza Pub

February 25, 2018: Crab Shack in Morton

February 18, 2018: RGS Classical Music Recital at Swarthmore Friends Meeting 

January 20, 2018: Neuman University - Wrestling Tournament

December 2, 2017: Chicky's Pizza Pub

October 28, 2017: Halloween Hoopstock III

October 21, 2017: Pumpkin Express at DJ Raulston's 

October 7, 2017: Aston Community Day at Aston Community Center

October 1, 2017: Red Iron Pub

August 12, 2017: Riddlewood 5K

July 29, 2017: Red Iron Pub

July 16, 2017: Atlantic City - Boneyard 

June 25, 2017: Rusty Nail in Ardmore

June 4, 2017: World Cafe Live Philly

June 3, 2017: Hooper Rock Party 

May 20, 2017: Red Iron Pub

April 8, 2017: Red Iron Pub

January 14, 2017: Chaplin's in Spring City

I'm SURE I missed many more, but you get the idea - we play whenever, and wherever we can!

We will update this site very soon with pictures and videos of 2018 shows and events. Stay tuned!

Richards Rock Academy at The Trocadero Theatre!

Richards Rock Academy bands Pariadin, The Fridays, Stix N Pix, and The Doppler Effect played an almost flawless show at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia. More recent songs added tot he setlist are Mr. Crowley (a blistering finale by The Doppler Effect), Sweet Child O Mine, and You Shook Me All Night Long. Richards Guitar Studio teachers Colin Ainsworth and Nate Richards filled in for absent students in a last-minute effort to make the show go on. The students adapted like professionals to last minute setlist and lineup changes due to illnesses and Thanksgiving traveling that prevented a few students from attending.

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Richards Rock Academy at Barnaby's Pumpkin Express

Remain Nameless

Richards Guitar Studio rock band school Richards Rock Academy played a spectacular show at Barnaby's in Ridley, PA, as part of the Halloween festivities of the Pumpkin Express. The school played a 2-hour set of ambitious songs, including Tom Sawyer by Rush, Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas, Mr. Crowley by Ozzy Osbourne, Sweet Child O Mine by Guns N Roses, and a number of other classic and modern rock selections.


Another Great Show at JC Dobbs

Richards Rock Academy bands The Fridays, Blunt Object, Remain Nameless, and Pariadin played another great set at JC Dobbs on South Street, this time on the 2nd floor stage. Blunt Object performed their first show playing Holiday by Green Day and Misery Business by Paramore - with only a few rehearsals under their belts! We at Richards Guitar Studio are looking forward to seeing what this band can do - we can tell they are going to be a strong band and offer professional performances.

Richards Rock Fest - Spectacular!

On Friday, September 18, Richards Rock Academy bands played a 3-hour rocking show at the IBEW Austin Room in Boothwyn. A beautiful banquet hall setting, perfect sound provided by Bruce Gill, delicious catering and open bar, and 6 RRA bands made for a night we all will remember! This was the first show for our new pop band, The Fridays, and they performed an excellent set!

Pictures and video will be uploaded this week!

JC Dobbs - Success!

Richards Rock Academy - Rock band school in Aston, PA - played a killer show at the Legendary JC Dobbs on South Street. Five bands performed to an enthusiastic crowd, playing songs such as Rainbow in the Dark by Dio, Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas, Eclipsed by Evans Blue, Crazytrain by Ozzy Osbourne, and Your Betrayal by Bullet for My Valentine. 

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Stix N Pix Rock July 4th!

Richards Rock Academy band Stix N Pix rocked a huge July 4th party in Chadds Ford. Thank you to the hosts and Rock Academy parents for putting together a fun BBQ! Great performance, unbelievable fireworks, and a great time celebrating together and a fun BBQ at Stix N Pix band members house. What a great way to spend July 4th - with family and friends of the Rock Academy! My wife and kids had a blast hanging out with everyone!

Great Show at Yachtstock Riverjam!

Richards Rock Academy bands Pariadin, Malignant Defenestration, Stix N Pix, and 9th Spectrum played a great set at Yachtstock Riverjam at The Deck in Essington, PA. Despite some technical difficulties with sound, rainy weather, and time constraints, the bands handled themselves like professionals and pulled off a great performance. Stage presence is improving and the bands are accomplishing more ambitious songs than ever with exceptional accuracy. Hats off to Richards Rock Academy!

Wow. Just...Wow

Richards Rock Academy performed at the top of their game at the Legendary JC Dobbs on South Street last night, June 14. On the very same stage Nirvana and Tool performed in the 90s, RRA paid homage by performing Nirvana's Lithium and Tool's Schism as part of a rocking set well over an hour long. All bands performed at the show - Pariadin, Remain Nameless, Malignant Defenestration, Stix n Pix, and 9th Spectrum. 9th Spectrum closed the show with and unbelievable performance of Kansas' Carry On Wayward Son.

This show was made possible by the support of all RRA parents and their dedicated, talented students. In addition, drum teacher Josh Soltroff filled in on drums for Malignant Defenestration, and guitar teacher Eric Matelyan came to support his students and see them play. My wife and co-owner brought our 3 kids to the show to support the rock academy.

Pictures to be posted this week in Gallery from the show.

Next stop - Yachtstock Riverjam!!!

Amazing Show!

Richards Rock Academy bands Remain Nameless, Pariadin, Stix n Pix, and 9th Spectrum played an awesome show at Rock and Roll After School in Collegeville. I'm so proud of how well the students played - they NAILED their parts! They tackled songs that many adult bands would be intimidated by. All of the bands from the rock schools that joined together to make this show happen played very well and put on a great show, including the band Rain Check from Rockdale Music and the Supergroup from Rock and Roll After School.

We had several students absent due to this date being a tough time of the year for scheduling busy families, so I got to fill in on drums and lead guitar and had a blast! Playing with these students is just like playing with a professional band. We had a few students sub on guitar and vocals, learning the songs in only a few days and played/sang them dead-on. It was amazing to watch them jump in and tackle these songs so quickly.

Our set list included:

Remain Nameless

  1. Scars by Papa Roach
  2. Numb by Linkin Park
  3. Brain Stew by Green Day


  1. Man in the Box by Alice in Chains
  2. Lithium by Nirvana

Stix n Pix

  1. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
  2. When You Were Young by The Killers
  3. School's Out by Alice Cooper
  4. Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

9th Spectrum

  1. Eleanor Rigby by Letters From the Fire cover version
  2. In Due Time by Killswitch Engage
  3. Would? by Alice in Chains
  4. Carry On Wayward Son by Kansas
  5. Can You Feel My Heart by Bring Me the Horizon

Next stop JC Dobbs on South Street!