Regretfully, we have cancelled this year’s Music Makers Weekend.

Our numbers were insufficient to make it financially viable.

I want to thank Jim Rust and Brian Taraz for volunteering once again to keep us well fed.  Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff, and Alan James, thanks once again for your willingness to present workshops.

Perhaps this annual gathering has run its course. I don’t know. In the coming months I must assess whether I will try again, or let it fade into history.

Please stay in touch. I’m always happy to learn of your musical endeavors.
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So, Like the Cubs fans USED to say: “Maybe next year”

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


We’re just about to run out of time to make our Music Makers Weekend work this year.

I have 7 registered and 2 more committed to register.

I need 4 more more to make the financial loss affordable.  Yes, it will still be a loss, but not so big that I couldn’t afford it.

If I cancel tomorrow, I will get back the money I’ve already paid in facility rent and all those registered will get their payments back too. That’s a special deal we were offered by the DRBI office.

It looks to me, at this point, that this is a lost cause. One way or the other, I’ll send out the determination tomorrow.

Here again, is the link to register:

You can also call Desert Rose Baha’i Institute directly at 520-466-7961


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


Is this the End? Let’s Keep it Going!

We are just over a month away from Music Makers Weekend 2016.

Unfortunately, we don’t have enough pre-registrations to make this year’s event financially viable.

We’re going to wait another week, until 15 November, to see if enough people register to make this work.

We really don’t want to miss this year because of funding, but we may not have a choice, UNLESS a few folks, who for years may have been thinking about coming someday, decide this is the year!

So talk to your musician friends of like spirit! The folks registered so far are a great group, the program is timely, and we ALWAYS have a great time.

I’m looking forward to seeing more names on the roster by week’s end!
How about YOURS?


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


 Music Makers Weekend 2016

December 16-18 at the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in Eloy, Arizona.

Last year was a great start. This year we’re going for even better!

Our singer-songwriter CHEF Jim Rust is returning to feed us well!

We’ll have experienced presenters on our key skills (songwriting, song selection, and performance)

AND this year, we have a THEME: “Connecting with the Cause”

So our group discussion will focus on “Making Music with Purpose!”

We will guide our discussions along the path of staying connected to Baha’i Principles and using our craft to further God’s Cause (the unification of all humankind!)

Our preliminary planning has already gotten me excited about how this year will be different and overjoyed that so much will remain the same! (Song circle on Friday night and  Public Showcase Performances on Saturday evening!)

So don’t delay!  Get your registration in!  Here’s the link:

I’m looking forward to seeing you!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers- Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Are you coming to MMW 2016?

Let me know if you pan to attend!  Add a comment to this post if you are planning to attend our Music Makers Weekend at the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in December (16-18).  We need participants to make it happen, but the planning is underway so I need to know if you’ll join us.

Last year was a blast. We learned valuable skills from our presenters.  And the food was fantastic – thanks to our expert Chef Jim Rust – who by the way, is also a singer-songwriter with a fine voice!

This is a delightful event that you’ll want to experience if you’re serious about your musical craft or your DIY musician business.  The cost is set at $160 PLUS lodging (you have choices).  Registration will open September 15!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – coordinator MMW
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


Mark Your Calendar! December 16 – 18!

IMG_4925-cropr1With a re-affirmed commitment from our Culinary Maestro Jim Rust, I am pleased to announce that we are on track to do it again!

Music Makers Weekend 2016 is scheduled for December 16 – 18 at Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in Eloy, AZ.  Last year was wonderful, and this year will be also! If you’re a musician, full-time, part-time, or spare-time, this will be an enjoyable and informative weekend. So, plan to join us!

I will be posting more details as they develop, so stay tuned!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist