Spring has sprung

It’s late April – Ridvan is underway – and our Music Industry Weekend colleagues are all busy it seems.

I know I sure am. I performed last month at the Glendale Arizona Folk and Heritage Festival and will again perform at the Tucson Folk Festival on the first weekend of May.  I’m looking forward to seeing Chuck Thrapp and his wife Roz who tell me they are definitely coming and will see me and my trio perform.

Alan James has passed through my area on his way to and from Tucson where he celebrated his Uncle Cazzie’s 99th birthday. Uncle Cazzie, whom I have met, is the poet who has supplied Alan with some of his favorite rhymes through the years.

Robert Gillies has moved to the San Francisco Bay area and done a show up in the Seattle area at empty sea studio with Richard Atkins.  I watched it on-line. Robert’s released an “Alive” CD of that show. And they played  a show arranged by Russ Salton.

Katharine Key is selling her new CD “What the Fire Is” and it sounds sweet.    Kelly Snook is launching a her production company in the UK and Caeli Lohr (who just had a birthday) keeps cranking out new tracks.  Lloyd “Madman” Madansky is teaching lids how to build their own instruments and generally keeping me entertained on Facebook.

Yosi Mesbah has moved to Nashville .  Keli Lovejoy Garza became a mom (which makes Jupiter Lovejoy an Uncle).   Stephen Fordham has been composing up a storm and so has Gabriel Estes who has a new website (http://www.gabrielestes.com/). Ali Youssefi has a new CD and a stunningly artistic  video.

Maya Bohnhoff is writing and blogging ( www.commongroundgroup.net ) up a storm and Jeff Bohnhoff, as usual, is being of awesome help to many. They performed at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (no I did not spell that wrong. It is FILK)

The INDEFATIGABLE Larry MaGee has produced over 60 songs for Ruhi Book 3 children’s classes with help from many performers.  And Jon Rezin has officially launched 9 Star! (check it out)

Well, I know there’s more, but that’s what I can remember at the moment.

Starting in May, I will begin pulling together our Agenda  for this fall’s Music industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School.  If you have a favorite topic you’d like to learn or present, send me an email.   I’m looking forward to our musical embrace this October!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers -Coordinator, Music Industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist