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

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

Music in the Desert – a success!

What a jam-packed weekend it was! Our 13th gathering since our beginning and our FIRST gathering at Desert Rose Baha’i Institute.  Perhaps our writers (Maya and Deb) would call it “Volume 2, Issue 1” or perhaps, in the vernacular of our musician chef Jim, “the start of a second dozen”.

However we number it, it was fun. From  dinner and our beloved song-circle on Friday evening, to our closing reflection and wonderful closing lunch on Sunday, I firmly believe it was a good experience for all.

That’s not to say we can’t make improvements, we can! (That’s what we reflected on Sunday morning) But, for an abbreviated schedule, in a new venue for the first time, I think we all did pretty well. Of course, much thanks is owed to the volunteers who operate the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute for opening their doors to us at an affordable price and offering support for anything we needed (with special attention to Ginny Healy, Jerry Healy, Brenda Hadden, Peggy Hadden, Linda Fuller, and Betty Johnston).

IMG_4925-cropI want to thank everyone who attended and encourage you to look up their websites (those that have one) and hear their music.  In particular I want to thank Jim Rust, our chef, who volunteered last year to make this event work by feeding us handsomely! I suppose a fed musician is a happy musician because we were all grinning after every meal. (That Saturday morning breakfast was worth the trip all by itself!)

BrianAnd a sincere thank you to Brian Taraz, a man of extraordinary talent AND myriad skills, who sacrificed his time to assist Jim in the kitchen and handle a variety of emerging needs.  And thanks also to John Armour, man of a thousand flutes, who arrived 2 days early just to help us shop for food and stack the kitchen. John’s assistance throughout the weekend was essential.

I also want to give a special thanks to Rick Heyman (bass) and Michael Parker (drums) who drove from Tucson with their equipment to serve as the “House Band” backing up all who desired their support. The did an excellent job with very little rehearsal time (as always).

IMG_4929-cropThanks again to Alan James, Russ Salton, Jeff Bohnhoff and Maya Bohnhoff for their workshop sessions sharing their immense knowledge of the various aspects of our craft.

And thanks to  Jackie Odess-Gillett,  to Anna Resendiz, to Ladjamaya Green, and to the marvelous Jean T. Quinn for their performances in our Saturday night Showcase. Thanks also to Warren Odess-Gillett and Gary Sloan for their participation and contributions to the weekend’s success.

Now, perhaps we’ll start planning for next year!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Ready for Friday

The registrations are in and the final preparations are underway! Our chef, Jim Rust, will be here a couple days early so that we can stock the kitchen with food.  Brian Taraz, our fellow weekend alum and musician, is coming to assist Jim. I appreciate these two guys very much.

MMW Free ShowWe’ll likely adjust the schedule somewhat, but for sure we’re doing a public show Saturday night. There are many local folks who have expressed an interest in coming – it should exceed any audience we’ve seen in years past.  So wish us all well in putting on a great show. We’ll have help from my own band mates Rick Heyman and Michael Parker who are coming from Tucson just to support us with bass and drums. They are adept at all genres!

Of course, we’ll take pictures to share here in our galleries.

To those coming, travel safely! To others, remember this next year.


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

30-day Song Writing Challenge!

How would you like to take on a 30-day SONG WRITING CHALLENGE?

We will share our results at Music Makers Weekend, December 18-20, at Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in Eloy, Arizona. (we did this last year at Bosch and it was fun)

This Year’s theme is “YOUR HEART” – start today! Write your song for “Your Heart” AND Register for Music Makers Weekend!

See the previous post to Register:

See the “Updates” tab on our website to read about our developing agenda.


Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music Makers Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist


YOU CAN REGISTER NOW for the 2015 Music Makers Weekend at Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in Eloy, Arizona 18-20 December 2015.

RussSalton-playingHere’s the Direct  link to Register

Or, you can visit the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute website

JohnYou can also register by mail, phone or fax with this form:
MMW Registration Form

Any way you choose to register is fine, but do it soon, because space is limited and the day is fast approaching!  This is going to fun!

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

DECEMBER 18 – 20 – It’s a GO!!

We have reserved our gathering place – The Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in Eloy Arizona.  DECEMBER 18-20 (Friday – Sunday), we will have a weekend together sharing our musical crafts – songwriting, performing, recording, promotion, and more.

drbi EHHJust think of it! When the rest of the country is in the throws of Winter, we’ll be enjoying the mild winter of the Arizona Desert! (well, for 3 days anyway)

The registration site is not yet ready, but soon will be. We will have a link to here as soon as it is available.  As a heads up, plan on these costs:

Conference Fee includes meals: $150
PLUS Lodging – Your choice: $17/night in the dormitory “bunk house”, or for $45/night you might rent one of  DRBI’s motel-like rooms (first come). There are also other on-site choices at higher cost. And there are a variety of local hotels.

I’m still working on the agenda, but rest assured, Friday night will be our SONG CIRCLE night and on Saturday night, we will perform a PUBLIC SHOW!  In between, well, that’s what I’m working on and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s final.

I think you’re going to enjoy Desert Rose in the winter. It’s a completely different environment than that to which you may be accustomed.  And if you have time after our weekend or before, there’s plenty cool things to see in Arizona.

But most importantly, we get to see each other!


Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist