CANCELLED

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
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

REGISTRATION is OPEN!

 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:

http://www.drbi.org/DRBI/drbi-prog-MMW.html

I’m looking forward to seeing you!

 

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

TWO WEEKS TO GO!

In just 2 weeks, we will be gathering at the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute in Eloy, Arizona for our annual weekend event!  If you haven’t yet registered, Please do so now!  (see below)

You might be thinking “what could I learn from Music Makers Weekend that could help my music career?”  Well, I can tell you that I have self-produced 4 DIY albums using the skills I have learned from our weekend participants and with each one, I have gotten successively better at it.  No, my products aren’t super polished, but I’ve made money on every one of them!  Our presenters are top-notch at their craft and they will share practical knowledge you can use in recording, songwriting and performing. See our “UPDATES” tab to read more.

More important perhaps are the relationships you will build with other “musicians of spirit”.  The friends I have made at our music weekend have grown to be my most trusted.

I hope you registered participants are working up your 30-day Songwriting Challenge song to the theme “YOUR HEART”. It has been delightful to hear the varied songs that come from our annual 30-day challenge. Mine is ready and I know of at least one other participant whose song is already written.

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

Here’s the Direct  link to Register http://goo.gl/forms/UQVQnwwGTA

Or, you can visit the Desert Rose Baha’i Institute website http://drbi.org

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

Please register soon, because space is limited and the day is fast approaching!  This is going to fun!

P.S. – CONGRATULATIONS to JON REZIN for his 2015 Latin Grammy Nomination!

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Just a Few Days Away!

IMG_0522Are you Ready??
Have you Registered?

Well a sufficient number of other folks have registered (19 as of today), and we are moving ahead!  You’ll want to get registered now because there’s another session (who will be our audience on Saturday night) that is quickly taking the available cabin space. So get registered now if you haven’t done so!

As far as being ready, I’m not quite ready myself! I still have a presentation to complete for my Friday session and I haven’t even begun a song to the title  “START“.

Yosi Mesbah in Nashville however has already written one and it’s GOOD. She said “it’s not finished” but are they ever?  Heck, it sounded good to me!  If you’re on Facebook, and are friends with Yosi, you might see it here:  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152753497724098&set=vb.528989097&type=2&theater

So, I’m working to prepare my presentation on DIY tools, tips, and tricks, and hoping inspiration will strike me with a song very soon.  I’m looking forward to hearing what songs others write.  But I’m most excited about seeing the faces of, and making some music again with, friends old a new.

Come Join the Fun!

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist