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

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:

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 Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

Weekend Promo Video

Here’s what’s Happening next week:


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

Our Tenth Annual Gathering

October 25-28 at Bosch Baha’i School – our TENTH annual gathering!
The 10th Annual Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Bahá’í School happens 25-28 October 2012
Starting Thursday evening (or Wednesday evening for early-bird arrivers) and continuing through Sunday noon.


It would be wonderful to have a large number of first-time participants.
Our theme this year, “Affecting Public Discourse on Social Change through Music”, will center on how we as musicians can affect the direction and tone of public discourse on social change. I will be sending out more thoughts on this important theme as the time draws nearer.
This year’s workshop topics include:
DIY video production (Darrell Rodgers),
Touring (Tyler Thompson),
Live Performance (Stephan Fordham),
Stage Presence Tune-up (Alan James) and
Songwriting – in 2 parts (Robert Gillies). (Robert, by the way, has a DEGREE in songwriting from BERKLEE College of Music).
And our great friend Chuck Thrapp will be returning this year to host some song circles in the lounge and we’ll even have a stereo there (I hope) so you can share some tracks with your friends.

Thursday evening’s song circle and Friday evening’s open mic will help us select the acts for out public performance on Saturday Night.

Remember, for you serious jammers out there with some extra time and maybe just a few more dollars in your pocket, we are planning an early arrival Option on Wednesday night, 24 October 2012, for any of you who’d like to spend ALL DAY THURSDAY just playing music together. It will be like a little extra treat in the retreat!
Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator, Music industry Weekend
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

The Schedule is Set!

We have just completed the final schedule for Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School, 2009!

As in the past, we will kick off things Thursday evening with a massive song circle giving our first arrivals some musical fellowship and a chance to share their favorite work.  We’ll have some group sessions on Friday morning and start our break-out workshops Friday afternoon.  Friday night will be our big “Open Mic” night giving additional participants the chance to show what they can do.  On Saturday we will vote for our 9 favorite acts and they will have only Saturday afternoon to to enlist back-up and rehearse for our public performance Saturday night!  On Sunday we’ll wrap it all up and take a group photo

This year’s workshops will feature some favorites including Vic Salvo’s Compostion Workshops and Alan James famous Performance Workshops.  Alan and I will co-host a workshop for songwriters.  Covering Home Recording Techniques this year is Russ Salton who just self-produced a marvelous CD called “SMILE”.  Russ will share how he did it!   And one other feature that became popular last year, our Front Porch Song Circles, led by Chuck Thrapp of “Surgarpine”, will again give ample opportunity for musical fellowship and camraderie.

And You Do It Yourself and Indie recording artists out there are going to love this!  We have a special business bootcamp for you!  It will be three sequential sessions run by our Music Producer “Tag-Team” of Jarome Matthew and Jon Rezin. These two guys know what they are doing and their “bootcamp” sessions will give you the know-how to successfully promote yourself and your music in this information age. Jarome Matthew is the founder of “Pro Soul Alliance” in Vancouver British Colombia, Canada.  He has produced CDs for artists from many corners of the globe including Elika Mahony, recently traveling to China for productions there with rising stars of China’s popular music scene. Jon Rezin is a producer, engineer, and media consultant in Los Angeles, CA. He has had the opportunity to work on projects for some of your favorite Baha’i artists (Badasht, Talia Safa, Eric Dozier, Childrens Theater) as well as a long list of commercial artists including American Idol, Maroon 5, Avril Lavigne, Silver Sun Pickups, Jay-Z, & Ciara. He runs his production company “Small Room Productions” and a indie record label “Next Movement Records“.  These two guys know how to get the ball rolling if you’re serious about building your fan base. The last session
will be one-on-one consultations for your personal plan.

You’ll learn:

Music Promotion through Community BuildingSuccessful indie artists focus on creating a community and involving that community in the music – We’ll cover the Theory and Strategy and review powerful free tools & how to use them.
Content and ConnectionThis focuses on making great content regularly (videos as well), connecting with your fans using technology, and concert/touring strategies
One-on-One time to review marketing plans and offer advice/critiques… this one is only for people seeking to do music as a career. At the end, our goal is to have a web presence set up for you and a modern marketing plan to get your career on track.

Online Registration is Open for Business, so get on there and reserve your spot for this year’s Music Industry Weekend at Bosch Baha’i School  I can’t wait to see you there!

 Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
PS – I just received a message from our colleague in Jamaica, Kieran Murray about Jamie Findlay’s new release:
Guitar Maestro Jamie Findlay –  ‘Reflections’ Acoustic solo guitar performances of favorite songs from the Bahá’is of the world………

Tribal Global Records would like to share with you the release of  the new album ‘Reflections’ by guitar maestro Jamie Findlay.   This instrumental collection includes music from the Bahá’i World congress in New York, children’s classics and other music from around the globe These selections are ideal for devotional gatherings, Holy days, Meditations, or just in your own moments of reflection.  The entire album is now available to download for $9.00 or you can download individual tracks for 99c each from our website – 

Track Listing: 1. Blessed Is The Spot 2. Queen Of Carmel  3. O Bahá’u’lláh  4. Hummingbird  5. God Is One  6. We Are Drops (Hawaiian Unity Song)  7. Dastam Begir ‘Abdu’l-Bahá 8. Look At Me, Follow Me  9. In This Day Baha’u’lláh 10. Tokozani
Thanks for checking it out, Peace, Kieran C Murray.
Head Honcho, Tribal Global Records.