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
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

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

LET’S REGISTER NOW!!

The 12th Annual Music Industry Weekend
at Bosch Bahá’í School “Putting Ideas Into Action”

JOIN THE FUN!: 13-16 November 2014

WE NEED 15 PRE-REGISTRATIONS BEFORE 30 October
to keep the Venue Open

We have a great line up of SONG-WRITING talent to help you songwriters hone your craft!

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Robert Gillies will share a Songwriting Fundamentals session AND an Advanced Workshop! Professional science-fiction novelist AND songwriter Maya Bohnhoff will instruct us in “Mining Stories for Songs”.

AND we’ll have another SONGWRITING CHALLENGE like last year!

The song title will be announced 13 October (30 days to work your craft).

On the PERFORMANCE & PRODUCTION side of the house we will have veteran performer Alan James tuning up your Stage Presence and Jeff Bohnhoff, producer and recording engineer at Mystic Fig Studio, teaching us about Recording and Production.  Darrell Rodgers (me) will offer a session too, on Tools and Tips for the DIY musician

Our great friend Chuck Thrapp is coming to host SONG-CIRCLES in the Lodge giving everyone a chance to share new material in an intimate and friendly environment.

SING-ALONG Leaders! A Special Workshop is coming for YOU! This year’s Music Industry Weekend will include a special session designed to help you become a sing-along leader in your community AND teach you to TEACH OTHERS how to do so as well. This “Train the Trainers” course will be conducted by several MIW alumni with real skills in the process of awakening the “inner songbird” in all our friends. Rana Chang, and Jean T. Quinn,  both highly accomplished group-sing leaders themselves, will share their techniques for energizing the singers in your community.

And for those singers with a spirit of adventure, you will be more than welcome to lend your voices in collaborations with other musicians during the weekend.
This will certainly expand the HARMONY of this wonderful weekend! Come Join The Fun!

On-line Registration accessible be through this web site (see upper right corner!)

Here’s a pdf of the 2014 Music Industry Weekend schedule

///Darrell

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

Almost Ready! TIME TO REGISTER!

We are almost ready for Music Industry Weekend 2014 – At Bosch Baha’i School again!   November 13-16.

Here is the LINK TO REGISTER!  http://www.cvent.com/d/94q5q3

I have had about a dozen people tell me they are coming this year already, and that’s a GOOD THING.  We need to have at least 15 REGISTERED by 30 October in order to make this work.

The cost this year will be $222 per person (25% due upon registration). And we are again offering the early arrival option on Wednesday night for an additional $60. This is for folks who want to spend ALL DAY Jamming before the official start. (You may have to CALL Bosch (831-423-3387) to take advantage of this)

And for folks local to Bosch, there’s a day-student commuter option.

The detailed agenda for all of this will be posted soon. In the meantime, TELL your musician friends to join us!

SONGWRITERS!  You don’t want to miss this year’s event. There will be several sessions perfect for YOU!  I will announce our Songwriter’s Challenge song title on 13 October.  We’ll all have 30 days to write a song – to the same title!

We’re going to have Russ Salton and his mobile recording studio again!  Russ is a skilled producer!

And this year, to broaden our horizon, we are incorporating a special workshop for folks wanting to learn how to become SING ALONG LEADERS!  Yes! Rana Chang and Jean T. Quinn, two of our illustrious alumni, will be conducting workshops on this path to musical service in your community. And as a sing-along session participant, you will have the opportunity to perform with all of the other musicians and lend some harmony voices to the show!

Spread the Word!  Let’s have another fantastic Weekend together!

 

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