Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who filled out our survey! You can view the results by clicking here. (The password is "Rock.")

Please feel free to share your thoughts on the results here, or via email: memphisrocknromp@gmail.com.

The RnR board will be meeting in January to discuss the 2009 season. We will carefully consider all of your input! Thanks again!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Few Things...

Hi Everyone!

Just want to point out a few things that are new here. First off, you can now add yourself to our mailing list by filling in the Mail Chimp box to your left. (If you are already on the list, you can also update your profile. We highly recommend this since we don't have full names for a lot of our peeps.)

Second, we created an Opinion Survey and would love it if you'd take a few minutes to share your thoughts. Click here to take survey! We'll share the results once they are in!

Finally, we added a donate button up there on the top left for those of you who would like to help us ensure that the 2009 season is as rockin' as ever. Unfortunately we are not a 501(c)3, so you can't get a tax break, but you can rest assured that 100% of your donation will go towards putting on future shows. We've been operating on a shoestring budget for three years, and we're proud of what we've done, but it would be nice to not be sweating before every show wondering if we're going to cover our costs! It's also important to us to keep Rock-n-Romp affordable to everyone, so we want to avoid raising the "$5 suggested donation" in the future. Every little bit helps, so please make a donation!

Thanks in advance for your support of Rock-n-Romp!

Monday, November 03, 2008

November 1st Recap-o-rama

Saturday was our last show of the 2008 season and if I do say so myself, it was badass. It was the first time that we skipped sign-ins and just had people read a disclaimer, so I can't tell you how many people were actually at the Metal Museum, but it definitely looked like our largest crowd ever.

The Metal Museum was a really awesome venue and I want to thank the Ferrymans for hosting us. It was great having the Mississippi as a backdrop and the kids loved having so much space to run around in...and sculptures to climb on!

First up, we had the Nellie Olesons. They came dressed to the nines and had the best face paint I have ever seen. They played old-time country music mixed with some 70s and 80s covers and were very rockin. Two of the Nellies are former teachers and one is also a parent/RnR regular. I thought they did a really nice of job of trying to involve the kids.

The Barbaras always put on a good show and Saturday was no exception. They definitely got the kids' and parents' attention. Bennett Foster, who was singing lead, was super high energy and I think the kids could really relate to him!

The True Sons of Thunder were a little more hardcore than the Nellies and the Barbaras, so we had to break out the earplugs. They came to rock, and rock they did.

There was at least one romper, however, who wasn't deterred by the volume.

Harlan T. Bobo and the Luv Clowns definitely stole the show.

We've probably never had an act geared so much towards the kids, and I think they really enjoyed it. (However, there was definitely a "I'm too cool for clowns and puppets" contingency!) To me, the best part about the Luv Clowns was that it was fun for the adults too. (Although I'm sure there were some parents who wanted to see plain ol' Harlan.) I especially liked the way they ended the show with Bob Dylan's "Everybody must get stoned" but with the lyrics "Everybody must have kids."

As an organizer of RnR I couldn't help feeling awfully proud of what we've accomplished.

Three years ago, eight parents banded together to produce a kid-friendly outdoor concert series for rockin' parents who didn't get a chance to see live music very often. We relied on the musicians to play for free, people to open up their houses and yards, and for guests to spread the word.

We've had 15 shows at 12 different locations and had 34 bands/DJs play to hundreds of Memphis families. The price has always been a very reasonable $5 per adult and since our second season we have been able to pay all of the bands as well as provide our hosts with a $50 restaurant gift card.

Thanks to everyone who has helped make Memphis Rock-n-Romp such a smashing success! We'll be sending out a survey soon to get your feedback and ideas for 2009!

To see more pictures from the show(s), visit our Flickr Pool. If you took pictures, please add them!)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Saturday's Line Up:

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Metal Museum!

Here's the line-up:

2:15 pm: Nellie Olsens
3:15 pm: The Barbaras
4:15 pm: True Sons of Thunder
5:15 pm: The Luv Clowns featuring Harlan T. Bobo

Don't forget to bring a blanket/chair and snacks to share. We'll provide the beer, sidewalk chalk, and awesome music. Costumes welcome.

Adults $5 donation; kids free.

Rock-n-Romp at your own risk!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

November 1st Line-Up

Our final show of the season is fast approaching and we are SO excited!

We've got a great line-up:

The Nellie Olesons
True Sons of Thunder
Harlan T. Bobo
The Barbaras

Because we have four bands this time and it is our last show, we will be rocking and romping from 2-6pm.

And if having four awesome bands wasn't exciting enough, we will be holding the show on the grounds of the National Ornamental Metal Museum!

So mark your calendars for November 1st and stay tuned for more details.

To add your name to our official invite list, send an email to memphisrocknromp@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sept. 27th Recap

I'm still a bit stunned by how perfectly the show went on Saturday. We had incredible weather, the best backyard in town, three amazing bands, and a huge turnout of rockin' parents and rompin' kids.

Two Way Radio, eight members strong, kicked off the show:

Garrison Starr who drove all the way from Nashville just for us played second. (These photos were taken prior to 30 kids rushing the stage to "help" her play a few songs!)

The Bluff City Backsliders finished the show. Mike Graber, who you probably know from Facebook, came up from Oxford to play.

We really appreciate everyone who made Saturday such a wonderful day. If you took pictures, please add them to our Flickr pool.

Mark your calendars for the last show of the season, November 1st! Bands and location to be announced soon.

Friday, August 29, 2008

September 27th Show

Email invitations (no more Evites!) with show location going out soon! To get on the list email memphisrocknromp@gmail.com

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Rock-N-Romp Recap

We totally lucked out with the weather and had an awesome show on Saturday! Thanks to the Phillips for offering up their amazing yard; Chasing Squirrels, Dan Montgomery, and Ultra Cats for the rockin' tunes; and to everyone (big & small) who came out to support Memphis music.

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming shows: September 27th and November 1st! As always, to get on our evite list, email us at memphisrocknromp@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rocking On Outside

The rain seems to be disappearing as it gets to us, so today's Rock n Romp will held outside after all, at original location on your evite. A couple of raindrops can't stop us! Seeya there.

Rain Plan

We aren't too happy about today's forecast, and are busy coming up with a plan. We will let you know by 1:00pm whether we'll be romping outside as scheduled or at our backup location, the Hi-Tone.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Tees

Don't forget to bring a little extra cash to the show this Saturday if you wanna get your hands on one of our new rockin' tees! Adult & kid sizes available. 100% of the proceeds go to producing future Rock-n-Romps and paying our awesome musicians.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

June 28th Show

We've confirmed the following bands for our June 28th show!

Chasing Squirrels
Dan Montgomery
The Ultra Cats

The show will be from 3-6pm at a house near the U of M. Evites will be going out in the next few days. To get on the list, send an email to memphisrocknromp@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Date Change!

Sorry to do this to you, but we've had to change the June 7th Rock-n-Romp to June 28th. Please mark your calendars accordingly!

Remaining 2008 Dates:

June 28

September 27

November 1

Monday, April 14, 2008

April 12th Recap

Saturday we kicked off our third season of at the Tidwells' house. They just happened to have the most perfect amphitheater-like yard ever. We lucked out with warm weather for most of the day and had a massive crowd of 200+ people.

The Flying Monkeys, The Harmony Brothers, and Dragoon were all awesome in their own way. The Flying Monkeys appeared to be having so much fun, I thought we might have to drag them from the stage! (I mean that in a nice way!)

Jeff Hulett, of The Harmony Brothers, has played two other Rock-n-Romps with two different bands, both of which got rained on. He was very excited to finally have the full-on sunny day experience of Rock-n-Romp.

Those of you who left a little early really missed out on the fun that was Dragoon! The lead singer, an elementary school teacher by day, really got the kids going!

Speaking of, why did people start leaving around 5:00pm? Was it getting too cold? Was it time for dinner? Was Dragoon too loud? Let us know! We pushed our start time back an hour to accommodate the nappers, but we don't want to lose people just when things are getting lively!

Here are some photos from staff photographer Chip Chockley:

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

April 12th Show!

Evites with show location going out soon! To get on the list email memphisrocknromp@gmail.com

Awesome poster art by Flannery Harper

Thursday, March 06, 2008

2008 News

Hello fellow Rock-n-Rompers,

Just wanted to let you know that the 2008 season is fast approaching! We are currently looking for hosts in the Midtown area with decent-sized, child-friendly yards.

Hosting is easy and FUN! The Rock-n-Romp board will handle all of the set-up and clean-up, prepare your neighbors by distributing fliers, contact the local police department to let them know what's going on, and rent a Port-a-Potty if necessary.

The host family will receive a gift certificate for dinner at a Midtown restaurant, each member of the host family will receive a free Rock-n-Romp t-shirt of their choosing, and everyone will think you totally rock!

Shows are scheduled for the following dates:
(The new show time will be from 3-6pm to accommodate the nappers!)

April 12

June 28

September 27

November 1

In case of rain, shows will be relocated to the Hi-Tone.

Please let us know right away if you are interested in hosting...or if your band wants to play...or if there is a band that you really want to see play at RnR. (And while we're at it, let us know if you are interested in joining the board for the 2009 season!)

The Rock-n-Romp Board