Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Camp 2013

Camp is full, and the waiting list is closed. We are still accepting applications for volunteers (grades8-12) and we need guitar, bass, and keyboard instructors! Email memphisrocknromp@gmail.com for more info!

Rock-n-Romp Camp is back! This year there is only one session, June 3-7 at Rozelle Elementary in Midtown. Camp will run from 8:30am to 5:30pm M-F, plus there will be a showcase Sunday evening, June 9, at the Young Avenue Deli. The camp is open to boys and girls in grades 1-7. The cost for the week is $200. Kids will be asked to bring a sack lunch, but we will provide snacks.

Click here for the camper application.  (Sorry, you have to print and fill it out by hand, this isn't a fillable .pdf.)  Get it in soon, before we're all full!

We are also looking for staff members to teach an instrument and volunteers in grades 8-12 to assist at the camp. Click here for a volunteer/staff application.

Click here or here for a peek at last year's camp!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

4/13/13 Mud Island Show Recap

For the fourth year in a row, we kicked off our season at the fantastic Mud Island River Park. We love that they always provide us with a sunny day, a grassy bluff, and lots of opportunity for water play!

We decided to go all out and booked four bands for opening day. The Jeremy Shrader Hot Memphis Five really got things going with some cool New Orleans-style jazz standards.

If you enjoyed them, you will be happy to know that we have booked the Mighty Souls Brass Band for our September show at the Corn Maze!

Here's a peek at some of the bluff action. There were plenty of smiles (and grass stains) to go around!

Our second act was the Grizzlies Drum Line. They really energized our crowd with awesome drum routines and choreography. You may have seen these guys at Grizz games, but they're even better when they have more time to put on a show.

Next up was the Jeff Hulett One Man Band. Jeff is not only one of our board members and all around awesome guy, he is quite the musician. The guy can make music from luggage! We all dug his Bob Dylan for the new millennium style. Check out his new CD here.

We had one of our biggest turnouts to date. About 524 paid adults translates to about 1000-1500 people! Woohoo!

Our final band was the WuvBirds, featuring two more of our multi-talented board members, Kate & Corey Crowder. We love their outfits almost as much as their music. They bring the fun of 1950s pop to a new generation!

A super special thanks to New Memphis Institute for sponsoring the show! These folks are doing great things for Memphis. Thanks to Nancy Coffee for coming out and spreading the word.

Also thanks to Memphis Sound Lab for the use of their fancy stage, and our true blue Central BBQ and Tom's Tiny Kitchen for the delicious snacks! We could not put on the shows without our fantastic volunteers and each and every one of you! Thanks for your support!

Our next show is SUNDAY, May 19th at Rhodes College from 2-5pm. Hope to see you there!

For a full slideshow, click here. To learn more about our photographer, click here.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 13th at Mud Island 2-5pm

We are thrilled to have Mud Island River Park sponsor our opening show for the third year in a row! We'll be in the grove by the concession stand and fountains on the south end of the Island. Put the kids in their bathing suits, bring your blankets and lawn chairs, a snack to share, and prepare yourselves for a great afternoon of music!

We have so much music for you! On the bill we have the Jeremy Shrader Hot Five, The Grizzlies Drum Line, Jeff Hulett's One Man Band and the Wuvbirds!

Parking on the north end of the Island is free (enter from Harbor Town). Give yourself 15-20 minutes to get to the south end. Feel free to use strollers, wagons, bikes, etc. to facilitate getting the little ones to the show. You must be on the Island by 4pm.

If your kids want to play in the fountains, please keep an eye on them. There is no lifeguard on duty. We will have volunteers keeping an eye out, but parents are responsible for their children.

There's also a great bluff for sliding down, so bring some cardboard.

We will have generously donated Central BBQ and Tom's Tiny Kitchen Pimento Cheese while supplies last. Please only go through the line once. We will have a few kegs of Yeungling too, free for adults.

Pretty good deal, right?

We ask that each adult donate $5. Kids are free.

We will also have new t-shirts with that kickass design you see up top on sale for $15!

A special thanks to the New Memphis Institute for sponsoring this show.