The Tucson Folk Festival was an amazing hybrid of Live and pre-recorded performances – all Broadcast on the internet. What an incredible job by an army of volunteers! Thanks to all of you who worked so hard to produce the festival under such conditions. You’ve done a great service to Tucson, and now, the world!
For those who missed my pre-recorded performance, here it is:
I sure hope you enjoyed that “live recording”. I watched myself couple times and I always made the same mistakes. But that’s how it goes sometimes – and it’s just like “being there”!
I am SO looking forward to next year when we can get back to playing before large audiences and greeting each other in person!
See me on-line 2 PM (AZ Time) Sunday 11 April – CENTENNIAL HALL STAGE Channel (scroll to middle of page)
Remember (AZ Time currently = PDT) , so, For Eastern Daylight Time, that’s 5PM For Central Daylight Time, that’s 4PM For Mountain Daylight Time, that’s 3PM
I’ll be performing six of my own original songs, and ONE that you have not heard before. It’s a little risque’, but a bit of “double entendre” too good not to share (if I do say so myself). It’s a song about prioritiescalled “She Comes First” (I think you get the idea already)
This is first time that the Tucson Folk Festival will be viewable right from your own home. So be part of HISTORY! Tune in, or more aptly, BROWSE in, and see Darrell Elmer Rodgers in a video recording of a live performance.
This year’s Tucson Folk Festival happens April 10 and 11. And it’s quite a bit different than past festivals – as are all things during this pandemic.
There will be live performances at several venues in Tucson and many of my Tucson musician friends will be entertaining anyone who can secure a spot. Crowd size is limited and quite socially distanced. One of the venues will have the audience remain in their cars!
But you’ll be able to see me on-line.
I decided that it was too much risk back at the start of the year to make several trips to Tucson to rehearse with the band and withdrew from the live performance line-up. But the TKMA (Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association) offered to allow me, and others, to contribute video recordings of a live performance to be shown via the festival web pages.
I finished recording my solo performance yesterday and completed the video production this morning. It has been up-loaded for access during the festival.
I encourage you all to check out the Tucson Folk Festival website and avail yourself, to whatever degree you feel safe, of FREE entertainment by some of the best musicians the South West has to offer. Oh, and check ME out too! (I’ll post a link after the festival, but try to view it there first)
Those of us lucky enough to remember living our childhood in a true community, will appreciate what I mean by “one of my second mothers”.
I had a bunch of second mothers in my community. These were our neighbors, all close friends of my mom, who looked out for the well-being of each other’s kids.
Among them all, the closest was Joyce Bengtson who lived right accross the street. Mother to Brenda, John, and Andrew, and watchful guardian of every child that wandered by. She was my own mother’s best friend.
Joyce passed away quietly last Monday morning, from cancer – as many of you already know. I feel in my heart, that her late husband Paul (one of my second fathers) was there to embrace her. Here are a few memories I have recorded in recent years.
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Help yourself to this free download of "SEVEN" which I wrote in 2010 for the second anniversary of the imprisonment of the Yaran. It's worse now - 5 years have passed. Please pray for their release.
You can see my video performance of it HERE