Music's Edge Summer Rock Camps July 29-August 2 & August 12-16

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           Registration is now open for the Music’s Edge 2019 Summer Rock Camps at the WOW Hall.  Director Tim McLaughlin will host two different weeklong camps: July 29-August 2 and August 12-16. The program is designed for ages 10-18.

            Music’s Edge began as a unique music program that was created by Tim McLaughlin in 2004.  This will be the WOW Hall’s 12th year hosting the very successful rock camp.  Each session goes full-steam all week and ends with a full-blown, rockin’ show, with all the lights and sound that would make any rock star proud.  The two “gigs” will be Friday, August 2, and Friday, August 16.  Each camp will also have a second show; the first will be at the Saturday Market on August 3. The show for the second camp will be at BlairAlly on Saturday, August 17.

            Music’s Edge is interested in all skill levels and all instruments. Tim McLaughlin, bandleader of the acclaimed group Eleven Eyes, heads up a pro staff that includes John Shipe, John Raden, Kurt Catlin, Dan Mahoney plus special guests.  Music’s Edge features different workshops each day with music industry professionals and performers.

            Tim’s main motivation with Music’s Edge is to offer a music program like no other and give up-and-coming musicians opportunities he only dreamed of when he was that age.  There are many music camps that teach musicians how to play better music, but Tim wanted to go beyond that.  Creating a full set of non-stop music, and performing with confidence and charisma on a big stage with huge sound and lights was one opportunity Tim wanted to offer. To be able to play a “festival-style” set on an outdoor stage is also an important experience he wanted his students to have.

            Says Tim, “It has been amazing to see some of the students go on to great college music programs, have successful bands, and continue having music in their lives.”




TIM MCLAUGHLIN is a multi- instrumentalist active in recording, teaching, performing and composing.  He is bandleader of the award-winning jazz/funk/world- fusion band Eleven Eyes and plays with Medium Troy, NOW! Trio, Son Melao, Hello Dollface, Everyone Orchestra, Emily Jensen, Halie Loren, The Essentials, Reeble Jar, John Shipe, and as a solo artist.  He has also composed, produced and recorded soundtracks to multiple documentaries.  McLaughlin hosts a private teaching studio and directs music programs at Oak Hill and Marcola schools.

         JOHN RADEN established himself as an accomplished drummer with The Dead Americans, Candy Apple Blue, David Jacobs-Strain, Reverend Brimstone, and various other sit-in gigs. John has also been a local music teacher. Expanding his abilities from drums to guitar and bass, he can teach an array of styles on multiple instruments. He specializes in group lessons and has vast experience in youth rock camps.

         JOHN SHIPE has an original 200-plus song repertoire, 15 years of touring and nine recording projects. He's played all kinds of stages -- sharing the bill with Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Jimmy Cliff, Los Lobos, Tony Furtado and many others. Thirty Shipe tunes have played on 100 radio stations.

            KURT CATLIN has been playing music for over 30 years -- fronting the blues-funk band What Yo Mama Warned You About, playing in NYC rock and jazz bands, forming a funk rock band in South Korea, and playing in Allman Brothers and David Bowie tribute bands.  Kurt now teaches, is a core guitarist at Hi-Fi Funk Jam, does solo performances, is lead guitarist for Haywire and guests as the lead guitarist for Amy Clawson and other regional artists.  He is currently finishing a Master’s in Education at Pacific University, and has been a core instructor at Music’s Edge Rock camp for seven years.

DAN MAHONEY is a multi-instrumentalist and music educator from Eugene.  He is a graduate from the University of Oregon School of Music and has been teaching and performing for 15 years.  Always active in the local music scene, Dan has proved to be a versatile performer with a wide range of genres including everything from solo jazz and classical guitar to musical theater.  Current and past projects of his include the rock and funk bands Bazil Rathbone, Basin & Range and Goldfoot, and jazz groups Tug and the Heart Strings and The Whiteaker Hot Club.

Dan speaking about Music's Edge:           

"Aside from performing, I've always had a passion for teaching, whether it be a one on one lesson or coaching bands.  Music's Edge Rock Camp is a very exciting opportunity to pass on not just musical knowledge, but important lessons on how beneficial musical relationships with others are."