A Minnesota band camp is giving baby boomers and younger musicians a chance to prove they are never too old to rock and roll.
Since 2009, Rock Camp for Dads has allowed hundreds of dads – and moms – to unleash their inner Jimi Hendrix without the hassle and costs of organizing a band.
Tom Hammersten, 52, an insurance company underwriter, recently sang lead vocals in a live performance at Rock Camp. The married father of three also has performed in an Allman Brothers tribute band, an ’80s music group and a British punk rock band at camp.
“It’s something different all the time. You’re not playing the same songs over and over and over again,” Hammersten said.
Rock Camp offers 10 courses a month. All amps, drum kits and microphones are provided – all campers have to bring is their guitar, bass, drumsticks and desire.
Campers range in age from late 30s to early 60s (since the camp serves alcohol, campers must be at least 21 years old) and are divided into three levels – Rock 101 for beginners up to Rock 301 for advanced musicians. After four weeks of rehearsing with their new bandmates, campers hit the stage for a real gig.
“By the end, you’re a really tight band. It’s really magical,” said Mitch McMillen, Rock Camp’s owner and co-founder.
Mark and Kathleen Stoehr recently fronted a Fleetwood Mac band at Rock Camp. The married couple met 30 years ago during a community theater production of “Hair.”
“You can see somebody who comes in here and you think, `Looks like somebody’s grandpa,'” said Mark Stoehr, 55.
But, he continued: “Just because you’re old doesn’t mean … you can’t rock. It’s true.”
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Ft Davido – Way Too Fly
Listen to A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s new dancehall record “Way Too Fly” featuring Nigerian artist Davido.
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is about to crazy with new music this Summer. Not only does he have a joint project with Lil Durk on the way that we just received confirmation about, but the Highbridge rapper is also prepping another project called The International Artist, which we presume will be apart of the “2 projects dropping back to back” this Summer that he told us about last week.
Looking to get the ball rolling, the Bronx sensation decided to come through today and drop off a new single called “Way Too Fly.” Featuring Nigerian artist Davido, who provides with the Caribbean vibes, the song is an uptempo, dance-hall infused record that finds A Boogie delivering his usual melodic singing-raps, addressing being “too fly” & having the “juice” in the process. Highlighted by its contagious melody & A Boogie’s slick & smooth bars, “Too Fly” is another strong addition to the NYC spitter’s growing catalog of hits, and all the more reason to look forward to The International Artist, dropping this Summer.
Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Record available on iTunes.
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