Working at KGON in the late 80's was a big part of my early broadcasting career. I have great memories from that time in Portland and at KGON. Playing timeless Rock Classic that were produced when budgets for recording were so high and the psycho acoustics and analog warmth made listening such an enjoyable experience. Mix that audio Phatness with today’s HD and it is better sounding then ever! KGON Rocks with a perfect amount of cowbell!
If you are a musician who has dreamed of recording at Abbey Road Studios in London, playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and sharing the stage with the likes of Bill Wyman, Nick Mason, Todd Rundgren, Slash, Jeff Beck, Jack Bruce, Mick Ralphs, Alan White, Kip Winger, etc...then your fantasy is actually possible. Let's see, you'll need a passport, and around $10,999 to apply. It's an extra $1,999 to play the Liverpool gig. If your significant other wants to go along (hey, you'll need a groupie, right?) it's an extra $2,199 for them.
Now, if you think about it, this is an amazing thing to do. I know it's a bundle of money but what a once in a lifetime experience for someone who plays music, but maybe has another career that they do extremely well at. Like a doctor, lawyer, stockbroker, business owner, sports figure, or someone who can afford the fee, and fulfill a dream. Since I can't play a lick, I would not be even tempted to put up the money for this. But I know there's lots of people who are REALLY talented and just do something else with their day. Like cure cancer. My doctor, Will Winter, plays guitar and could do this and hold his own, but he's got a medical practice, and a band who has been recording and playing, N.E.D. (No Evidence of Disease) the Band. His rock fantasy is pretty full right now.
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Now, there's also something local which is a different kind of Rock 'n" Roll camp. It's the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls.They teach great things to young girls...like team building, song writing, playing instruments, singing...all of it. It's really a great organization with a wonderful group of people who teach and do the administrative tasks.
They also have a Ladies Rock Camp going on May 21-23. In that length of time, you form a band, write and rehearse a song, and then on the last night, you perform the song at a club in front of an audience. Some of the ladies have never played an instrument..EVER! I would have said that this takes big balls, but we're talking about women. Moxy? Yeah. All instruments provided.
There's another session in October for the ladies, and I'm considering participating in that one. However, that being said, I get a horrible stomachache just thinking about the final night and performance. SO, maybe not. But it would be a great way to step out of my comfort zone and do something wild. It's good for the soul. While you're in the process, the brain keeps asking "why the hell did I sign up for this?" But it's been my experience that once said performance (of any kind) is over, there's an extacy that just washes over you.
If you have a daughter who wants to rock, then you should definately consider sending her to the summer session of Rock Camp for Girls. As camps go, it's really affordable, plus there are some scholarships available.
But if you're a doctor who wants to rock with the stars, go to London for that gig. Abbey Road. What a rush!