Rock Camp for Dads

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Rock Camp For Dads is a rock 'n' roll music camp where adult musicians can connect with other musicians, tap into their rocker self, and experience what it's like to be in a real working band.

Minnesota's award winning musician and former professional roadie for the stars, Mike Michel, started the camp in June of last year drawing on his 20-plus years of experience in the music business. Rock Camp For Dad's motto "We Cure Stage Fright" has proven to be effective. RCFD's participants have traveled from all four corners of the Twin Cities metro area as well as parts of Wisconsin.

Rock Camp For Dads has blossomed from a part time weekend workshop in south Minneapolis to a full blown music club for emerging and reemerging Twin City adult rockers. Participants meet and rehearse for four weeks at the RCFD studio and at the end of the month participants play real rock 'n' roll shows at some of the best rock clubs in the Twin Cities. After their experience, RCFD alumni have the option to participate in future camps, organized jams, workshops, and other performance opportunities.

The Rocking Chairs are a classic rock band at Rock Camp for Dads for the month of February. The band members are:

Tom Oestriech
Age:  52
Occupation: Jack, Jack of all trades.  But for money, I work as the Transportation Director for Bloomington Schools
Instrument: Guitar, Harp, Mandolin
Reason for taking Rock Camp for Dads: To have an opportunity to play music with some new people
Location: Eden Prairie
Kids: 1 awesome son who is 385 months old.  (I just gained a new daughter also)
Music goal/goals: To write more music and play music out with more people at more locations 

Matt Mercer
Age: 41
Occupation: Interior Designer
Instrument: Drums
Reason for taking Rock Camp for Dads: Gift
Location: Chaska
Kids: 8-year-old girl, 6-year-old boy
Music goal/goals: To prove to myself that I still have chops after a 20 year hiatus and possibly start playing regularly with a band

Steve Odegard
Age: 51
Occupation: Currently unemployed. I was a youth pastor, worship leader, former EAP consultant
Instrument: Guitar, vocals
Reason for taking Rock Camp for Dads: I needed to get out and play music again after a long time away from it
Location: Apple Valley MN
Kids: Four ages 20, 19, 13, and 6
Music goal/goals:  To play with a band regularly, write and record songs

Niels Billund
Occupation: Hospice nurse
Instrument: Guitar/vocals
Reason for taking Rock Camp for Dads: See below
Location: Minneapolis
Kids: Two sons ages 17 and 13
Music goal/goals: To get out of the winter blues and into the blues

The Rocking Chairs will play an all ages show at Bunkers Music Bar and Grill on Saturday, February 26 at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $3.00. For more information visit the Rock Camp For Dads website.

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