Skip’s Music Inc. is gearing up for another season of Weekend Warriors, a music performance opportunity for the 21-and-up crowd who are new or returning to playing music. To launch the first round of 2019, the Weekend Warriors Masters’ Series is featuring Master Coach: Roger Smith of Tower of Power . The first Open Jam of the new year kicks off at noon on Saturday, January 12, 2018 at the Skip’s Music Sacramento location.
Long-time Sacramento resident, Roger Smith was born to play the Hammond organ, and destined to become a member of Tower of Power.Since the late 90s, Roger has been part of the “Tower Sound” drawing on all of his earlier experiences and influences to lead him to where he is today.Touring extensively, Roger performs in all parts of the US, Europe and Asia each year yet still finds time to play with other Nor Cal musicians and maintain a reputable solo career.Latest projects include the release of “My Colors”, “Both Sides”, “Sittin In”, “Consider This”, “Jazz Roscos”, Roscos Place I & II, Roger Smith “360”, Dave Matthews Band’s realease “Away From The World” and is co-writer of several songs on Tower of Powers latest release, “Soul Side of Town”
Roger is excited and is looking forward to putting some of his experience and skills into coaching a band or two in the next round of Weekend Warriors’ Masters’ Series.
Since Skip’s Music first launched the Weekend Warrior Program in 1991, the Sacramento community has seen over 2 decades of musicians rise to local stages.The concept has also caught on in the industry allowing for it to be licensed to other music retailers throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.
“Weekend Warriors is so much more than a program at Skip's Music. It may have started as such, but it has blossomed into something much more elegant,” said Judy Bauder, a veteran Warrior. “In the 10+ rounds that I've participated in I've gained a lot of music and performance skills and experience you really can't get anywhere else.”
The program lasts four weeks, beginning with an Open Jam that encourages musicians to come together and play songs they enjoy with people they have never met before. Participants come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, such as realtors, podiatrists, school teachers, auto dealers and more.
After registering for the program at the Open Jam, musicians are placed into bands with similar music tastes. They are given a rehearsal time, practice space, instruments, equipment and a coach to keep everyone on the beat.
Finally, the program finishes with a concert in front friends, family and the public at a local venue.
Many participants over the years have been women and men returning to music after years of putting their passion in the background as other commitments, such as family and work, have taken precedence. Weekend Warriors provides an easy opportunity to return to music without making any other sacrifices.
- Upcoming Weekend Warrior Concert : Sunday, February 17th @ 1:00pm, Half Time Bar & Grill -- 5681 Lonetree Blvd, Rocklin, CA 95765
- To learn more about the program: visit skipsmusic.com / Click Weekend Warrior banner on home page or "performance Programs" in the drop down menu
Open Jam and Kick-Off meeting for the next round : Saturday, March 9th @ 12:00pm, Skip's Music -- 2740 Auburn Blvd, Sac, CA 95821