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Steel Drum Party in Seattle, This Week Only!

 

 

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Spring has sprung and I am back in Seattle for a few days to perform at the Boats Afloat Show on Lake Union, tomorrow, Saturday!

Please pardon the new newsletter formatting.  I am getting the newsletter set up on a new platform.

I will only be around for about a week, into the very beginning of May.  If you have been thinking about throwing a party between now and around May 12th, please reach out and let's get you some live, tropical music to take your party to the next level!

How about a Cinco de Mayo party!?!

Please let me know before Monday, May 2nd.  After your party :) I'm heading back to Guadalajara for several weeks, then I'll be back at the beginning of June.  Lot's of demand for June, but there are still dates available from June through the rest of the summer.  Let's enjoy life this summer!

 

Upcoming Shows

 

***Boats Afloat Show

 

4/30/2022 3pm to 6pm, Chandler's Cove, 901 Fairview Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

I'll be playing for a yacht christening party at the Outer Reef Yachts booth.

Artist: Ian Dobson Solo

Click Here for Tickets and Details

 

 

***Ian Dobson's Virtual Steel Drum Party

 

5/1/2022 4pm to 4:30pm PST

Please click here to get your free ticket!

 

 

Keep dancin’
 
Ian Dobson
 
CLICK HERE for full schedule

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Spring has sprung, and so I announce the sprouting of a tiny bud of an idea I have been thinking about and planning for years.  But first, a quick note about a great show tomorrow…

  

SHOW

***Kent Regional Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

 

3/26/16 3pm to 3:45pm, Kent Regional Library, 212 2nd Avenue North, Kent, WA 98032, United States

 

Artist: Ian Dobson

 

Free!

 

Details: Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Dance, clap, and stomp along to live steel drum music!  This rhythmical journey uses music, dance, and movement to inspire resourcefulness, creativity, confidence, and an interest in exploring other languages and cultures.  Ian has performed it hundreds of times all over the United States for young audiences large and small.  Ian is performing as part of the King County Library System’s “Many Voices, One Land” 2016 program.

 

 

And now back to my big announcement! 

 

RHYTHM ACADEMY

 

My Rhythm Academy offers educational music performances and workshops, but it has always been my plan that, at its heart, the Rhythm Academy would offer innovative percussion curriculum that can be accessed anywhere.

 

The overall goal is to create adventures in music by making learning music accessible, affordable and social.  The strategy is to leverage the number of students I can reach by encouraging peer mentoring through socialnetworking.  The on-line, social-network-based curriculum includes:

 

*Peer Mentoring

 

*Frequent Instructor Evaluation

 

*Step-By-Step Curriculum

 

*Gaming Elements

 

I am just trying out this teaching concept for the first time and eager to see how it works and what sort of feedback I receive.  For now the on-line curriculum/rhythm game is just for minors, but requires an adult to sign up for my web site on behalf of the minor.  If you are already signed up for my web site it is easy to add a minor to your account.

 

SO, WHO WANTS TO BE AN INTREPID ALPHA TESTER?!

 

Do you have children, grandchildren, or other kids in your life that might enjoy trying out a new way of learning music?  If so, please click on the page below:

 

https://iandobson.ning.com/group/rhythm-academy-alpha-testers

 

Thank you!!!!  I am very excited about this…

 

 

 

LEND YOUR COLORING SKILLS-NEW ARTWORK

 

My new artwork for the Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party show is so much fun!

 

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But wait, do you or someone you know like to color?  Here is an outline version of the above picture for you, your kids, or your friends  to color in.  Why not add in some musical notes while you’re at it?

 

please click here for a link to the coloring page for printing

 

If you are a member of www.iandobson.com I would love to see you scan (or take a picture on your phone) your colored page and post it on the site.   Or just email it back to me at this address and I will post it.

 

Have fun! 

 

I look forward to seeing you at the Rhythm Academy-either on line or at one of my shows or workshops!

 

Ian Dobson

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Oh my it’s been a long time since I’ve sent out a newsletter.  So much exciting stuff has been going on that I haven’t had a chance.  I'm thrilled to give you an update now!

I had a very busy summer full of rewarding performances throughout the Puget sound area and beyond.  This fall I had a great tour of schools in Washington, Montana, and Idaho.  I am terribly excited about the creative possibilities of my very unique musical setup as I continue to master all this new technology.

I am hoping in about one week to have my first on-line, gamified lesson posted for Ian Dobson’s Rhythm Academy.  Please keep your eyes out for a newsletter regarding that shortly.  I would love for as many kids as possible to sign up and give it a try!

Please come and join me in the next several days for some creative, rhythmic, tropical fun.  Here are some upcoming public shows:

***Tommy Bahama Spring Line Launch -Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/6/16 1pm to 5pm, Tommy Bahama, Bellevue Square (The Bellevue Collection), Bellevue, WA, United States

Artist: Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details

Stop by the store if you are in the area.  Ian will be doing a chilled-out bunch of sets creating an awesome island vibe.  They are launching their new Spring arrivals from their new design team.

 

*** Redmond Regional Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/7/16 1pm to 1:45pm, 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052, United States

 

Artist:

Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details:

Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Dance, clap, and stomp along to live steel drum music!  This rhythmical journey uses music, dance, and movement to inspire resourcefulness, creativity, confidence, and an interest in exploring other languages and cultures.  Ian has performed it hundreds of times all over the United States for young audiences large and small.  Ian is performing as part of the King County Library System’s “Many Voices, One Land” 2016 program.

 

*** Des Moines Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/16/16 12:30pm to 1:15pm, 21620 11th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198, United States

 

Artist:

Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details:

Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Same show as February 7th in Redmond, see description above.

Library Phone: 206-824-6066

 

This fall I created a bunch of remixes of live shows.  I remixed all of my shows from my Montana/Idaho tour and a good number of library and festival shows and workshops from last summer.  Please click here to check them out on my youtube channel. 

If you saw one of my shows in 2015 and don’t see a remix of that show here please let me know if you would be interested in having one.  If I get enough interest in a particular show I may be able to create a remix of it.

I have already booked a ton of library shows for summer 2016.  I have a special show this summer in honor of the olympics called:

Clap Hands, Stomp Feet, Find Brazil’s Olympic Beat

viewCompanyLogo?fileId=2789313000000294018&zgId=24456496

Please click here to see all the shows and workshops I am currently offering.

I look forward to seeing you at one of these winter shows!

Read more…

Oh my it’s been a long time since I’ve sent out a newsletter.  So much exciting stuff has been going on that I haven’t had a chance.  I'm thrilled to give you an update now!

I had a very busy summer full of rewarding performances throughout the Puget sound area and beyond.  This fall I had a great tour of schools in Washington, Montana, and Idaho.  I am terribly excited about the creative possibilities of my very unique musical setup as I continue to master all this new technology.

I am hoping in about one week to have my first on-line, gamified lesson posted for Ian Dobson’s Rhythm Academy.  Please keep your eyes out for a newsletter regarding that shortly.  I would love for as many kids as possible to sign up and give it a try!

Please come and join me in the next several days for some creative, rhythmic, tropical fun.  Here are some upcoming public shows:

***Tommy Bahama Spring Line Launch -Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/6/16 1pm to 5pm, Tommy Bahama, Bellevue Square (The Bellevue Collection), Bellevue, WA, United States

Artist: Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details

Stop by the store if you are in the area.  Ian will be doing a chilled-out bunch of sets creating an awesome island vibe.  They are launching their new Spring arrivals from their new design team.

 

*** Redmond Regional Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/7/16 1pm to 1:45pm, 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052, United States

 

Artist:

Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details:

Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Dance, clap, and stomp along to live steel drum music!  This rhythmical journey uses music, dance, and movement to inspire resourcefulness, creativity, confidence, and an interest in exploring other languages and cultures.  Ian has performed it hundreds of times all over the United States for young audiences large and small.  Ian is performing as part of the King County Library System’s “Many Voices, One Land” 2016 program.

 

*** Des Moines Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/16/16 12:30pm to 1:15pm, 21620 11th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198, United States

 

Artist:

Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details:

Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Same show as February 7th in Redmond, see description above.

Library Phone: 206-824-6066

 

This fall I created a bunch of remixes of live shows.  I remixed all of my shows from my Montana/Idaho tour and a good number of library and festival shows and workshops from last summer.  Please click here to check them out on my youtube channel. 

If you saw one of my shows in 2015 and don’t see a remix of that show here please let me know if you would be interested in having one.  If I get enough interest in a particular show I may be able to create a remix of it.

I have already booked a ton of library shows for summer 2016.  I have a special show this summer in honor of the olympics called:

Clap Hands, Stomp Feet, Find Brazil’s Olympic Beat

viewCompanyLogo?fileId=2789313000000294018&zgId=24456496

Please click here to see all the shows and workshops I am currently offering.

I look forward to seeing you at one of these winter shows!

Read more…

Oh my it’s been a long time since I’ve sent out a newsletter.  So much exciting stuff has been going on that I haven’t had a chance.  I'm thrilled to give you an update now!

I had a very busy summer full of rewarding performances throughout the Puget sound area and beyond.  This fall I had a great tour of schools in Washington, Montana, and Idaho.  I am terribly excited about the creative possibilities of my very unique musical setup as I continue to master all this new technology.

I am hoping in about one week to have my first on-line, gamified lesson posted for Ian Dobson’s Rhythm Academy.  Please keep your eyes out for a newsletter regarding that shortly.  I would love for as many kids as possible to sign up and give it a try!

Please come and join me in the next several days for some creative, rhythmic, tropical fun.  Here are some upcoming public shows:

***Tommy Bahama Spring Line Launch -Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/6/16 1pm to 5pm, Tommy Bahama, Bellevue Square (The Bellevue Collection), Bellevue, WA, United States

Artist: Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details

Stop by the store if you are in the area.  Ian will be doing a chilled-out bunch of sets creating an awesome island vibe.  They are launching their new Spring arrivals from their new design team.

 

*** Redmond Regional Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/7/16 1pm to 1:45pm, 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052, United States

 

Artist:

Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details:

Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Dance, clap, and stomp along to live steel drum music!  This rhythmical journey uses music, dance, and movement to inspire resourcefulness, creativity, confidence, and an interest in exploring other languages and cultures.  Ian has performed it hundreds of times all over the United States for young audiences large and small.  Ian is performing as part of the King County Library System’s “Many Voices, One Land” 2016 program.

 

*** Des Moines Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/16/16 12:30pm to 1:15pm, 21620 11th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198, United States

 

Artist:

Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details:

Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Same show as February 7th in Redmond, see description above.

Library Phone: 206-824-6066

 

This fall I created a bunch of remixes of live shows.  I remixed all of my shows from my Montana/Idaho tour and a good number of library and festival shows and workshops from last summer.  Please click here to check them out on my youtube channel. 

If you saw one of my shows in 2015 and don’t see a remix of that show here please let me know if you would be interested in having one.  If I get enough interest in a particular show I may be able to create a remix of it.

I have already booked a ton of library shows for summer 2016.  I have a special show this summer in honor of the olympics called:

Clap Hands, Stomp Feet, Find Brazil’s Olympic Beat

viewCompanyLogo?fileId=2789313000000294018&zgId=24456496

Please click here to see all the shows and workshops I am currently offering.

I look forward to seeing you at one of these winter shows!

Read more…

Oh my it’s been a long time since I’ve sent out a newsletter.  So much exciting stuff has been going on that I haven’t had a chance.  I'm thrilled to give you an update now!

I had a very busy summer full of rewarding performances throughout the Puget sound area and beyond.  This fall I had a great tour of schools in Washington, Montana, and Idaho.  I am terribly excited about the creative possibilities of my very unique musical setup as I continue to master all this new technology.

I am hoping in about one week to have my first on-line, gamified lesson posted for Ian Dobson’s Rhythm Academy.  Please keep your eyes out for a newsletter regarding that shortly.  I would love for as many kids as possible to sign up and give it a try!

Please come and join me in the next several days for some creative, rhythmic, tropical fun.  Here are some upcoming public shows:

***Tommy Bahama Spring Line Launch -Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/6/16 1pm to 5pm, Tommy Bahama, Bellevue Square (The Bellevue Collection), Bellevue, WA, United States

Artist: Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details

Stop by the store if you are in the area.  Ian will be doing a chilled-out bunch of sets creating an awesome island vibe.  They are launching their new Spring arrivals from their new design team.

 

*** Redmond Regional Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/7/16 1pm to 1:45pm, 15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA 98052, United States

 

Artist:

Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details:

Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Dance, clap, and stomp along to live steel drum music!  This rhythmical journey uses music, dance, and movement to inspire resourcefulness, creativity, confidence, and an interest in exploring other languages and cultures.  Ian has performed it hundreds of times all over the United States for young audiences large and small.  Ian is performing as part of the King County Library System’s “Many Voices, One Land” 2016 program.

 

*** Des Moines Library-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

2/16/16 12:30pm to 1:15pm, 21620 11th Ave S, Des Moines, WA 98198, United States

 

Artist:

Ian Dobson

 

Tickets:

Free!

 

Details:

Culture, Music, Creativity, Technology

Same show as February 7th in Redmond, see description above.

Library Phone: 206-824-6066

 

This fall I created a bunch of remixes of live shows.  I remixed all of my shows from my Montana/Idaho tour and a good number of library and festival shows and workshops from last summer.  Please click here to check them out on my youtube channel. 

If you saw one of my shows in 2015 and don’t see a remix of that show here please let me know if you would be interested in having one.  If I get enough interest in a particular show I may be able to create a remix of it.

I have already booked a ton of library shows for summer 2016.  I have a special show this summer in honor of the olympics called:

Clap Hands, Stomp Feet, Find Brazil’s Olympic Beat

viewCompanyLogo?fileId=2789313000000294018&zgId=24456496

Please click here to see all the shows and workshops I am currently offering.

I look forward to seeing you at one of these winter shows!

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Steel Drum Party

This represents one complete show (video from two different performances) and includes two of the optional activities: the cup song and inventing musical instruments out of recycled materials.  Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party is one of the summer reading programs that I am offering to libraries for summer 2016.  The optional activities can be done by library patrons at home before the show or the librarian can organize them as activities at the library prior to the show.

Enjoy!

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Two or three times now I’ve played for a wedding where I’m dealing with the family for months and only find out when I am at the wedding performing that the groom’s father is a celebrity. Last night’s wedding was particularly fun in this way…

Groom: “can my dad sit in with you guys on some Santana tunes”
Me: “sure” (thinking to myself, “now just let me get back to setting up!”)
Groom: (Trying to get my attention) “let me tell you the reason why, my dad played for Santana from 1976 to 1987.”
Me: “what, is your dad Michael Shrieve?” (beating my brain now thinking that the last name "Lear" sounded very familiar).
Groom: “no he’s Graham Lear”

Modern drummer articles from my youth about Graham Lear flood back to my memory, as well as seeing him play with Santana in the mid 1980s.

So Graham Lear of Santana and REO Speedwagon and , currently, of Paul Anka, sat in with us for about 30 minutes. We had a blast! Graham and Ernesto Pediangco were rockin some exact percussion quotes from the Santana recordings.

Graham is a superb musician and a very nice guy to boot!

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Bass Drum Belly

During my two gigs today I noticed a particular awesome new resonance to my belly during the body percussion portion of my show. Much like a concert bass drum. In COMPLETELY unrelated news I have been super busy performing so have stopped going to the gym... and am eating ice cream every night.

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I've got another bunch of great kid-friendly shows this week, a number of teen-friendly workshops, family-friendly concerts at various locations, and one over 21 show. Starting with the family-friendly....

what are you doing for the 4th of July? You don't know you say? Why not head up to Suncadia resort with the family and enjoy Splash Fest!?

Or, if you are in the Issaquah area on Saturday, July 11th, you can catch me performing at Grand Ridge Plaza. Here are details about these two events:

***Splash Fest at Suncadia Resort -Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Trio

7/4/2015 1:30pm to 3pm

Village Amphitheatre and Pavilion, 270 Big Hill Drive, Cle Elum, WA 98922

Artist: Ian Dobson, Ernesto Pediangco, Christian Krehbiel

Tickets: Free!

Details

Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party performs from 1:30pm to 3pm, but festivities go on all day, from 10am-4pm. Besides the irresistible summer music, you get: • Waterslide Bouncy House (Free) • Build-A-Boat 10:00am($60/boat) • Water Balloon Toss (Free) • Dunk Tank (Free) • Foam Party (Free) • Surf Machine (Free) • Make Your Own Bubbles Craft ($5) Come out to a lovely location on a beautiful day and celebrate the 4th of July with Ian Dobson!

***Grand Ridge Plaza-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

7/11/2015 2pm to 5pm

Plaza Fountain, Grand Ridge Plaza, 1451 Highlands Drive Northeast, Issaquah, WA 98029, United States

More information at: http://www.grandridgeplaza.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/GRP_SummerConcerts-3.pdf

Details: Ian will perform three sets of irresistible summerry music at the Plaza Fountain at Grand Ridge Plaza. Come enjoy Ian's music as well as the strolling musicians and entertainers that will be in the plaza. Ian will feature his super unique setup and perform on steel drums, electronic marimba, ukulele, percussion, and voice.

Below is one of my few over-21 events:

***Bahama Breeze-Ian Dobson's Steel Drum Party-Solo

7/4/2015 6pm to 9pm

15700 Southcenter Pkwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

NO COVER CHARGE! Just the price of your food/drink.

Details

Ian hasn't performed at the Bahama Breeze in several years. They are bringing him back to spice up some of the Saturday nights this summer. We are pretty sure he'll be performing out on the deck where the live music usually happens. Come on down and enjoy the Caribbean food and fun atmosphere!

***Make Music-Save The Planet (Children/Family Program)

Recommended for ages 4 through 14

Artist: Ian Dobson Solo

Details:

Come join the fun and dance, clap, and stomp along to live steel drum music! What do all super heroes have in common? They face challenges, learn to be creative, work hard and find solutions to problems. You can become a musical super hero as you learn how to invent your own instrument using materials you might throw away. Learn about music superheroes of the past and be a music superhero for the future and how you can use your superpowers to save the planet! Learn how you can be music superheroes by inventing your own way to make music out of recycled materials. http://kcls.org/calendar/detail_expanded.cfm?view=event&&kw=Make+Music+and+Save+the+Planet

1. 7/1/2015 11:30am to 12:15pm Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Avenue Southeast, Renton, WA 98058

2. 7/1/2015 4pm to 4:45pm (then performing in same location for Sammamish Farmers Market from 5pm to 6pm) Sammamish Library, 825 228th Avenue Southeast Sammamish, WA 98075

3. 7/7/2015 4pm to 4:45pm Vashon Library, 17707 100th Avenue Southwest, Vashon Island, WA 98065, United States

***Bucket Drumming Remix: Unmask your Drumming Talent!--THIS IS A WORKSHOP

Recommended for ages 11 through 18

Artists

Ian Dobson Solo

Details

How are the Caribbean Islands, physics, music, and computers related? Attendees will play bucket drums and help produce the Kent Library's Summer 2015 Bucket Drumming Remix and find out! In this program Ian Dobson shares how people waith few resources in various cultures have used their creativity and resourcefulness to engineer sophisticated musical instruments from recycled materials. The primary example used in the show is the Caribbean instrument called the steel drum. Ian begins the show by performing on the steel drum, getting attendees involved with dancing and rhythmic games, providing a bit of cultural and historical background, and introducing the musical concept of “syncopation” which is so prominent in Caribbean music. He then presents a section on the physics of the steel drum with the cognitive learning objective of students being able to explain a sound wave and how multiple different pitches are achieved on one piece of material. Recycled buckets are then given to the students and they are asked to explore the sounds of the bucket themselves, apply the physics learned from the steel drum to the sounds created by the bucket, and be able to explain the basic physics of how the bucket sounds are made. Ian then explores syncopation more deeply by teaching students basic bucket drumming with the physical learning objective of students being able to demonstrate syncopation. To finish up the show Ian introduces digital technology into the mix so that attendees can relate their workshop experience more to the contemporary digital music that teenagers listen to. Attendees perform acoustic sounds that Ian then captures digitally with the cognitive learning objective of being able to explain what happens to the sound wave when it becomes digitized. Attendees collaborate with Ian to decide which digital processes to apply to these acoustic sounds and a final acoustic/digital performance is created.

1. 7/2/2015 2:30pm to 4pm Graham Pierce County Library, 9202 224th Street East, Graham, WA 98338

2. 7/9/2015 2pm to 3:30pm Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road Northeast, Woodinville, WA 98072, United States

I look forward to seeing you at some of the many shows this summer!

Keep dancin’

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Improvisational Fun in Woodinville

I had a blast performing at the Experience Woodinville event yesterday! It was a very successful, sold out event and, as previously when I have worked with the awesome people at the Barking Frog, there was a wonderful improvisational element to the evening. I got to interact with and musically enhance the proceedings, lead by Chef Bobby Moore, as they held a very entertaining cook off between Chef Brett Teegardin from Purple Café and Wine Bar, Chef Bobby Moore from Barking Frog and Barking Frog Mobile Kitchen, and Chef Seth Fernald from Novelty Hill-Januik Winery. Judges included a former Mariner and a former Sea Hawk and the entire event had a wonderful vibe. It was the perfect opportunity to create improvised music live with my totally unique, Ableton-Live-powered percussion, steel drum, marimba, ukulele, and voice setup.

I always love performing in the gardens there too!

More Info and Pictures Here

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Hello Steel Drum Fans!

I wanted to let you all know about a slew of fun upcoming public shows.  In fact there are so many that I’ll just give you one weeks worth.  Lot’s more the week of June 22nd.  And these don’t even include all the private events!

 

***URGENT URGENT URGENT

Come on down to Crossroads Bellevue tomorrow (Saturday) for a really great time, and bring an invented recycled instrument so we can feature you on the show!

6/13/2015, 6pm to 7pm

15600 NE 8th Street Bellevue, WA 98008

Age Limit:

Geared to Kids!

Link for Further Information:

http://www.crossroadsbellevue.com/SpecialEvents/2ndSaturdays

Artists:

Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo Trio with Ernesto Pediangco and Christian Krehbiel

Details:

This is part of Crossroads new-and-very-successful Family First events.  If you haven’t been to Crossroads it is probably the coolest “mall” around.  They have a great stage in the middle of the building and have many live music and cultural events there.  Ian and his trio will perform one hour of family-friendly fun!

As usual, Ian’s show will be very participatory.  We would love for you to bring a “Recycalypso” instrument, one that you have invented out of recycled materials.  If you make one and bring it we will feature your instrument in the show and make fascinating music with it!

For more information on how to do the “Recycalypso Challenge” please go to the link below:

http://www.iandobson.com/pre-assembly.html

Translated from Caribbean English, Pan Leggo means “steel drum party.”  In the program Ian shares the joy of exploring other cultures through music by recounting his quirky musical journey from Seattle grunge kid to Steel Drum musician.  In the process audiences learn some music and cultural history and gain insight into being resourceful and creative.  Ian’s interactive web site provides learning opportunities before and after the show.

***6/13/2015 1pm to 3pm

Tommy Bahama, Bellevue Square, 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA 98004

Details:

If you are in Downtown Bellevue tomorrow afternoon Maui Jim is having a sunglasses event at Tommy Bahama and Ian will be performing in the store as part of the fun.  Come down and check out his new setup!  Kinda like having a DJ and a steel drum player all rolled into one.  For more information please call 425.274.0268

Artists:

Ian Dobson's Pan Leggo-Solo

 

***All the shows below are FREE and are billed in various ways, but essentially they are all Ian’s “Recycalypso” show.  The show is very participatory and parents and their kids are encouraged especially to do the “Recycalypso Challenge” before the show, that is invent instruments out of recycled materials, then bring the instruments to the show so Ian can feature them.  Also anyone who wants to practice or learn the cup song should do so before coming to the show.  You might get to perform the cup song with Ian!  More information on how to prepare here:

http://www.iandobson.com/pre-assembly.html

 

***6/17/15 3pm to 3:45pm

Tacoma library system

7001 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98406

 

***6/18/15 10am to 10:45am

La Conner Library

614 Morris St, La Conner, WA 98257, USA

 

***6/18/15 3pm to 3:45pm

Mount Vernon City Library

315 Snoqualmie Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

 

***6/18/15 6pm to 6:45pm

Presented by Central Skagit Library

Clear Lake Elementary School, 23631 Lake Street, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

 

***Friday, June 19, 2015 1:15pm to 2:05pm

Les Gove Park, 1005 12th Street SE

The perfect day for any child! Live entertainment, inflatable rides, arts & crafts, face painting, over 80 activity & information booths, miniature golf, an ArtRageous hands-on art experience, DARE Expo, food concessions and much more.

Attendees can enjoy pony rides, bungy trampolines and the paintball target range for a nominal fee.  Valley Medical Center  will be offering free helmet fittings and low-cost helmet sales at the festival.

Leashed, licensed and well-behaved pets welcome.

http://www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/community/kd_s_p206.htm

 

In other news

I have yet to finish my blog entries about my tour this past winter.  It was such a great experience with so many great tales to tell.  That will have to wait.

In the mean time I am working on a new recording to release and to use as on pre-show radio intervies as an example of what people might hear at our concert for Vashon Allied Arts in August.   Creating new material takes a lot of effort, but it sure is rewarding!

Browsing through posts of my musician friends over the past several months I have noted that many former members of my bands are doing amazing things in music, particularly members of the swing band that I founded in the late 1990s. This group doesn't exist anymore but was called the Jackson Street Swing Band, the name being a homage to Seattle music history and to the area where I grew up in the city. Here is a link to a recent article on one of the piano players I had in the band, Carmen Staaf.  Carmen Staaf http://revive-music.com/2015/04/06/6-young-pianists/.  Also Michael Glynn, Emily Asher, Tina Richerson, Michael Cabe, are all tearin' it up in music in NY, Washington, and around the world. So proud to have had you guys in the band!

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Steel Drums, Buckets, and Summer Fun

It’s been so long since I sent out my last newsletter.  Even though it is off season for me a lot has been going on.

Summer 2015 is shaping up to be a busy one!  I already have over 50 gigs booked and more coming in all the time.  I will be performing many family-oriented programs all over Western Washington.  Some are workshops, some are more straight up performances, some are focused on a tween age group, others elementary age group, and others all ages.  Some of these have even made it onto my public calendar!  Please click here to get an idea of where you might catch one of my performances this summer. I am very much looking forward to these performances and sure hope you will come out and join me for some of them!

Of course one of the things I did this winter was my Midwest Recycalypso tour.  Please click here to read part 2 of my blog recounting this experience.

And click here to read part 1 if you haven’t seen that already.

In the past two months I have had some wonderful performances back here in the Puget Sound area.  

A memorable one was at Bennett Elementary School in Bellevue.  Click here to see a glimpse of the start of the show,

featuring my awesome 5-piece band Isaac Castillo, Frank Heye, Adam Kessler, and Ernesto Pediangco.

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The show featured instruments that students invented and fabricated out of recycled materials.

I never tire of seeing and hearing the musical instruments the kids invent.  One girl had brought from home a huge piece of egg-carton-like cardboard, almost as big as she was.  She attached various rubber bands to pluck and other containers to hit on this large piece of cardboard and she called the entire thing the “Bazoonga”!  I brought her up in front of the group to demonstrate and explain her instrument.  She played it, hitting and plucking… then I noticed that a hand lotion dispencer was also part of the instrument and she hadn’t used it to make any sounds.  I asked her what it was for… “so the Bazoonga smells good” she said.  Now that is creative!!  Never have I given much thought to how a musical instrument smelled :)

After the show a group of girls came up to get our autographs on a piece of paper towel.

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Isaac proceeded to play some ukulele for them and they were so impressed that one of them even pretend fainted!

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We also received some very touching feedback from a parent regarding this show:

I wanted to say thank you to you and your band for a great day at Bennett.  Everyone was delighted and there was so much happiness buzzing in the hallway after school. 

My children stayed after school for an hour to play on the playground and kids from the Boys and Girls after school care program came out parading their instruments!  

That little boy… with the intuitive sense of rhythm... I shared your compliment with his mother yesterday.  She said that she and her husband (his parents) are going through a divorce and his mother was away in a rehab program so he has been acting out getting lots of negative attention.  THIS was exactly the happy, positive day he needed!  Intuitively, I was thinking that this happy music would inspire little lives but I didn't expect to see the results so soon. 
Thank YOU!


It is such a gift to be able to have a positive impact on children’s lives and we are so honored!

Another memorable event was trying out my new “tween”-focused workshop called Recycalypso: Bucket Drumming Remix.  The workshop brings together culture, steel drums, music, and physics and I use the music computer program Ableton Live to create a live remix of sounds created by the kids with their voices, buckets that they play on, my voice, and steel drum.  I often have ideas about how to use music technology in performance but, when I actually get in front of an audience, it is often very difficult to actually get the technology to work as planned.  But in this case I did three abbreviated bucket drumming workshops in a row and the technology worked every time!

Please click here to listen to a raw remix of what we did.

It uses only sounds that the kids created during the workshop and that I manipulated.


And click here to listen to a more polished remix

where I added my voice (with lyrics recaping the workshop) and steel drums to the elements that the kids recorded.

I was able to create a version for each of the three workshops I did.  So much fun!  Now that I am beginning to have these new technology skills in hand I plan to try and create as many custom remixes of my shows as possible.  I hope to become more and more skilled at manipulating this amazing music technology to allow my audiences and I to create unique music together!

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As I mentioned, my drive to my first gig in Nebraska was a bit of a haze. I remember stopping somewhere in the mountains in Montana late at night and finding a hotel to sleep in. Turned out it was next to the train tracks, crude oil trains running back and forth all night... I slept for maybe 4 or 5 hours then got on my way again. Things got a little dicey later on Sunday with my wakefulness so I had to stop and take a nap in my car. By Sunday night I really wasn’t sure if I would make it for my first gig, but with help from the lovely and talented Anne Heneberry (who made hotel reservations for me on Sunday night as I exhausting my driving capacity for the day), I was able to make it to a hotel within striking distance of my first gig the next day. I was already so grateful for me new (used) Toyota Sienna with all its bells and whistles that I'm not used to, like cruise control. They sure did come in handy during the driving. I'm pretty sure that I will destroy the cargo area of this vehicle sooner rather than later with all the gear loading and unloading and its plastic trim. We'll see how it lasts and whether I need to move back towards a real cargo vehicle soon, but for now surely am enjoying the bells and whistles!


One of my most vivid memories of the marathon trip to Nebraska was driving into Sunday night not knowing if I would make it to my first show the next morning and finding a radio station that was all Native American singing and drumming. Driving off into the unknown darkness listening to this haunting and beautiful music so rooted in this new and flat land that I have rarely traversed.

I showed up at my first school gig the next morning not terribly confident that everything would go smoothly.

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But all of my performing instincts just kicked right in even though I was dog tired. The show was a great success! The staff were quite friendly and the principle even invited me to stay with his family if I came back through the area on my tour or future tours. Wow, was I surprised that the first show went so well!

I was off and running! After the first week of touring I took stock. Sitting in a cafe in Canby, MN. I realized I had driven something like 2500 to 3000 miles in the past week and performed 12 solo shows in front of perhaps 1000 to 2000 students total. It was a HUGE challenge to get ready for the tour. It used to take me between 1.5 to 2.5 hours to set up and at least 1 hour to break down. In this first week I had had 15 minutes to set up at most shows. My new Fender Expo line array PA system didn’t sound quite as good as my Bose system but it sure did set up quickly and fills a gymnasium well. And I realizing that when I'm playing in echo chambers most of the time the added audio quality isn't really missed … well, maybe just a bit on the high end is missed. Anyway, all my work seemed to have paid off and I was able to get set up in the time I had and the shows were ROCKIN'!! Forget being big in Japan, I felt I was big in the Midwest with the K-8 crowd!

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Now the trick was to settle into life on the road and figure out what to do on the weekends. Sisseton, SD, my first weekend stop, was not inspiring me at all. Here are some pictures of downtown Sisseton and the shuttered theater to give you some idea of why I was lacking inspiration.

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I hope everyone is having a happy, PANtastic holiday season!  I am back in town after a wonderful and rewarding 7.5-week, 76-show solo tour around the Midwest.  After driving 10 or 11 thousand miles and so many wonderful experiences I am excited to share my tour tales with everyone and very much looking forward to bringing more of my musical ideas to life in 2015.


In fact, if you have kids in your life, or even if you don’t, I would love for you to join our steel drum party to celebrate Noon Years Eve!  I will be performing with Christian Krehbiel and Ernesto Pediangco and we will play festive music from around the world.  We will even have a countdown to noon!  This is a great way for kids who need to go to bed before midnight to ring in the new year.

I sure hope you will come and bring the kids!  And if you do come, I hope you will encourage the kids to invent their own Noon Year’s Musical Instrument.  This instrument can represent something that your child wishes for in 2015 or it can just be a fun, cool sounding instrument.  And by "kids" I mean people ages 0 to 95 :)


**Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 11:30am to 12:30pm, King County Library System-Bellevue Library (Room #1), 1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004

Details

Noon Year's Steel Drum Party @ Bellevue Library
Celebrate the noon year with a steel drum party and songs and sounds from around the world.  Featuring Caribbean steel drums, percussion from around the world, and children’s original recycled-musical-instrument inventions!  Seating is limited.  First come, first seated.  Sponsored by Bellevue Friends of the Library. 

More information at:
http://www.kcls.org/calendar/detail.cfm?view=event&lib=ALL

Here are the instructions for how to make your New Year’s Musical Invention:

1. Think of a wish for 2015 (optional).
2. Look around you in your house.  Find interesting-sounding recycled materials from the recycling bin or elsewhere.  The only rules are A. NO GLASS, B. NOTHING SHARP (so make sure and remove sharp edges from tin cans, etc.), C. MAKE SURE THE ITEM IS CLEAN.  Listen to the sounds they make.  If you have a wish for 2015 decide how to make an instrument that sounds like your wish.
3. If you want you can combine materials as well using tape or other methods.  How would that tea box sound taped to the top of the plastic yogurt container?  How would it sound to use noodles, beans, or other food items to turn your recycled item into a shaker.
4. Maybe you want to decorate your recycled instrument with paint or any other method?  This is a great opportunity to show your wish for 2015 with your decorations!
5. When you finish, figure out all the ways you can make sounds with your recycled instrument.  Can you hit it with your hand to make a nice sound?  Can you hit it with a stick and make a cool sound?  What happens if you hit it in different spots, does it make different sounds?  Is it louder when you play it one way then when you play it another way?  Can you shake it and make a sound?  How many different ways can you shake it?
6. Come up with a name for your instrument.  You can name it with your wish for 2015.  For example, “MorePlayTimeWithFriends” could be a name.  If you don’t want to name it your wish you could give it a name that describes what the instrument does.  For example, one student who made a really fun looking shaker called it the supercalafradjashaker.  Or the name can have nothing to do with the sound of the instrument.  You can call your instrument “Frank” if it looks like “Frank” to you.  You can name your instrument anything you want, just be creative.
7. Practice your instrument so you learn how to play it.  Remember, you are the world’s expert on playing your instrument.
8. Bring your instrument to the Noon Year’s Steel Drum Party and help Ian and his friends make music to ring in the New Year!


Age Limit
Family program, all ages welcome!


Ticket Details
Free!  No tickets required.


Artists
Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party with Ian Dobson, Christian Krehbiel, and Ernesto Pediangco


Fabulous Midwest Tour!









I have so much to tell about my amazing Midwest tour!  It is hard to know where to start.  I plan to create several blog entries over the next few months to tell the tale.  Please enjoy the following first instalment.  Just click on the link below:

https://iandobson.ning.com/profiles/blogs/2014-ian-dobson-s-recycalypso-midwest-solo-tour-part-1


And please click on the link below to see a newspaper article written about my show in South Dakota:

https://iandobson.ning.com/profiles/blogs/recycalypso-beat-for-students-by-del-bartels-from-the-pioneer-rev


I sure hope to see some of you at the Noon Year's Eve show!  It will be so much fun.  Please enjoy your last few days of 2014... that is plenty of time to make your New Year's Musical Invention to bring down to the show.
 



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I got a random call around August of 2013 asking if I wanted to do a solo tour of schools all over the Midwest during the 2014/2015 school year.  If you are making a living as a musician you should be somewhat used to booking out a year or more in advance.  Nevertheless, this offer made me nervous.  Not only was it far in the future but the schedule and transportation elements sounded… basically they sounded impossible.  If I were to do this tour I would need to drive alone to the Midwest and put between 9,000 and 12,000 miles on my vehicle in the space of just over 7 weeks.  This would definitely mean replacing my old drum mobile that I have been driving for the past 15 years.

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Much more intimidating, however, was the scheduling.  I would have to perform 2 or 3 shows per day every weekday and be able to set up and tear down in 30 minutes (which during the tour I realized was on the long side since I actually often only had 15 minutes to set up).  I would need to be completely self-contained in terms of audio gear since I couldn't count on school sound systems to be adequate for musical performance, or even to be available or working for that matter.  My setup time in the summer of 2013 had come down from about 2 to 2.5 hours to the breathtakingly fast 1 to 1.5 hours.  Now I would have to cut my fastest setup time in half (and as I found out later, cut it by half again).

After thinking about it for several weeks though I decided to go for it.  It just seemed like such a wonderful opportunity to enrich the educations of a diverse group of kids all over the Midwest and to have a fascinating experience.

I spent the next year researching equipment and customizing and streamlining my setup until it arrived at this (minus the surf boards and the steel drum on the right):

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The real tricky part was finding a sound system that would cover an audience up to 300 (which I found out on the tour was actually up to about 700) but also still be very quick to set up and not too heavy.  This was no easy task.  I use Bose systems because they sound great for what I typically do, but with a 30-minute-setup goal they take too long and are too heavy.  I spent months researching various systems and testing them.  Thanks to the local Sennheiser rep I was able to get a K-Array system to try out.  I even went out to Whidbey Island to do a side-by-side test of my two Bose systems and the K-Array.

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After spending perhaps a month trying to get the K-Array to sound like I wanted it I gave up and was back to square one.   I only was able to find something that I hoped would work about 4 weeks before the tour started.  What I found was a brand new product that hadn’t reached any stores yet, the Fender Expo.  I believe I was the first person to buy one at Guitar Center in Washington, perhaps even on the West Cost.  You can see the fender to my left in the picture below:

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With the tour just a few weeks away I still didn’t have a new vehicle that would make a trip of this type possible.  After having not shopped for or purchased a vehicle in 15 years this was very stressful!  I ended up finally purchasing a car less than a week before the start of my tour.  Thanks to all who helped me figure that out, especially the Ronalds!  Meet the new drum mobile, braving the Midwest elements like a trooper!

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If you’re looking for a used car and need help, let me know!  I’ll put you in touch with the Ronalds and you’ll be in good hands.

Now all that was left was to pack and go… how hard could that be?

Well, since I was so short on time, it was very hard.  Untested vehicle, untested equipment setup, never having loaded or unloaded my equipment in or out of the new vehicle, needing to be prepared to make the show go on in whatever performance situation I would find myself, being prepared for Midwest winter weather…  I need to thank everyone who helped me get through this, particularly Anne Heneberry!!  I couldn't have done it without Annie!

In the end I was supposed to leave on Friday morning to get to Nebraska for my first show on Monday morning.  What actually happened was that I had stuff spread all over the house until Saturday morning. 

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I had to make sure all my equipment was working, make sure I had all the cables plus spare cables and parts, clothes, cases, etc. etc. etc.  Here's what the living room looked like (just don’t tell Annie!)

I didn’t get on the road until Saturday afternoon at about 1pm after having had only a few hours of sleep the previous several days.  That left me with just over 40 hours to drive solo to my first gig in Nebraska.  As you can imagine, the drive was a bit of a blur.  But I was already really appreciating my new car and its stereo and cruise control!

Tune in next time to see if I made it to Nebraska in time for the first show on Monday morning!

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